World Storytelling Cafe

The wonderful John Row who has had me along to tell stories at Glastonbury in the Kids Field, Cambridge Folk Festival and Strumpshaw Tree Fair recently called to tell me all about this new venture he’s involved in… the World Storytelling Cafe

Physically, the World Storytelling Cafe is being built in Marrakech and is to be a centre of storytelling which will facilitate young apprentice storytellers in the storytelling

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traditions of Morocco.  However since the exceptional circumstances caused by Coronavirus and Covid19, modern technology, and the very hard working tech wizards behind the project has taken the World Storytelling Cafe in a different direction and storytellers all over the world have been recording sessions or posting them live on the site.  I am delighted to have been the second to have performed, after a couple of amazing sets from John Row!

These stories are widely available for all to view, then they “pass-the-hat” in time honoured fashion so that those who can afford to have an opportunity to show their appreciation.  100% of monies popped in to the storytellers hat go directly to the storyteller.

So come along and enjoy a few storytelling sessions!  The group of storytellers is growing.  So there is a lot out there to choose from.

Here is the link to my first session – I hope you enjoy it!

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Pauline x



Scots Radio – Stories For Bairns

The other week I was asked by the wonderful fowks at Scots Radio if I would like to film some stories in Scots for Scots Bairns and their grownups.

Of course I was absolutely delighted to!

The first video has just been posted here – and features my best pal, Fizzy The Fairy.  Look at the beautiful banner they’ve designed too!
Be sure to visit their page and subcribe for mair stories! Scots Radio Logo

Tag Team Tales, Coronavirus and aa’ the rest

Weel folks, it has been a crazy few weeks – as I’m sure you’re all experiencing!
Molly and I (as well as assorted fairies, imps, ravens, vikings and whoever else inhabits the spare room) are set to isolate and what is there to do…?

Well, it turns out there’s a great deal!

A few days ago I voice the thought buzzing round in my head that surely this isn’t 100% inconvenience, but it’s also an opportunity – to share the stories I love to listen to and the stories I love to tell!

So the conclusion was that last night on the 20th March 2020, World Storytelling Day, myself and 9 other storytellers across Scotland, the UK and Europe went live on Facebook and shared stories for anyone out there to watch!  And belive me… as a mum of a 7 year old girl, I know entertainment will be required 😉
Going Live 2020It all went very well – except for a couple of wee technical gremlins (there’s aye one).

If you would like to follow us online, please go to

The videos will of course be shared on as well as
my YouTube Channel

So it’s nae aa bad news!
Keep calm and chronicle on 😉

Pauline xx

VIKINGS! At Portsoy Book Festival

That’s myself and Bjarni the Viking off to Portsoy for our storytelling and craft event at Portsoy Book Festival!

I’ve loved the stories and sagas since my time volunteering at Archaeolink and am all set to tell stories of Thor, Loki and the Ice Giants!


After their stories, the children (and adults!) attending will get the chance to make a name plate in Futhark Runes and make some butter to try after another story.

From Out of the Deep!

This summer is filling up quickly with Glastonbury, Strumpshaw, Belladrum and other wonderful places to tell stories!
I’ll be fleein back up the road to Aberdeen for the 24th July where Aberdeen Ranger Service and the Grampian Association of Storytellers will be telling tales “From Out of the Deep” – another Coasts and Waters event.


Sea Monsters and Science at Powis Community Centre

A fab time yesterday at Powis Community Centre telling stories of Science and the Sea for the University of Aberdeen!
Why the Sea is Salty, Kitty and the Blue Men and of course, Assipattle and the Mester StoorWurm – some of my favourite maritime tales. And of course, there’s usually a scientific explanation for most sea monsters.

Afterwards the children made sea life masks and joined Robogals Aberdeen to make helicopters and rockets!
One wee boy wasn’t there when the masks were being made, so I got out the clay and we made some sea monsters – I’m not sure I fancy meeting these two on Aberdeen beach!

Sea Monsters Powis Feb 2020

Some Photos from Spectra 2020