Lari Don is passionate about sharing all sorts of stories with every kind of audience. She is just as enthusiastic telling squirrel stories to three year olds, Greek myths to twelve year olds and Viking sagas to adults in darkened pubs. She is committed to passing on traditional Scottish tales, but also has a wide repertoire of tales from all over the world, and loves finding connections between them. She particularly loves trickster tales, wolf stories and kickass heroines. Lari also writes children’s books, and uses traditional stories in her author events and writing workshops.
As well as telling stories in primary schools all over Scotland, Lari has shared stories with children and adults with special needs, and with mixed age groups at drop-in events, family sessions and festivals. She believes that every person, of whatever background and ability, can respond to appropriate stories told with commitment, and she aims to reach everyone in the audience. She believes that the power of stories can improve everyone’s day, if not their lives!
Lari was born in South America, was brought up in the North East of Scotland and now lives in Edinburgh. She also has family connections with and stories from the Borders, Orkney, Skye, St Kilda and Sutherland. Lari used to work in radio and politics, but she took a break from these modern forms of storytelling to become a mother. Constant demands from her children to tell more and more stories led her to the Storytelling Centre’s workshops, where she discovered a love for the traditional tales and a desire to bring them to life.
Lari has told stories at many festivals including the Edinburgh International Book Festival, the Edinburgh Mela, the Borders Book Festival, and the Salisbury Arts Festival. She has also told stories in tents of many shapes and sizes, in forests, in ruined buildings, in a comedy club and in a deep dark cave.
Read Lari's child-friendly writing blog at http://www.laridon.co.uk/blog/
Follow Lari on Twitter @LariDonWriter
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