~Mistress Quill~

The Invaders and The Invaded

Mistress Quill was created in 2012 with the support of a research and development grant from Enterprise Music Scotland. Inspiration had been gathering for some time, linking my love of ancient stories, ballads and artefacts, my experiences as a stone-carver and artist with quill and ink, and my husband’s playing with a medieval band, ’Cornucopia.’ I made my costume as authentically as possible, based on a14th century a kirtle found inthe permafrost in Greenland

Developed initially for school audiences in P4-S2 age range, as Mistress Quill I present myths and legends up to the end of the medieval era, drawn from Roman, Anglo –Saxon, Norse, Viking, Celtic and early Christian traditions. These fables would have been common currency in the homes, courts and castles during the middle-ages when oral transmission reigned supreme and literacy, for the majority, was still in its infancy. Books were rare, potent and cost real fortunes; these are tales that emerge from the melting pot of the British culture we share today.

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The content of the storytelling sessions can be tailored to reflect the individual school’s topics of focus. Stories are interspersed with period recorder music, riddles, and ballads as appropriate, whilst a small selection of curious objects from the era adds extra interest. As Mistress Quill I have also delivered storytelling at Melrose Abbey for Historic Scotland, and combined storytelling and creative writing with quills for Adults at ‘The Hawick Hub.’
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With Mistress Quill, I offer the option of an accompanying art session using handmade quill and bamboo pens, and link the stories told with examples from the artistic legacy of the times, from illuminated manuscripts to poignant domestic and votive objects, and early writing.

It is my intention that these multidisciplinary elements will evoke a tactile essence of ancient times, making a visit from Mistress Quill an enriching, atmospheric and memorable experience, one that encourages a sense of ownership, and contributes to the four capacities of the Curriculumfor Excellence

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Comments and Contact:

A Few Comments:

Really good art, really good costume, and the storytelling was the best. Keepit up! Because it was AWESOME!!’
Paula, P7 pupil, Heriot Primary School.

Very focussed workshop which enhanced excellent listening skills, pupils were engaged throughout the session. Thankyou for a very enjoyable experience’
Mrs Martin, St Ronan’s Primary teacher.

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I am fully insured and P.V.G .registered.

If you would like to have a chat about a visit, or discuss booking one, please contact Mary on:
Tel: 01896- 83126

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