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Amanda was brought up telling stories. She first learnt about plants and recipes from her gran who still remembered traditional remedies and folklore; her mum has been a storyteller for over 30 years. After studying herbal medicine, Amanda found it natural to start bringing together stories, plants, and magical places, drawing on the Scottish storytelling tradition, but in her own unique way.
She has been lead artist on community projects working with intergenerational groups, schools, gardeners and visual artists and has been showcasing her work for the past 10 years, performing and creating art in museums, libraries, forests, castles, restaurants, and theatres around the world.
"I've always been fascinated by plants and the stories around them," says Amanda. "I love how they reveal the way we connect to each other and our natural environment through their use. I love to weave together facts, folklore, traditional tales, history and herbal remedies using traditional storytelling techniques, which I then combine in sessions and workshops creating a rich multi-sensory tapestry which audiences have described as being like an enchanting and dynamic glimpse into a magical garden." (Photo credit: Jannica Honey)
Aberdeen City; Aberdeenshire; Angus; Argyll and Bute; Clackmannanshire; Dumfries and Galloway; Dundee; East Ayrshire; East Dunbartonshire; East Lothian; East Renfrewshire; Edinburgh City; Falkirk; Fife; Glasgow City; Highland; Inverclyde; Midlothian; Moray; Na h-Eileanan Siar (Western Isles); North Ayrshire; North Lanarkshire; Orkney Islands; Perth and Kinross; Renfrewshire; Scottish Borders; Shetland; South Ayrshire; South Lanarkshire; Stirling; West Dunbartonshire; West Lothian
Events can deliver
Mentoring; Panel event; Performance; Residency; Talk; Workshop; Professional development, CLPL or CPD
Audience can work with
Adult learners; Care-experienced people; Carers; English as an additional language (EAL); Intergenerational learning; Outdoor learning; Adults with additional support needs; People living with dementia; Prisoners & young offenders; Reluctant readers; Vulnerable adults; Vulnerable older people; Young people with additional support needs (under 18) (ASN/SEN)
Topics of work
Class & society; Coasts, seas & oceans; Environment & climate; Fairy tales, folklore & mythology; Family; Food; Health including mental health & wellbeing; History; Nature; Rural communities; Science; World War 1; World War 2