Pupils enjoy art of story telling

Canadian storyteller Dawne McFarlane entertains P1 pupils at Eyemouth Primary School with the tale of 'little beaver and the echo' during the schools story telling festival
Canadian storyteller Dawne McFarlane entertains P1 pupils at Eyemouth Primary School with the tale of 'little beaver and the echo' during the schools story telling festival

More than 400 Berwickshire children enjoyed the oldest form of entertainment last week as they took part in a mass storytelling event.

Marjorie Leithhead, recently nominated Scotland’s patron of reading, organised the event at Eyemouth Primary School on Friday, October 24.

It featured storytelling from Margaret Christison, James Spence and Ruth Kirkpatrick. Dawne MacFarlane made the trip from Canada to impress children with her North American tales, and Marjorie also took her turn weaving a tale.

Marjorie said: “This is a great way of getting children into storytelling. It is a fantastic tradition that we have in Scotland and it is international as well - I have a storyteller who recently went to Russia at very short notice to perform!

“None of this would have been possible without welcome donations from 21 shops, businesses and local organisations. This is our third year and the biggest event so far and it is heartening to see so many local folk willing to support us. ”

The different stories proved popular, with Jack Moodie saying: “I liked the bit when they ground the witch’s head because it was gory and disgusting.”

Brogan Collin agreed: “I liked the bits that were a bit frightening because they made me jump.”

Marjorie hopes funding, recently secured, will mean the storytelling scheme can be rolled out into the smaller Berwickshire schools, including Ayton, Reston, Coldingham and Cockburnspath.