Lesley O'Brien loves to tell tales from all around the world. Stories are often interactive, through songs and playing guitar, use of a range of percussion instruments, games, rhymes and a variety of interesting props.
Her passion for storytelling, lies in the fact that stories not only entertain, but they also help us to understand ourselves and others, for she believes, stories can touch your heart, body and soul. Lesley enjoys working with all ages and has a lot of experience with women only groups.
Born and brought up in the East End of Glasgow, she was inspired by her granny, who never tired of the question,' What was it like when you were wee?'. This, in turn, kindled her interest in sociology which she later studied at University, gaining a First Class B.A. (Hons), in this subject.
She has travelled extensively and lived for some time in Israel, Brazil and New Zealand and whilst travelling wrote her first story, 'The Adventures of Molly Merc'. This is a magical tale of a little camper van that entwines old and new by incorporating traditional stories and songs. Lesley also sings with The Carlton Jug Band, a country/blues band, several members of which, have accompanied her storytelling, (guitar, keyboards/accordion and mouth organ), as has flautist, Larry Hope.
Since 1994, she has worked as a Family Resource Worker with Glasgow Women's Aid, based in a refuge, supporting women and children fleeing domestic abuse. Using the Sensory room within the refuge, Lesley tells stories with therapeutic value that challenge gender roles and raise issues of abuse, whilst also encouraging women and children to tell their own stories and find their own voice.
Lesley has told many stories in nurseries, and schools, including special needs schools and the Glasgow Steiner School. She has entertained at festivals; including Traquair Fair and Knockengoroch. In museums; The Glasgow Museum of Modern Art and The Highland Folk Museum. In Women's Organisations; Glasgow, Scottish and Inverness Women's Aid. Theatres; outside at The Tramway Theatre's Hidden Gardens and inside at The Strathaven Mill Theatre.
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