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Linda Williamson

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Contact: lindajwilliamson@hotmail.co.uk
Local authority: Midlothian
Languages: English, Scots
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Creative work as an author-storyteller began in collaboration with Scottish Traveller Duncan Williamson as his wife and postgraduate in the School of Scottish Studies, Edinburgh University (1975-1995). Sustaining the inheritance of the West Coast Travelling People’s oral literature, twelve storybooks were traditionally published: documenting indigenous knowledge, celebrating the Travelling Peoples’ cultural diversity, emphasizing the balance between humans and the natural world.  As carriers of intergenerational and community-based knowledge, the tradition bearers of Scotland’s only indigenous ethnic minority preserve in their folktales an invaluable source of ecological insights for benefiting the climate, and securities for our children’s quality of life.

Since Duncan's death in 2007, my work horizon has expanded to the world of myth and star lore in the ancient astronomies of Native America and India. Live storytelling performances of tribal tales in collective memory -- the circumpolar constellations, creation of the sun and moon -- offer new perspectives in the cosmology of Duncan Williamson’s Traveller tales and the continuing, posthumous collections.

New work centres on dramatic formats for traditional storytelling with colleagues in TRACS projects.  Writing progresses with a centenary publication of the collected works of Duncan and Linda Williamson.

(Photo credit: John McKay, Glasgow Herald)

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