Jess Smith is a Scottish Traveller who spent 12 of her early years traveling around the countryside in a single-decker bus with her parents and seven siblings. A strong desire to research her diverse culture and share her own journey led to six published books.
Seoras Macpherson is a Seannachaidh, a tradition bearer from the Isle of Skye in Scotland. At the age of three, on his Grandfather’s knee, he began learning the traditional stories that had been passed down through generations of his family from Skye and Argyll.
Donald Smith is a lifelong storyteller, and founder of both the Scottish Storytelling Centre in Edinburgh, and the Scottish International Storytelling Festival. As a teller he ‘casts his anchor’ in the Scottish and Irish traditions in which he was nurtured but also believes in creative exchange between cultures and traditions.
Peter Chand is an award-winning international storyteller, constantly in demand for his unique retelling of tales from his motherland, India. Peter has shared his stories across Britain and has performed in Norway, France, Austria, Canada, and Singapore, and other countries. Peter is part of the organizing team of Festival at the Edge, which is the oldest storytelling festival in England.
PKCtheFirst is a music producer who has been creating music for as long as he can remember. BBC Radio have been supporting the young, dynamic producer for many years now, and his tracks have received major airplay. He is a unique and exciting member of the British/Asian music scene.
Louise Profeit-LeBlanc is from the Nacho Nyak Dän First Nation in northern Yukon. Growing up in the small village of Mayo, Louise was nurtured by the traditional stories told by her grandmother Ellen Profeit, a masterful storyteller. Many more elders shared their stories with Louise, and early on she dedicated herself to storytelling and to the promotion of Indigenous stories.
Sharon Shorty is from the Tlingit, Northern Tutchone and Norwegian people. Sharon is from the Raven Clan and was raised with the storytelling tradition of her southern Yukon community. She is renowned for her creation and portrayal of Gramma Susie, an irrepressible Yukon elder.
Ron Evans carries the oral traditions of his Metis and Chippewa-Cree ancestries.