Book Beverley Fenton (Casebow)
Beverley loves to share traditional folk and fairy tales from Scotland, the British Isles and Northern / Eastern Europe, particularly those stories which connect us with landscape and the natural environment – woodlands and forests, snowy mountains, remote islands, the sea and coastline. She also tells historical tales, often directly inspired by archives and objects in museum, library, and gallery collections.
Beverley first learned the magic of stories and storytelling (and story listening) whilst spending time with her grandmother as a child, and has always loved language, words, stories, poetry, and art. She began telling stories with the Burgh Blatherers storytelling group in Edinburgh, and she is a great believer in the power of stories to connect – with others, with our community, with our environment, and on a deeper level with ourselves.
Beverley has experience of telling stories to a wide range of audiences, including adults, older people, families, HE and FE students, school pupils, and visitors to Scotland. She enjoys collaborating with other storytellers, and musicians, to create programmes exploring different themes. Alongside traditional tales, these include song, music, riddles, and poems.
Having grown up in South London, Beverley moved to Scotland in 1992 and has been based in Edinburgh since 1996. She worked as a museum curator for eleven years, interpreting art and social history collections through exhibitions, workshops, and collaborative projects. Now, as Learning & Outreach Officer at the National Library of Scotland, she programmes workshops and events for a wide range of audiences, finding ways of bringing the collections to life through stories, creative workshops, and tailored tours and visits. As Learning Officer, Beverley has a good knowledge of the Curriculum for Excellence and Scottish / Edinburgh history, and is used to creating bespoke projects for different groups, including those with additional needs.
Beverley has also trained in Audio Description as part of her work at the Library, and can combine description of objects / museum collections / spaces with stories, and has experience of working with people who are blind and visually impaired. She has also done Dementia Friendly training, and runs a monthly event for people affected by dementia at the Library.
Beverley is Secretary of the Edinburgh-based storytelling group, the Burgh Blatherers and is also on the Board of the Scottish Storytelling Forum.