Birds and brambles, moors and myths, compassion and resilience are just some of the images and ideas that infuse Karine’s work as an award-winning folk musician and songwriter, as well as an author, storyteller and theatre-maker. She is an engaging live performer, and an accomplished workshop leader, who’s able to weave together story, song, sound, discussion and physical engagement.
In collaboration with illustrator Kate Leiper, Karine has written two folklore-inspired picture books. A Wee Bird Was Watching explores themes of migration, resilience and protection, whilst The Queen of the Birds celebrates the power of small creatures and the virtues of collaboration when things go awry (both on Birlinn Books). Karine and Kate can also provide workshops/events as a creative team (NB. This will require two Live Literature sessions so both creators can be paid).
As a songwriter and musician, Karine is a member of Spell Songs, which brings musical life to the acclaimed nature-inspired books The Lost Words and The Lost Spells by Robert Macfarlane and Jackie Morris. She is a contributor to Antlers of Water,
Karine is a former Children’s Rights worker for Scottish Women’s Aid and an erstwhile facilitator of Philosophical Inquiry in school and community settings. She can offer family-friendly events, cross-artform creative workshops, event chairing and mentoring for emergent writer-performers.
(Photo credit: Sandy Butler)