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Elgin High receives a 'storyteller residency'

By Alistair Whitfield

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Elgin High School has been chosen by the Scottish Book Trust to have a fully-funded author residence.

As well as being a storyteller Carol Scorer runs world drumming classes in Forres.
As well as being a storyteller Carol Scorer runs world drumming classes in Forres.

Carol Scorer is set to work with pupils with additional support needs, exploring local traditions of oral storytelling.

Well-known locally as a performer as well as a percussionist, Carol stated she and the students would be gathering traditional stories from Moray and beyond which have connections to the sea.

She said: "The aim will to re-inhabit the heart of these stories and in the retelling make them our own."

Kirsten Macleod, the school's library coordinator, said the pupils were excited at the prospect.

She added: "This feels like a once in a lifetime opportunity to work at length, with someone we really value and admire.

"By bringing the project into the ‘whole school’ spotlight, we wish to enhance inclusion for the ASN department across the school community."

The Mohn Westlake Foundation has funded the ASN School Residencies Programme for three years.

As well as an author residency, Elgin High will receive a resources grant of £500.

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