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Actual Signs' Mark MacQueen presenting at the Scottish Storytelling Centre, Saturday 5th of November

03 Nov 2011

Actual Signs are proudly working in partnership with the Scottish Storytelling Centre for a year of storytelling events and workshops, all presented by our wonderful staff team member, Mark MacQueen.

Mark will be holding a BSL storytelling workshop at an event being held at the Scottish Storytelling Centre in Edinburgh this Saturday, the 5th of November. ‘Deaf in the Story: Visual Stories of an Invisible People’ is a free event and will run from 12 noon to 4.30pm on a drop-in basis. Deaf translators and storytellers and BSL/English interpreters will be on hand throughout the afternoon and one-hour taster workshops will run at 1pm and 2.30pm. There will also be translations into BSL of two stories from the School of Scottish Studies Archives at Edinburgh University, specially filmed for the occasion in Heriot-Watt’s Media Studio. These include the Stanley Robertson classic, ‘The Old Woman Who Sold Her Soul to the Devil’. 

Mark MacQueen grew up in a Deaf family in Edinburgh, is a natural BSL presenter and holds the prestigious Graduate Diploma in Teaching BSL Tutors from Heriot Watt University.  Mark is an active member of the Deaf community, has a passion for creating and sharing stories and poetry, and is involved in the study of sociolinguistics and BSL poetry. 

National Storytelling Coordinator Esther Blackburn said, “Scottish storytelling is a rich and vibrant scene, made all the richer and more relevant through the integration of many languages and cultures, such as Gaelic and Scots. We’re so excited about this opportunity to work with Mark, to explore the creativity and deep cultural importance of BSL storytelling and to widen audiences for Scottish BSL storytelling events and participative workshops”.