“She creates great beauty in her stories and her warmth and humour are evident”
“Rosie has great musicality, understanding of story wisdom and confidence. She is a fine storyteller with a particularly strong relationship to the environment, nature and animals”
Clare Coburn, Australia
“Rosie’s Rambles was very good. Very informative, and from someone who knows her stuff. Excellent.” David, visitor to Robert Burns Birthpalce Museum
Rosie tells her own and traditional stories to all ages. She has a special fondness for the tales gifted to us by the Scottish Travelling people and the old ballads, which she also sings. Many of her stories are from her own experience of living among animals and birds and of magic. She loves telling tales to a mixed age audience where families and friends share together.
She writes poetry and short stories, performing at slams and literary events.
Rosie lives in a characterful cottage in Ayrshire, (a lush verdant region of Southwest Scotland) in a wooded wildlife garden she co-created. She has a holistic boarding cattery and is a complementary therapist, specialising in distant healing and healing for animals. She is a qualified Forest School Leader for learning in the outdoors. Bees, ducks and rescue hens, cats and dogs (and the occasional pigeon) live happily together under her loving care.
She is an accredited storyteller within the Scottish Storytelling Network, has PVG disclosure, and is insured with Equity for public liability. She is listed as a storyteller and writer for event funding by the Live Literature Trust (Scottish Book Trust).
Rosie tells all over Scotland and the UK, from Skye to Barra, from Aberdeen to Galloway. She is a regular teller at the Better Crack Club in Glasgow and hosts story events at the Basement Coffee House in Ayr.
She is presently facilitator for The Living Voices Project: bringing story, poetry and song to people with dementia in care homes and the community. http://www.scottishpoetrylibrary.org.uk/connect/events/living-voices-arts-reminiscence
You can take a walk into the Wild Woods, Shorelines or Garden with Rosie and find a whole world of new flavours and ingredients from our native flora. Rosie is a natural historian who loves to create with wild ingredients. Small groups and individuals can be given tailored guided tours to explore the world close by and sample their flavours.
Public Storytelling Events in 2013
March to October inclusive: Story walks at Robert Burns Birthplace Museum, Alloway, Ayr, 1.00 and 3.00 pm, for dates see www.burnsmuseum.org.uk. Free with entry, (meet at reception)
Every second wednesday of the month: Open stage at Basement Coffee House, Ayr- all welcome to enjoy poetry, songs, stories, jokes, writing -your own or that of others. Contributors and listeners all welcome £3 entry. Cafe service or byob at £2
January 25/6: 1759 festival, Burns Cottage as Betty Davidson 12-4
February 9th: Greenheart Sessions 12-3, 4 Gallery at Bath St Ayr
March 29th Ghost walk in Ayr for Earth Hour. Meet Basement Coffee House 8pm (time TBC)
May 22-26: Comedy/story workshop in aid of Ayrshire Hospice venue tbc
January 27th: RBBM 12-4pm 1759 festival, Burns and nature
January 30th: Tarbolton Primary, Scottish tales
February 7th: Waterstones Ayr 1.30-3pm: family story time
February 13th: Clishmaclaver story club, 7.30, Basement Coffee House, Ayr (by the Auld Brig)
February 14th: Theosophical Society, Glasgow: talk on the Inner Story
March 23rd: ghost walk in Ayr for Earth Hour, 8.30 at Auld Kirk
May 26th: When Burns was a bairn, stories for all at BelleIsle walled garden 2-3pm
May 31st: Lapraik festival Muirkirk (primary school)
July 6th: Kelburn Garden Party (festival), 7-10pm
July 17th: Scottish Storytelling Centre, storyteller of the day
July 27th: Robert Burns Birthplace Museum, Rambling Rosie, 1 and 3pm
August 17th: RBBM, Rambling Rosie, 1 and 3pm
September 7th and 8th: Ghost walks for Doors Open days, Ayr. Meet at Ayr Renaissance office, bottom of High Street at 830pm
September 18th: Basement story club is part of the Septembayr festival. All welcome to bring a poem, a story, a song or a joke or two.
September 27th: Guid Crack Club, Edinburgh, 730- guest teller
October 4th: Amnesty International benefit, Market Inn, Ayr
October 9th: with Sheila Templeton and Michael Malone at the Basement, Ayr
October 26th: Gorgie Farm Edinburgh in Scottish Storytelling Festival,11am
October 31st: Alloween at Burns Cottage, Ayr
November 2,3: Halloween Hoolie tales at Burns Cottage
November 13th: with Jim Monaghan at the Basement, Ayr
November 28th: starting with stories workshop, Carnegie library Ayr
Storytelling and ballad singing are among the most ancient of human traditions. Stories may be used to deliver messages, to teach lifeskills and to reflect the emotional developmental journey. In days before widespread literacy, the ability to weave tales and remember details was highly valued. The oral tradition has been (and in areas of conflict still is) used to relate news, history and politics and help unify society.
There are many layers to storytelling. A true skill will bring the tale straight from heart to heart as well as eye to eye and mind to mind.
Stories are a neutral place where the listener can, safely and with support, explore issues, values, traumas and trials. They allow humour and emotion to lift our learning out of the mundane.
Many ancient tales persist because they engage with universal human stories.
As stories are rarely 'fixed' they can be tailored to the individuals listening; going beyond entertainment into personalised teachings. Less performance, more delivery of truths.
“Rosie is a very generous storyteller who fully gifts her stories to her audience- she never ‘holds’ on to it for herself. She connects with her audience with authenticity and humour and brings a deep awareness of the inner life of the story.”
Joanna Parsons, Emerson College 2009
Participation in storytelling develops listening and engagement skills so necessary in today's fast-moving but non-reflective society:
Storytelling develops listening skills; no listeners, no point in the telling: no listening, no story to tell.
“The best compliment-was 2 little boys-they were sitting at the front-when you said about the toy huntsmen they (twanged) their bows at each other. They wanted those toys, they were real to them”
Maria Papadogianni, Emerson College, 12.09
“I don’t want to go; I want to hear more stories”
P2/3 Sunnybank Primary, Aberdeen
View Rosie at Emerson College in Forest Row, East Sussex, at the final performance of the three-month Now of Storytelling course, September-December 2009.
View Rosie at Su Casa in Ayr, at the Ayrshire Poetry Slam feb 2011.
To contact Rosie about storytelling:
Email her at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Telephone: 01292 520543. (Outside UK use +44 instead of the first 0).
To contact Rosie about complementary therapies go to:
For more information about storytelling go to:
or try the National storytelling network in the USA: www.storynet.com
or this - English and Welsh story site:
Useful story resources:
For help with financing storytelling ventures and delivery,
also promoting stories in learning go to:
Website by Roderick Hoffman: email@example.com