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Marion Kenny

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Contact: marionokenny@hotmail.com
Local authority: Midlothian
Languages: English
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Marion Kenny is a charismatic live performer, one of Scotland's leading storytellers, highly regarded multi-instrumentalist and hugely experienced trainer. Her repertoire includes the great epic sagas of Ireland and Scotland, also folk tales, myths, legends and historical stories from all corners of the globe.

A pioneer of educational and interpretive storytelling in museums, galleries, and heritage sites in Scotland, Marion regularly works for education departments at National Galleries, National Libraries of Scotland, National Trust, Historic Scotland, and Royal Botanical Gardens. Marion held the post of storyteller in residence for the Nation Museums of Scotland. She has a passion combining stories music and dance and is artistic director of Voices in Scotland; she also directed The Bell Tree for Cumnock Tryst Festival.

Marion's passion for world culture has led her to perform, teach and research extensively internationally supported by both Creative Scotland and the British Council, including Iran, India, Indonesia, New Zealand, Australia, Uzbekistan, China and Qatar. Marion is a mentor to QISETNA-Talking Syria with whom she works closely using storytelling and music to bring communities together. Marion has trained hundreds of education and heritage professionals in storytelling approaches and helped thousands of children find their narrative voice through workshops and arts in education projects. (Photo credit: Peter Dibdin)

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

Bibliotherapy; Bilingual event; Mentoring; Multilingual event; Panel event; Performance; 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; People experiencing mental health problems; People living with dementia; Prisoners & young offenders; Reluctant readers; 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; Biography & memoir; Childhood; Coasts, seas & oceans; Death, grief & bereavement; Emigration & immigration; Environment & climate; Fairy tales, folklore & mythology; Family; Fantasy; Friendship; History; Horror; Island communities; Loneliness & isolation; Love & romance; Music; Mystery & thriller; Nature; Performance training; Picture books; Religion & beliefs; Rural communities; Seasonal books; Travel writing; Wars & conflicts; World War 2

Age groups published for

Children; Teens; Adults

Age groups can work with

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

Audience size

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