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Literature, Music

Figures of Speech: Music

Figures of Speech is a series of events bringing together writers and artists to take us on a road trip through Scottish literature for Scotland’s Year of Stories 2022. Covering six universal themes (Music, Friendship, Future, Love, Place, Big Ideas), each event explores literary blockbusters, hidden gems and modern classics. Our expert guides will take us on a journey through Scotland’s iconic books and stories, navigating the dazzling array of new voices, and presenting newly commissioned work by artists responding to each theme. Let us take you on a journey across the curious contrasts and contradictions that define Scottish literature. All Figures of Speech events will be filmed and made available online a week later, and both the live and recorded events will feature live BSL interpretation from Yvonne Waddell, who is a Lecturer in Sign Language Interpreting at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh. Each live event will be supported by a pop-up bookshop from Lighthouse Books, whose expert booksellers will be on hand to supply the must-read books to match the event. Figures of Speech: Music This May we’re kicking off the Figures of Speech series with a look at Music within Scottish Literature. Nicola Meighan and Arusa Qureshi will be our expert guides, taking us on a journey through Scotland’s iconic song lyrics and books touching on music, exploring the connections between the worlds of writing and music. This conversation could journey from John Purser’s seminal 'Scotland’s Music', via Ian Rankin, to the Roddy Woomble curated 'Ballads of the Book'. From the song lyrics which stop us in our tracks, to books just out and breaking new ground, we’ll be exploring the curious contrasts and contradictions that define Scottish writing when music and words come together. Poet and dancer Katie Ailes will also bring something new to the stage, with an original poetry and movement commission which explores the interplay of words and music. Nicola Meighan is a freelance music journalist and broadcaster based in Scotland. She writes, or has written for, publications including The Herald, The Sunday Herald, Q Magazine, MOJO, Time Out, The Big Issue, The List, The Quietus, and Plan B. She regularly presents music shows – and reviews arts and music – on BBC Radio Scotland, and has contributed to BBC Radio 1, BBC 6 Music and BBC Radio 4. Nicola also has a previous life working in the music industry, alongside acts such as Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Depeche Mode and Robyn. Arusa Qureshi is a writer and editor based in Edinburgh, and a passionate advocate for diversity and accessibility within arts and culture. She is the former Editor of The List and writes mostly about music, most recently Flip the Script – a book about women in UK hip hop, published by 404 Ink. Her work has appeared in the Scotsman, Clash, The Guardian, GoldFlakePaint, Time Out, NME and more. In 2017, she was shortlisted for PPA Scotland's Young Journalist of the Year award and was also the winner of the Allen Wright Award for quality writing in arts journalism. She is on the board of the Scottish Music Centre and is a Trustee of the Saltire Society. Dr. Katie Ailes is a poet, researcher, and educator focusing on performance poetry. She works as a producer with I Am Loud Productions and has co-devised and performed shows with them across the UK. Her poetry has been published widely and her poem 'Outwith' was chosen as one of the Scottish Poetry Library’s Best of the Best Scottish Poems in 2019. Katie’s PhD focused on the performance of authenticity in contemporary UK spoken word. In addition to her work in poetry, Katie is also a classically trained dancer and choreographer interested in the intersection between speech and movement. Scotland’s Year of Stories 2022 spotlights, celebrates and promotes the wealth of stories inspired by, written, or created in Scotland, and will inspire new stories of Scotland to be shared. Figures of Speech is programmed and developed by Edinburgh City of Literature and the Scottish Storytelling Centre. Supported by EventScotland as part of the Year of Stories 2022. A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings. If you are a Storytelling Centre Supporter, please add a full price ticket to the basket. Your discount will be automatically added at checkout.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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Workshop, Gaelic, Song

Gaelic Song Workshop with Deirdre Graham: Song with a Story

Singer and Gaelic Song Stories podcast host Deirdre Graham will lead a fun and informative workshop in Gaelic songs and their stories; tales of battles, love and loss, female empowerment, and much more! Come and enjoy the experience of singing together and delving into the rich repertoire of Gaelic songs. This workshop will cater for all levels of ability in singing and in Gaelic - native speakers, learners and complete beginners all welcome. Stiùirichidh an seinneadair agus neach-lìbhrigidh a’ phod-chraolaidh ‘Gaelic Song Stories’, Deirdre Ghreumach bùth-obrach sèinn Ghàidhlig spòrsail agus fiosrachail ann an òrain Ghàidhlig agus an sgeulachdan; òrain chogaidh, ghaoil 's chràidh, mu neart nam ban agus eile. Togaibh ur guthan ri chèile gus eòlas a chur air saoghal nan òran Gàidhlig. Bidh a’ bhùth-obrach seo freagarrach air a h-uile seòrsa comas labhairt ‘s seinn - tha fàilte ro fhileantaich, luchd-ionnsachaidh na Gàidhlig agus daoine aig nach eil i. Photo by Magnus Graham. A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings.If you are a Storytelling Centre Supporter, please add a full price ticket to the basket. Your discount will be automatically added at checkout.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Training Venue

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Workshop, Song

Scots Song Workshop with Siobhan Miller: Song with a Story

Come and join Siobhan Miller, one of Scotland's leading singers, in a fun interactive workshop exploring the art of storytelling through song. Participants will focus on the process of learning and singing a Scottish ballad. This workshop is open to all abilities and will be a great opportunity to enjoy singing with others whilst also learning and developing new skills and techniques. Photo by Elly Lucas. A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings.If you are a Storytelling Centre Supporter, please add a full price ticket to the basket. Your discount will be automatically added at checkout.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Training Venue

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Comedy, Live Indoor

Scott Gibson: Rejoice

Scott Gibson (Edinburgh Award Winner, Scottish Variety Award Winner, Chortle Nominee), Glasgow’s critically-acclaimed and award-winning son, is touring once again with a brand new hour of darkly comedic storytelling. Delivered in his trademark, breathlessly inimitable style, Gibson guides you through the turbulent world of a global pandemic, as we are faced with our ideas of death and our fight to return to normal. Expect deep, dark and meaningful dives into the year just gone. Covering everything from life in lockdown to fighting off the black dog to home made sourdough. Gibson truly is one of the finest storytelling comedians in the country and this new offering is not to be missed. This year, the Edinburgh Comedy Award winner promises to give you a reason to ‘Rejoice’. ‘Riotously funny' ★★★★ The Herald ‘Gut-bustingly funny’ ★★★★ Broadway Baby ‘Gibson has a gift for comedy’ ★★★★ The Guardian ‘Irvine Welsh meets Billy Connolly’ ★★★★★ Evening Standard A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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Film Screening

