Gerard Durkin's stories are for everyone. They tend to be comic tales from a mix of traditional, modern and self-written material. He also sings and plays guitar and the songs and stories are designed to encourage participation.
Gerard was born in Lanarkshire and lived most of his life in Bothwell, although he now lives in Blantyre. Storytime at school was always his favourite part of the day (and still is!) and from an early age Gerard kept family members amused. According to his mother he has always told 'tall tales'.
Gerard Durkin worked with South Lanarkshire Libraries for fifteen years and was the children's assistant at Blantyre and Burnbank Libraries. He became a storyteller as part of his job, introducing school children to the library in the form of a storytelling session. These sessions became popular and local schools began to ask him to visit in his own time. This led to Gerard joining the national storytelling network as a children's storyteller. He is now a full-time storyteller working with any age group from 0 years onwards. He is comfortable with adult groups, teenage groups and primary school children as well as nursery and infant work.
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