Allison Galbraith

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Storytelling professionally from 1992, Allison knows how to craft a story for every type of audience. With a professional background in theatre and dance and many years teaching adults and supported learning classes, she adapts her telling and teaching talents to suit every occasion, from formal classroom & conference settings, to festival, fireside and outdoor events. She works sensitively with marginalised groups, and people with different abilities, including; asylum seekers, dementia, mental health, prisons and recovery initiatives.

As well as being the Palace of Holyrood’s regular storyteller, Allison has told and performed in every conceivable location from abbeys to zoos, bothies to yurts.

She has a degree in Drama and English and a Masters is in Scottish folklore. She specialises in Scottish folktales, environmental stories/outdoor learning, and world wisdom tales. Allison’s first book, co-authored with Alette Willis, Dancing With Trees, Eco-Tales from the British Isles is an essential folktale collection; for the outdoor classroom/community gardens, woodlands, and story and nature lover.

Registered on the Scottish Storytelling Directory since 2007 and the Scottish Storytelling Forum Representative for Lanarkshire, Allison has performed at every major festival, including; Celtic Connections, Inverclyde Myths and Legends, The International Scottish Storytelling Festival, Edinburgh Book Festival, Edinburgh Fringe, Glasgow Film Festival and West-End Festival, Edinburgh & Glasgow Science festivals, Kirkintilloch Canal Festival, and hundreds of different schools, libraries, arts, heritage, health and community celebrations throughout the UK.

Her style is friendly and engaging. She makes audience participation a regular feature of her storytelling, and is highly skilled at entertaining multi-generational audiences and families at public events.

A qualified SEN and Tertiary teacher, and respected workshop facilitator in all aspects of storytelling and folktale collecting and writing.

Her reminiscence and story-sharing work in care homes was commended in Scottish Parliament, as exemplary practice in 2014, and she is experienced and skilled in inter-generational project design, and oral history collection.

Commendations:

Allison Galbraith is a fantastic storyteller who brings books to life with her animated retelling of a story! And a firm favourite with Wee Write and Book Week Scotland! 

Fiona Haddow Reader Development and Literacy Officer at The Mitchell Library, Glasgow.

Allison has a fantastic energy and enthusiasm when delivering her storytelling sessions. Her stories are well delivered, they engage the audience and are well linked to whatever theme we have for our event. I would highly recommend Allison for future events or upcoming sessions. (Craig Thomson – Community Ranger – Operation Play Outdoors)

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