Margaret has a keen interest in the many layers and glimmers held within fairytales, and enjoys exploring mythologies from around the world, with a particular interest in Indonesia alongside her love and learning of Indonesian Gamelan Music with *Gamelan Naga Mas. She enjoys sharing, creating, exploring and telling stories in small groups. Drawing on her experience as a community musician Margaret is particularly skilled in developing and facilitating interactive Music and Story Workshops.
Margaret often works with children and adults with additional support needs in mainstream and SEN schools, day centres, hospitals, art centres, gardens and living rooms. She aims to make all her sessions inclusive and accessible, using an interactive sensory approach to her stories; Which can involve words, signs, sound effects, scent, tastes, textures, tactile objects, visuals, gestures etc… tailoring the story aids as appropriate to the individual and group needs.
Born in Glasgow in the 70’s, Margaret left home at 17 to study Flute in Edinburgh. Finishing her diploma in Music, she switched to care work becoming a classroom assistant in the Royal Blind School, yet returned to Glasgow in 1995 to Study BA Applied Music specialising in Community and Creativity. It was following this course that Margaret became involved with Storytelling through Storytelling Unplugged. Margaret began developing sensory stories with Storyteller Wendy Welch, combining her music workshop skills and care work experience. Wendy encouraged Margaret to become a storyteller herself and in 2005 and 2006 she went on to develop her skills in Summer Courses at Emerson College.
Storytelling Projects in 2008 include work for the Vilage Storytelling Centre: Sensory Stories at the Aye Write Festival, Sensory Stories development with Sense Scotland, Beauty Sleep - an exploration of Sleeping Beauty Fairytale for adults through visualisation and Art at the Womens Library, Story, Music and Dance Sessions for pre5’s at the Burrell Collection’s Colours of the Silk Route exhibition; for City Halls, Glasgow - OptiMusic and Story sessions for children at SEN schools in Glasgow and Musical Adventurers with pre 5’s; Sensory Stories for Polyphony’s elderly mental health group at Gartnavel and for Gamelan Naga Mas - Gamelanability Residency at the Platform, Easterhouse.
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