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Gifting Every Child Directory

The Gifting Every Child project aims to encourage the introduction of the traditional arts to children by making it easier to access the artists, organisations and practitioners best equipped to deliver engaging and vibrant workshops and projects.

Below is a broad selection from across Scotland who have expressed keen interest in contributing. If you are interested in booking them for any creative work, please get in touch directly.

If you are a traditional arts practitioner and would like to be included, please email to request an application form.



Ceòlas Uibhist

Gleus House, Daliburgh, Isle of South Uist, HS8 5SS

01878 700154

Ceòlas offers fiddle and button box accordion tuition after school for 16 hours per week across South Uist, Benbecula and North Uist. Working in partnership with the Comunn na Gàidhlig Officer, Ceòlas delivered two intergenerational events around the cultural calendar of the community Samhain and Cullaig (Hallowe’en and New Year’s Eve). Children were able to learn from the community members about the traditions of their time, and the Duain Cullaig has been learnt again by the young people in two communities it did not exist in before. Ceòlas offers Summer School and Winter School tuition for teachers in Song, Fiddle, Piping and Dance.

Ceòlas is based in South Uist and attracts students from all over the world to its classes. Ceòlas is a community managed organisation with professional staff who deliver our programme. We offer in-service Teacher Training for teachers in Gaelic Medium Education or those planning to become GME. Contact Operations Manager Mary Schmoller.

All people working with children have PVG certificates.

Live Music NowLive Music Now

14 Lennox Street, Edinburgh, EH4 1QA

01313 326356

Live Music Now is a charitable organisation with two parallel aims: to support professional musicians at the outset of their careers, and to take high-quality live music into community settings, to those whose access to music is limited due to age, ill health, disability, rural isolation, or social-economic barriers. Live Music Now Scotland nurtures a roster of c.17 Scottish traditional bands (about 38 individual musicians), putting on performances in community settings across Scotland, including participatory performances and workshops for schoolchildren and their teachers.

LMNS is a professional organisation which works with musicians of an exceptionally high standard, supporting them to bring their music into community settings and to develop their skills in this area. We apply to public and private funders on a regular basis and accept individual donations also. We pay professional set rates and expenses to musicians for all their activities with us; please contact Director Carol Main for quotes.

LMNS has a track record of delivering in-school participatory performances (we deliver more than 650 per year in community settings across Scotland, including mainstream, rural and ASN school settings); participative activities (we deliver music-making workshops with children and young people, usually leading up to a final sharing performance, including early years children, primary, secondary, and children with sensory impairments or other additional needs. We have delivered workshops in the youth justice system); and in-service training for teachers (usually attached to a project, such as our early years music projects where we share techniques, skills, and research with early years workers so they can continue to activities after the end of the project). Our in-school participatory performances usually last up to 1 hour, and combine the musicians' regular high-quality concert performance repertoire, delivered in a way that uses good verbal communication with the children, and involves them in the music in a variety of participative ways.

All musicians and members of staff are registered with the PVG scheme.

Feis Rois

Fèis Rois

16/17 High Street, Dingwall

01349 862600

Fèis Rois, one of Scotland’s leading traditional and Gaelic music organisations, offers schools and local authorities the opportunity to create exciting, bespoke education projects.  We offer a diverse programme from group music making, song, songwriting and storytelling to whole class instrumental instruction for all age groups.  We also offer CPD sessions.   

Fèis Rois is based in Ross-shire and this is where we run our weekly community classes music programme for children and adults as well as our 3 annual residential music, art, drama and dance festivals. Our education programme offers projects across the whole of Scotland. 

All freelancers working for Fèis Rois have PVG membership. We have a large bank of professional traditional musicians, singers and storytellers who are highly experienced at delivering projects in nurseries, schools and higher education institutes.

Fèis Rois is an organisation with charitable status providing a professional service.  To ensure the legacy of projects we encourage all teaching staff to be involved in the projects and offer CPD sessions to further develop skills in musicianship as well as confidence in continuing to use and adapt the materials, skills and tools used during the project.  We encourage staff to be involved in the development of the project and to be actively involved in monitoring and evaluating the participants’ progress.  Costs will vary depending on the nature and duration of the project. We are more than happy to discuss ideas and requirements and let you know what is possible within the capacity of your budget.

