Marion Kenny

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Marion Kenny is a charismatic live performer, one of Scotland’s leading storytellers, a highly regarded multi-instrumentalist, and an inspirational trainer.

Marion’s father Patrick was a tweed weaver from Donegal and from a long tradition of oral storytellers. Her mother Audrey is a professional musician from long line of musicians, hailing from Worcestershire in England. Her repertoire includes the great epic sagas from Ireland and Scotland, folk tales, supernatural and trickster tales, wonder tales, creation myths, stories of the natural world, historical stories and tales from all corners of the Globe.

Marion draws on her wealth of experience as a musician, circus performer, dancer and actress to enhance and compliment stories, accompanying them with harps, flutes and instruments she has picked up on her extensive travels around the world, incorporating juggling, magic, dance and character work when the occasion lends itself. Marion’s passion for world culture has led her to perform, teach and research extensively internationally, including China, Indonesia, Qatar, Australia, New Zealand, Uzbekistan and Iran (Supported by Creative Scotland and the British Council).

A pioneer of educational and interpretative storytelling in museums, galleries and heritage sites in Scotland, Marion regularly works for the National Museum of Scotland, National Galleries of Scotland, Historic Scotland, The National Trust, National Library of Scotland and Royal Botanical Garden Edinburgh, as well as numerous smaller regional museums, galleries and libraries.

Marion has trained hundreds of education and heritage professionals in storytelling approaches and helped thousands of children find their narrative voice through workshops and art in education projects. Marion is an ‘Arts award advisor’ for The Princes Trust and spent many years as Storyteller in Residence for National Museum of Scotland. She is hugely experienced working with any age group from babies to elderly people and is at home in any venue.

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