Argyll based 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 recognised as exceptional in an award granted 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 contexts. \n \nIn 2021 she will be developing her performance practice, uncovering stories deeply rooted in our landscapes and preparing for 2022, official year of Scotland’s stories.