Feisean nan Gaidheal

Fèisean nan Gàidheal

111 Academy Street, Inverness

01463 225559

Through our Fèisgoil service, Fèisean nan Gàidheal offers support for traditional music, drama and Gaelic language at all levels in both community and formal education settings. We offer touring Hùb-Hàb performances for younger children (3-8), an interactive drama show for upper primary age children and a Christmas panto for all primary age children being educated through Gaelic. Music sessions can be delivered to all ages and our language packages, aimed primarily at schools and communities where there is little to no provision at present, allows the teacher and class to learn together with a visiting specialist.  We also facilitate CPD training for music specialists wishing to enhance their traditional music skills and offer Gaelic awareness training for organisations.

Fèisgoil covers the whole of Scotland and all staff and freelance deliverers of our Fèisgoil services are PVG checked.

Fèisgoil services, performances and workshops are available to all communities throughout Scotland. We promote traditional music, drama and the Gaelic language through informative and fun sessions and all our leaders and tutors receive training prior to delivery with sessions, where appropriate, centred around requirements laid out in the Curriculum for Excellence. Rates are worked out on a case-by-case basis but we aim to pay tutors MU equivalent fees.

Horsecross Arts

Horsecross Arts

Perth Concert Hall, Mill Street, Perth, PH1 5HZ

01738 621 031

Horsecross Arts runs two Traditional Arts participatory projects for children and young people – the Gordon Duncan Experience (Celtic big band for 14-18year olds, grade 5+, entrance audition) and Glè (Gaelic singing project for S1-6 pupils). In spring 2017 we will also be running 4-week Glè projects in primary schools, for which we will be looking for schools to take part. For adults we regularly have Scots and Gaelic singing workshops as part of our Horsecross Voices programme.

We operate in Perth and Kinross. PVG Membership is guaranteed as part of a rigorous recruitment procedure for all adults working with children and young people.

Professional Service: GDE - £75 Per year, Glè - £115 per year, Hx Voices - £4.50 per session, (concession rates or hardship bursaries are available for all of our groups).

Riverside Music Project

Jo Miller, Riverside Music Project

18 Ronald Place, Stirling FK8 1LF

01786 478441 (h) 07581 489386 (m)

I am very experienced in leading traditional music workshops, in-service training, singing groups, performance, fiddle teaching and project work in and outside school. I've produced classroom resources to support teaching of traditional music for many years. I am a trained mentor with experience of working with trad arts practitioners. I have led traditional arts activities with community groups, and am especially interested in intergenerational work. I currently lead Riverside Music Project, Stirling, which has run training projects, oral history projects, mounted exhibitions and events and published music collections.

I work in Stirling, Forth Valley and Central Scotland. Can travel. PVG checked.

I work professionally for an agreed fee, but also often involve volunteers in helping to lead activities. Sometimes this is on the basis of a donation to Riverside Music Project. 

I have further experience as a researcher & scholar, and in Higher Education. Recently completed a PhD on learning traditional music in community-based groups.

Blackford Fiddle Group

Blackford Fiddle Group

10 Glenorchil View, Auchterarder, Perthshire, PH3 1LU

07900870326 or 017640663324 (evenings)

We could go to schools, after school clubs and other community based groups to offer performance sessions, “come and try” fiddle and other instruments sessions, an introduction to ceilidh dancing and to run some basic participative exercises. 

Work in and around central Perthshire including Perth, Auchterarder, Crieff, Blackford and surrounding areas, including Dunblane. We have both PVG disclosed and basic disclosed adults but would also wish to involve our teenage members in our activities. Many of them already assist with teaching younger children and adults within the group.

We are a voluntary group. We normally seek donations when we play for people or make charges for ceilidhs. However, we also fundraise to carry out events and we try to ensure that money is never an obstacle to achieving inclusion.

Our group is based around people of all ages, learning to play traditional music and performing for others.  Each year we play ceilidhs, community events, in care homes and for special events. We include song and of course ceilidhs are based around dancing. About four years ago we set up and paid for a lunchtime fiddle club in the local primary school. It is still running but is now funded by the parents. 

