Pauline at the final Wickerman event, 31st October 2010.
As their resident storyteller, I was storytelling throughout the year at Archaeolink Prehistory Park. With differently themed weekends between easter and Hallowe’en, Archaeolink had something for everyone and I set myself the difficult challenge of fitting my stories to their themes!
See their web page for details of upcoming events and themed weekends.
I was made very welcome again at the Aberdeen University Storytelling Societywhen I told stories there on the 17th March. They are such a welcoming and relaxed group that it feels so natural to be telling stories amongst them – I wish the society had existed when I studied there!
The best thing about the Glastonbury Festival is that there is so much more to discover than the music – leave the main drag heading up towards the Stone Circle and you’ll find poetry, art, crafts, wonderful cafes and stalls and many spontaneous, frivolous, crazy goings-on 🙂 Not forgetting the storytelling of course! From the 24th to the 27th June, I once again joined Christine Willison in the Earth Lodge at the Green Futures Field. I also told stories at the Kidz field, organised by John Row – and I’m already looking forward to Glastonbury 2011!
To make sure the children (and a few mums dads, grannies and grandas!) were kept entertained, I joined a number of family history societies, archivists and local interest groups at Crathes Castle’s Family History Fair on the 10th July – a wonderful historic setting to inspire some traditional scottish folk and fairy tales!
Scottish Natural Heritage had a wonderful sunny summers day for their Open Day at the Burn O Vat visitors centre on the 11th July where I told some of my favourite stories there as part of the International Year of Biodiversity. How did the Caledonian Forest survive? Who was the mysterious Green Man? Who caused the scourge of Scotland? Many other activities and crafts were available including a treasure hunt and the chance to make your own bee box.
On the 25th July, I joined poets, musicians and other storytellers performing from The Performance Shack, one of a group of shacks made from recycled materials which popped up in Union Terrace Gardens, on Schoolhill and on St Nicholas Square. This was a Peackock Visual Arts Project called the “Mobile Creative Village” – one of a number of events taking place to publicise the London 2012 Olympics in 2 years time. Read more on the North East Writers web page
I told stories at the Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival for the first time on the 6th and 7th August in the Tweedledum Tent – Everything I’ve heard about Belladrum was true – it’s such a friendly festival! Fellow storyteller Anna Fancett and I dressed up as the White Queen and Red Queen respectively and she helped me out with a couple of stories. Belladrum Festival Web Page Click here to see the two queens battle it out on the croquet pitch!
I was also excited to be going back to the Wee Wizards Tent at 2010’s Wizard Festival. The kids were great, telling stories with a mic was easier than I thought and I discovered a previously unknown talent for making balloon dogs!. Wizard Festival Web Page. … And a photo of the storytelling here. (Very much a high-tech fairy!)
On Saturday the 4th September, I represented GAS at Bodgefest 2010. The day was organised by Dunnottar Bodgers Group and was a fantastic family day of crafts, arts and music in the quarry area of Dunnottar Woods.
I was one of the organisers of Gadiefest 2010 – a celebration of storytelling, arts, crafts and music in the North East of Scotland which took place on Friday the 10th and Saturday 11th September 2010. The festival was organised by GAS and Archaeolink and we enjoyed a great weekend of tales round the fire in the round house. There were events in town (Aberdeen) too though, so have a look at the Gadiefest 2010 web page to see how it went.
I always feel that Hallowe’en is best spent exploring a spooky castle… So it was with great delight that Anna Fancett and I took on the role of storytelling witches at Castle Fraser this Hallowe’en. We told our favourite ghost stories to fellow witches, devils, ghosts and werewolves in the library which had been wonderfully decorated for the occasion.
Sadly it looks like this years Wickerman at Archaeolink was the last. The round house at Archaeolink was where I told my very first story and I and many others will deeply miss the atmosphere, the fun, the excitement, the singing at the roundhouse parties, the midnight stargazing, the spear-fighting, the fire walking, the friendship, the laughter and the good times we all had there. I’m proud to have been one asked to light the Wicker Man for the final time along with other Archaeolink staff as well as members of Historic Saltire and Medieval Realm. Click here to see staff and volunteers enjoy this spectacular event.
Finally, to round off the year, I told local stories and Scottish Folk Tales at Stonehaven’s Hogmanay Event, Open Air In The Square. I went to see the fireballs afterwards of course!