“Ruth Kirkpatrick is an exceptional Storyteller who brings warmth, skill, and magic to her performances and workshops. Her love of stories and her keen sense of humour keep audumiences riveted”. Peter Chand, Organiser of Festival at the Edge, England.
Ruth is one of Scotland’s leading storytellers, a charismatic live performer and a highly regarded singer.
Born in the North East of Scotland, Ruth is widely seen as a Tradition Bearer, having been lucky enough to ‘sit at the knee’ of the great storytellers which Scotland has borne. She has a broad repertoire of stories and songs from Traditional and Traveller sources.
She has worked for over 35 years in social work listening to people’s stories and as a professional storyteller for 20 years.
Ruth’s project and publication, ‘Stories Allways’ successfully develops innovative ways to use storytelling with children and families who have emotional and social needs.
Her strength is in forming a warm, authentic rapport with her audience, respecting the tradition but also giving her performance a loving, feisty sparkle. This makes her a popular guest at Festivals worldwide, from the glaciers of Iceland to the bookshops of India.