I have recently joined GAS or the Grampian Association of Storytellers. I am not a storyteller, but I am a lover of stories, fairy tales and legends. And am hoping to learn some storytelling and communication skills. The picture is my friend Pauline, telling Arabian Nights stories at the John Briggs Carpet Shop in Stonehaven. There is an annual storytelling meeting in the shop, which is an exotic treasure trove of textiles, furniture and jewellery.