Story-tellers to descend on Bute

An evening with some of Scotland’s very best story-tellers is due to take place on the island this weekend.

This is the first time that an event like this has been held in Rothesay, and it should be well worth the price of admission.

The evening is being held at St Paul’s Church Hall on Saturday, May 25, at 7.30pm and is in aid of SLATE, a UK based charity working primarily in Scotland, whose principal objective is to fight poverty and in doing so, inform and educate young Russians.

Some of these young people are university students whereas others are more disadvantaged and live in street environments where they are cared for in shelters.

In recent years, SLATE has also adopted an interest in a school for bling and partially-sighted children – School 139 in Perm, Russia.

One of four guest story-tellers appearing on the night is Michael Kerins, founder of the SLATE charity. Born and bred in Glasgow of Glasgow-born parents, Michael is a master storyteller and multi-award winner. His style is funny, often chaotic and punchy, yet his ability to challenge the audience is very powerful.

Also appearing is Donald Nelson who likes to tell stories from all over the world. His stories usually have a humorous slant and he collects and adapts stories from different cultures. Donald has a great interest in local history and tells stories of old Glasgow and its characters.

Bute’s very own Alison Clark, who was born in Paisley and was a student of Drama at the RSAMD, will also be taking centre-stage at the event, having co-produced the evening with Anne Bissell.

A graduate of Glasgow School of Art, Alison is heavily involved in the local Talespinners group and is now a registered storyteller with the Scottish Storytelling Centre in Edinburgh.

There will be light refreshments served at the event, included in the £5 ticket. If you’d prefer something stronger than tea or coffee, you’re invited to bring your own bottle.

Tickets are available at Port Bannatyne Post Office, Print Point, and Musicker.

Please note that the evening’s tales are suitable for adults only.