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Bespoke Sessions~engaging participants with plants, heritage and storytelling.

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“The Kist in Thyme exhibition is absolutely fantastic. This visit has been really inspirational!’

PGDE student from Edinburgh University. A Kist in Thyme, Scottish Storytelling Centre 2017

I have a wealth of experience working with groups of all ages in a wide range of settings. Previous commissions have included writing and storytelling for a short film for The Scottish Ballet Education department, year long intergenerational projects, one of which, A Kist in Thyme, is now touring as an interactive exhibition and series of workshops, bespoke sessions for The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons in Glasgow, Chelsea Physic Garden in London and Achamore Botanic Gardens in Gigha amongst others. I have created curriculum enhancing projects for schools across the UK and on tour in China and trained carers and librarians to use storytelling and reminiscence skills to work with older people as part of The Scottish Poetry Library's 4 year long Living Voices Project. 


Each project is different and researching and tailoring what I do to create something special is what I enjoy best!


Call on +44 7884107466 or +44 786842831 or email me at [email protected] today to book a storytelling event. 

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Herbal Storytelling

Plant stories underpin all my work, where people look quizzical I love to explain how integral plants are to all our lives: providing food, fabric, shelter and how our traditional stories, riddles, rhymes and folklore is full of facts and hidden plant secrets. My 'Herbal Magic and Potent Potions' workshop for schools and families and 'Enchanted' workshop for adults are always really well received and ready to book 'off the peg' but I LOVE researching and creating new sessions based around plant use.

I'm also collaborating with writer and researcher Scott Richardson-Read of The Cailleach's Herbarium and musician Debbie Armour on a spoken word album The Tales of the Taibhsear more on that HERE

Engaging with our Heritage

Beautifully created storytelling sessions, workshops and installations can bring heritage projects and historical sites to life. 

Previous partners have included The National Museum of Rural Life in Scotland, The Burrell Collection and Historic Environment Scotland's  flagship conservation centre: The Engine Shed.

“I just wanted to thank you again for providing such a great activity for the day.

It was great for us to have something a bit different at our event and I was pleased to see how busy the theatre was when your performances were on.”

Nicki Bray, Learning Officer. National Museum of Rural Life 

Enchanting...not just for children!

Everyone knows children love stories and the value of storytelling with older folk is now becoming more widely recognised. But what about the rest of us?

One evening saw me sharing spellbinding stories to a room full of delighted grown ups at one of the most joy-filled weddings I've ever seen in a big country house, another I spent telling stories and creating a special piece of art with a big family brought together for the first time. I've also written and delivered sell-out performance pieces with musician Louise Cairns which reveal the dark-side of plants...so storytelling really can be for everyone!

Schools projects, inspiring creativity, curriculum lead sessions and raising attainment in literacy

I love tying in sessions to curriculum topics and schools projects, I've also delivered storytelling sessions for The National Literacy Trust for 5 years. I am registered with The Scottish Booktrust and find my blend of traditional storytelling and facts is a great way of engaging children and making them want to discover more for themselves.

"Thanks for your workshops with the children last week. We used the story maps to create oral stories and I was blown away by their imagination and language. I would add that this group usually produce under a page of writing each, so the value of this week is immediately obvious. I loved some of the ideas you introduced me to and intend to adapt these for our outdoor learning activities – they can be used at all levels in the school."

  Jackie Henderson, Primary 7 Teacher, Forgandenny 2017.

As part of a 3 school project looking at local medieval history

Collaborative Community Projects

Community art and gardening projects can be incredibly exciting. Storytelling can be a powerful way of engaging people with their place, increasing communication and involvement. I love to research relevant stories for projects share them then collect more from the groups I work with, bringing them together using a blend of plants and art to create vibrant engaging results.

My recent work on the award nominated Ruglen Ropewalk with fabulous community gardening charity GROW 73 can be found HERE with the website I created for the projects stories as they developed HERE. 

Each project is unique and I have collaborated with musicians, sculptors, film-makers and gardeners, so please get in touch to chat over your project.

Call for Price Enquiries

If you wish to discuss my services in detail do get in touch. 

Call on +44 7884107466 or +44 786842831 or email me at [email protected] today to book a storytelling event. 

I am always happy to chat to you about what my craft involves and what I can deliver.  Once you've emailed I will be in touch to set up an initial phone consultation. When we have an idea of type of session that would work best for you I can send you a overview of costs and get you all booked in. 

Then the fun part: the research and planning can start!

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