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I grew up in a house where everyday news was like a story being told. Stories told to me in early childhood have influenced and shaped who I am today as a storyteller and a writer.
I am the author of Scots language picture book Nip Nebs, a melodic imagining of an ancient Scottish sprite, otherwise known as Jack Frost. The lyrical story in Scots describes how Nip Nebs moves through our world creating beauty and form, enchantingly illustrated by artist Ruthie Redden and published by Curly Tales Book Ltd.
Author visits for schools and book festivals will see me bring a fully interactive session that promotes imagination and Scots language. Also available is the fully interactive Nip Nebs Trail where children can meet Nip Nebs himself and help him to create the story in three dimensional form.
When I am not up to Nip Nebbery I am also an active storyteller registered with the Scottish Storytelling Centre. I usually appear to my audiences as Susi Sweet Pea the Fairy. I currently run Music Matters, interactive music sessions for people with dementia in care homes. A series of Scots language books is planned for the future. (Photo credit: Kim Ayres)