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Maria MacDonell

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Contact: maria@mariamacdonell.com
Local authority: Angus
Languages: English
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Maria (Mar- eye- yah) tells all kinds of tales in all kinds of places from classroom to castle, theatre to library. Her stories may be old or brand new. They may come from very near or from way back in human imagination. She looks for the absurd, the sad, the mythical and magic. She seeks out stillness as much as movement, and finds meaning in silence as well as speech. She can fill a large space or a small corner, always recognising ways to travel together with audience and participants to new places and feelings. Sometimes she uses simple props and music (flute).

Maria has experience in historical research, performance, journalism, screen writing, play writing, arts organising, museum curation and education. She is strongly committed to encouraging creativity in everyone. Through her charity Angus Arts she has run festivals and events, offering a wide range of arts experiences indoors and out. Since 2008 she has explored Creative Arts and Drama with adults and young people with learning disabilities at Dundee and Angus College. Maria is an enthusiastic and experienced workshop leader and facilitator, helping people of all ages and abilities to find and share the limitless stories we have in each of us.

(Photo credit: Roddy Simpson)

Websites featuring the author

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

Live drawing; Panel event; Performance; Reading; Residency; Talk; Workshop; Professional development, CLPL or CPD; Chairing events

Audience can work with

Adult learners; Care-experienced people; Carers; Intergenerational learning; Outdoor learning; Adults with additional support needs; Reluctant readers; 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; Ageing; Animals; Biography & memoir; Care experience; Childhood; Class & society; Coasts, seas & oceans; Death, grief & bereavement; Environment & climate; Event production; Fairy tales, folklore & mythology; Family; Friendship; Health including mental health & wellbeing; History; Loneliness & isolation; Love & romance; Nature; Performance training; Rural communities; Wars & conflicts

Age groups published for

Children; Teens; Adults

Age groups can work with

6-8; 9-11; 12-14; 15-18; Adults

Audience size

0-10; 11-30; 31-100; 100-500; 500+