A story for Aberdeen City Libraries

Of course it was Book Week Scotland last week! (A very busy time, hence why I’m posting lots today to catch up!) And to celebrate this special week in our calendar, Aberdeen City Libraries asked me to record my favourite story to share with younger readers (aged 7 to 11) and young adults/older adults too of course!

Well that is Tatterhood and I’ve never heard her summed up better than the post from Aberdeen City Libraries, below:

“As the days grow short and the nights draw in, local storyteller Pauline Cordiner delivers a special retelling of Norwegian folk tale Tatterhood for Book Week Scotland. There’s kings and queens, princes and princesses, trolls, some mischief from the fairy folk and our hero Tatterhood. She doesn’t care how she looks or acts and somehow saves the day with only her courage, her goat and her wooden spoon!!  So coorie in, get comfy and enjoy this special pre-recorded session that is perfect for young readers aged 7 to 11 (and anyone else wanting a much needed dose of happily ever after).”

The Waffle Free Storytelling Podcast

So it’s Monday and I’m catching up with everything from the weekend!

Last week I was privileged to be a guest storyteller on Tina Konstant’s “Waffle Free Storytelling Podcast” !

Sometimes you just want a STORY! No waffle, rambling introduction or debate on the impact of dinosaur pyjamas on a good night’s sleep. That’s what the Waffle-Free Storytelling Podcast is all about: the story and nothing but.

You can find my story (Dopey Davie, a family story) on Tina’s web page (link below) and many of the other places you would usually download your podcasts 🙂

Thanks Tina for having me along to be a part of it! 😀 xxx

Virtual Storytelling for Book Week Scotland

What a grand time we had this morning! Sheena Blackhall and I told stories and sang songs on the themes of Friendship and Autumn to the pupils of Skene and Westhill Primaries in Aberdeenshire.
It is of course Book Week Scotland, so we had tales of squeaky moosies, haughty princesses, friendy neeighbours and wicked auld witches – all courtesy of the Big Scottish Story Ripple funded by the Scottish Storytelling Centre! #StoryRipple#BookWeekScotland
Keep your eye out for our “good deed” – We’ll be making some videos of “Stories, Sangs and Rhymes fur teachin Scots in Schools”

Sinister and Spooky Stories Fae The North East

A date for your diaries! Coming up a week tomorrow… I’m going to be joining my favourite North East quines to tell stories of local ghosts and ghoulies! However there will be an opportunity for you to share any spooky, supernatural experiences you have had or share any ghost stories you’ve grown up with or family tales.
The event is free to join, but you must register in advance. Donations will be accepted when you are booking your ticket through Eventbrite – see the link below. The event will be organised by the Elphinstone Institute and is funded by the Scottish Storytelling Centre 🙂

About this EventFive of the North-East’s finest storytellers explore the region’s darker side in a collaborative online evening of sinister and spooky stories. Join us to learn of the North-East’s ghosts and ghoulies, its witches and warlocks. But don’t just listen – we want you to share your own tales too. Whether you’re from the North-East or whether you’ve moved to Scotland from elsewhere, we want to know the spooky stories you’ve grown up with, or maybe even experienced yourself. The event is open to all brave souls.

Stories, music and song with Musica Workshops!

Good afternoon folks!
Today I’d like to share with you a story that’s more than a story!
A couple of months ago, I was contacted by Glastonbury George – aka George from https://www.musica-workshops.com/ As Musica are unable to provide hands-on services because of the virus, would I be interested in telling a story for all their users? More to the point, would Fizzy and Fuzzy the Fairies be up for it?
Well just you try stopping those tricksy fairies from getting involved in anything! 🧚‍♂️🎼🥁🎸🧚
George and Tim from Musica Workshops aim to give disadvantaged people the chance to learn something new and exciting through the power of music – and Fizzy and Fuzzy (and myself of course!) just LOVED singing and dancing along with George and Tim’s music! Please let us know what you think of the story, music and video! 😃

World Storytelling Cafe – Live Session Now Online

My live session from last Friday (24th April 2020) is now available online at https://worldstorytellingcafe.com/pauline-cordiner/

It was a much more relaxed session than the tricky challenge of recording the story to the audience of… my phone!  A Zoom audience will never be the same as a live audience, but in current circumstances, it’s the next best thing 🙂

Click on the image to go to the session!

Live at World Storytelling Cafe – tomorrow at 6pm!

So excited for this tomorrow evening at 6pm!
After the live event, the video will be available at https://worldstorytellingcafe.com/pauline-cordiner/

“Meeting with Pauline Cordiner
Start time: 2020-04-24 18:00:00

Pauline Cordiner is a storyteller from the fishing and farming traditions of the North East of Scotland who enjoys telling a mix of Scottish tales, myths, legends, folk tales and the occasional home grown tale of her own.

We invite you to join us in a live stories session on Friday, 24 April 2020 at 6pm UK time. Pauline will be sharing some of her wonderful stories and you can all join in and ask questions if you have any”


Live Literature vouchers for online storytelling sessions

For any organisations who might are interested in Live Literature online events/commissions.  I am registered with the Scottish Book Trust and so would be available for online storytelling sessions, workshops, personalised recordings etc

Book Trust Scotland have announced that Live Literature events are now available for organisations who would like to commission new online author/storyteller events while in-person activities are unable to take place.

“Events could take the form of a remote workshop; a podcast or local radio appearance; a short written resource; community engagement through notice boards or food parcel inserts – in short, anything that helps spread the positive impact of reading, writing and words remotely! If you have an event idea and would like to check its suitability, please do get in touch.

These sessions are fully funded. The £175 author fee is paid by Scottish Book Trust, with no contribution asked from organisations. A key aim of this fund is to provide authors with paid work at a time when opportunities have become understandably limited, in line with our statement on author fees and online events. For this reason authors can send in a claim form once sessions have been confirmed, before any events have taken place.

The fund will remain open for applications until 22 May, with events to take place between 9 May and 1 September. You can find out about deadlines, criteria and application details for the new fund on our website.

This fund is limited and we encourage organisations previously awarded Live Literature sessions to use any existing funding to hold remote events before the end of December 2020. If you were in the process of arranging Live Literature sessions before Covid-19, then this is an option you can discuss with your contact at the host organisation.”