Book Sheila Kinninmonth
Born and brought up in Fife, stories and storytelling have been part of Sheila Kinninmonth’s life for as long as she can remember. While she has a wide repertoire of traditional stories from all over the world covering many topics and themes, she particularly loves telling Scottish Folk and Fairytales, in Scots when appropriate.
For younger audiences, Sheila tells traditional and original stories in a fun interactive way with plenty of opportunity to join in, have a laugh and help the story along by using songs, rhymes, actions and props. With a background in early years education, she believes storytelling is a vital learning tool for all children, not only helping meet many Curriculum outcomes, but also passing on our rich heritage and culture. Sheila gets invited to speak to a wide range of adult groups where she adopts a more traditional style, though she is happy to get them joining in too!
She has been instrumental in establishing storytelling for family audiences at the many seasonal events held in Craigtoun Country Park near St Andrews and at St Andrews Botanic Gardens, as well as at the Crail Food Festival, the Harbour Gala’s in St Andrews and Anstruther, and the Fife Show, where she continues to perform year on year, developing specific programmes of stories for each event.
Since the publication of her book, FIFE FOLK TALES, Sheila has been taking various adult audiences and older classes in primary schools on a “Story Journey” round Fife, introducing audiences to local tales of characters and events which inhabited the landscape of Fife in days gone by.
Sheila is a founder member of Dundee Storytelling Club, Blether Tay-gither and she enjoys collaborating with other storytellers from the group as well as storytellers from the Fife group, Lang Spoon Tales, to take storytelling performances and workshops to events throughout Fife and Tayside.