Tim loves sharing the wonderful world of folklore, mythology and legend, but he has also developed an interest in collecting and telling modern urban tales, as well as personal and family stories and reminiscences. He is a very engaging character and tells stories with passion and humour. He is also very adaptable and has experience telling stories to all age groups, from nursery age to reminiscence work. As a father of five (four daughters, one son), Tim is fully aware of the importance and power of stories for children and has experience of working with children of all ages. He likes to engage his audience, especially children, and involve them in the story. He sometimes mixes his storytelling with other creative art forms such as music, murals, poetry and film making.
Tim is qualified in Community Education and uses storytelling with vulnerable and marginalised groups to enhance self-belief and confidence, and assist people to create their own cultural identities. He has extensive experience in engaging people with a history of homelessness, chaotic lifestyles and addictions. In this way he uses storytelling to challenge cultural poverty and helps to give a voice to people who are normally excluded from positive cultural expression. In 2008 he was awarded the Nancy and Hamish Turner Storytelling Bursary for his work with young adults with addictions and related health issues in Methil and Leven.
Tim’s father was a minister, and faith tales are his earliest memories of storytelling. However his maternal grandmother’s tall tales of everyday life and of magical creatures that inhabited the woods left a deep impression, and Tim owes the victory at the Edinburgh Tall Tales Oscars in 2010 to her creative imagination. He has a deep love of nature and uses stories to re-connect people to the wonders of our natural world, and enhance our knowledge and appreciation of our threatened natural environment. From an early age he also had a fascination about the past and wished that the buildings and trees could speak and tell their secrets. When at the age of thirteen he moved with his family from Prestonpans into the Canongate, in the heart of Edinburgh’s Old Town, it didn’t take him long to realise they do, if you know how to listen. Tim has an MA (Honours) in History, and he loves using using tales from the oral tradition to make history more fun and interesting. He uses traditional folklore and local historical tales to connect people, and enhance a sense of place and identity.
In Scotland, Tim has told stories in schools, libraries, festivals, sheltered housing and at private functions and gigs for many years. He is an experienced tour guide and storytelling is a central part of this work. He has also been involved in storytelling abroad as part of cultural programmes at universities in the Czech Republic and Portugal, and at schools and cultural events in Spain, Germany, Sweden and Slovakia. He loves sharing and learning about the folklore traditions of other cultures and enjoys telling tales in his native Scots dialect when appropriate.
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