Gica Loening

4 Rosefield St, Portobello, Edinburgh, EH15 1AY

0131 669 7618 or 0781 465 7029,, Celter Schmelter on Facebook

I can deliver performance (fiddle), participatory work, or CPD for teachers. This can happen through 3 routes:

1) Through Fun Fiddle, which teaches adults and children fiddle. I have been co-running it for 11 years in Portobello. It is suited best to a primary school age group.

2) Through ‘Makin a Brew’ – a music and storytelling project funded by YMI which works with preschool children, their parents and staff at North Edinburgh nurseries. Best age – preschool or early primary. I manage this project and work alongside a storyteller, Claire McNicol. We work on 3 levels – with children and their parents, and also CPD with staff. We use a lot of traditional songs and rhymes in this project.

3) As a solo practitioner – I can utilise many pulse, rhythm, musical games, explore making soundscapes, and link in musically with any current school themes/projects. I have also led workshops in secondary schools teaching klezmer (Eastern European Jewish wedding music) as part of a programme of traditional music and diversity.  

I work primarily Edinburgh, the Borders, Ayrshire, Glasgow and the Central Belt. I am PVG certified.

Professional practice. Fun Fiddle is run on fees from participants, and Makin a Brew is YMI funded. Other projects I have led have been generally funded through Creative Scotland. Fiddle teaching £32 per hour, plus travel if relevant. Groupwork ranging from £150 - £350 depending on length of session, plus travel.

I am an experienced groupworker and often work in combination a with storyteller and musician.

Ceilidhmakers – Christine Kydd

PO Box 23163, Angus, DD8 4YL

07808 588545

With over 20 years of experience, we lead in the field of Placemaking and Songmaking in schools and communities, frequently delivering in-service training.  Songmaking, Great Scots Song Treasure Hunt/ICT practice, recording and website outcomes form the core parts of our work in schools. We can incorporate other traditional activities too, e.g. dance.

We work in Scotland and beyond. We have worked with children in the UK and Europe as well as in other countries. We frequently work with adults too on a number of projects. Everyone involved in Ceilidhmakers has PVG disclosure.

We are a professional service with over 20 years of experience in working with schools. We offer affordable rates to schools, using the Scottish Storytelling Centre’s recognised rates as a basis. We work on an ongoing basis with education professionals with funding and budgets as well as directly with schools and their budgets, and occasionally are able to offer discounted rates to schools.  We charge very reasonable rates for highly experienced freelancers, with outcomes which enhance the delivery of the Curriculum for Excellence. Please contact us for information. We can offer full-day and half-day projects to suit your budget and what you want to achieve. In the community, choirs and more informal groups learning songs and arrangements apply.

We have delivered projects which fulfil a variety of functions – as well as enhancing the delivery of Curriculum for Excellence, Ceilidhmakers projects are engaged for many reasons including:

1) To link upper primary from rural schools in transition to secondary school

2) To facilitate collective identity when a new school is opened

3) To make connections with the community

4) Celebrate the locale in placemaking

5) Connecting with a local cultural festival.

Ruth Mackay

Flat 11, 15 Main Street, Bridgeton, Glasgow, G40 1QA

07989 742190

I can lead music and story sessions, including performances and/or participative activities. In schools this could be with the whole class or in smaller groups. I play the Scottish harp and sing, so sessions can include both as well as a demonstration of the instrument.

I’m based in Glasgow and can travel around the central belt.

I have PVG membership.

I’m a freelance professional musician. My fees would be based on session requirements and location, so people could get in touch with me directly.



RSCDS Dundee Branch

Margaret Walkinshaw (Secretary)

07514 561630

The Dundee Branch of the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society runs a Scottish Country Dancing class for primary school children on Thursdays at Victoria Park School, Dundee. Children take part in a children's dancing competition and a non-competitive Festival which includes massed dances, demonstrations and dances for everyone. All welcome!

We are a voluntary group with professionally trained and qualified teachers (RSCDS Teacher's Certificate). Children pay £3 per session. May be possible to run an occasional after school club or workshop for children or teachers.


RSCDS Edinburgh Branch

Elizabeth Harry, Treasurer

95 Overton Crescent, East Calder, EH53 0RJ

07505 703828

We provide performance sessions, participation activities and in-service training for teachers. We have a resource pack for teachers who have no or little experience of Scottish country dancing. This provides a progressive programme from the Early Level to the Second Level of the Curriculum for Excellence.

