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 ๐Ÿ˜ƒ


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 ๐Ÿ˜‰) 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! ๐Ÿ™‚

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! ๐Ÿ™‚

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 ๐Ÿ™‚

Of course, you don’t need to stick to these dates, just email me at paulinecordiner@gmail.com 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 โ€“ 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 โ€“ 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 ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Burns Night – 25 January
  • National Storytelling Week – 30 January – 6 February
  • World Book Day – 4 March
  • British Science Week 5 โ€“ 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 โ€“ 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:https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88248976522There 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. (https://www.facebook.com/groups/talesntunes)Our 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 herhttps://www.facebook.com/PaulineCordinerAScottishStorytellerAs 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 atย www.paypal.me/justinedemierre. 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 – https://youtu.be/rq0719hQCoE|
One for Primary 2 to Primary 4 – https://youtu.be/uSR2fbjbm-k
One for Primary 5 to Primary 7 – https://youtu.be/_vGOnLlodQw

They are all rowed up thegither here – https://paulinecordiner.co.uk/scotstalesandsangs/

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 ๐Ÿ™‚ x


A story for Christmas! Grandfather Frost

NAE LANG NOO!!I have been so busy with various Christmas events that I’ve barely had time to sit down – but sit down I did the other night and I was able to record this (shortened) version of Grandfather Frost!

In Russia, the mannie we call Santa Claus is known as Grandfather Frost (Ded Moroz) and he is assisted on present delivering duties by Snegurochka – the Snow Maiden. Find out how he first met her in this charming festive tale! ๐Ÿ™‚

Christmas Open Hearth 2

Join us tomorrow from 8 to 10pm at the “Christmas Open Hearth 2” from the Scottish Storytelling Centre.


Christmas Open Hearth 2

Join us for the second of two festive Open Hearth sessions with a specially curated lineup featuring some of the finest storytellers working in Scotland, all sharing in the ceilidh tradition. The perfect way to come together and bring 2020 to a gentle close.

Featuring guest storytellersย Grace Banks,ย Pauline Cordiner,ย Ben Maliย andย James Spence.”