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Stanley Robertson

Stanley Robertson (1940 – 2009) was a renowned storyteller and singer born into a settled Traveller family in Aberdeen.

From his aunt, folk singer and storyteller Jeannie Robertson, he inherited a huge repertoire of northeast ballads. As a member of the Traveller community, Robertson documented his own lore and that of other members of this group, and promoted the cultural traditions of Scottish Travellers among young people in schools and community groups.

Robertson published three plays and seven books, some written in his local Scots dialect. He was featured in more than 100 radio programmes and 50 television appearances and made numerous personal appearances on stage and in theatres, schools and colleges.He was a frequent broadcaster and appeared regularly at storytelling festivals.