Physics of Sorrow

Enjoy the Scottish premiere of five short films from the last 10 years by the Academy Award nominated Bulgarian/Canadian animator and political activist Theodore Ushev. Delve into folk tales of demons painted directly on 50 vinyl records, galloping to the catchy rhythms of Bulgarian musician and composer Kottarashky in Ushev’s Demons (2012). Feel the pulse of the surrealist poem Romance Sonambulo by the Spanish bard Federico García Lorca, coming alive in Ushev’s ode to joy Sleepwalker (2015) set to Joan Miró-inspired abstract imagery and Kottarashky syncopated Opa Hey music. Walk to the dark side of surrealism, from Guernica to Dresden, with Ushev’s Gloria Victoria (2013). With a poignant peace message, this film is propelled by the ‘invasion’ theme of Shostakovich’s Seventh Symphony, resonating with our outrage for the current war in Ukraine. Embrace Ushev’s first collaboration with the outstanding Bulgarian writer and poet Georgi Gospodinov in Blind Vaysha (2016), nominated in the Best Animated Short category at the 89th Academy Awards for its linocut style and powerful protagonist – the wee girl Vaysha born with the power to see the past through her left eye and the future through her right. Get immersed in Ushev’s The Physics of Sorrow (2019), his most ambitious work to date also adapted from Gospodinov’s novel. A compelling portrait of an everyman consumed by melancholy and the need to belong. Discover also Gospidinov’s poem Love featured in Thistles and Sunflowers Poetry Trail. Thistles and Sunflowers #ThistlesandSunflowers #YS2022 Stories in Free Fall is curated by Iliyana Nedkova and Daniela Dimova-Yaneva as a partnership between Bulgarian Cultural and Educational Centre Scotland, Scottish Storytelling Centre, Bulgarian Cultural Institute London and Edinburgh Short Film Festival. Part of Year of Stories 2022, Thistles and Sunflowers Festival is running 18 May - 5 June 2022 at Scottish Storytelling Centre – a spotlight on stories and artists from the lands of thistles and sunflowers. An initiative of Bulgarian Cultural and Educational Centre Scotland, Thistles and Sunflowers is curated by Iliyana Nedkova and Daniela Dimova-Yaneva and supported by the City of Edinburgh Council Flexible Fund, as well as Tasgadh Fund for Traditional Arts devolved from Creative Scotland and managed by Fèisean nan Gàidheal.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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Online Open-floor, Storytelling

Guid Crack: Summer Spirits

Join storyteller Robert Howat for an evening of online stories under summer night skies, featuring magical encounters with beings from beneath the earth and the odd bothersome bogle! Edinburgh’s long-running storytelling night continues online, with the usual open-floor opportunity to share a tale of your own. If you would like to share on the night please send your host a message on Zoom once you have arrived, with the name and style of your offering (max 10mins).

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre Online

subvenue Online

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Storytelling

Stories in Free Fall

Join performance artist, writer and social justice activist Maria Kassimova-Moisset for her first appearance on a Scottish stage bringing her improvised storytelling show Stories in Free Fall direct from the stage of the Bulgarian National Comedy Theatre. Expect stories of people and places, love and loss, old friends and new encounters, resilience and hope, buckets of laughter and tissues on the ready. “There are no lines learnt by heart in this performance. There are only free-falling stories. Tales in complete free fall with no script at all. No other performance is the same. Each offers one of a kind experience which can catch us unaware, even myself. Why do I perform Stories in Free Fall? Well, because life is too short and there is no point in delaying anything that concerns us deeply. Because, once upon a time, some 34 years ago, on a hot summer day, the 16 year old me stood on the stage of the Bulgarian National Comedy Theatre, feeling the aura of my father, the great comedian Hindo Kassimov, who had just passed away, and promised to myself to take up acting one day. Because I love words. I love hearing them, collecting them, writing them, and connecting them into stories to be told over and over again. Because…well, why not?” - Maria Kassimova–Moisset Thistles and Sunflowers #ThistlesandSunflowers #YS2022 Please note that this performance is in Bulgarian with no translation. Stories in Free Fall is curated by Iliyana Nedkova and Daniela Dimova-Yaneva as a partnership between Bulgarian Cultural and Educational Centre Scotland, Scottish Storytelling Centre, Bulgarian Cultural Institute London and Tippermuir Books. Part of Year of Stories 2022, Thistles and Sunflowers Festival is running 18 May - 5 June 2022 at Scottish Storytelling Centre – a spotlight on stories and artists from the lands of thistles and sunflowers. An initiative of Bulgarian Cultural and Educational Centre Scotland, Thistles and Sunflowers is curated by Iliyana Nedkova and Daniela Dimova-Yaneva and supported by the City of Edinburgh Council Flexible Fund, as well as Tasgadh Fund for Traditional Arts devolved from Creative Scotland and managed by Fèisean nan Gàidheal.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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Workshop, Family, Puppetry

Puppet Masters

Yana Aleksandrova is a performance artist, published writer, scientist, musician and theatre maker. Born in Sofia, Bulgaria in 1987 and Edinburgh-based since 2008, throughout her residency at the Bulgarian Cultural and Education Centre Scotland from January to May 2022 Yana worked towards devising The Forgotten Magic of Bulgaria, where Bulgarian magical creatures come alive alongside their Scottish and international counterparts through stories, music and puppetry. Intrigued? Take one of Yana’s FREE drop-in puppet-making workshops at 4pm on Sat 28 or Sun 29 May 2022. All materials will be provided. Practice at home in advance with this this special video tutorial by storyteller and puppeteer Yana and make yourself a fairy puppet. What name would you give her? Tag the Festival and tell them her story. #ThistlesandSunflowers #YS2022 Thistles and Sunflowers Part of Year of Stories 2022, Thistles and Sunflowers Festival is running 18 May - 5 June 2022 at Scottish Storytelling Centre – a spotlight on stories and artists from the lands of thistles and sunflowers. Festival initiative of the Bulgarian Cultural and Educational Centre Scotland, Thistles and Sunflowers is curated by Iliyana Nedkova and Daniela Dimova-Yaneva and supported by the City of Edinburgh Council Flexible Fund, as well as Tasgadh Fund for Traditional Arts devolved from Creative Scotland and managed by Fèisean nan Gàidheal.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Library

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Storytelling

The Forgotten Magic of Bulgaria

What is a bogel? What does an ustrel look like and how can you spot one on a Saturday? What are the stories and sorrows of The Bonnie Banks of Loch Lomond and Wee White Cloud (Облаче ле бяло) – two of the most emblematic folk songs for Scotland and Bulgaria? Bulgarian magical creatures come alive alongside their Scottish and international counterparts through stories, music and puppetry. Take this introduction to the rich yet vastly unknown world of the Bulgarian magical folklore. Enjoy this one-woman storytelling show by Yana Aleksandrova – a performance artist, Yana is a published writer, scientist, musician and theatre maker. Born in Sofia, Bulgaria in 1987 and Edinburgh-based since 2008, throughout her residency at the Bulgarian Cultural and Education Centre Scotland from January to May 2022 Yana worked towards devising The Forgotten Magic of Bulgaria and released a series of behind the scenes videos. Go behind the scenes here. Intrigued? Take one of Yana’s FREE drop-in puppet-making workshops at 4pm on 28 or 29 May 2022. No need to book in advance. All materials will be provided. Practise at home in advance with this this special video tutorial by our resident storyteller and puppeteer Yana and make yourself a fairy puppet. What name would you give her? Tag us and tell us her story. #ThistlesandSunflowers #YS2022 Thistles and Sunflowers The Forgotten Magic of Bulgaria is commissioned by the Bulgarian Cultural and Educational Centre Scotland and curated by Illiyana Nedkova and Daniela Dimova-Yaneva in partnership with the Scottish Storytelling Centre. Part of Year of Stories 2022, Thistles and Sunflowers Festival is running 18 May - 5 June 2022 at Scottish Storytelling Centre – a spotlight on stories and artists from the lands of thistles and sunflowers. An initiative of Bulgarian Cultural and Educational Centre Scotland, Thistles and Sunflowers is curated by Iliyana Nedkova and Daniela Dimova-Yaneva and supported by the City of Edinburgh Council Flexible Fund, as well as Tasgadh Fund for Traditional Arts devolved from Creative Scotland and managed by Fèisean nan Gàidheal.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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Dance

