Tullycarnet Yarnspinners with Tom Muir via Zoom
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Tom Muir was born in the Orkney Islands in 1963. He has a background in archaeology, history and folklore and has worked at the Orkney Museum since 1988, currently holding the post of Engagement & Exhibitions Officer. He has gathered together the first ever collection of Orkney folk tales in his 1998 book, ‘The Mermaid Bride, and other Orkney Folk Tales’. He also wrote another collection for the History Press in the 2014 book, ‘Orkney Folk Tales’. Tom has also as written other books on Orkney’s folk tales, history and the Icelandic Sagas. He has been a storyteller ever since he could talk, but in front of an audience for around 30 years. He also is President of the Orkney Storytelling Festival, whose guests in the past includes Liz Weir. Tom lives in the beautiful little seaport town of Stromness with his American wife, Rhonda. Together they run the website Orkneyology.com, on which is hosted ‘Tales for Troubled Times’, a collection of around 140 (so far) folk tales recorded in lockdown, as an attempt to cheer people up during these recent difficult times.