Creative work as an author-storyteller began in collaboration with Scottish traveller Duncan Williamson as his wife and student in the School of Scottish Studies, Edinburgh University (1975-1995).
Since Duncan's death in 2007, my work horizon has expanded to the world of myth and starlore in the ancient astronomies of Native America and India. A professional partnership with Japanese harpist Mio Shapley was formed in 2016 to celebrate the ancient Tanabata East Asian Star Festival held every summer; starlore programmes extending to performances in the Edinburgh Scottish International Storytelling Festival.
New work centres on narrative poetry in collaboration with Scottish artists John Slavin and Susan Smith. I am currently working on Cosmic Events solo story performance for the Canada and Scotland International Storytelling Festival October 2019. Work in progress includes folklore biography of Duncan Williamson, "Scotland's greatest storyteller of our time" (The Guardian, 2007) for children.
With four young grandchildren thirled to the Williamson tradition of stories and songs, I am very happy to share this wealth of live, oral literature in public storytelling sessions, talks and workshops.
(Photo credit: Thomas Williamson)
(Works in Scots, Gaelic)