Sheena provides a programme of songs, stories and poems which she likes to share in Scots. Her repertoire includes traditional Scottish tales, including Selkie stories and Traveller tales, and many with a distinctively north-east flavour, such as the Maiden O' Bennachie and the Wizard Laird of Skene. From time to time she tells international tales, often translated into Scots.
She has recently finished a week of storytelling in a hospice, and this will be followed up by one to one sessions with patients encouraging them to storytell.
Sheena tells stories to children in primary schools, from nursery to P7, including those with special needs. She works regularly in the mental health sector using stories as a way of engaging people. Her activities also include providing training to north-east librarians and facilitating oral history work with the elderly.
An Aberdonian quine, Sheena was born in 1947 to country parents. She was handed down songs and poems by her maternal grandmother Lizzie Booth of Coull in Tarland. As a student she continued to develop her love of song and the spoken work by learning traditional songs from John Watt Stewart who invited her to "learn tae sing richt - leave yer guitar at hame." Currently, she is adding to her repetoire of stories through sharing an office with Stanley Robertson.
Venues and events at which Sheena has performed include Castle Fraser, Duff House, the Netherbow: Scottish Storytelling Centre, Waldorf School, Survivor's Poetry Scotland, Huntly Festival and Aberdeen's Enchanted Storytelling Festival, Woodend Barn, Aberdeen Arts Centre, Cullerlie, Fyvie Castle, Drum Castle, amongst others.
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