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Daniel Allison

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Daniel Allison is a Scottish storyteller, author and podcaster who has travelled throughout the world, living in Nepalese monasteries, African villages, a Thai Boxing camp and the Amazon jungle. His lyrical and evocative storytelling style has delighted audiences across the UK and in Ireland, Portugal, Turkey, UAE, India, Thailand, Singapore and the USA.

Creative Scotland have funded Daniel to give four tours to date. One involved walking two hundred miles coast-to-coast across the country, camping in the hills and stopping to tell tales at schools along the way. Another involved three weeks camping and performing across the Outer Hebrides. The British Council sponsored Daniel to undertake a collaborative residency in India, which resulted in sellout performances and standing ovations.

Daniel tells everything from fables to epics, with a focus on hero quests and stories of magic and adventure from Scotland, Ireland, Siberia, East Africa and Scandinavia. He loves stories which show that the world is full of mystery and beauty, and that to live in it is a wonderful, precious gift.

Music is integral to Daniel’s storytelling. All his school sessions incorporate music on frame drum, Tibetan singing bowls, Siberian jaw harp and a six-foot didgeridoo.

In 2019 Daniel launched his House of Legends podcast, featuring weekly tales told by Daniel and leading international storytellers. The podcast has received dozens of five star reviews and topped Apple’s New & Noteworthy Arts podcast chart.

Daniel’s first novel for teenagers, The Bone Flute, will be published in November 2019. His first collection for adults, Finn & The Fianna, is due in autumn 2020.

Daniel offers storytelling and workshops for people of all ages and is available to travel throughout Scotland and internationally.

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‘You had the kids in the palm of your hand. Liberton kids are not the easiest at times but they were captivated by you. I loved the goriness of the stories… the art of storytelling won over the Xbox generation with ease. I started off with my head in a textbook but in the end found myself listening to you.’
Segar Rogers, Liberton High School

‘A warm, humorous and compelling performer… mischievous and magical!’
Donald Smith, Scottish International Storytelling Festival

‘Storytelling at its best’
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