Sheila loves telling traditional tales from all over the world, especially Scottish folk, fairy and Traveller tales which celebrate 'oor guid Scots tongue'. She can use her wide repertoire to find stories to fit in with any event theme or school project from pirates to the environment, princesses or Greek Myths. She likes to encourage audience participation with rhymes and sound effects.
Sheila is comfortable telling stories to anyone who wants to listen, even if they don’t know they want to listen! A qualified nursery nurse with a degree in early childhood studies, Sheila has 30 years experience working with pre-school and primary aged children, using storytelling both to entertain and to support learning. She believes storytelling is a vital learning tool for all children, not only helping meet many of the outcomes in the Curriculum for Excellence, but also passing on our rich heritage. She has also enjoyed leading storytelling and story making workshops with older children, young adults and nursery staff. As one of the original members of Blether Tay-Gither storytelling group, she regularly tells to adults.
Sheila lives in St Andrews, Fife where she was born and brought up. Having gained a love of stories from her grandparents and parents, who told her stories of rural life and wartime experiences as well as introducing her to folk and fairytales, she naturally continued by telling to her own children and grandchildren as well as telling in playgroups, nurseries and schools in NE Fife throughout her career in education, until retirement in 2010.
Auchtermuchty Festival, Springfield Gala, The Big Tent, Celebration in the Park, St Andrews Day Festival, Pitlochry Autumn Festival, 100 Years of Guiding, Gadiefest and Doors Open Day are just some of the events Sheila has been involved in. She has also performed at St Andrews and Dundee Botanic Gardens, St Andrews Preservation Trust Museum, Middleton Woods and Cupar Rainbows as well as bookshops, tearooms, storytelling clubs, cafes, pubs and birthday parties.
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