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Silver Unicorns and Golden Birds

Scottish Traveller Tales for Children

Duncan Williamson Linda Williamson


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Range: Kelpies Hardback 224 pages 216 x 138 mm ISBN: 9781782508199 Publication date: 18th August 2022
Genre: Traditional stories Theme: Scottish Folklore Ideal for ages: 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12
Silver Unicorns and Golden Birds is a treasure trove of traditional Scottish folk and fairy tales as told by Duncan Williamson, one of Scotland's greatest storytellers.

Young readers will explore a land of folklore and magic inhabited by helpful broonies, fickle fairies, golden birds and shining unicorns in captivating tales, full of colour, humour and life. These timeless stories have been passed down the generations through oral tradition and are now retold for today's children while carefully preserving Duncan's unique storytelling voice.

One of Scotland's Travelling People, Duncan spent a lifetime journeying the country's highways and byways, collecting stories along the way. This beautifully presented treasury includes insight into Duncan's life and cultural heritage alongside a curated collection of his best-loved stories and classic tales.

A selection of these stories has previously appeared in The Coming of the Unicorn and The Flight of the Golden Bird.


Praise for Duncan Williamson:

'One of the world's best-known storytellers.'
-- The Times

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

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

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

Praise for The Coming of the Unicorn:

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

'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, Journal of The Scots Language Society

Praise for Flight of the Golden Bird:

'Storytellers and those who enjoy reading aloud will find this an excellent resource filled with lively language.'
-- Kirkus Reviews

Silver Unicorns and Golden Birds


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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