Sustainability, STEM Equals and Storytelling with Allison Galbraith

In this episode, I speak with my friend and colleague Allison Galbraith.  Allison and I co-wrote Dancing with Trees: Eco-Tales of the British Isles and she has recently launched her book Lanarkshire Folktales.  Allison is a storyteller, student of folklore, voice artist and author.  She has backgrounds as an actor and as a teacher of pupils with additional support needs.  She joined me from her cottage just outside of Lanark in Scotland to talk about how storytelling can help make STEM education more accessible and equitable.  Our conversation took us from her work on storytelling and climate change with local farmers through to a recent project at Culzean Castle where she worked with scientists to create original stories about the lithosphere, atmosphere, biosphere and hydrosphere.

The story Allison shared was ‘The Fairies of Merlin’s Crag’ from her recent book, Lanarkshire Folk Tales (History Press, 2021), which you can find here:

More information on Allison Galbraith can be found here:

Culzean Castle: Dolphin House Outdoor Education Centre:

Dumfries House: STEM Education:

GROWL, Glasgow Region Outdoor & Woodland Learning | Outdoor and Woodland Learning (

The Children’s Wood and North Kelvin Meadow – The Childrens Wood:

photo credit: Finlay Stevenson

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