Good news everybody! The wonderful folks at Musica Workshops have just put up our latest story video!

A boy becomes king by being brave and not giving up – but before that, there’s a whole heap of characters misbehaving and carrying on – Fuzzy the Fairy as the 80s style news reporter, a prima donna Granny, a pirate who dreams of gold and of course Bjorn the Viking singing a sea shanty about how good he is at gardening and invading!

You can view it and other amazing videos they have made over the past year at their web page –

Inchgarth Toddlers

It’s going to be so nice to be back with real live audiences again! Our wonderful local community centre, Inchgarth, is making use of its outside space to welcome the toddler group back again!

I’m going to be doing an interactive story with the wee ones on the 27th May and am really looking forward to getting my fairy kit on and telling a story involving all the childrens’ favourite animals!

To attend, please contact Inchgarth at the email address below πŸ™‚

Jackie Ross, Phyll McBain and Pauline at the World Storytelling Cafe!

If ye missed it an ye wint tae catch up – here’s Jackie Ros, Phyll McBain and masel daen oor Doric thing at the World Storytelilng Cafe
Jackie and Phyll telt some grand tales an hid on braw bonnets tae dae a duet an I contributit a wee sang. Doric “Call My Bluff” hid abdy yokin their heids at the end!

Doric stories and ballads from Jackie Ross, Phyll McBain and Pauline Cordiner,   from World Storytelling Cafe on Vimeo.

3 Storytelling Workshops

Good morning folks!

Tickets will soon go on sale for three storytelling workshops organised by the Grampian Association of Storytellers and our friends at the Elphinstone Institute.

The workshops are aimed at folk who wish to develop their oral storytelling skills. Participants are encouraged to attend all three workshops, however it is possible to attend fewer as each workshop is free-standing.

The workshops will be held on the 27th March, 10th April and 24th April and the themes are “Personal Stories,” “Traditional Tales,” and “Stories of Place.”

Pauline Cordiner and Jackie Ross will be joined by Sheena Blackhall, Diana Peers and Joan Anderson. Please see the attached poster and links below for further details. Tickets go on sale on the 16th March and we anticipate that they will go quickly -so get your bookings in as soon as possible!

Each event must be booked separately. Cost: Unemployed: Free / Concession: Β£4 / Waged: Β£8…/personal-stories……/traditional-tales……/stories-of-place…

We hope to see you all there!

Wigtown Book Festival Online

Tonight I’m going to be joining Renita Boyle – Tell Together Tales, Claire at Tales From Honeybeehut and Susi Sweet Pea the Fairy the Storyteller for STARLIGHT STORIES!

Please follow the link below to book your FREE ticket and be redirected to the page, watch us live below, or the full set will be shared on the Wigtown Book Festival in due course and you can catch up there πŸ˜ƒ…/event/428322686/

International Womens’ Day, British Science Week and the University of Aberdeen!

I’m not sure how many of you know this, but I worked as a laboratory chemist for 19 years – I may not get the daily opportunity to analyse fiach these days (technical term πŸ˜‰) but that doesn’t mean that I don’t still have a love of science.

A lot of stories that I tell communicate science themes and at this upcoming event I’m not only getting to tell some of those stories for British Science Week, but will be celebrating International Women’s Day at the same time! πŸ™‚

See below for this event from the University of Aberdeen! #IWD2021#ChooseToChallenge#IWDabdn

Thought this might be useful to you educators and event organisers out there! πŸ™‚

There are a number of special weeks or days throughout the year when you would benefit from hiring a storyteller for your event or school.

Here is a list of 2021 dates and events for which I am now taking bookings πŸ™‚

Of course, you don’t need to stick to these dates, just email me at to make an enquiry

2021 – Scottish Year of Coasts and Waters (continued from 2020)

Burns Night – 25 JanuaryNational Storytelling Week – 30 January – 6 FebruaryWorld Book Day – 4 MarchBritish Science Week 5 – 14 MarchWorld Poetry Day 21st MarchInternational Children’s Book Day – 2 April (held on or near Hans Christian Andersen’s birthday.)Tell A Story Day – 27 AprilChildren’s Book Week – 3 May – 9 MayScottish Archaeology Month – SeptemberRoald Dahl day Sept 13thNational Poetry Day – 7 OctoberScottish International Storytelling Festival Fri 16th – 30st OctBook Week Scotland – 15-21 NovemberI am on the Scottish Storytelling Centre’s directory and am registered with the Scottish Book Trust’s Live Literature Scheme – so your organisation, charity or group may be able to get some funding to reduce the cost of a visit πŸ™‚

  • Burns Night – 25 January
  • National Storytelling Week – 30 January – 6 February
  • World Book Day – 4 March
  • British Science Week 5 – 14 March
  • World Poetry Day 21st March
  • International Children’s Book Day – 2 April (held on or near Hans Christian Andersen’s birthday.)
  • Tell A Story Day – 27 April
  • Children’s Book Week – 3 May – 9 May
  • Scottish Archaeology Month – September
  • Roald Dahl day Sept 13th
  • National Poetry Day – 7 October
  • Scottish International Storytelling Festival Fri 16th – 30st Oct
  • Book Week Scotland – 15-21 November

I am on the Scottish Storytelling Centre’s directory and am registered with the Scottish Book Trust’s Live Literature Scheme – so your organisation, charity or group may be able to get some funding to reduce the cost of a visit.

Tonight’s Tales and Tunes!

I’m all set for tonight’s Tales and Tunes with Justine DeMierre! You can join us on Zoom or watch live on Facebook (see details below).

Plenty of entertainment with stories and songs in the first half and then I’ll be doing a couple of stories and a song in the second half!

Come and join us once again on the third Wednesday in January – and since the lockdown means we still can’t be at our usual venue of The Kings Head Woodbridge, we’ll be back on Zoom!

If you want to join us, here is the link to click: is a waiting room and we let people in before we start, and then only between acts, so there might be a bit of a wait if you’re a bit late but we promise we’ll let you in as soon as we can! All being well we’ll also livestream to the Tales ‘n’ Tunes facebook group, so do join the group and watch there if you prefer. ( featured artist this time is the wonderful @Pauline CordinerPauline is a fabulous scottish storyteller who delights all ages! Do head over to her page to check out more about her usual there’ll be open mic slots not just for with all the usual stories, poems, jokes, limericks, blog readings and any other word combinations you fancy, but new for 2021 also acoustic music of all kinds – acapella songs, acoustic guitar, violin and whatever else can make a noise without you plugging it in!We’ll have The Virtual Hat out for contributions atΒ Anything we collect will go towards supporting our featured artist and host at this very challenging time financially for live performers – all donations greatly appreciated!So come along, support us, invite your friends, bring our own beer and snacks – and generally eat, drink and be merry!!See you there!!



The wonderful Sheena Blackhall and I have made some videos for teaching Scots/Doric in schools or as part of projects on Scotland.

We did this as our “good deed” after doing some stories for the Scottish Storytelling Centre during their festival this year.

There are three videos which are FREE RESOURCES which can be accessed by teachers (and home schoolers) around the globe

One for Nursery to Primary 2 –|
One for Primary 2 to Primary 4 –
One for Primary 5 to Primary 7 –

They are all rowed up thegither here –

I was going to wait until the new term to launch them – however as the term times have changed due to Covid, I thought teachers might appreciate being made aware of them now as they’ll be thinking about planning for the home schooling in the new term.

Pauline and Sheena πŸ™‚ x