Shonaleigh is a drut’syla (storyteller) from the Yiddish oral tradition. She has worked as a storyteller within the secular world for the past 22 years across the UK, Europe and United States. She was shortlisted for the Arts Foundation Award in 2009. She was UK deputy national Storytelling Laureate 2010-12. She performs from the Barbican to Burngreave Village Hall, from the Albert Hall to Albert Park, Unstone, international festivals in the US, New Zealand and Europe, and all points in between.
Shonaleighs commissioned pieces include “The Tower Of Bagel,” the first commission from Festival at the Edge in 1998; “Fool of the Warsaw Ghetto;” “The Ruby Tree;” “The Golem;” “The Golden Labyrinth;” and other work. She has completed commissions for the British Library, the British Museum and Hay-on-Wye Literature Festival, and is a regular contributor to BBC arts programmes. She is currently Artistic Director at House of the West Wind.