We are based in Edinburgh and Lothians.

Hold current PVG membership.

We are a charity and, wherever possible, this work is supported by donations from our members.

We have just completed a series of free taster sessions, which were offered to all Primary Schools in Edinburgh in January. Overall nearly 1,000 children have danced with us this year already!

RSCDS Forres Branch

Kenneth Bews

079063 06160

Between September and March we run weekly participative dance classes for youngsters aged 5-16, teaching Scottish Country Dancing. Each year we aim to enter a team into the Inverness and Moray Music Festivals but this is dependent on class numbers. On occasions they also perform at Ceilidhs, nursing homes etc. 

Based in Forres and surrounding area. Three of the Forres Branch dance teachers have Enhanced Disclosure dated around 2010. 

Teachers of the weekly classes are paid a small hourly rate. Outwith the classes teachers regularly offer their services free of charge, especially when involved in a charitable event. Our website has more details including contacts.

Accessing schools can be difficult but in this coming season we are hoping to get involved via one of the Active School Co-ordinates. We are also planning to contact local scout and guide groups. We are in the process of negotiating a workshop at the local Feis early next year. 


Ceilidh Kids

40 Rankin Avenue, EH9 3DB

0131 667 8898

Running ceilidh/country dancing sessions for children and families, or teacher training.

Based in the Edinburgh and Lothians area mostly, but am happy to travel to Borders/Falkirk/Fife and further afield. We also have a partner group called ‘CeilidhKids Glasgow’.

We hold current PVG memberships.

We’re a business and usually charge £50 an hour but are happy to negotiate.

We also specialise in family events for families with preschool children.

Claire Wilson

Ardenmore, 114 Newmarket, Isle of Lewis, HS2 0ED

I teach Highland dancing.  I run the Claire Wilson School of Dance and help the Lewis and Harris Highland Dancing Societies to promote our culture within and outwith our islands.  I am a fully qualified member of the BATD, (British Association of Teachers of Dancing) have a BEd in Primary Education and teach at a local primary school.  For one year the school piloted a dance program which I developed and taught as a dance teacher in the school.  It involved Country, Highland, Hebridean, Ballet, Tap, Jazz and Hip Hop as I am also a teacher of Ballet/Tap and Jazz through the BATD.

I currently live on the Isle of Lewis and Harris in the Outer Hebrides, but my dancing, performing and teaching takes me all over the world.

I am PVG checked through the BATD and through the local council for teaching in their schools.

The Lewis and Harris Dancing Societies are charities and the teachers within the societies are there to advise voluntary members, to help with fundraising and to promote dancing within our islands.  The teachers are all professionals, however not all are paid as some give their monies back to the societies to build funds for trips away etc.  To support our services, we fundraise constantly to allow us to hold competitions, displays, trips to mainland competitions and bring teachers up for workshops.  We ask local businesses and the BATD to support our educational activities - especially examinations and funding for examiners and flights!

Joyce Anderson - MUKAPTD Dance Artist/Teacher/Ceilidh Dance Caller 

Tighnabruaich, 1 Crawford Park, Springfield, Cupar, Fife, KY15 5SW

Tel 01334 652418 Mob 07951 403460

I have been principal of The Joyce Anderson School of Dance (based in Cupar) for 44 years, teaching Traditional Highland SCD and ceilidh along with modern styles, from ages 3 to adult. Pupils are prepared for examinations, demonstrations throughout the UK and overseas, and annual shows. I was Traditional Dance Officer (SAC partly funded post) with Fife Council for a period of 8 years, promoting and encouraging traditional dance within the education curriculum, afterschool clubs and child and adult community groups, including those with disabilities. Although funding is limited I am currently providing dance in schools and organise traditional cluster group events as part of a transition day for pupils commencing secondary school. I am very committed to my own dance school but would be available on occasions to provide dance sessions & demonstrations to other groups including in-service teacher training, all of which I am currently involved in.   

Based in Fife but willing to travel beyond, and am PVG checked.

Fee would be arranged depending on session time, travel etc, by contacting me as above.

Ken Gourlay

I can provide ceilidhs and Scottish dance lessons throughout Scotland, if travel paid.

