About Jess Smith

In picture 4, I was invited to man an old bus belonging to Stagecoach boss Brian Soutar. The bus belonged to his mum. In the fifties she would pick up berry-pickers in the fruit picking belts of Angus and Perthshire; the beginnings of the Stagecoach empire.

One of Scotland's most popular authors - a truly charismatic speaker with innate storytelling ability.' - Stirling Council

  • Cultural awareness through storytelling
  • Education - schools in Perth & Kinross, Lanarkshire, Edinburgh and Lothians,
    Leeds, Highlands and Islands, Suffolk and London.
  • Public speaker at libraries, prisons, universities, clubs, church groups, etc and
    after dinner speaker.

I am a member of the Scottish Book Trust.

Article 12 are a group of young travellers working to promote a better understanding of their culture. I am proud to be Patron of Article 12 and will do all I can to support and encourage them in their quest.


  • Scotia's Bairn; featured in millennium edition of Sunday Post


  • Jessie's Journey' - recorded first book for internet radio (VIP ON AIR) station for RNIB
  • Radio Scotland (guested) several times, also three Counties Radio.


  1. Matted Cat, Dragonory


  • STV - featured on Gaelic programme - A teal
  • BBC Reporting Scotland - storytelling to schoolkids

Storytelling festivals

  • Traditional: Keith, Kirriemuir, Cullerlie, Aberdeen, Perthshire
  • Australia: Perth, under the Southern Cross
  • Ireland: Belfast, Sleive Bloom, Dublin and Cape Clear
  • Shropshire: storytelling on the edge
  • Yorkshire: Hebden Bridge - Shaggy dog storytelling festival
  • Edinburgh: international storytelling festivals

Book festivals

  • throughout UK


  • writing, storytelling, traditional singing.

Travellers having a fun time 

Whole family pics were very rare, this one survived and is very special. 

It was a quiet Sunday, July 1956. I was eight. I'm the one holding a little girl on my knee.

Time would split us and circumstances wipe away our happiness.

Our mother takes a moment from her busy day to pose amidst her happy bunch along with a family of relatives. 

One sister is missing, she was probably taking the photo.

Jess sharing tales with an eager group of young people