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Allison Galbraith

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Storytelling professionally in Scotland since 1992, Allison Galbraith knows how to craft a good story for the audience. With a professional background in theatre and dance and many years teaching Expressive Arts, Allison adapts her presentation style to suit each unique occasion; from formal classroom and conference settings, to festival, fireside and outdoor events. Experienced at working sensitively with marginalised  groups, and people with different abilities, including: additional support needs, asylum-seekers, dementia/mental health, prisons and recovery initiatives.

 

Allison has a degree in Drama and English, and a Masters degree in Scottish Folklore. She specializes in: Scottish folktales, environmental stories/outdoor learning, and world wisdom tales. Allison is co-author of Dancing With Trees, Eco-Tales from the British Isles (2107, The History Press) an essential folktale collection for: community gardens, woodlands, and story and nature lovers.

Her second book: Lanarkshire Folk Tales (2021, The History Press) is packed with history and stories from this fascinating county, which includes tales and folklore from Glasgow.

 

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 Scottish Internationa 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.

 

Allison is a fully qualified, Additional Support Needs 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.

Allison has worked with and designed numerous intergenerational projects. Collecting oral history and stories from people and projects is the golden thread that runs throughout her vibrant career in the Scottish Arts.

 

You can find out more about Allison and what people say about her work, online at:

www.voiceandstory.com

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