Professional service - get in touch to discuss.

My experience includes one year teaching Scottish dancing in Danish schools, 20 years teaching Scottish dancing to overseas students in Stevenson College, one year teaching Scottish dancing in Steiner school, 20 years organising, teaching dance & calling at ceilidhs with 10 ceilidh bands, and two ceilidhs for Wester Hailes community group for immigrants.

Tricia Anderson

Barns of Woodside, Mount Pleasant, Newburgh, Fife KY14 6AD

01337 842 577 mob 07740038270

I can teach Scottish Country Dance in school and as an in-service activity linked to Curriculum for Excellence. This may be linked to Scottish themes and other creative material inspired by tradition such as art and music. I can create original performance material for schools and community groups which pulls together threads of contemporary and traditional material. I also work with film and animation.

Based in Fife but will consider work in Angus, Fife and Perth and Kinross and further afield.

I hold a current PVG.

I am a professional and charge £30 to £35 per hour but a negotiable fee for longer sessions. Travel may be appropriate depending on distance from home.


10 Station Cottages, Kingussie, PH21 1EW

01540 661594

Dannsa are a traditional step-dance company of two stepdancers, Caroline Reagh and Sandra Robertson, and piper and stepdancer Fin Moore. We often work with a Gaelic singer. We can offer performances with live music, workshops in step-dance and ceilidh dancing, and also in-service training for teachers.

We have delivered workshops and performances for the primary school age group for over ten years. We have worked in schools throughout Badenoch and Strathspey, Skye, throughout the Cairngorms and in the Gaelic School in Edinburgh.  We can also offer workshops in Perthshire.

All the members of the company have Basic Disclosures through previous work. Sandra Robertson is a primary school teacher with Highland Council.

Dannsa is a professional company. We generally charge £130 per person per day. The company is open to discussing fees and the potential for funded projects.

The relationship between the music and dance is fundamental to our spirit and style and Dannsa take great pleasure in sharing this with everyone we teach and work with. We have a tutorial step-dancing DVD which takes people through all the basic steps and some more intermediate too. This would be a good resource for teachers.




Jane Mather

Jane Mather

57 Mortonhall Gate, Edinburgh, EH16 6TJ

07831 091412

As a storyteller I am usually invited into schools to inspire children for specific themed weeks, like Book Week, Fairy Tale Week, Scottish Week, Environment Week, but I’m aware that although this is a welcome intervention, the impact will be short lived and there is so much more that can be achieved by embedding a storytelling culture in schools.                                                                                

With raising attainment being such a high priority in schools at the moment, I believe that there is a great deal of potential for storytelling to assist with this. Last term at Buckstone Primary I ran ten weeks of nature exploration, storytelling and story making activities in the woodland as an after school initiative. One girl said told me she couldn't write stories, but was full of good ideas which she had been offering during our session. I pointed this out to her and she replied, “I know I have good ideas, but I can’t write stories” to which I replied “Well that’s ok, because we’re not writing a story today, we’re making one, let’s put some of the good ideas in our pot, they’ll be our ingredients and we’ll mix them up to see what happens”. The group came up with a fantastic story. For the past six years I have been involved in supporting this school to develop a programme of creative outdoor education. Storytelling has been a big part of this, giving children a way to interpret and imagine the environment around them. Although I’ve run an after school CPD session, with pressure of time and so many compulsory CPDs, teachers were more receptive to planning with and working alongside me as I led a session with their class.

I work mainly in Edinburgh and the Lothians and I’m happy to travel throughout Scotland as long as it can be reasonably achieved by train and bus.

I have both basic and enhanced disclosures and am seeking update to PVG through retrospective checking.

Buckstone Primary have just bought an outdoor storytelling throne, I feel this is a real commitment to encouraging a storytelling culture.


Sheila Kinninmonth

60 Tom Morris Drive, St Andrews, Fife, KY16 8EW

01334 474836

As a practising storyteller I can deliver interactive performance sessions tailored to different age groups in different settings which promote the art of oral storytelling and encourage interest in the stories and culture. I can provide linked craft activities and workshops which encourage and support young people and adults to retell the stories and create their own stories.

Available to work in Fife, Dundee and Tayside.

I have PVG membership.