Thistles and Sunflowers Dance Fusion

Once upon a time, Edinburgh was struck by an awful pandemic and all theatres lay empty. Two dancers, Alexis and Ariana, had a dream. On 4 August 2021 their dream came true when Alexis met Ariana, when they were finally able to dance for an audience, with a piper, for the first time since lockdown. Grateful for the opportunities that dance keeps giving, Scottish Highland dancer Alexis Street and Bulgarian folk dancer and choreographer Ariana Stoyanova kept returning to the Netherbow Theatre as part of their Thistles and Sunflowers residency at the Bulgarian Cultural and Education Centre Scotland. From January to May 2022, Alexis and Ariana were able to build on their first momentous encounter and worked towards Thistles and Sunflowers Dance Fusion – a series of newly choreographed solos, duets and ensemble pieces drawing on the parallels between Scottish and Bulgarian folk dance traditions, stories, dancers and musicians. With a welcome by Bulgarian Ambassado H.E. Mr Marin Raykov in the Storytelling Court. Find out more about the origins of Thistles and Sunflowers Dance Fusion by tuning into these two interviews with Alexis, Ariana and curator Iliyana Nedkova conducted by Wendy Timmons, Chair of Traditional Dance Forum of Scotland. Watch the interviews here. Thistles and Sunflowers #ThistlesandSunflowers #YS2022 Thistles and Sunflowers Dance Fusion is commissioned by the Bulgarian Cultural and Educational Centre Scotland and curated by Iliyana Nedkova and Daniela Dimova-Yaneva in a partnership with Scottish Storytelling Centre, Traditional Dance Forum of Scotland, New Bulgarian Cultural Platform, Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria in the UK and DannsEd. Part of Year of Stories 2022 and Thistles and Sunflowers festival running 18 May - 5 June 2022 at Scottish Storytelling Centre – a spotlight on stories and artists from the lands of thistles and sunflowers. Festival initiative of the Bulgarian Cultural and Educational Centre Scotland, Thistles and Sunflowers, curated by Iliyana Nedkova and Daniela Dimova-Yaneva and supported by the City of Edinburgh Council Flexible Fund, as well as Tasgadh Fund for Traditional Arts devolved from Creative Scotland and managed by Fèisean nan Gàidheal.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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Thistles and Sunflowers Balkan Ceilidh

Dance the night away with artists and stories from the lands of thistles and sunflowers. Follow the lead of Ceilidh caller extraordinaire Caroline Brockbank and virtuoso accordion player Colin Garvin. Take a break from ‘stripping the willow’ to learn your first Balkan Horo led by resident Thistles and Sunflowers artist, the Bulgarian folk dancer and choreographer Ariana Stoyanova. Retrace your Ceilidh steps, then stop and collect your breath while The Laid-Back Community Choir takes centre stage. Led by Yana Aleksandrova, our resident Thistles and Sunflowers storyteller, the choir premieres a newly arranged bilingual repertoire. Alternate your Balkan Horo and Ceilidh steps and let spoken word artist, Makar and language activist Jim Mackintosh speak, reading his poetry as featured in the exhibition Thistles and Sunflowers Poetry Trail and find out why biligualism matters with our guest storyteller, the cognitive neuroscientist Thomas Bak. “Nectar for insects, seeds for birds and symbols for nations, Thistles and Sunflowers is a festival spotlight on stories and artists from Scotland and Bulgaria. We conceived the Balkan Ceilidh as a finissage of our festival weekend marking the fifth anniversary of the Bulgarian Cultural and Educational Centre Scotland – the only independent non-profit and non-venue based arts, culture and education organisation of its kind in Scotland. It also marks the National Day of the Cyrillic Alphabet celebrating Bulgarian cultural heritage, literature and the arts every 24 May. Finally, it marks 2022 – Scotland’s Year of Stories showcasing and celebrating stories inspired by, created and written in Scotland.” - Iliyana Nedkova and Daniela Dimova-Yaneva, curators. Thistles and Sunflowers #ThistlesandSunflowers #YS2022 Thistles and Sunflowers Balkan Ceilidh is a new commission by the Bulgarian Cultural and Educational Centre Scotland and curated by Iliyana Nedkova and Daniela Dimova-Yaneva in a partnership with Scottish Storytelling Centre, Traditional Dance Forum of Scotland, Bilingualism Matters, Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria in the UK, New Bulgarian Cultural Platform, Scottish Poetry Library and CeilidhKids. Part of Year of Stories 2022, Thistles and Sunflowers Festival is running 18 May - 5 June 2022 at Scottish Storytelling Centre – a spotlight on stories and artists from the lands of thistles and sunflowers. Festival initiative of the Bulgarian Cultural and Educational Centre Scotland, Thistles and Sunflowers is curated by Iliyana Nedkova and Daniela Dimova-Yaneva and supported by the City of Edinburgh Council Flexible Fund, as well as Tasgadh Fund for Traditional Arts devolved from Creative Scotland and managed by Fèisean nan Gàidheal.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Storytelling Court

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Stories on the Way: Stories to Live By

From life stories to legends, the best stories can shine a light on our own personal stories, giving pause for reflection and drive to move forward. Come and enjoy the relaxed setting of the Netherbow Theatre where more amazing apprentice storytellers will share stories to live by! Hosted by Janis Mackay. A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings. If you are a Storytelling Centre Supporter please add a full price ticket to the basket. Your discount will be automatically added at checkout.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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Spoken Word, Poetry

