Allison has a universal repertoire of stories to tell; starting at home her eclectic mix includes Celtic; Scottish; Irish; Welsh; English and Cornish tales. She loves to research the local lore, myth and legend of wherever she is asked to perform. Nature stories including birds, insects, animals, trees and plants are also very close to Allison’s environmental heart, which has led her to collect and tell stories from all over the world, some true and others just very entertaining.
Allison works with all age groups and with a special needs teaching and drama background, she delivers unique and tailor-made sessions for her clients. Interactive stories are her speciality with the use of songs, rhymes and games to enhance communication skills and develop self -esteem. Her animated style works equally well with mainstream and “specialised” groups.
Born and brought up in Wolverhampton, with a family from Greenock, Inverclyde, Allison enjoyed dual - nationality and was called on as a child to tell stories in both dialects, which has carried on throughout her various careers as a community librarian; dancer; actress; theatre director; teacher and storyteller. As well as a wide repertoire of stories she also has a great repertoire of accents to bring her storytelling alive too.
Beginning in 1984, Allison first told stories to Travellers’ children in West Midlands Libraries and has since gone on to tell to all ages all over Britain for schools, community centres, theatres, weddings and festivals. She has worked for Glasgow Libraries and The Tramway Theatre’s Hidden Gardens; The Winter Gardens and Glasgow Botanic Gardens; Traquair Fair; The Celtic Music Festival; The Tartan Heart Festival; Edinburgh Tree Fest; Lanarkshire storytellers; The Scottish Storytelling Centre and for The Scottish Wildlife Trust and Scottish Natural Heritage.
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