Book Alison Clark
Alison Clark likes to write and tell her own stories alongside the traditional tales of Scotland. She lives on the beautiful island of Bute – which is still within easy reach of Glasgow any time she finds herself in need of a little ‘citification’.
Alison was born in Paisley and studied Drama at the RSAMD (Royal Conservatoire of Scotland), after which she travelled around Scottish theatres, performing at several seasons in Perth and Pitlochry. She also was a member of the BBC’s Radio Repertory Company in London. After some years, she took over the family business – a Public House – for almost twenty years and during this time became a mature student at the Glasgow School of Art, where she graduated in 2001 with Honours.
Alison is a painter and silversmith and loves being part of the Bute island community. It was while she was involved with one of the writing groups that thrive in Rothesay that she had her first taste of storytelling and was hooked! Alison enjoys researching site-specific venues so she can write for and about them, for audiences of all ages. She also usually makes her own historically accurate costumes to wear while telling and has an extensive wardrobe of fantastical creations to create magical, atmospheric characters.
Alison loves to use puppets and music in her tales. She also helps run the Out of Hand Punch and Judy Booth, which she created with her husband Ed Clark and her friend and colleague, Colleen Magennis. Alison writes new adventures for Punch almost every time they perform and although Punch is a bit of a reformed character these days, he still manages to create mayhem. Alison also plays the ukulele, Celtic harp and the Dulcimer.