Loud Poets

Showcasing the top spoken word talent from Scotland and the UK! From laugh-out-loud funny, through the wonderfully surreal, to the thoughtful and emotional – Loud Poets continue to prove that Spoken Word has something for everyone. Bee Asha Singh is a spoken word artist born and living in Edinburgh. Between Rap and Poetry her work is a cathartic outlet that she uses to explore themes of sexuality, trauma and gender equality, characterised by an openness to talk about her lived experiences. In 2019 Asha starred in the BBC Documentary, Spit it Out. This year she has co-founded award winning charity, The Spit it Out Project, released her first album ‘From Girl to Men’, won the SAMA best newcomer award and was featured in YWCA 30 under 30’s. Jasmine Gardosi is a multiple slam champion, beatboxer, Birmingham Poet Laureate finalist and winner of the Out-Spoken Prize for Poetry. Her work exploring identity, LGBTQ issues and mental health has appeared on Button Poetry, at the Tate Modern, Glastonbury Festival, across BBC Radio and on Sky Arts’ BAFTA-winning show, Life & Rhymes. Her poetry/beatbox/Celtic dubstep show 'Dancing To Music You Hate' explores gender identity and was commissioned by Warwick Arts Centre. Jo Gilbert is a spoken word artist and writer from Aberdeen, who writes in their native tongue of Doric and English. Jo has had work commissioned for film, art installations and festivals, including StAnza 2021, Look Again Festival and most recently, a commission for Aberdeen Art Gallery to create pieces for the permanent collection. Jo is currently working on their first full poetry collection. Harry Josephine Giles is a writer and performer from Orkney, living in Leith. Their poetry collections The Games (Out-Spoken Press, 2018) and Tonguit (Freight Books 2015) were between them shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best First Collection, the Saltire Prize and the Edwin Morgan Poetry Award. Their show Drone debuted in the Made in Scotland Showcase at the 2019 Edinburgh Fringe and toured internationally and their performance What We Owe was picked by the Guardian's best-of-the-Fringe 2013 roundup in the “But Is It Art?” category. For more see their website. A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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Conference

Towards a Scottish Traditional Music Archive

A conference to explore the possibilities for a Scottish Traditional Music Archive. Speakers include Liam O’Connor (Irish Traditional Music Archive), Steve Byrne (Local Voices), Stuart Eydmann (Rare Tunes), Nicolas LeBigre (Elphinstone Institute), Karen McAulay (The Wighton Collection) and Haftor Medbøe (Scottish Jazz Archive).

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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Literature, Poetry

Figures of Speech: Friendship

Figures of Speech is a series of events bringing together writers and artists to take us on a road trip through Scottish literature for Scotland’s Year of Stories 2022. Covering six universal themes (Music, Friendship, Future, Love, Place, Big Ideas), each event explores literary blockbusters, hidden gems and modern classics. Our expert guides will take us on a journey through Scotland’s iconic books and stories, navigating the dazzling array of new voices, and presenting newly commissioned work by artists responding to each theme. Let us take you on a journey across the curious contrasts and contradictions that define Scottish literature. All Figures of Speech events will be filmed and made available online a week later, and both the live and recorded events will feature live BSL interpretation from Yvonne Waddell, who is a Lecturer in Sign Language Interpreting at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh. Each live event will be supported by a pop-up bookshop from Lighthouse Books, whose expert booksellers will be on hand to supply the must-read books to match the event. Figures of Speech: Friendship This month, our Figures of Speech experts will be talking Friendship in Scottish Literature. Your hosts Michael Pedersen and Val McDermid will take us on a tour through some of the most iconic friendships in Scottish literature, both on and off the page, exploring how they’ve captured our hearts and minds. From Peter Pan and Wendy to Renton and Sick Boy, some of the most passionate and problematic friendships can be found in the pages of Scottish literature. Taking in old favourites, modern classics and hidden gems alike, we’ll be diving into the curious contrasts and contradictions that have defined Scottish literature. Gaelic singer Kim Carnie will continue the conversation with a performance of new work responding to the connections between friendship and writing. Michael Pedersen is a prize-winning Scottish poet, scribbler, stitcher. He's unfurled two acclaimed collections of poetry (Polygon Books) with a prose debut, Boy Friends, out with Faber & Faber in July 2022. He won a Robert Louis Stevenson Fellowship, the John Mather's Trust Rising Star of Literature Award, and was a finalist for the 2018 ‘Writer of the Year’ at The Herald Scottish Culture Awards. With work anthologised by the likes of Pan MacMillan and Canongate Books, his writing has attracted plaudits from voices as luscious as: Irvine Welsh, Jackie Kay, Stephen Fry, Shirley Manson & Charlotte Church. Val McDermid is a celebrated and best-selling Scottish crime writer who has sold over 17 million books to date across the globe and has been translated into more than 40 languages. She is perhaps best known for her Wire in the Blood series, featuring clinical psychologist Dr Tony Hill and DCI Carol Jordan, which was adapted for television starring Robson Green and Hermione Norris. Her most recent TV series Traces aired in a BBC1 primetime slot in January of 2021, and a second series is currently in production, as is ITV’s adaptation of Karen Pirie, based on Val’s cold case detective of the same name. She is also an experienced broadcaster with regular and hugely popular appearances on a remarkable range of TV shows from Question Time to Have I Got News For You. She further added to her broadcasting credentials in late 2016 by captaining the winning University Challenge alumnae team, having previously become Celebrity Mastermind champion! Award-winning singer and composer, Kim Carnie, has featured not only on some of the UK’s biggest stages, but across the world via film and computer game soundtracks, including Netflix’s Outlaw King, Black Mirror and The Bard’s Tale. Since launching her solo career in 2018 with the release of her debut EP ‘In Her Company’, Kim has become one of the most sought-after singers and session vocalists that Scotland has to offer. Recently crowned Gaelic Singer of the Year at the MG Alba Trad Awards in 2021, Kim will release her highly anticipated debut solo album, ‘And So We Gather’ in June 2022. Breathing ‘light and beauty into every note,’ Kim Carnie is most certainly ‘a voice to watch out for’ (The Living Tradition) ‘A standout instrument of her generation.’ (BBC Radio 2) Scotland’s Year of Stories 2022 spotlights, celebrates and promotes the wealth of stories inspired by, written, or created in Scotland, and will inspire new stories of Scotland to be shared. Figures of Speech is programmed and developed by Edinburgh City of Literature and the Scottish Storytelling Centre. Supported by EventScotland as part of the Year of Stories 2022. A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings. If you are a Storytelling Centre Supporter, please add a full price ticket to the basket. Your discount will be automatically added at checkout.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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Online Open-floor, Storytelling

Guid Crack: Wild & Wonderful Woods

Deep in the woods, the sound of the drums starts to thrum and stories start to form. Join Moray-based storyteller Carol Scorer for an online evening of forest fables from Scotland, Ireland and Haiti! Carol loves the stories, songs and rhythms of the oral tradition. From spontaneous tales to well-crafted performance pieces, she is fascinated by the living spoken word. Edinburgh’s long-running storytelling night continues online, with the usual open-floor opportunity to share a tale of your own. If you would like to share on the night please send your host a message on Zoom once you have arrived, with the name and style of your offering (max 10mins).

