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Jane Mather

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Contact: magicalnaturestories@gmail.com
Local authority: Edinburgh City
Languages: English, Scots
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Growing up in Caithness left me a love for wild places. I enjoy sharing stories which inspire wonder for nature and travel to wherever listeners may be - nurseries, schools, forests, gardens, care settings, community groups, libraries or theatres - then let storytelling adventures transport us deep into the woods, o'er moor and mountain where daring deeds await before it's time to for tea...

A qualified woodland leader and John Muir Award facilitator with a PVG, I combine storytelling with woodland discovery, den-making, plant ID, nature play and story-making, supporting literacy, CfE topics and wellbeing. I have a background in psychology and experience working in community health and wellbeing settings.

I offer storytelling sessions to support mindfulness, creativity and relaxation. Also, with Elderwise I facilitate gentle, interactive story sessions for older audiences and carers, choosing reminiscence themes and stories to stimulate memory and conversation. My recent work includes: Gala Week Stories, celebratory story event for Luminate Festival of Creative Ageing & Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival 2019 Changing views - Intergenerational project gethering stories of the Braid Hills 2018 Stories of Seven Hills - National Library of Scotland Social 2019 Lost Worlds, workshop exploring language and our relationship with nature for RBGE Connect with Nature Festival 2019.

(Works in Scots)

Local authorities can visit

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; Performance; Professional development, CLPL or CPD; Residency; Talk; Workshop

Audience can work with

Adult learners; Care-experienced people; Carers; Intergenerational learning; Outdoor learning; People experiencing mental health problems; People living with dementia; Reluctant readers; Vulnerable adults; Vulnerable older people; Young people in the community (e.g. Youth clubs, Guides, Scouts)

Topics of work

Adventure; Ageing; Animals; Childhood; Coasts, seas & oceans; Environment & climate; Fairy tales, folklore & mythology; Family; Food; Friendship; Health including mental health & wellbeing; Nature

Age groups published for

Children; Adults

Age groups can work with

3-5; 6-8; 9-11; 12-14; 15-18; 18+

Audience size

0-10; 11-30; 31-100