Alison Clark likes to write and tell her own stories, although she also tells the traditional tales of Scotland. She lives on the beautiful island of Bute – which is still within easy reach of Glasgow any time she finds herself in need of a little ’citification'.
Alison was born in Paisley, and was a student of Drama at the RSAMD – after which she travelled around the theatres in Scotland, performing at several seasons in Perth and Pitlochry. She also was a member of the BBC’s Radio Repertory Company in London. After some years, she had to take over and run the family business –a Public House, which she did for almost twenty years. During this time she also became a mature student at the Glasgow School of Art, where she graduated in 2001 with an Honours degree.
She and her husband Ed moved to the Isle of Bute some ten years ago, where Alison runs her studio. She is a painter and silversmith and loves being part of the island community. It was while she was involved with one of the writing groups that thrive in Rothesay that she had her first taste of story-telling and was encouraged to work towards inclusion into the Directory.
Alison enjoys researching site-specific venues so that she can write specifically for and about them, for audiences of all ages. She also usually makes her own historically accurate costumes to wear while telling her tales and has an extensive wardrobe of more fantastical creations to create magical, atmospheric characters.
Alison loves to use puppets and music in her tales. She also helps run the Out of Hand Punch and Judy Booth, which she created with Ed and her friend and colleague Colleen Magennis. She writes new adventures for Punch almost every time they perform and although Punch is a bit of a reformed character these days, he still manages to create mayhem. Alison also plays the ukulele, Celtic harp and the Dulcimer.
Here you can find our recommended booking rates.
Here you can find guidelines on booking a storyteller.
Everyone is a storyteller! Find out how you can learn a few tales to share with friends or how you can become a professional.