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Donald Nelson

I like to tell stories from all over the world. My stories usually have a humorous slant and I collect and adapt stories from different cultures.  I have a great interest in local history and tell stories of old Glasgow and its characters. I write my own stories, poems and songs.  I also sing and play the guitar.

I came to storytelling through my job as a young people’s assistant with Glasgow Libraries where I worked with children in primary and secondary schools. I also work with SEN schools and looked after and accommodated children.  I enjoy working with adults particularly in reminiscence.

I was born in Glasgow where I now live but have lived in London, Kintyre, and Lanarkshire and lived for two years in Israel. I have worked as a plumber, lobster fisherman, stage hand and library assistant among many, many other jobs. I take a lot of my stories from life experience. I come from a very large family and there were always great uncles and aunts around to keep us entertained with stories of when they were young.

I have told stories and held workshops at Aye Write, Celtic Connections, The West End Festival and Maydaze in Glasgow. West Dunbartonshire Festival of Words, Milngavie Book and Art Festival, The Cambridge Folk Festival, in schools and at community festivals and gala days. Some of my poems have  been published by the Scottish Poetry Library and Macmillan. I am resident storyteller at Milngavie Bookshop. I am a regular at the Better Crack Club and the Even Better Crack Club in Glasgow and am a member of Glasgow Storytellers.

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Mobile: 07729 309 827




Loch Lomond

Area: Glasgow

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