Giving in to your kilty pleasures?

This is the view if you stand in my garden and look in one direction A messy upcycled child planted collection of favorite herbs, old slates telling stories behind the plants created by my daughter, scraps of folklore and ancient myths chalked onto stones amidst native Scottish plants. Face the other direction and the view looks…

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Rosemary, Aberdeen, Living Voices and Meaningful Activities Networks.

Rosemary’s been coming up a lot for me lately, I’ve been researching it along with some other plants for a piece I’ve been writing which combines herbal folklore, traces of lost Scottish legends, and a bit of history of medicine and health care in the highlands, which may be going out to New- York for…

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Love stories!

Valentines Day: Heather legends, Storytelling talks and sessions with adults…a great evening with Amicale I’ve been starting to concentrate on my plant stories again, officially I’m still on maternity leave following the birth of my second lovely bundle of gorgeousness last summer. Spending my days exploring new places with the new baba…being intrigued by trysting…

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Euan and the Elder how the story came to be

It all started with this view….. I was booked to storytell at Glasgow’s lovely Hidden gardens , for Autumn 2011.  I wanted a new story, I wanted inspiration…. Walking back home from dropping the child at school on a driech day, the naked girders of the cranes watching the Clyde, the Kelvin gravid and tidal, trees trembling…

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Euan and the Elder

Written and designed by Amanda Edmiston, mother, professional storyteller and former student of the Scottish School of herbal medicine and illustrated by fellow mum, artist and trustee of Glasgow based climate change organisation ‘South Seeds’: Caroline Gausden. Euan and the Elder grew out of a traditional Eastern European folk tale and was transplanted and grafted…

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British Award for Storytelling Excellence

barely stop myself twinkling at random people, friends who have claimed for years that I’m not really that fond of hugs have been stunned by my sudden love of cuddling them for the slightest reason, I’ve been remembering to tell people how much I appreciate them and generally been rather sweet recently, even if I…

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Solanaceae spotting and twisting tomato lycanthropes

It started weeks ago, before the flowers had blossomed a mere leaf or two haunted the path, the week of the story walk, a whiff of peanut butter, I got closer, drawn in, a plant with intention, pulled me closer, promising powers of seduction and sleep, the child balked…..gagged…..croaked ‘ evil peanut butter…..mummy what IS…

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Tales of St Johns Wort…

I woke from a dream; a potent and distracting mix of jittery nerves, and dark fog like mist swirling through my head and fixing my body in a clay like position, frozen in sleep paralysis, not lifted  by the dark heavy cumulus nimbus ominous outside my window, where I’d hoped for April sunshine. My dream…

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