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The Coming of the Unicorn

Scottish Folk Tales for Children

Duncan WilliamsonLinda Williamson


Also available as: eBook

Range: Kelpies Paperback 160 pages 216 x 138 mm ISBN: 9780863158681 Publication date: 22 March 2012
Genre: Traditional stories Theme: Scottish Folklore Ideal for ages: 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12

Duncan Williamson came from a family of Travelling People, who told stories around the campfire for entertainment and for teaching. In this collection, he passes on some of their wonderful children's folk and fairy tales.

This collection includes tales about cunning foxes and storytelling cats, hunchbacked ogres and beautiful unicorns, helpful broonies and mysterious fairies, rich kings and fearsome warriors, as well as those about ordinary folk trying to make their way in the world. The stories have been written down as faithfully as possible to Duncan's unique storytelling voice, full of colour, humour and life.


'A fine collection to share, whether read aloud or told.'
-- Kirkus Reviews

'Mesmerising Scottish storyteller... Duncan Williamson was one of the most celebrated storytellers in Scotland ... one of the world's best-known storytellers'
-- The Times

'The story-teller and singer Duncan Williamson was one of the greatest voices of Scots traveller culture'
-- The Independent

'Scotland's greatest contemporary storyteller'
-- The Guardian

'Scotland's greatest traditional storyteller'
-- The Scotsman

'A wonderful collection of Scottish folk and fairy tales for children. The stories are beautifully told and perfectly written to be read aloud to the small child or children in your life.'

'This engaging collection of Scottish folktales opens with a splendid bit of scene-setting in the introduction.'
-- Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

'Thae stories hae been fashiont frae the claith buttons o fowk memory. They are as auld as the hills an, lik Jack, wha fun the Keeng's keys tae the "Garden of Youth", they are eildless.'
-- Lallans

Coming of the Unicorn


Duncan Williamson was born in 1928 on the shores of Loch Fyne. He was the seventh of sixteen children born to a family of Travellers, who set up camp in the same place every winter and wandered the Highlands during the summer, hawking their tin…

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Linda Williamson was born in Madison, Wisconsin in 1949. She has a PhD from Edinburgh University, and is an American folklorist, storyteller and editor. She was married to renowned Scottish folk storyteller Duncan Williamson and has three children and five grandchildren — on both sides…

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