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.