Brought up in a large family in West Fife, Kate enjoys singing and storytelling with all ages. Her stories come from near and far, but she especially likes to tell tales with a Scottish flavour and loves to tell stories with a BIG message, a wee twist or a clever ending!
With a wide experience of working with children, families and adults of all ages, Kate uses storytelling to entertain, encourage others to learn, take part, cope with a challenge or simply have fun. Her sessions are interactive and participative and, as well as stories, she uses songs, poems, craft activities and sometimes small puppets and props to engage her audiences.
A member of the Scottish Storytelling Directory of storytellers, in 2011 Kate set up her own business, ‘Chatterbox Stories’. Since then she has worked with schools, playgroups, care homes, elderly and visually impaired adult groups, bookshops, cafes, libraries, museums, castles and heritage centres and been involved in many local festivals and community events.
Kate enjoys mentoring, working and collaborating with other storytellers and performers and being involved in adult workshops and community activities. In 2015 she helped launch ‘Burgh Blethers’- a new Fife storytelling group based in Inverkeithing and is an advocate of working with young storytellers and of using ‘words for wellbeing’ to support others. She regularly tells at other adult storytelling clubs including Blethertaygither in Dundee and the Guid Crack club in Edinburgh. Over the past few years she has helped to establish storytelling for all ages as a part of Dunfermline’s Bruce Festival and the Mary Queen of Scots Festival in Kinross.
Over 2015/2016 Kate has performed and offered story sessions and workshops at a diverse range of events including: Carnock Primary 150th anniversary, The Great Tapestry of Scotland exhibition in Kirkcaldy, Tall Tales in St Andrews Museum , Stories in the cave at Pittenweem Arts Festival, Historic Scotland Big Draw events in Linlithgow Palace ,Aberdour, Blackness and Urquhart castles, Inverkeithing Arts Initiative Makers Market, Bookweek sessions with Homestart Edinburgh, Fife Society for the Blind Social groups, Del Farquharson Centre and Rosyth Resource Centre outreach groups, Doors Open Day at Rosyth Castle and Glenrothes Heritage Centre, Glasgow on Ice, the Riverside Museum beach stories and Rosyth Centenary celebrations.
She is currently writing and piloting sessions called ‘Tales from the Castle Kitchen’ in Aberdour, Craigmillar, Huntingtower , Elcho and Newark castles, in collaboration with Historic and Environment Scotland. Kate is also working with Edinburgh University to develop and deliver material as part of a project about Ben Johnson’s travels in Scotland called ‘Tales for Travellers and Traveller’s Tales‘, for Autumn 2016. Her most recent theatre storytelling performance for adult audiences was in 'Remembering Brigid' at The Netherbow Theatre Edinburgh in January 2016 with singer- storyteller Susannah Orr Holland and violinist Morag Brown.
With a keen interest in the environment, local history, Scottish traditions and culture, Kate uses her skills as a storyteller and teacher to interpret people’s lives, past events and the natural world through tales and song and is available for activity sessions and story walks on these themes.
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