Haunt Publishing! Recording a story in Edinburgh

So this weekend just past I was in Edinburgh at Offbeat Recording Studio off the Royal Mile to record my story for Haunt Publishing’s “Haunted Voices- An Anthology of Gothic Storytelling from Scotland.”

What a great experience it was and lovely to meet Rebecca and her crew!  Some of my other storytelling friends will also be part of the anthology and I’m really excited to hear the finished anthology.  More to follow!

Recording for Haunt Publications

A visit to HANDSS

What a wonderful time I had at HANDSS on Tuesday evening!  I had my first visit to their group back in May but was invited back – this time with my Big Box of Puppets in tow!  Everyone had a great time experimenting with the puppets – choosing their favourite and giving them new names, voices and personality.

HANDSS group is a club for children with additional support needs. It is run by parent/volunteers & siblings are welcome.  Here’s their Facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/HANDSSBOD/  You can also find them on Twitter here – https://twitter.com/HANDSS_Group

HANDSS

17th November – Dinosaur Storytelling, Songs and Games!

Raaaar!!! Join Pauline for some Dinosaur stories on Sunday 17th November at the Seafield Arms, Whitehills. Parents can relax while the children have fun. Hosted by our friends at Castlegate Banff 😀

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Does your child love Dinosaurs as much as us? Then let them join us for a Roarsome storytelling event.

Our storyteller Pauline Cordiner will take them back in time to a world of the Stomping Brachiosaurus, Screeching Pterodactyl and the Roaring T Rex.

She will use her skills to create an atmospheric trip to prehistoric times and include songs and a game.

Dinosaurs aren’t extinct they’re just hiding 🦕🦖😃

Kids are very welcome to come dressed up.

Parents and Carers will have to stay for the duration of the event and we have reserved seating for you, we will also have a Tea/Coffee and Cake offer available and the bar will be open.

Castlegate will be bringing along a display of new Christmas toys for you to view at your leisure. We will also have Christmas Catalogues for you to take home.

At the event there will be an opportunity to buy a Dinosaur and Book for a special price.

Tickets available to buy instore or via PayPal and will be available to collect in Castlegate.

Tickets £8 per child for one event.

Dino and Unicorn two event Ticket £12 per child.

Ticket price includes snack and a goodie bag.

17th November – Unicorn Storytelling, Songs and Games

Join Pauline for some Unicorn stories on Sunday 17th November at the Seafield Arms in Whitehills – there will also be songs and games while the parents can relax!
Hosted by our friends at Castlegate Banff 

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Who remembers amazing fantasy stories when we were young?
Immerse your children into the world of magic and make believe for an afternoon on a winters day.

Our storyteller Pauline Cordiner will tell enchanting tales of Scotlands magical national animal, the Unicorn.

“When someone told me I lived in a fantasy land I nearly fell off my Unicorn” 🦄😃

Kids are welcome to come dressed up.

Parents and Carers will have to stay for the duration of the event, we have reserved the conservatory for you, we will also have a Tea/Coffee and Cake offer available and the bar will be open.

Castlegate will be bringing along a display of new Christmas toys for you to view at your leisure. We will also have Christmas Catalogues for you to take home.

At the event there will be an opportunity to buy a Unicorn and Book for a special price.

Tickets available to buy via PayPal and will be available to collect in Castlegate.

Tickets £8 per child.
Dino and Unicon Two Event Ticket £12 per child.

Ticket price includes a snack and a goodie bag.

Recommended age 5+

The Trouble With Fairies…

So yesterday I had a wonderful audience at the Maritime Museum’s lunchtime talk, “The Trouble With Fairies…”
I spoke about telling stories with a puppet – how that came about and its typical pros and cons…
Then we moved on to modern conceptions of fairies versus those our Scottish ancestors would have had, including a few local types such as the Old Washerwoman at Ballater, the Tarans and the Red Caps from the Borders.

One lady asked me how old our modern concept of gnomes were and I couldn’t rightly say… so! a couple of links 🙂

Good old Uncle Wikipedia tells us “A gnome /noʊm/[1] is a diminutive spirit in Renaissance magic and alchemy, first introduced by Paracelsus in the 16th century and later adopted by more recent authors including those of modern fantasy literature. Its characteristics have been reinterpreted to suit the needs of various story tellers, but it is typically said to be a small humanoid that lives underground.” (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gnome)

It looks like in the latter 19th century we get the wee guy with the beard, colourful tunic and trousers and big boots – much like one of my Scandinavian favourites the Tomte or the Nisse (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nisse_(folklore)) and that’s where the Garden Gnome comes from.

https://www.newworldencyclopedia.org/entry/Gnome gives a concise summary of the change from proper fairy to wee friendly guys fishing or mooning at the bottom of your garden 😀

Every day is a school day!

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Maritime Museum Lunchtime Talk

Tomorrow at the Maritime Museum… join Fizzy the Fairy and myself for a talk on telling stories with Puppets… “The Trouble With Fairies…”
Expect a couple of tales of the darker side of Scottish fairies and their encounters with humans.
Lunchtime talks are targeted at an adult audience and are held regularly on Wednesday lunchtimes. Organised by Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums

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Performing With Puppets at Aberdeen Maritime Museum

Billy and myself at Aberdeen Maritime Museum for their “Performing with Puppets” event which was part of the 2019 Punch and Judy Through The Years exhibition 

I had 10 fantastic young puppeteers who picked up on the characters used in the story, their personalities, voices and body language; looked at character’s back stories, physical and personality traits to give a puppet a voice; and finally amazed me with the skills they’d learnt in the workshop!

You lot were great! Even Fizzy said so and you know how fussy she can be 😉

Thanks Aberdeen Maritime Museum and Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums for organising such a great workshop!!