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Marjorie Leithead

Marjorie is at present living in Bridge of Weir where she tells stories in local schools and elsewhere in the community. But for most of the time she is Storyteller in Residence at Gunsgreen House in Eyemouth, which is known as the house of secrets, because of its association with smuggling.
Because she is originally from Eyemouth all her stories are about fishing boats and the folk who sailed in them, and the sea, smugglers, pirates and strong women like the wives of the men and the fisher lassies. She began her teaching career at Earlston High School in the Scottish Borders and it was here that she grew to love the Border tales, but she has always loved the tales of Scotland, its people and its places and the things that have happened in its history.
As a teacher she always told the stories behind the novels, plays and poems and she is convinced children understand Shakespeare, Grassic Gibbon or World War I poetry better if the text is told in story form beforehand. She has always preferred the big narratives and for Marjorie, atmospheric telling has always been the key.
Marjorie provides storytelling workshops for local teachers at Gunsgreen House, has an excellent relationship with local schools, tells stories in the community, performs and organises mini-storytelling festivals and will be delighted to set up storytelling clubs in schools. If invited to work within the classroom she will work within the class topic and tell two stories which fit in with what the children are doing. This leads to creative writing, group and class discussion and visits to Gunsgreen House where the children dress up as customs officers and smugglers as part of the well-established educational programme.

Contact Information

Telephone: 01505 690 793



80 St Andrews Drive
Bridge of Weir
PA11 3JD

Area: Greater Glasgow

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