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Linda Williamson

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Contact: lindajwilliamson@hotmail.co.uk
Local authority: Midlothian
Languages: English, Gaelic, Scots
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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)

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

Mentoring; Performance; Reading; Residency; Talk; Workshop

Audience can work with

Adult learners; Care-experienced people; Carers; People experiencing mental health problems; Reluctant readers; 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; Biography & memoir; Childhood; Coasts, seas & oceans; Death, grief & bereavement; Editing & editing your own work; Environment & climate; Fairy tales, folklore & mythology; Family; Fantasy; Friendship; Health including mental health & wellbeing; Historical fiction; Island communities; Music; Nature; Performance training; Religion & beliefs; Science; Seasonal books

Age groups published for

Children; Teens; Adults

Age groups can work with

6-8; 9-11; 12-14; 15-18; 18+

Audience size

0-10; 11-30; 31-100