A  CV of Nancy Nicolson

After more than three challenging years, getting back to a life more normal.

March; Gillie Mor Festival, Thurso
January; Celtic Connections Schools

November; Carrying Stream Festival, Edinburgh,
January; Celtic Connections Schools

Guest at Ullapool Book Festival - 1 day in Ullapool Primary school for fun, songs and stories in            
English and Scots with P1 -P5.   Speaker UBF Saturday session – music, stories and songs rooted
in   Caithness childhood

Tutor at Scottish Storytelling Centre.
Workshop: 'The Story and the Song' -How to incorporate song into your storytelling. .
Guest singer at Blair Atholl traditional Auld New Year Celebrations in the Village Hall
Storyteller: Celtic Connections- storytelling for Early Years in various Schools  
Speaker: Glasgow Poetry Association- The Twa Bob Piece, (a study of Robert Louis Stevenson &      .
Robert Tannahill)

Wrote, produced and performed ‘Air Alba’ for the Edinburgh Fringe at The Royal Oak bar. .       This  
marathon, 5 shows a week for 4 weeks, was very well received. .   

Time out with family and friends, with a few gigs here and there.

1998 – 2004 :
Education Officer for Celtic Connections: NN led 2x3-year projects on Scottish Culture in Schools &   
Communities in Glasgow.  The work entailed close co-operation  with schools and  was hailed as    
“a model of best practice” by  the Scottish Arts Council.

1996 -1998:
A trustee of The New Makars Trust, a school/community songwriting project in Fife. NN designed       .
the educational basis of the work, also acting as a tutor and tutor-trainer. This SAC Lottery project     .
was completed and monitored as most successful.

Primary teacher in Midlothian and Edinburgh. During that time active in EIS teachers Union,             
including 10 years on National Council and 8 years on Education Committee.

1996 onwards:
A director of The Grey Coast Theatre Company. NN was the key  link between theatre staff, school  
staff, pupils and parents for the play 'Flags', based on the  Castletown Flagstone industry. She was
company chair for 5 years leading the company to win Advancement Funding from  SAC

Contributor to “The Kist”, the Scottish Education Department’s resource on Scottish Language,  
Writing and Song for schools. Nancy advised schools on its use.

1990 - 1998:
Writer, Radio Scotland Schools programmes

1989 – 1990:
“Heritage of Scotland International Summer Schools” at Stirling,
assistant to  the Director, Caithness man Robert Innes.

1981 – 1988:
A student at Heritage of Scotland International Summer Schools
with Jean Redpath, Ballads and Burns songs;  Tom Anderson , Shetland fiddle;                                 
Alastair Hardie,  North-EAst fiddle; Anne Lorne Gillies, Gaelic Song.

1989- onwards:
Radio Scotland, occasional contributor to programmes on  
Scottish Culture, education, language, music and song

1984 – 1988:
Member, Board of Governors, Moray House College of Education,
(Education Faculty of the University of Edinburgh)

1972 –1982:  
Edinburgh Folk Club committee member, 2 of these years as Chair and still an active member.

And before that
Stay - at -Home Mammy in flower power days
Edinburgh Student - beatnik fashion
Rock-n-roll teenager in Wick
Croft Bairn with water from the well, horsepower on hooves and Peats for heat.