As a trained teacher and sailing instructor, maintaining a strong interest in education, Ian has always combined leading storytelling and poetry workshops with performance and readings. In recent years he has designed and led storytelling projects linking with Primary schools on the Isle of Mull, Oban; Isle of Lewis; Aberdeen Maritime Museum and in Orkney as recipient of the 2010 Storytelling Residency.

Ian was Reader in Residence, Western Isles Libraries, Nov 2011 to April 2012. the project was one of 5 throughout Scotland, developed and administered by Shetland Arts.

The Residency is also  documented on the creative futures blog site:

Videos of collaborative workshops with the artist Christine Morrison can be seen on:


 (Reef knot)

Often these have linked with the visit of a historic vessel such as the Scottish Fisheries Museum flagship vessel Reaper and workshops can include visual art elements as well as practical skills such as knot-tying.

Pam Beasant, cultural co-ordinator, Orkney Council: 'Really enjoyed the day yesterday, and thought you were so good with the kids - and they were stars! It was brilliant to see you in action, and hear some of the stories.'


Extracts from evaluation forms - storytelling and blind-drawing workshop  by Stephen | Morrison with HUG - mental health support group, Inverness, August, 2012

The storyteller was gripping in his tales of Lewis that I know so well.

The artist tapped into my artistic flare, blind drawing has inspired me to free style draw.

The music was a special touch.

The story telling was brilliant and the people together made it a fun and thought provoking day.


The tutors were

Excellent 15

Very good 3

Good 1

Not very good



The Blue Men of the Shiants

Workshop image from children's storytelling project with An Lanntair Arts Centre.