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre Online

subvenue Online

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Theatre, Family, Storytelling

Space Ape

Winner of the CATS Award – Best Production for Children and Young People. Once upon a time, approximately twenty years from now, Yorick stands alone, suited up and ready to blast off in a rocket on his celebrated journey to Mars. Space Ape is an award-winning science fiction storytelling performance that takes you on a journey through art, science, and philosophy, and on a mission with a very special Ape. Andy Cannon, Scotland’s leading storyteller for young audiences, tells the tale, sharing his passion for space travel, using everyday objects and animation. Space Ape was originally created with support from Creative Scotland and the Edinburgh International Science Festival. Produced by Red Bridge Arts.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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Film Screening

Films of Action: Coalfield Communities in Lockdown

Films of Action is a Folk Film Gathering-supported community filmmaking project founded in the belief that our former coalmining areas – in which 10 per cent of the population live – hold a plethora of positive and inspiring stories to tell. When the pandemic hit in March 2020, it highlighted the inequalities that remain long after the closure of the mines. But it also demonstrated how resilient coalfield communities are in finding solutions to their own challenges and quickly self-organising to support residents who are vulnerable or in need, from sharing the responsibility of food provision to collectively writing songs of activism. Filmmakers Anne Milne and Shona Thomson worked with the Coalfields Regeneration Trust and Regional Screen Scotland to share big-screen stories of lockdown told in people's own voices. Come along to watch a selection and meet the real on-screen stars, followed by an open discussion on the action needed to support thriving communities. Image: Still from 'Our Lockdown Song' film. Credit: West Lothian Financial Inclusion Network's Chit Chat Group.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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Music, Film Screening

The Sang's the Thing

Join us for a rare opportunity to watch Doc Rowe’s newly-edited documentary collecting performances of some of Scotland's most notable singers, including Lizzie Higgins, Ray Fisher, Jane Turriff, the Stewarts of Blair, Willie Scott, Hamish Henderson, Tam Reid, Dave & Betty Campbell. Drawn from Doc’s considerable archive of recordings taken over the past 40 years, The Sang’s The Thing offers an unparalleled glimpse into the Scottish folk revival. The film will be introduced with a short set of live music from Jimmy Hutchison.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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Storytelling

Queer Folks' Tales

Welcome to Queer Folks’ Tales, a new storytelling series where queer storytellers from a diverse range of backgrounds, ages and cultures share stories of LGBTQ+ lives, past and present. Sometimes hilarious, often moving, occasionally shocking, the mix of stories across the year will be as varied as the range of storytellers we are inviting. Household names will feature alongside new and diverse queer storytellers from the different communities of Scotland and many of the stories told in the Queer Folks’ Tales evenings will be true stories of LGBTQ+ experience in Scotland today. Hosted by Turan Ali, lineup to be confirmed. Turan Ali has been producing, directing and writing BBC Radio dramas and comedies for over 20 years. He has also been telling stories of queer lives and experiences on stage since 2012, including his Edinburgh Fringe one man show Don't Frighten the Straights (2019) which toured to Vienna, Amsterdam and the King's Head Theatre in London. His new one man show, An International Slut will be coming to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2022. A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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Music

Tina Jordan Rees: Beatha

Comprised entirely of original compositions, Beatha (meaning ‘life’ in both Irish Gaelic and Scottish Gaelic) is the exciting debut flute and whistle album from Glasgow-based musician Tina Jordan Rees. With reels, jigs, 7/8s and more, Beatha is filled with life, energy, and fun. Originally from Lancashire, Tina takes her influences for her music from many places including her time spent in Ireland studying on the BA in Irish Music and Dance in Limerick, the Irish dance music tradition, where she is a household name, and the vibrant Glasgow music scene. Joining Tina are the fantastic Seán Gray on guitar, Lea Larsen on bodhrán and Cammy Maxwell on double bass. Photo by Elly Lucas. A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings. If you are a Storytelling Centre Supporter, please add a full price ticket to the basket. Your discount will be automatically added at checkout.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

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Literature, Poetry

Figures of Speech: Future

Figures of Speech is a series of events bringing together writers and artists to take us on a road trip through Scottish literature for Scotland’s Year of Stories 2022. Covering six universal themes (Music, Friendship, Future, Love, Place, Big Ideas), each event explores literary blockbusters, hidden gems and modern classics. Our expert guides will take us on a journey through Scotland’s iconic books and stories, navigating the dazzling array of new voices, and presenting newly commissioned work by artists responding to each theme. Let us take you on a journey across the curious contrasts and contradictions that define Scottish literature. All Figures of Speech events will be filmed and made available online a week later, and both the live and recorded events will feature live BSL interpretation from Yvonne Waddell, who is a Lecturer in Sign Language Interpreting at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh. Each live event will be supported by a pop-up bookshop from Lighthouse Books, whose expert booksellers will be on hand to supply the must-read books to match the event. Figures of Speech: Future In the final event of this season, we’re travelling into the Future! Expert guides Russell Jones and T.L. Huchu will travel through time with us to strange yet familiar places, exploring how Scottish writing on the future has exemplified both the hopeful optimism and wry pessimism of our nation. Taking in utopias, dystopias and heterotopias, from the space operas of Iain M Banks to Josie Giles’s Orcadia, we’ll be looking at Scotland’s well-known and well-loved sci-fi stories, and the new voices who are imagining what lies ahead. Writer and poet Jeda Pearl Lewis will bring a fresh perspective with a performance of brand new work looking at how Scotland and its writers have imagined the future. Russell Jones is an Edinburgh-based writer and editor. He has published 3 science fiction novels, 1 graphic novel and 6 poetry collections, including sci-fi poetry. He is deputy editor and poetry editor of Shoreline of Infinity, a science fiction magazine made in Scotland, and has a PhD in Creative Writing with a research focus on the sci-fi poetry of Edwin Morgan. T.L. Huchu’s work has appeared in 'Lightspeed', 'Interzone', 'Analog', 'The Apex Book of World SF 5', 'Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine', 'Mystery Weekly', 'The Year’s Best Crime and Mystery Stories 2016', and elsewhere. He is the winner of an Alex Award (2022), the Children’s Africana Book Award (2021), a Nommo Award for African SFF (2017), and has been shortlisted for the Caine Prize (2014) and the Grand prix de l'Imaginaire (2019). “Our Lady of Mysterious Ailments”, the second installment in his Edinburgh Nights fantasy series, is out in spring 2022. Find him @TendaiHuchu Jeda Pearl Lewis is a disabled Scottish-Jamaican writer and poet. Inspired by existing in the ‘in between’, plus the hidden history, culture and folklore of her ancestral islands, her genre-splicing work often explores the intersections of identity, belonging, secrecy and survival. In 2019, Jeda was awarded Cove Park’s Scottish Emerging Writer Residency and shortlisted for the Moniack Mohr Emerging Writer Bridge Awards and, in 2018, was selected for Written & Arvon’s first BAME writers course. She's Co-Director for the The Scottish BPOC Writers Network, an advocacy and professional development organisation for Black and POC writers, and a member of Crip Collective and Hannah Lavery's Writers of Colour Group. Scotland’s Year of Stories 2022 spotlights, celebrates and promotes the wealth of stories inspired by, written, or created in Scotland, and will inspire new stories of Scotland to be shared. Figures of Speech is programmed and developed by Edinburgh City of Literature and the Scottish Storytelling Centre. Supported by EventScotland as part of the Year of Stories 2022. A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings. If you are a Storytelling Centre Supporter, please add a full price ticket to the basket. Your discount will be automatically added at checkout.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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Poetry

