Posted by: blethertaygither | November 12, 2009

A Bounty of Blethers

The most haunted ship in Britain and the home of ‘The Perth Poet’ were just two venues that hosted Blether Tay-gither over the last two months, as we continue to take storytelling to new audiences and places.  The HM Frigate Unicorn was an amazingly atmospheric night where we shared stories and songs of the sea with each other and the ghostly crew. A visit to Perth gave us an inspiring evening at the late William Soutar’s house, now a living museum celebrating his life as one of Perth & Scotland’s foremost poets.  We introduced freshers (new students), wowed families at Cambo Estate, entranced adults with our Stories & Stovies and joined in with the celebrations for Dundee Maggie’s Centre and 100 years of Guiding.

In a surprise development we were supposed to be part of the Big Man Walking Festival but unfortunately the weather prevented us. Instead we were delighted to be asked to film ourselves telling our Big Man stories which is now  available for you all to see on YouTube:

As part of the Storytelling Festival we welcomed Sean Choolburra to Dundee for two exciting events where he enthralled us with his unique style of stories, songs and dance. Sean Choolburra
Dressed in his traditional outfit Sean entertained us with his stories, many of them told through dance and didgeridoo music. At his Deadly Doublespeak workshop he showed us how to tell stories through dance which resulted in Owen being eaten by a crocodile! Crocodile Dance
We’re very proud to have been one of the Festival ‘On Tour’ hosts and hope to do it again next year.

We can only do this with the support of Awards for All, the Tayroots Festival and at the Scottish International Storytelling Festival.

Giving ourselves a short break we look forward to our November meeting at St Andrews to celebrate St Andrews Day and Homecoming Scotland.  See more on our website at

– Lindsey


  1. Sean was brilliant-a great ambassador. He taught us loads and we did our best to educate him in broad Dundee. He got an ining in an a correct first time!

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