Animist Workshop with Simon Yuill

Last week I had the amazing opportunity to work with artist Simon Yuill on an animist workshop at Peacock Visual Art’s The WORM.

“The exhibition “Raik” by Simon Yuill is a study of the Raik Road area in Aberdeen looking at its development since the end of the Ice Age in terms of what the artist calls a metabolic animism. This looks at the area as a site of metabolic flows and processes that have changed over time.”  To read more about it, click here – https://peacockvisualarts.com/simon-yuill-raik/

Simon explained the 5 different time periods in the exhibition – each of which had a beautifully made cloak that you can see some of the children wearing in the photographs below – mesolithic (early stone age), Pictish, the Herring boom, North Sea Oil and the future.  I then told the story of a spoiled chieftain’s son who had to survive alone in a mysterious landscape.
The children were then able to make animal masks which they were able to take home with them.  We then created a story which saw a young girl slip back in time to the mesolithic.  (Watch this space for the story!)

I’d like to thank all the children and parents were involved and especially Simon for asking me along to provide the traditional storytelling element.  Thanks of course to those at Peacock and The Worm as well!

Buchan’s Horrible Histories!

Something for the kids this time! 

I’ve done a couple of events in the past year at Aden Country Park strictly for adults only telling stories from some research I’ve done into the darker side of Aden’s history. Now there’s a PG version aimed at children aged 8 and over! Get your tickets now  Some tickets are available for the 1pm show and also for the 2.30pm show 

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Come along to the Aden Theatre and hear spooky stories that will make the hair on the back of your neck stand up. Storyteller Pauline Cordiner will retell stories of local witch hunts, how a member of the Russel family from Aden was eaten alive, find out about the Ghosts that haunt Aden estate and learn about the Monks from Deer Abbey that have been seen in Old Deer to name but a few. All the stories are based on events that occurred within a 10 mile radius of Aden. Due to the nature of this event, it is recommended for those over the age of 8.

Halloween at Haddo House

Adults only!!
This Thursday night at Haddo House – haunting and scary tales for Halloween.
Join three of the North East’s best traditional storytellers – Pauline Cordiner, David Brown and Diana Peers, for the evening.

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October 31st is Halloween but it is also the start of the ancient storytelling season (this is not a coincidence!); when the agrarian and wild harvests had been gathered in, and livestock that could not be kept throughout the winter slaughtered, the hours of darkness needed something to lighten them.

Join The Grampian Association of Storytellers at Haddo Country Park for a wide and wild variety of Samhain (‘Summer’s End’) tales; myths, local legends, ghost and horror stories and more. This evening is aimed at adults; some of these tales are not for the faint-hearted and some may have adult themes, so there is a lower age limit of fourteen years. The event will start at 7:30 and end around 9.30 P.M. Turnip and pumpkin lanterns are welcome!

Tickets cost £10 per person and can be booked by e-mailing Suzanna on vsohaddo@gmail.com.

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

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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+