Ruth likes to tell all kinds of stories, Scottish and international, to all kinds of audiences, young and old. Over the years she has developed a magpie like quality for finding a ‘gem’ of a story for any setting. Performing with a great mixture of warmth, sensitivity and humour, Ruth creates a natural rapport with the audience, making the listeners part of the tale. She firmly believes in the power of this most human art to bring the heart back into relationships and communities.
With a background in Social Work and Education Support, Ruth relishes the challenge and rewards of working with more challenging and vulnerable groups of children and young people. Her tried and tested approaches inspire and foster significant change in young lives. Through her business ‘Stories Allways’ Ruth promotes the use of storytelling as a social work tool and has co-run groups with social workers, art therapists and prison warders. In her role of Storytelling Development Worker for Children 1st, Ruth has pioneered storytelling approaches to Transition work, community building and has introduced storytelling into residential care settings for young people.
As an experienced and inspiring trainer in storytelling skills and applying storytelling as a Skill for Caring professionals, Ruth contributes to training programmes at Strathclyde University, Simpson House, Emerson College and the Scottish Storytelling Centre. She has presented at conferences including Bookstart, Children in Scotland and The Scottish Commissioner for Children’s Office.
She has performed at festivals from Iceland to Edinburgh with a passion for tales from the Scottish Traveller tradition which was nurtured by her early mentor, master storyteller Stanley Robertson. Like him she hails from the North East and at times uses her ‘mither tongue’ Doric. Her love of Scottish ballads and humorous songs also inspired her to work with the great ballad singer Sheila Stewart in order to develop her own repertoire further.
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