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Jackie Ross

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Jackie Ross is an Aberdeenshire ‘quine’, born and bred. A farmer’s daughter and a farmer’s wife, she has a love of the countryside and a passion for local lore and traditions. Her story repertoire is strongly influenced by her background. She tells stories of the land, trees, plants and animals; traditional Scottish stories and folktales from across the world. Where appropriate she enjoys delivering local tales and legends in her ‘mither tongue’, Doric.  Jackie is a trained primary and secondary teacher with 30 years experience spanning Nursery to S6. She currently teaches part-time in Deeside.

Jackie loves to tell tales to children of all ages and to adults as well as family audiences. She has worked on various community environmental storytelling projects in conjunction with local schools, environmental groups and ranger services. These projects have used stories as a means of encouraging participants to relate positively to their environment by creating unique story-trails to fit specific locations.

She has a passion for story and has run various storytelling clubs and workshops for young people and school staff in Aberdeenshire. She is also a founder member of the Grampian Association of Storytellers which was established to support storytellers and encourage the development of storytelling in the north-east of Scotland. Through this group she has led various workshops for those who want to develop their storytelling skills.

In addition to leading guided family walks, Jackie has performed for libraries, Brownie packs, schools, youth groups, nurseries and the Ranger Service. Jackie has also told tales at Glamis Castle, Drum Castle, the Scottish Storytelling Centre, Arbroath Sea Fest, Portsoy Boat Festival and the Elphinstone Institute Storytelling Festival.

Now that she has reduced her teaching hours she is looking forward to spending more time developing various storytelling project ideas.  These include celebrating local culture through more Doric storytelling; reminiscence work with older people; environmental projects with schools and local groups.  Anything where the joy of storytelling is encouraged!

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