Unashamed

World Poetry Slam Champion Harry Baker's heart and humour has been watched by millions online and allowed him to perform all over the world, until suddenly he couldn't. From reviewing toilet seats online to writing falafel-based diss tracks for Chris Evans, he's back on stage where he belongs with his most heartfelt, playful, unashamedly Harry Baker-y show yet. 'Spectacularly Witty' ***** (Whatsonstage) 'Blistering wordplay' ***** (Threeweeks) 'Not one syllable out of place' ***** (The Wee Review) 'The Spell Over The Audience Is Tangible' ***** (Broadway Baby) 'Simply put... The greatest performer on earth' ***** (BBC Radio 1) A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings. If you are a Storytelling Centre Supporter, please add a full price ticket to the basket. Your discount will be automatically added at checkout.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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Online pre-recorded, Literature

Figures of Speech: Friendship (Online On-Demand)

Enjoy a recording of June’s Figures of Speech event, filmed live at the Scottish Storytelling Centre and available to view for one week. This recording features live BSL interpretation. Figures of Speech is a series of events bringing together writers and artists to take us on a road trip through Scottish literature for Scotland’s Year of Stories 2022. Covering six universal themes (Music, Friendship, Future, Love, Place, Big Ideas), each event explores literary blockbusters, hidden gems and modern classics. Our expert guides will take us on a journey through Scotland’s iconic books and stories, navigating the dazzling array of new voices, and presenting newly commissioned work by artists responding to each theme. Let us take you on a journey across the curious contrasts and contradictions that define Scottish literature. Figures of Speech: Friendship This month, our Figures of Speech experts will be talking Friendship in Scottish Literature. Your hosts Michael Pedersen and Val McDermid will take us on a tour through some of the most iconic friendships in Scottish literature, both on and off the page, exploring how they’ve captured our hearts and minds. From Peter Pan and Wendy to Renton and Sick Boy, some of the most passionate and problematic friendships can be found in the pages of Scottish literature. Taking in old favourites, modern classics and hidden gems alike, we’ll be diving into the curious contrasts and contradictions that have defined Scottish literature. Gaelic singer Kim Carnie will continue the conversation with a performance of new work responding to the connections between friendship and writing. Michael Pedersen is a prize-winning Scottish poet, scribbler, stitcher. He's unfurled two acclaimed collections of poetry (Polygon Books) with a prose debut, Boy Friends, out with Faber & Faber in July 2022. He won a Robert Louis Stevenson Fellowship, the John Mather's Trust Rising Star of Literature Award, and was a finalist for the 2018 ‘Writer of the Year’ at The Herald Scottish Culture Awards. With work anthologised by the likes of Pan MacMillan and Canongate Books, his writing has attracted plaudits from voices as luscious as: Irvine Welsh, Jackie Kay, Stephen Fry, Shirley Manson & Charlotte Church. Val McDermid is a celebrated and best-selling Scottish crime writer who has sold over 17 million books to date across the globe and has been translated into more than 40 languages. She is perhaps best known for her Wire in the Blood series, featuring clinical psychologist Dr Tony Hill and DCI Carol Jordan, which was adapted for television starring Robson Green and Hermione Norris. Her most recent TV series Traces aired in a BBC1 primetime slot in January of 2021, and a second series is currently in production, as is ITV’s adaptation of Karen Pirie, based on Val’s cold case detective of the same name. She is also an experienced broadcaster with regular and hugely popular appearances on a remarkable range of TV shows from Question Time to Have I Got News For You. She further added to her broadcasting credentials in late 2016 by captaining the winning University Challenge alumnae team, having previously become Celebrity Mastermind champion! Award-winning singer and composer, Kim Carnie, has featured not only on some of the UK’s biggest stages, but across the world via film and computer game soundtracks, including Netflix’s Outlaw King, Black Mirror and The Bard’s Tale. Since launching her solo career in 2018 with the release of her debut EP ‘In Her Company’, Kim has become one of the most sought-after singers and session vocalists that Scotland has to offer. Recently crowned Gaelic Singer of the Year at the MG Alba Trad Awards in 2021, Kim will release her highly anticipated debut solo album, ‘And So We Gather’ in June 2022. Breathing ‘light and beauty into every note,’ Kim Carnie is most certainly ‘a voice to watch out for’ (The Living Tradition) ‘A standout instrument of her generation.’ (BBC Radio 2) Scotland’s Year of Stories 2022 spotlights, celebrates and promotes the wealth of stories inspired by, written, or created in Scotland, and will inspire new stories of Scotland to be shared. Figures of Speech is programmed and developed by Edinburgh City of Literature and the Scottish Storytelling Centre. Supported by EventScotland as part of the Year of Stories 2022.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre Online

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Online pre-recorded, Literature

Figures of Speech: Future (Online On-Demand)

Enjoy a recording of July’s Figures of Speech event, filmed live at the Scottish Storytelling Centre and available to view for one week. This recording features live BSL interpretation. Figures of Speech is a series of events bringing together writers and artists to take us on a road trip through Scottish literature for Scotland’s Year of Stories 2022. Covering six universal themes (Music, Friendship, Future, Love, Place, Big Ideas), each event explores literary blockbusters, hidden gems and modern classics. Our expert guides will take us on a journey through Scotland’s iconic books and stories, navigating the dazzling array of new voices, and presenting newly commissioned work by artists responding to each theme. Let us take you on a journey across the curious contrasts and contradictions that define Scottish literature. Figures of Speech: Future In the final event of this season, we’re travelling into the Future! Expert guides Russell Jones and T.L. Huchu will travel through time with us to strange yet familiar places, exploring how Scottish writing on the future has exemplified both the hopeful optimism and wry pessimism of our nation. Taking in utopias, dystopias and heterotopias, from the space operas of Iain M Banks to Josie Giles’s Orcadia, we’ll be looking at Scotland’s well-known and well-loved sci-fi stories, and the new voices who are imagining what lies ahead. Writer and poet Jeda Pearl Lewis will bring a fresh perspective with a performance of brand new work looking at how Scotland and its writers have imagined the future. Russell Jones is an Edinburgh-based writer and editor. He has published 3 science fiction novels, 1 graphic novel and 6 poetry collections, including sci-fi poetry. He is deputy editor and poetry editor of Shoreline of Infinity, a science fiction magazine made in Scotland, and has a PhD in Creative Writing with a research focus on the sci-fi poetry of Edwin Morgan. T.L. Huchu’s work has appeared in 'Lightspeed', 'Interzone', 'Analog', 'The Apex Book of World SF 5', 'Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine', 'Mystery Weekly', 'The Year’s Best Crime and Mystery Stories 2016', and elsewhere. He is the winner of an Alex Award (2022), the Children’s Africana Book Award (2021), a Nommo Award for African SFF (2017), and has been shortlisted for the Caine Prize (2014) and the Grand prix de l'Imaginaire (2019). “Our Lady of Mysterious Ailments”, the second installment in his Edinburgh Nights fantasy series, is out in spring 2022. Find him @TendaiHuchu Jeda Pearl Lewis is a disabled Scottish-Jamaican writer and poet. Inspired by existing in the ‘in between’, plus the hidden history, culture and folklore of her ancestral islands, her genre-splicing work often explores the intersections of identity, belonging, secrecy and survival. In 2019, Jeda was awarded Cove Park’s Scottish Emerging Writer Residency and shortlisted for the Moniack Mohr Emerging Writer Bridge Awards and, in 2018, was selected for Written & Arvon’s first BAME writers course. She's Co-Director for the The Scottish BPOC Writers Network, an advocacy and professional development organisation for Black and POC writers, and a member of Crip Collective and Hannah Lavery's Writers of Colour Group. Scotland’s Year of Stories 2022 spotlights, celebrates and promotes the wealth of stories inspired by, written, or created in Scotland, and will inspire new stories of Scotland to be shared. Figures of Speech is programmed and developed by Edinburgh City of Literature and the Scottish Storytelling Centre. Supported by EventScotland as part of the Year of Stories 2022.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre Online

