Ian has a fondness for home grown, Native American and Japanese stories in particular although he has a stock of worldwide stories. He has been collecting for many years in a never-ending search for "the ten best tales" and has accumulated over 350 books to that end.
For him, the telling is more important than the finding however and as a one-time English and Drama specialist teacher with considerable stage experience both as a performer and director it is the dramatic or humorous aspects of the art of storytelling that particularly appeal be it with either young or adult audiences. Having raised a family of four and been employed, before retiring, in both primary and secondary education he has a solid grounding prior to branching out into tale telling beyond home and classroom.
Born in England, raised in Wales and resident in Hong Kong for eight years during the sixties, Ian returned to the birthplace of his father, Ross-shire well over thirty years ago when he moved to Dingwall and has been there ever since.
Ian has been part of the Highland “Tales at Martinmas” festival, telling tales in both primary and secondary schools as well as community halls in Ross-shire and Inverness and travels as far as Shropshire’s Wenlock Edge to swap stories with members of the oldest continuous club in England. Some three years ago he set up their equivalent with ‘Stories and Ballads” on the Black Isle, meeting every the first Monday of every month at the Munlochy Hotel to which all are made welcome be they tellers, singers or more passive enthusiasts. His hope is that all these activities can be expanded over a wider area in the Highlands or beyond and is happy to tell tales or lead workshops wherever the demand.
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