Book Donald Nelson
I like to tell stories from all over the world. My stories usually have a humorous slant and I collect and adapt stories from different cultures. I love local history and tell stories of old Glasgow and its characters.
I write my own stories, poems and songs as well as sing and play the guitar. I came to storytelling through my job as a young people’s assistant with Glasgow Libraries where I worked with primary and secondary schools. I also worked with SEN schools and looked after and accommodated children. I also enjoy working with adults, particularly in reminiscence. I was born in Glasgow but have lived in London, Kintyre, Lanarkshire and Israel.
I have worked as a plumber, lobster fisherman, stage hand and library assistant among many, many other jobs. I take a lot of my stories from life experience as I come from a large family and there were always great uncles and aunts around to keep us entertained with stories of when they were young.
I have told stories and held workshops at Aye Write, Celtic Connections, The West End Festival and Maydaze in Glasgow, as well as West Dunbartonshire Festival of Words, Milngavie Book and Art Festival and The Cambridge Folk Festival.
Some of my poems have been published by the Scottish Poetry Library and Macmillan.