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Literature, Music, Online pre-recorded

Figures of Speech: Music (Online On-Demand)

Enjoy a recording of May’s Figures of Speech event, filmed live at the Scottish Storytelling Centre and available to view for one week. This recording features live BSL interpretation. Figures of Speech is a series of events bringing together writers and artists to take us on a road trip through Scottish literature for Scotland’s Year of Stories 2022. Covering six universal themes (Music, Friendship, Future, Love, Place, Big Ideas), each event explores literary blockbusters, hidden gems and modern classics. Our expert guides will take us on a journey through Scotland’s iconic books and stories, navigating the dazzling array of new voices, and presenting newly commissioned work by artists responding to each theme. Let us take you on a journey across the curious contrasts and contradictions that define Scottish literature. Figures of Speech: Music This May we’re kicking off the Figures of Speech series with a look at Music within Scottish Literature. Nicola Meighan and Arusa Qureshi will be our expert guides, taking us on a journey through Scotland’s iconic song lyrics and books touching on music, exploring the connections between the worlds of writing and music. This conversation could journey from John Purser’s seminal 'Scotland’s Music', via Ian Rankin, to the Roddy Woomble curated 'Ballads of the Book'. From the song lyrics which stop us in our tracks, to books just out and breaking new ground, we’ll be exploring the curious contrasts and contradictions that define Scottish writing when music and words come together. Poet and dancer Katie Ailes will also bring something new to the stage, with an original poetry and movement commission which explores the interplay of words and music. Nicola Meighan is a freelance music journalist and broadcaster based in Scotland. She writes, or has written for, publications including The Herald, The Sunday Herald, Q Magazine, MOJO, Time Out, The Big Issue, The List, The Quietus, and Plan B. She regularly presents music shows – and reviews arts and music – on BBC Radio Scotland, and has contributed to BBC Radio 1, BBC 6 Music and BBC Radio 4. Nicola also has a previous life working in the music industry, alongside acts such as Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Depeche Mode and Robyn. Arusa Qureshi is a writer and editor based in Edinburgh, and a passionate advocate for diversity and accessibility within arts and culture. She is the former Editor of The List and writes mostly about music, most recently Flip the Script – a book about women in UK hip hop, published by 404 Ink. Her work has appeared in the Scotsman, Clash, The Guardian, GoldFlakePaint, Time Out, NME and more. In 2017, she was shortlisted for PPA Scotland's Young Journalist of the Year award and was also the winner of the Allen Wright Award for quality writing in arts journalism. She is on the board of the Scottish Music Centre and is a Trustee of the Saltire Society. Dr. Katie Ailes is a poet, researcher, and educator focusing on performance poetry. She works as a producer with I Am Loud Productions and has co-devised and performed shows with them across the UK. Her poetry has been published widely and her poem 'Outwith' was chosen as one of the Scottish Poetry Library’s Best of the Best Scottish Poems in 2019. Katie’s PhD focused on the performance of authenticity in contemporary UK spoken word. In addition to her work in poetry, Katie is also a classically trained dancer and choreographer interested in the intersection between speech and movement. Scotland’s Year of Stories 2022 spotlights, celebrates and promotes the wealth of stories inspired by, written, or created in Scotland, and will inspire new stories of Scotland to be shared. Figures of Speech is programmed and developed by Edinburgh City of Literature and the Scottish Storytelling Centre. Supported by EventScotland as part of the Year of Stories 2022.

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Literature, Music

Figures of Speech: Music

Figures of Speech is a series of events bringing together writers and artists to take us on a road trip through Scottish literature for Scotland’s Year of Stories 2022. Covering six universal themes (Music, Friendship, Future, Love, Place, Big Ideas), each event explores literary blockbusters, hidden gems and modern classics. Our expert guides will take us on a journey through Scotland’s iconic books and stories, navigating the dazzling array of new voices, and presenting newly commissioned work by artists responding to each theme. Let us take you on a journey across the curious contrasts and contradictions that define Scottish literature. All Figures of Speech events will be filmed and made available online a week later, and both the live and recorded events will feature live BSL interpretation from Yvonne Waddell, who is a Lecturer in Sign Language Interpreting at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh. Each live event will be supported by a pop-up bookshop from Lighthouse Books, whose expert booksellers will be on hand to supply the must-read books to match the event. Figures of Speech: Music This May we’re kicking off the Figures of Speech series with a look at Music within Scottish Literature. Nicola Meighan and Arusa Qureshi will be our expert guides, taking us on a journey through Scotland’s iconic song lyrics and books touching on music, exploring the connections between the worlds of writing and music. This conversation could journey from John Purser’s seminal 'Scotland’s Music', via Ian Rankin, to the Roddy Woomble curated 'Ballads of the Book'. From the song lyrics which stop us in our tracks, to books just out and breaking new ground, we’ll be exploring the curious contrasts and contradictions that define Scottish writing when music and words come together. Poet and dancer Katie Ailes will also bring something new to the stage, with an original poetry and movement commission which explores the interplay of words and music. Nicola Meighan is a freelance music journalist and broadcaster based in Scotland. She writes, or has written for, publications including The Herald, The Sunday Herald, Q Magazine, MOJO, Time Out, The Big Issue, The List, The Quietus, and Plan B. She regularly presents music shows – and reviews arts and music – on BBC Radio Scotland, and has contributed to BBC Radio 1, BBC 6 Music and BBC Radio 4. Nicola also has a previous life working in the music industry, alongside acts such as Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Depeche Mode and Robyn. Arusa Qureshi is a writer and editor based in Edinburgh, and a passionate advocate for diversity and accessibility within arts and culture. She is the former Editor of The List and writes mostly about music, most recently Flip the Script – a book about women in UK hip hop, published by 404 Ink. Her work has appeared in the Scotsman, Clash, The Guardian, GoldFlakePaint, Time Out, NME and more. In 2017, she was shortlisted for PPA Scotland's Young Journalist of the Year award and was also the winner of the Allen Wright Award for quality writing in arts journalism. She is on the board of the Scottish Music Centre and is a Trustee of the Saltire Society. Dr. Katie Ailes is a poet, researcher, and educator focusing on performance poetry. She works as a producer with I Am Loud Productions and has co-devised and performed shows with them across the UK. Her poetry has been published widely and her poem 'Outwith' was chosen as one of the Scottish Poetry Library’s Best of the Best Scottish Poems in 2019. Katie’s PhD focused on the performance of authenticity in contemporary UK spoken word. In addition to her work in poetry, Katie is also a classically trained dancer and choreographer interested in the intersection between speech and movement. Scotland’s Year of Stories 2022 spotlights, celebrates and promotes the wealth of stories inspired by, written, or created in Scotland, and will inspire new stories of Scotland to be shared. Figures of Speech is programmed and developed by Edinburgh City of Literature and the Scottish Storytelling Centre. Supported by EventScotland as part of the Year of Stories 2022. A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings. If you are a Storytelling Centre Supporter, please add a full price ticket to the basket. Your discount will be automatically added at checkout.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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Workshop, Gaelic, Song

