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Joanne Marr

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Contact: [email protected]
Local authority: Glasgow City
Languages: English
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Joanne Marr is an experienced and gifted storyteller, with a background in Community Arts, and has many years of experience working with diverse groups of all ages and abilities, including deaf groups. She has completed Levels 1, 2 and 3 in British Sign Language (BSL). One of her specialisms is working with people with additional and complex support needs.

Joanne worked for The Village Storytelling Centre in Glasgow for five years during which time she developed and delivered many diverse projects. These include a storygathering project with Sunshine Recovery Cafe who support people in recovery from drug and alcohol addiction, an employability project with people with learning disabilities, and a project to improve and support literacy, language and bonding in newly arrived refugee and asylum seeking families.

She has a fantastic ability to reach people of all generations with her enthusiasm and unique delivery style. Joanne loves to tell stories with strong female characters in them, old tales with a modern twist, Scottish tales, and those from further afield. Joanne is equally comfortable with telling to audiences of all ages and abilities, including those with profound disabilities.

Local authorities will visit

Argyll and Bute; East Ayrshire; East Dunbartonshire; East Lothian; East Renfrewshire; Edinburgh City; Falkirk; Glasgow City; Inverclyde; Midlothian; North Ayrshire; North Lanarkshire; Perth and Kinross; Renfrewshire; South Ayrshire; South Lanarkshire; Stirling; West Dunbartonshire; West Lothian

Events will deliver

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

Audience will work with

Adult learners; Care-experienced people; Carers; English as an additional language (EAL); Intergenerational learning; Outdoor learning; Adults with additional support needs; People experiencing mental health problems; Prisoners & young offenders; Vulnerable young people (under 18); Vulnerable adults; Vulnerable older people; Young people in the community (e.g. Youth clubs, Guides, Scouts); Young people with additional support needs (under 18) (ASN/SEN)

Topics of work

Adventure; Animals; Childhood; Coasts, seas & oceans; Discrimination & prejudice; Drug addiction, alcoholism & substance abuse; Fairy tales, folklore & mythology; Family; First experiences for younger readers; Food; Friendship; Gender equality; Health including mental health & wellbeing; LGBTQIA+ characters; Love & romance; Performance training; Rural communities

Age groups published for

Children; Teens; Adults

Age groups will work with

0-2; 3-5; 6-8; 9-11; 12-14; 15-18; 18+

Audience size

0-10; 11-30; 31-100