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Rosie Mapplebeck: Storyteller



The Art of the Bard

Uses of Storytelling

Rosie on YouTube


Rosie: Teller of Stories, Weaver of Dreams

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

"It was like watching a video in my head-but there's no pictures"

"I don't know how you did it, it was-all there-in the room and we were gripped" Attendees at Greenheart Sessions, Ayr "like we were small again and totally in it"


Rosie tells her own and traditional stories to all ages.   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.

"I'll have you know that I am NOT a pigeon, but a beautiful peahen! I live with Rosie."

Rosie lives in a characterful cottage in Ayrshire, (a lush verdant region of Southwest Scotland) in a wooded wildlife garden.  She has a holistic boarding cattery and is a complementary therapist, specialising in healing for animals and facilitating group self-awareness work.  She is a qualified Forest School Leader for learning in the outdoors. http://www.forestschoolassociation.org/location/rosie-mapplebeck/ Bees, ducks, hens, cats and dogs (and the occasional pigeon or peacock) 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 tales and poetry all over, from Shetland to London, Aberdeen to Dublin and beyond. She hosts live story events at the Basement Coffee House in Ayr and takes story walks round Ayrshire and about the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum in Alloway.

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 food with wild ingredients. Small groups and individuals can be given tailored guided tours to explore nature and sample natural flavours.

Public Storytelling Events in 2015

January 24/25th Burns Cottage 1759 festival 2-4pm

Highlights in 2014

March to November inclusive: Story walks at Robert Burns Birthplace Museum, Alloway, Ayr, 1.00 and 3.00 pm, for dates see www.burnsmuseum.org.uk.

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 Auld Brig 8pm (This was a Charity event, £120 proceeds donated to WWF)

Watch out for Forest School kids- we will be in Patna Community woods on wednesdays in March to May.


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May 24-25 Burns festival at Belleisle Park Ayr: woodland crafts and making a storytrail, meet at Kids playpark 3pm each day.

May 26th: Burns festival at Alloway- stories in the afternoon near the Cottage

June 8th: Hessilhead wildlife rescue trust open day near Beith 1pm-4pm

June 15th: 330-430 Robert the Bruce; father, son, husband, through the eyes of the women who loved him. Scottish Storytelling Centre, Edinburgh

July 26-7: Wickerman festival, Galloway

August 2nd: Kirkcudbright Arts trail at 2 High St 12-4pm

September 5th: Market Inn for Septembayr festival

October 26th: Scottish International storytelling festival, Gorgie farm 1130-2pm

October 31st: Alloween, RBBM

Nov 2nd: Burns Cottage, 1-4, Halloween tales for the younger visitor


The Art of the Bard

Storytelling and ballad singing are among the most ancient of human traditions.  Our brains are hard-wired to learn about the world through narrative. Stories may be used to deliver messages, 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 values. The same tale can be heard in adapted form all around the world. Stories become tailored to their audience; going beyond entertainment into personalised sense.  Less of a performance, more delivery of truth. Good storytellers do not preach, they present without judgement.

"I haven't felt like that since I was 5"

"I really loved that story- did you really just make it up?"

"When you took us out and you were in costume and we visited places we see everyday- going to work or the shops but now when we see them-other things happened here- it makes it feel- different" Participants on a ghost walk




Uses of Storytelling

Participation in storytelling develops listening and engagement skills so necessary in today's fast-moving but non-reflective society:

Rosie at work, deep in the telling

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

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


Watch Rosie on YouTube

“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 : rosiestories@ymail.com and Telephone:  +44 1292  520543.

To contact Rosie about complementary therapies go to:

logo of forest school association

For more information about storytelling go to: www.scottishstorytellingcentre.

or try the National storytelling network in the USA: www.storynet.com

or this - English and Welsh story site:

Useful story resources:

Story Lovers World http://www.story-lovers.com/



For help with financing storytelling ventures and delivery, also promoting stories in learning go to:

For poetry resources:spl.org.uk

Member of International Storytelling Network


Website by Roderick Hoffman: rhoff10350@aol.com