The Natural World of Stories, Legends & Songs with Grace Banks, CCA, 6 June, 2017

the natural worldof stories, legends with grace banks

the natural worldof stories, legends with grace banks

Tuesday, 6 June 2017: Club Room at 7:00pm
CCA: Centre for Contemporary Arts
350 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow, G2 3JD

The Natural World of Stories,
Legends & Songs with Grace Banks

Join storyteller, singer and author Grace Banks for a lively and interactive workshop as she tells the tale of who and what has influenced her creative writing journey. As a storyteller she finds stories and legends of old fascinating and intriguing, and thoroughly enjoyed researching both her books: ‘Aberdeenshire Folk Tales’ and ‘Scottish Urban Myths and Ancient Legends’, which she co-authored with poet and author Sheena Blackhall. Grace writes, ‘Much of my creative work is inspired by the natural world and the wonders and wisdom found within the ancient stories. Today many lifestyles revolve around screen dependence; work and play are now indoor experiences and stress and anxiety are compounded by the accompanying lack of exercise and fresh air. One of my greatest joys is to enable others to be outdoors in the green – to explore, discover and enjoy their surroundings; I find songs and stories are naturally integral to this.’ During the workshop Grace will look at what can inspire and influence creativity and will provide opportunity for participants to explore different approaches to their writing.

Grace Banks works as a storyteller, singer and outdoor-discovery facilitator mainly in and around Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire. She had great regard for Traveller, storyteller and balladeer Stanley Robertson and poet and author Sheena Blackhall. She writes, ‘Both of them have been such an encouragement to me and influential in my creative development.’ Grace runs workshops and sessions for adults and/or children. This includes song classes, storytelling for families, sessions for schools and explores the outdoors. This includes, story/song walks, story-making and song creation with natural objects, tool use, fire-making and other fun activities, supporting groups to experience nature in different ways. Grace and Sheena Blackhall have co-authored two books: ‘Aberdeenshire Folk Tales’ and ‘Scottish Urban Myths and Ancient Legends’, published by History Press. Grace has compiled ‘A Puckle o Sangs’, a book of songs gathered from NE Scotland songsters and published by AUP. Most recently Grace has released an album, ‘Songs From the Wood’ – a resource of woodland songs and tales for children and she is continuing to produce other nature story/song resources. Find out more at:

Tickets: £6/(£3) Concessions, Free for SWC Members

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