At the Forest Café, on Thursday 12 December, at 6:30pm
Alasdair’s main stock of stories comes from the Celtic traditions, particularly the Highlands and Islands of Scotland. He collects these from written and contemporary oral sources, and brings them to life for today’s audiences. He hopes that the return of these stories to their communities will give young people in the Highlands and Islands a stronger and deeper connection to their local landscape and culture. To this end he is developing and expanding the ‘Stories for Life’ project in these areas. Where appropriate, Alasdair tells these stories in Scottish Gaelic.
Alasdair is also making ancient Celtic stories from the Mabinogion, and the Ulster and Fenian Cycles more widely heard among contemporary audiences, that they may take their place in contemporary culture. In addition, he tells stories from all over the world, with emphasis on themes ranging from environmental education to peace and conflict issues. As regards the latter, Alasdair is an exponent of Sufi tales handed down by mystics of the Middle East.
Alasdair likes to work with children from age 5 upwards, with secondary school pupils, and with adults, including those with learning disabilities. He uses some of his stories in personal, spiritual and psychological group work, to support people’s journeys through intrapersonal, intercultural and relationship issues. He has run drama therapy groups and workshops on storytelling and mythology for psychotherapists.
Alasdair has worked as a tour guide, adult education teacher, psychotherapist and care worker. As well as storytelling, Alasdair makes a living from gardening and environmental work, spending as much time as possible in the Great Outdoors.