Shona Cowie

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Shona is dedicated to living heritage and bringing front and centre, those who have been pushed aside in the telling of our stories.

Based on the west coast, traditional Storyteller and participatory artist Shona Cowie has led a broad International career with diverse audiences. After training with The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and L’Ecole Jacques Lecoq Shona spent time as a children’s Docent in the Musee du Louvre, she founded story-education company Fosforo in Sao Paulo Brazil and travelled with her collective Senza across Europe and Tunisia to research and platform stories of Mediterranean migration.

Since 2018 she has been working with European leaders in Applied Storytelling, The Village Storytelling Centre, with whom she became one of Glasgow’s 23 Artists In Residence and where her work with young people was awarded by the Scottish Civic Trust.

In 2020 She led a pioneering residency with homelessness service provider, Simon Community Scotland and carried out a research project with Oslo Metropolitan University concerning storytelling for trauma recovery and prevention. She is currently collaborating with partners from the Federation of European Storytellers and the European Union to develop, document and disseminate applied storytelling methodologies in care and social work contexts.

In 2021 she will be developing her performance practice, uncovering stories deeply rooted in our landscapes and preparing for 2022, the year of Scotland’s stories.

Shona’s style is traditional, performance based, highly physical and applied storytelling. Other skills draw from her experience in training in Mime and Clown, traditional song. She is comfortable with the languages of French and Portuguese and is an experienced facilitator.

Shona works with all ages, particularly primary school aged and marginalised, vulnerable adults.

Focused genres: Celtic, World Myth, Autobiographical, Community, Stories of Women