I am a professional storyteller and as such charge a fee for my services. Please contact me to discuss costs.

My background is in early years education, having worked for 20 years in nursery and infant classes as well as having experience of working in after school clubs and youth clubs. I also have experience of working in all these settings as a storyteller.


Lilian Ross

20 Bruce Gardens, Inverness

07795990314 01463 233748

I have worked in schools upward of 14 years delivering Storytelling, Song and Creative Writing in Scots and English as an independent practitioner and also through organisations like Feis Rois. Workshops are mainly aimed at P4-P7 however, I can and have provided for nursery, P1-P3, secondary age children, community groups and social service providers to a specific remit or theme.

Available to work in Highland, Moray and Grampian.

I hold a current Disclosure certificate.

I provide a professional service. National Rates apply ref: Scottish Book Trust, Scottish Storytelling Centre.

I prefer enquiries by e-mail with details of contact and event.


Marjorie Leithead

80 St Andrews Drive, Bridge of Weir, PA11 3JD

01505 690 793

I am now a Patron of Reading with a specific interest in the Scots Language as well as being a storyteller. I am based in Eyemouth but now have regular contact with Eyemouth PS then Coldingham, Cockburnspath, Ayton and Reston PS and the six nurseries. More recently I have started to work with Holy Trinity PS in Berwick-upon-Tweed and Gordon PS. There is a cultural heritage cross Border and a strong sense of history and place.

Based in the Scottish Borders.


Betty Skelton

77 The Braes, Saltcoats, KA21 5EP

01294 602789

As a storyteller I have told stories in schools, museums and libraries, held workshops to enable the child to become the storyteller and delivered teacher in-service training on the use and benefits of storytelling.

I am mostly based in North and East Ayrshire.

I have Basic Disclosure (and also a PVG through my voluntary work with RNIB).

I can work for an arranged donation or agreed fee.

Prepared to travel widely.


Kati Waitzmann

2 Waterside, Sandford, ML10 6PG

07867 985578

Performance sessions: Storytelling.

In-Service Training for Teachers:

Example: Why read fairytales to children


- Tell a story

- What different forms of stories exist?

- Why are fairytales important?

- Draw a story. Tell a story.

- How fairytales help with attainment in literacy.

Participative Activities:

- Storytelling and workshops to raise attainment in literacy with stories and activities on Scottish history.

- Language development specific activities through stories of the world involving listening, writing and speaking skills.

Can work in Lanarkshire, Glasgow, Ayrshire and Renfrewshire

I hold an Enhanced Disclosure (in process of applying for PVG).

Provide both voluntary and professional service - Fee according to Storytelling Directory Guidelines.

Contact: Direct contact with schools/nursery in local area to establish a programme.

Ariel Killick

3rd Floor, 35 Kersland St, Glasgow, G12 8BP

07570 043745

Ariel Killick assists schools and community groups with education through traditional arts such as storytelling via interactive, bilingual Gaelic sessions (30-60 mins), which include a performative element. Teachers, groups and parents are supported in continuing learning from sessions via vocabulary sheets tailored for each workshop, with Gaelic sound files also available.

I am based in Glasgow and work right across Scotland.

I hold a current PVG certificate.

I provide professional Gaelic and bilingual outreach and engagement services, and my work is usually supported by schools or public bodies such as councils, High Life Highland, festivals and events, often working in partnership with each other and funding bodies such as Bòrd na Gàidhlig and others. Full information on my workshops, including feedback, evaluation and images is available on my website here. Daily Rate: £250, Half Day Rate: £150.

I have provided 400+ workshops in around 100 schools and communities across Scotland, Northern Ireland & Ireland, and for festivals and organisations such as Wee Write (Aye Write!), Festival 2014, Merchant City Festival, Glasgow Mela, Royal National Mòd, World Pipe Band Championships, Solas Festival, Scottish Storytelling Centre, High Life Highland and Banff/MacDuff Coast Festival.

Storytelling: I currently tell these stories, which are usually hour-long interactive workshops, involving props, costumes & more - Big Gaelic Beasties (P4+), The Real Goldilocks Story (4 yrs+), Adventures with the Gaelic Tree Alphabet (P3+).

