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Margot has been telling and creating stories and poems ever since she was a child. In a wee hut at the bottom of the garden, she and her pals would make up stories and plays, and dressed in their mother’s frocks, they would perform them for the neighbours for three pence. She has been storytelling in the community ever since. Photo of Margot Henderson.
As a poet and storyteller she has worked with people of all ages, abilities and cultural back- grounds in a wide range of settings, including schools, hospitals, day centres, homeless shelters, prisons and psychiatric units. As well as telling a wide range of creation myths and folk tales, tales from Native America and Africa, she creates her own stories to celebrate particular occasions and locations.

Much of Margot’s work has been site specific in galleries, museums and theatres, as well as in forests, gardens, quarries and ruined abbeys. She sources local stories and reanimates them to deepen people’s sense of their roots. She has a deep love of nature and a keen sense of our interconnectedness.

Being of Scots/Irish origins, Margot’s work is steeped in the oral tradition and she combines music, song, dance, poetry and story. Margot has a background in Community Arts and trained in dance and drama, art therapy and ceremonial tradition.

She has taken part in cross-arts collaborations and has been commissioned by a range of organisations including Scottish Natural Heritage, the Findhorn Foundation, Ballet Rambert, the Barbican Centre and the Tate, to create and perform her work. In her work Margot balances professional performances with engaging groups and individuals in their own creative process.

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Image of 'An Allegory with Venus and Time' by Giovanni Battista Tiepolo, about 1754-8.Click here for About the Painting.
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