My dad used to tell me stories at night, or if I was sick in bed.  Sometimes he would read, but more often he would make them up as he sat beside me.  And so my love of stories was born.

 

Later, as a high school teacher, I discovered how powerful a story could be when told without books, straight to the hearts of the listeners.  That’s how the best stories live: eye to eye, heart to heart, and mind to mind.

 

My great epiphany came when I saw the wonderful Ashley Ramsden tell Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol.”  The way the tale came vividly to life through one man’s voice and movements, using nothing for props but an old candelabrum, was utterly captivating!  That set me on my way, and I’ve since told stories in classrooms, round campfires, in canteens and restaurants, in barns, tents, yurts and even the top deck of a London bus.  I've been on the Register of Scottish Storytellers for many years, and have often performed at the Scottish Storytelling Centre, and at The Guid Crack Club in Edinburgh.  I now live in Vermont and am enjoying sharing tales in the United States.


I teach storytelling to teachers, performing storytellers, and to all who have a story to tell.  Sometimes it’s easier to understand your life when you can grasp it as a story, and I’ve worked in that field, too.  I help people to see incidents in their lives as part of their own great story. 

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Storytelling is one of the great healing things of life, and I’m proud to be part of that old—and still immensely relevant—tradition!

Storytelling

  • stories for all ages, adults included
  • fairy tales, world folktales
  • wide repertoire of Celtic tales

Sing-along

  • primarily for children age 4-10 or family events
  • children's parties
  • songs that invite participation, some traditional
  • songs and stories woven together

Story coaching

  • learn to be a storyteller---on the stage, in the classroom, or among friends
  • discover how to set a mood and use gesture, timing, and voice
  • develop biographical stories to make meaning from your own life