I come from a long line of Scottish storytellers and feel especially close to my kinfolk in the far northern islands of the Orkneys who over the centuries have gathered around the peat fire on long winter’s nights to “spin a tale”. It is the atmosphere and magic of story that captivates me. What captures me is “Story’s” ability to transform the ordinary into the “extra”-ordinary and give us a fresh look at our family, our history our joys and problems.
As an experienced storyteller of 7 years with 20 years Public Speaking experience, I have a portfolio that includes folk stories, New Zealand swagman stories and historically based tales set mainly in the South Island. I particularly enjoy telling this type of story to an adult audience. Original stories presented are about my personal story, our country’s wildlife and environment.
Is a retired Librarian I am a regular teller at libraries, mainly telling to Pre-school and Primary children. Puppets, props and movement are featured in these tellings. I have been a featured teller at Glistening Waters Storytelling Festival in Masterton. Workshops on Storytelling have been presented to Toastmasters, ITC and POWERtalk International clubs, as well as community groups. School visits are an important part of my regular programme.
Finally, I believe that humour is important and, as is shown by my name, endeavour to use it as a leaven in every presentation. To do this I have a collection of entertaining 5-15 minute stories, some with a twist in their tale.