Ron Fairweather is a full time professional storyteller registered with the Scottish Storytelling Centre since 2003 and has been performing,storytelling
and singing for most of his adult life. He is also a skilled workshop leader working with organisations across Scotland such as Scottish Book Trust,Fios Rois ,North Ayrshire Outreach ,North Lanarkshire Council ,SLC and East Renfrewshire Council ,to name but
a few, to bring storytelling to a wider audience.
Prior to becoming a professional storyteller Ron has worked as a deep sea fisherman, the oil and property industries, and the music business with both music giants Sony and the Proclaimers own label
Ron is also involved with Edinburgh and Lothians Greenspace Trust delivering workshops,sessions and meetings to people of all ages and abilities. He is a regular contributor at the Rotary Club ‘KidsOutDay’ annual event at the
Jack Kane Centre,Edinburgh ,The Royal Blind School and the Autism Centre in Alloa.
Registered with: www.storytellingcentre.co.uk and www.scottishbooktrust.com
Since 2003, performers Ron Fairweather and fellow storyteller Fergus McNicol have worked together as the Duo Macastory delivering themed storytelling into countless
schools, libraries ,museums and festivals all over Scotland. Together they have created projects with and for the likes of The National Museum of Scotland,The National Portrait Gallery,The National Library and Scottish Ballet ,The Edinburgh International Book
Festival Outreach Programme, The Dunfermline Heritage Trust and Edinburgh World Heritage .In January 2020 they were part of Burns and Beyond Festival and were closely involved in the creation and delivery of Culture United 2020 schools programme
during December 2019 and January 2020. This project brought together four schools from across Edinburgh in a collaboration containing elements of dance, spoken word, creative writing, song writing and performance. The project was launched in Edinburgh and
involves schools from Scotland, Finland, Ireland and Holland.
Macastory are regular participants at The Edinburgh International Book Festival as guest storytellers and as part of the school’s outreach programme. One of Macastory’s priorities is to provide a live experience of storytelling and singing while also encouraging the audience to interact with the stories and songs. In live performances we encourage the audience to take part and engage by using invented larger than life characters .
When we work In schools we achieve this through participation in the performances and encouraging pupils to take part in creative workshops .This experience is designed to engage and inspire the
love of storytelling and song. One of our aims is to teach storytelling, songwriting and literacy skills by enhancing imagination and aspiration which in turn will help develop a greater sense of self esteem and awareness .
Fergus McNicol is a storyteller and part time teacher registered with the Scottish Storytelling Centre. Fergus works in a variety of storytelling styles: traditional, theatrical and Japanese Kamishibai in addition to previously having created and performed
shadow puppet performances. He has performed widely throughout Scotland and abroad. In addition to his own performance, Fergus develops storytelling skills in others. He runs workshops in schools for children of all ages and provides training for professionals
such as teachers and librarians as well as adults interested in developing their own storytelling skills. Fergus has worked in conjunction with a variety of artists and has participated in a variety of community based arts projects
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Macastory's Reading Stars is an introduction to reading using online video clips of Macastory reading ,interacting and introducing a variety of books suitable for pupils at all levels of Primary School.
The aim is to entice reluctant readers ,and those beginning the reading journey into the world of books.
The series currently has 65 books featured with a full accompnying list of ISBN details .
We can also come into the school to launch the project with an interactive storytelling performance.
We have found that this model works very well and gives the participants a connection with who they will see on the screen.