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Growing up in Caithness left me a love for wild places. I enjoy sharing stories which inspire wonder for nature and travel to wherever listeners may be - nurseries, schools, forests, gardens, care settings, community groups, libraries or theatres - then let storytelling adventures transport us deep into the woods, o'er moor and mountain where daring deeds await before it's time to for tea...
A qualified woodland leader and John Muir Award facilitator with a PVG, I combine storytelling with woodland discovery, den-making, plant ID, nature play and story-making, supporting literacy, CfE topics and wellbeing. I have a background in psychology and experience working in community health and wellbeing settings.
I offer storytelling sessions to support mindfulness, creativity and relaxation. Also, with Elderwise I facilitate gentle, interactive story sessions for older audiences and carers, choosing reminiscence themes and stories to stimulate memory and conversation. My recent work includes: Gala Week Stories, celebratory story event for Luminate Festival of Creative Ageing & Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival 2019 Changing views - Intergenerational project gethering stories of the Braid Hills 2018 Stories of Seven Hills - National Library of Scotland Social 2019 Lost Worlds, workshop exploring language and our relationship with nature for RBGE Connect with Nature Festival 2019.
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
Mentoring; Performance; Professional development, CLPL or CPD; Residency; Talk; Workshop
Audience can work with
Adult learners; Care-experienced people; Carers; Intergenerational learning; Outdoor learning; People experiencing mental health problems; People living with dementia; Reluctant readers; Vulnerable adults; Vulnerable older people; Young people in the community (e.g. Youth clubs, Guides, Scouts)
Topics of work
Adventure; Ageing; Animals; Childhood; Coasts, seas & oceans; Environment & climate; Fairy tales, folklore & mythology; Family; Food; Friendship; Health including mental health & wellbeing; Nature