Celtic Storytelling in the Octagon, Dunedin.

Saint Andrews Day Celebration

“Now, if you had me in your mouth as I have you, tell me what you would do?” Said the Cat to the Pukeko. In this New Zealand re-telling of old Scottish tale.

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Original watercolour by Allie Simpson.

I will be retelling traditional Scottish stories such as ‘Whippety-Stourie and ‘The Fairies of Merlin’s Crag’. Also my own original Woven Stories amongst them ‘Fern the Dragon’ and ‘Nana’s blanket bear’. The Saint Andrews Day celebrations in the Dunedin Octagon is a perfect chance to celebrate your Scottish ancestors and the new lives they forged for themselves in this, their ‘New Edinburgh’ come and join me in celebrating the weaving of old and new stories.

Amongst my stories there will be Selkies, Dragons, Brownies, a wayward fairy or two and they will be accompanied by Sheep dogs and enchanted Swans, Kiwis and a Tuatara … long story short, Something for everyone.

“The event is held from 10.am until 2.pm in the Octagon with a wonderful array of Scottish activities, music and dancing and family fun.
“I am so excited and thrilled that I may just burst!”

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Storytelling Adventures

The last year has been full of new events, odd things and opportunities that would take to much time to explain on today’s blog, but lets start with a story…

Once upon a time this dyslexic creative decided
she needed to get her act together…

I have spent the last 12 plus months paying attention to my goals and using different techniques to keep my personal and family objectives on track. I have been lost in the story of career and daily living in the past and as we all know, time just gets away on you. But over the last year it has been different, I have achieved many goals I set out to do.

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This has been a catalysis in my life which has created many changes.
I have always aspired to write and illustrate my own children’s stories, which with dyslexia, no formal illustration training and a full-time career teaching, I haven’t manged to achieve. In fact in the past I had begun to think it may be an unrealistic goal altogether.

This year I made the choice to re-energise my writing and story skills in other ways,  to pursue my stories in whatever way I could, to not feel defeated by the difficulty to get published.  I decided not to go down the normal path and I changed my inner script from,
I must get published, to I must share my stories.
I went back to basics and fell in-love with traditional oral storytelling.

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Wow what a difference it has made for me and my stories. I started telling traditional  and my own original stories to children of varied ages.
At events, libraries, and schools wherever I could, large and small crowds even quiet one on one tellings. They were all uniquely special and I learnt a great deal.
It reminded me what is important in a story and what is not and just how creative children’s and adults imaginations can be.

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I have a passion for historical early settler stories and Celtic heritage stories, my love of Aesop fables creeps in every-time and  I love the amazement on peoples faces when they sit down and I don’t have a book to tell from, then we can flit from story to story as fast as their minds can take them.

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The stories come from my head and heart.
After all isn’t that where all stories start?
In either our head or our hearts
It has been a wonderful telling year and I look forward to telling many many many more…

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My Summery
Part of my teaching role is to teach career planning and goal setting.
Over the past year I have reformed some key points.
Points that I would forget (ignore) for myself,
but would encourage my students to always do.
So what is good for the student is good for the teacher.

If you are not achieving what you want on your life journey, PAUSE FOR A MOMENT, don’t just keep trudging on, you can never reverse time, so do not waste it on the wrong path or project. Take time to analyse and adjust on a regular basis.

look at the vehicle you are trying to use?
Is it the right tool for the job?
Could you do it a different way?
Look at your inner script, what are you saying to yourself, about YOURSELF and your SITUATION?
Is it true, or incorrect self-doubt?
If it is true, change it and you can’t change it, how can you approach your challenge to minimise the impact?
If it’s not true or true for you anymore, think outside the normal box?
What could you do to achieve it from a different point of view?
Listen to all the feedback the world offers, find the silver lining it will be there.
What are your goals and dreams, Could you look at them from a different angle?

Find your story  xxx Allie

Day 15 of my 20 / 20 challenge

Do something everyday of my 20 / 20 challenge to get clearer  and closer to my vision of what I want.

Day 15. I completed my main character for my original story ‘how oysters got their pearls’. This sketch was a challenge but I got there in the end. Can you tell what mammal was my inspiration for my mermaid?

The challenge to get clear ideas and vision of my goals is working it has been difficult and confronting but worth the effort.

Hope you enjoy. xx Allie

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Day 30. And it all went to custard…

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Day 30. Was yesterday and I actually had to walk away from my drawing before it was even at the line stage. I spent the entire time struggling with the composition and geting the perspective right.  When I came back and finished I realised that with all the corrections the line drawing would be no good for shading as it was marred with corrected lines. The next problem was I couldn’t use my light box to transfer to a fresh sheet as the Sanford grey tone is nice and thick. So I had to compromise and make cut outs. I now have a clean linework to start on. Oh by the way, I often push too hard with my pencil and a friend gave me a tip which helped in this situation. Use a mechanical pencil with the lead out. If you push too hard it breaks the lead. I started with a complete lead and finished with this little bit. I am getting better but sometimes … snap.
Today is the 1st of June, and I will continue on with this drawing with a freash eye and a fresh start. It all went to custard (translation – NZ saying, meaning it all went bad.) But in the end I worked through it and solved my problem. I have enjoyed my daily before breakfast drawings but will not be able to draw each day for the next week, as I am with my students on a drama shoot.   Call time is 6am. And I live about an hour from school. I will try to take some pictures of the other side of my creative day to share with you.  I will be back to drawing within 7 days.
Thank you for all your support, I do enjoy your comments and encouragement.
Have fun 
Xx Allie

Day 30. It took awhile…..

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…but finally they are done. They took longer than the allocated hour so there was no time for another today. At least I finished these three little guys. I am very happy with the end result but they were more work than anticipated. It was the one in the back I found the hardest as he was in low light .

Day 29. Almost Done.

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I almost got them done. I am so busy at work that I could only give myself 30 minutes in the studio this morning. What I managed to do was the line- work for these little blue penguins. Tomorrow I will finish them before doing day 30.  They are still cute just need some more love tomorrow.
Xx Allie

Day 27. Looking for the beauty.

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Day 27, Is all about paying attention to the beauty around us and enjoying it when we can. Todays drawing is of a New Zealand White Heron, I find these exquisite birds stunning. If I see one I feel my day is blessed. Unfortunately they are becoming more scarce along our river. I was going to draw one standing but found a photograph for reference of this unusual pose. Again I am forever grateful to wildlife photographers. Drawing a white bird in the sky was tricky but I am pleased with the results. Wow only 4 days left in the month challenge, were did May go?
Xx Allie