Alastair McIver has a wide repertoire of stories from around the world, which he has incorporated into his hugely successful “Storyship” sessions. Alastair also likes to tell his own imaginative stories, as well as personal reminiscence, and stories made up on the spot. His storytelling style is quirky, laid-back and inclusive, and he has an ability to form a strong rapport with his audience, especially children.
Alastair has worked in an after-school club and nursery, and in a Saturday club for additional-needs children, and is currently studying BA (Hons) Community Education at the University of the West of Scotland. He has used storytelling successfully in all these settings. He has a special interest in story-building exercises, which he has used to great effect with all ages. In 2009, he completed a training course on running reminiscence sessions, and has told to older people in nursing homes on a voluntary basis. As well as being a storyteller, he is also an author, and his debut novel, Glasgow Fairytale, is available from Black and White Books.
Alastair has been telling stories as long as he can talk, with clear memories of telling dinosaur tales into a cheap tape recorder which went CLUNK-CLUNK-CLUNK when he was six. He grew up in Dumfries hearing stories of Charlie and Dobbin, a boy and his talking horse, invented by his father. As an adult, Alastair has introduced the Charlie and Dobbin stories to a new generation of young listeners!
Alastair has a particular speciality of delivering storytelling sessions to primary school children on the life and works of Robert Burns.
Alastair is a stalwart of the Glasgow storytelling clubs, the Better Crack Club and Even Better Crack Club, and was the regular MC of the former for over two years. He has also told at The Village Storytelling Centre, the Guid Crack Club and the Scottish Storytelling Centre. Alastair has also organised his own storytelling events, bringing Burns to life for adults in Tchai Ovna, and children in primary schools and bookshops, and runs monthly repertoire-building sessions for storytellers in Glasgow. He has won the Queen’s Quaich at the Girvan Folk Festival’s annual storytelling competition twice, and regularly tells at Glasgow’s West End Festival.
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