Douglas Mackay

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Dougie is a warm, dynamic & innovative storyteller, holding a deep respect for the oral tradition whilst using stories in fresh ways and reaching diverse audiences.

With a background in Community Education, he pursues using stories for entertainment, education and engagement. Dougie has been working extensively with The Village Storytelling Centre in Glasgow, using stories to engage groups from all walks of life, and to various ends; producing story booklets, facilitating ceilidhs, telling in schools, care homes, medieval castles and more.

Dougie’s favourite tales are gathered from Highland and Scots folk history and myth, delighting in the sense of people in times past, gathering at firesides in deepest winter, entertaining each other with tales of bogles, witches and selkies. He also tells many wonder tales around the world, reflecting the far-flung places he has explored (West Africa, India, North America and Europe). Using West African djembe drum, songs and games to enhance sessions where appropriate, attention is given to audience participation and fun.

He can also combine storytelling with team building, games, bush-craft, Wild Food Walks, Nature Connection, Tai Chi and more as a way of creating a wider experience. As well as delivering sessions he is happy to assist with design and development of individual sessions and ongoing programmes. Stories unlock keys in our imagination and give a very real understanding of the world around us. In this multimedia age, there is something vital and nourishing about connecting with others face to face for the sharing of a story or song.

In 2015 Dougie initiated and coordinated the Inverness Storytelling Festival to great acclaim, and this was the first Storytelling Festival to take place in the Highlands of Scotland.

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