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Ruth Kirkpatrick

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Contact: [email protected]
Other contact method: Ruth Kirkpatrick
Local authority: Midlothian
Languages: English, Scots
Ruth Kirkpatrick's headshot

Ruth is one of Scotland's leading storytellers, a charismatic live performer and a highly regarded singer. Born in the North East of Scotland, Ruth is widely seen as a tradition bearer, having been lucky enough to sit at the knee of the great storytellers which Scotland has borne - Sheila Stewart, Duncan Williamson, Stanley Robertson and David Campbell.

She has a broad repertoire of stories and songs from traditional and local Traveller sources. More recently she has experimented with biographical storytelling, and this year performed a sellout show about the life, songs and poetry of Robbie Burns. She has worked for over 30 years in social work listening to people's stories and has been professionally telling for 20 years. Ruth's project and publication Stories Allways successfully develops innovative ways to use storytelling with children and families who have emotional and social needs.

Her real strength is in forming a warm, authentic rapport with her audience, respecting the tradition but also giving her performance a loving, feisty sparkle. This makes her a popular performer and workshop facilitator at Festivals worldwide, from the glaciers of Iceland to the bookshops of India.

(Photo credit: Sandy Butler)

(Works in Scots)

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

Chairing events; Mentoring; Panel event; Performance; Professional development, CLPL or CPD; Residency; Talk; Workshop

Audience can work with

Adult learners; Care-experienced people; Carers; English as an additional language (EAL); Intergenerational learning; Outdoor learning; Adults with additional support needs; People experiencing mental health problems; People living with dementia; Prisoners & young offenders; Reluctant readers; Vulnerable young people (under 18); Vulnerable adults; Vulnerable older people; Young people in the community (e.g. Youth clubs, Guides, Scouts); Young people with additional support needs (under 18) (ASN/SEN)

Topics of work

Adolescence; Adventure; Ageing; Animals; Biography & memoir; Care experience; Childhood; Coasts, seas & oceans; Death, grief & bereavement; Discrimination & prejudice; Drug addiction, alcoholism & substance abuse; Environment & climate; Fairy tales, folklore & mythology; Family; First experiences for younger readers; Food; Friendship; Gender equality; Health including mental health & wellbeing; Human rights; Loneliness & isolation; Love & romance; Music; Nature; Performance training; Poverty; Violence & abuse

Age groups published for

Children; Teens; Adults

Age groups can work with

0-2; 3-5; 6-8; 9-11; 12-14; 15-18; 18+

Audience size

0-10; 11-30; 31-100