Suit and PaceSuit and Pace

Unit 1, Lochgelly Business Centre, 112-114 Main Street, Lochgelly, KY5 9AA

07703 184510

We could offer both interactive storytelling sessions involving traditional stories (potentially involving songs, puppetry and games), and could also provide training for staff on both how to run a storytelling session (e.g. performance skills) and also where to source and how to adapt traditional tales according to purpose.

We work primarily within Fife, but can travel throughout Scotland.

Sessions would be run by Beth Hamilton-Cardus and Andrew Coull – both have current PVGs.

Suit and Pace is a professional organisation – we generate income through a combination of commercial and funded work. For storytelling sessions, we currently charge £100 for an hour session – for longer sessions or to discuss costs for training, please use the contact details above.

We are really enthusiastic about getting involved in this programme – Beth attended an early stage workshop last year and found it really useful. We work extensively in educational settings, and have strong experience of offering training (Beth is a qualified community education worker), and therefore I feel we’d have the required skills to provide support within schools etc. Our storytelling sessions are very popular – 92% of our audience members say they enjoyed our work, while 86% said they gained an educational benefit.


Anne Pitcher

2 Low Barholm, Kilbarchan, Renfrewshire, PA10 2ET

07708059770 or 01505 702586

I believe that the magic of stories and storytelling have the power to bring the curriculum to life, enabling vivid and embodied learning and understanding across the eight subject areas. Stories are a great way to explore themes and projects that meet cross-curricular experiences and outcomes. After gaining a PGCE in 2000, I was a nursery teacher until 2010 and therefore bring a knowledge of the Curriculum for Excellence, particularly with Early Years. Stories are brought vibrantly alive through my interactive and participative style which inspires enthusiasm when providing In-service /CPD training in Nursery/Primary schools. I bring a rich storytelling experience mixed with song and sometimes dance, to any school or community setting whether toddler groups, libraries, museums, care homes, churches or festivals. I have a particular skill with children and adults who have Additional Support Needs. 

Renfrewshire is the area in which I live but am happy to travel if my expenses to get to the venue are covered.

Both Basic Disclosure and PVG are current and up to date and I am covered by Equity also. I am happy for any organisation to provide a special PVG if this is required.

I am a Directory storyteller on the TRACS storytellers’ Directory and adhere to the recommended rates on the Directory. I am also on the Scottish Book Trust’s Live Literature register. Fees are set by Book Trust for sessions provided.

I am happy to embark on any project and to do research into the subject area which may be required for the project. I weave song and dance into what I do as well, including traditional art forms into what I do. I can also provide puppet workshops using recycled materials.

Other organisations


Scottish Language Dictionaries

25 Buccleuch Place, Edinburgh, EH8 9LN

0131 650 4149

Scottish Language Dictionaries is Scotland’s national lexicographical body for Scots. We maintain a range of dictionaries, providing a comprehensive record of the Scots language from its beginnings to the present day. Our active outreach programme includes visits to schools and community groups as well as CPD delivery.


An Lanntair

Kenneth St, Stornoway, Isle of Lewis, HS1 2DS

01851 708493

An Lanntair is a multi-artform venue in Stornoway, Isle of Lewis. Our Education and Outreach programmes enable our community to engage with exhibitions and performances through workshops, talks and resources. We offer a wide programme of opportunities delivered in English and Gaelic for schools and community groups in the visual arts, dance, drama, music, film and literature. 

We are based on the Isles of Lewis and Harris, with some programmes extending to all of the Western Isles.

Our Education team are PVG scheme members and we require a Scheme Record Update for all freelance Artist Educators working with children or vulnerable adults.

An Lanntair is a registered charity and an RFO of Creative Scotland. We contract Freelance Artists to work on our education programmes and pay fees based on level of experience. We work with a core team of freelance Artist Educators, and can receive project proposals at or

Live Borders Arts

St. Mary's Mill, Selkirk TD7 5EW

01750 726400

Live Borders Arts - supporting, promoting and developing arts and cultural activity across the Scottish Borders including traditional arts of Dance, Song, and Storytelling.

PVG memberships are in order.

Live Borders is a not-for-profit culture and sports trust. Services are provided either free of charge or subsidised cost wherever possible. Projects ideas are welcomed from schools, community groups and both the public and private sector.