Beth Cross is firm believer in stories' ability to bring people together. All stories need a community to be told in and communities are the stories they tell. An accomplished performer, having appeared on television and radio in the States and festivals on both sides of the Atlantic, Beth is also an excellent facilitator of workshops and projects. Her infectious enthusiasm makes her a favourite with children. Her deep interest in oral history easily creates a rapport with older audiences.
Beth Cross's tales are always told with a pinch of mischief to give them spice. Whether its some of the wildest ornriest heroes from America's frontier, traditional Scottish tales of Jack, or the wily Anasi of Africa and the Caribbean - these characters come to life drawing audiences young and old into the adventures. Beth’s current work at the Scottish Storytelling Centre as StoryMakers facilitators has developed her PhD work on storytelling and children’s creativity. Beth has a proven track record of involving participants and encouraging their own creativity across mediums of expression in a number of innovative and dynamic projects. She is always eager to help design new initiatives along these lines.
Beth has a particular interest in and wealth of folktales of the Scottish lowlands and Borders, with an emphasis on exploring environmental themes and the long relationship reflected in folklore between humankind and nature. Complementing this interest are tales that recall the traditional celebrations of the folk calendar from Yuletide, through St. Brides Day, Beltane, Lamas Night, Michaelmass and All Saints Eve. All these stories are brought to life with rich detail, drawing on Beth’s abiding love of the countryside.
Beth Cross comes by her love of storytelling honestly. She is descended from five generations of Presbyterian ministers who came west with the pioneers. She learned her first stories by her grandmother’s side sitting on the porch swing of the family farmhouse, and began to spin her own in the tree house in the large ash tree where her own father first told his. It is stories of place that Beth most honours and seeks to pass on to others.
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