John Hamilton has been a professional storyteller since way back in the last century. He had the honour of serving on the committee of the Scottish Storytelling Forum and served as chair of the Scottish Interpretation Network.
While John enjoys nothing better than ‘the pure drap’, telling the stories from around the world which inspire him, he is also a great believer in applied storytelling. He initially used stories and storytelling to interpret the natural world as an environmental storyteller, then, working with his wife, Noreen, he slid into the interpretation of all aspects of heritage. John and Noreen, working as Heritage Stories, have engaged in a wide range of education projects, always with storytelling at their core.
John has worked in the museum sector with Scottish Borders Museum Service and recently as Community Outreach Officer with Causeway Museum Service. He has designed and developed exhibitions, workshops and learning resources.
John believes that in order to be a good storyteller, first you have to be a good listener. This has led to a passion for Oral History Projects and particularly in creating Community Histories combining Oral History with background research, often involving local children.
John has led many workshops and courses sharing storytelling skills, particularly for staff and volunteers in the Heritage Sector.
John and Noreen also enjoy a more theatrical approach to storytelling, using costume and props and involving musicians and other performers.
After several years in Northern Ireland, John is now back in Scotland and is available for storytelling and storytelling projects with adults, secondary schools and older primary school children.
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