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Jackie Ross

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Contact: jackietales@msn.com
Local authority: Aberdeenshire
Languages: English, Scots
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Although Jackie particularly enjoys traditional Scottish stories and local legends, she loves the challenge of finding the perfect tale to fit a specific theme or event. Where appropriate she enjoys telling in her mither tongue, Doric.

A teacher for over 30 years, she is happy to work with all ages and abilities. Jackie has run workshops on how to tell a story for young people and adults in Aberdeenshire and at the Scottish Storytelling Centre. She has provided CPD to teachers on the use of storytelling to promote literacy, and given presentations to students at Stirling University on the use of story in religious education.

She has worked on various community storytelling projects in conjunction with local schools, heritage groups and ranger services, e.g. Storytrail Project with Durris Primary involved school staff, Friends of Durris Forest and another storyteller - pupils created storyboards for local wood. Summer Playschemes, e.g. Jock the Giant in Kinker Wood; Marvellous Mini-beasts Stories Fae the Howe community-based project using storytelling to promote Scots Language with youngsters and collect stories from older members of the community. During Fairtrade Fortnight she was commissioned by a local Fairtrade Group to devise and tell stories with a Fairtrade message.

Websites featuring the author

Local authorities can visit

Aberdeen City; Aberdeenshire; Angus; Argyll and Bute; Clackmannanshire; Dumfries and Galloway; Dundee; East Ayrshire; East Dunbartonshire; East Lothian; East Renfrewshire; Edinburgh City; Falkirk; Fife; Glasgow City; Highland; Inverclyde; Midlothian; Moray; Na h-Eileanan Siar (Western Isles); North Ayrshire; North Lanarkshire; Orkney Islands; Perth and Kinross; Renfrewshire; Scottish Borders; Shetland; South Ayrshire; South Lanarkshire; Stirling; West Dunbartonshire; West Lothian

Events can deliver

Bilingual event; Mentoring; Performance; Residency; Talk; Workshop; Professional development, CLPL or CPD

Audience can work with

Adult learners; English as an additional language (EAL); Reluctant readers; Vulnerable young people (under 18); Young people in the community (e.g. Youth clubs, Guides, Scouts); Young people with additional support needs (under 18) (ASN/SEN)

Topics of work

Adventure; Animals; Coasts, seas & oceans; Comedy, humour & funny books; Death, grief & bereavement; Discrimination & prejudice; Environment & climate; Fairy tales, folklore & mythology; Family; First experiences for younger readers; Food; Friendship; Health including mental health & wellbeing; Historical fiction; Loneliness & isolation; Love & romance; Nature

Age groups published for

Children; Teens; Adults

Age groups can work with

0-2; 3-5; 6-8; 9-11; 12-14; 15-18; 18+

Audience size

0-10; 11-30; 31-100