Gaelic Song Workshop with Deirdre Graham: Song with a Story

Singer and Gaelic Song Stories podcast host Deirdre Graham will lead a fun and informative workshop in Gaelic songs and their stories; tales of battles, love and loss, female empowerment, and much more! Come and enjoy the experience of singing together and delving into the rich repertoire of Gaelic songs. This workshop will cater for all levels of ability in singing and in Gaelic - native speakers, learners and complete beginners all welcome. Stiùirichidh an seinneadair agus neach-lìbhrigidh a’ phod-chraolaidh ‘Gaelic Song Stories’, Deirdre Ghreumach bùth-obrach sèinn Ghàidhlig spòrsail agus fiosrachail ann an òrain Ghàidhlig agus an sgeulachdan; òrain chogaidh, ghaoil 's chràidh, mu neart nam ban agus eile. Togaibh ur guthan ri chèile gus eòlas a chur air saoghal nan òran Gàidhlig. Bidh a’ bhùth-obrach seo freagarrach air a h-uile seòrsa comas labhairt ‘s seinn - tha fàilte ro fhileantaich, luchd-ionnsachaidh na Gàidhlig agus daoine aig nach eil i. Photo by Magnus Graham. A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings.If you are a Storytelling Centre Supporter, please add a full price ticket to the basket. Your discount will be automatically added at checkout.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Training Venue

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Workshop, Song

Scots Song Workshop with Siobhan Miller: Song with a Story

Come and join Siobhan Miller, one of Scotland's leading singers, in a fun interactive workshop exploring the art of storytelling through song. Participants will focus on the process of learning and singing a Scottish ballad. This workshop is open to all abilities and will be a great opportunity to enjoy singing with others whilst also learning and developing new skills and techniques. Photo by Elly Lucas. A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings.If you are a Storytelling Centre Supporter, please add a full price ticket to the basket. Your discount will be automatically added at checkout.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

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Comedy, Live Indoor

Scott Gibson: Rejoice

Scott Gibson (Edinburgh Award Winner, Scottish Variety Award Winner, Chortle Nominee), Glasgow’s critically-acclaimed and award-winning son, is touring once again with a brand new hour of darkly comedic storytelling. Delivered in his trademark, breathlessly inimitable style, Gibson guides you through the turbulent world of a global pandemic, as we are faced with our ideas of death and our fight to return to normal. Expect deep, dark and meaningful dives into the year just gone. Covering everything from life in lockdown to fighting off the black dog to home made sourdough. Gibson truly is one of the finest storytelling comedians in the country and this new offering is not to be missed. This year, the Edinburgh Comedy Award winner promises to give you a reason to ‘Rejoice’. ‘Riotously funny' ★★★★ The Herald ‘Gut-bustingly funny’ ★★★★ Broadway Baby ‘Gibson has a gift for comedy’ ★★★★ The Guardian ‘Irvine Welsh meets Billy Connolly’ ★★★★★ Evening Standard A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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Film Screening

Physics of Sorrow

Enjoy the Scottish premiere of five short films from the last 10 years by the Academy Award nominated Bulgarian/Canadian animator and political activist Theodore Ushev. Delve into folk tales of demons painted directly on 50 vinyl records, galloping to the catchy rhythms of Bulgarian musician and composer Kottarashky in Ushev’s Demons (2012). Feel the pulse of the surrealist poem Romance Sonambulo by the Spanish bard Federico García Lorca, coming alive in Ushev’s ode to joy Sleepwalker (2015) set to Joan Miró-inspired abstract imagery and Kottarashky syncopated Opa Hey music. Walk to the dark side of surrealism, from Guernica to Dresden, with Ushev’s Gloria Victoria (2013). With a poignant peace message, this film is propelled by the ‘invasion’ theme of Shostakovich’s Seventh Symphony, resonating with our outrage for the current war in Ukraine. Embrace Ushev’s first collaboration with the outstanding Bulgarian writer and poet Georgi Gospodinov in Blind Vaysha (2016), nominated in the Best Animated Short category at the 89th Academy Awards for its linocut style and powerful protagonist – the wee girl Vaysha born with the power to see the past through her left eye and the future through her right. Get immersed in Ushev’s The Physics of Sorrow (2019), his most ambitious work to date also adapted from Gospodinov’s novel. A compelling portrait of an everyman consumed by melancholy and the need to belong. Discover also Gospidinov’s poem Love featured in Thistles and Sunflowers Poetry Trail. Thistles and Sunflowers #ThistlesandSunflowers #YS2022 Stories in Free Fall is curated by Iliyana Nedkova and Daniela Dimova-Yaneva as a partnership between Bulgarian Cultural and Educational Centre Scotland, Scottish Storytelling Centre, Bulgarian Cultural Institute London and Edinburgh Short Film Festival. Part of Year of Stories 2022, Thistles and Sunflowers Festival is running 18 May - 5 June 2022 at Scottish Storytelling Centre – a spotlight on stories and artists from the lands of thistles and sunflowers. An initiative of Bulgarian Cultural and Educational Centre Scotland, Thistles and Sunflowers is curated by Iliyana Nedkova and Daniela Dimova-Yaneva and supported by the City of Edinburgh Council Flexible Fund, as well as Tasgadh Fund for Traditional Arts devolved from Creative Scotland and managed by Fèisean nan Gàidheal.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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Online Open-floor, Storytelling

Guid Crack: Summer Spirits

Join storyteller Robert Howat for an evening of online stories under summer night skies, featuring magical encounters with beings from beneath the earth and the odd bothersome bogle! Edinburgh’s long-running storytelling night continues online, with the usual open-floor opportunity to share a tale of your own. If you would like to share on the night please send your host a message on Zoom once you have arrived, with the name and style of your offering (max 10mins).

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Storytelling

Stories in Free Fall

Join performance artist, writer and social justice activist Maria Kassimova-Moisset for her first appearance on a Scottish stage bringing her improvised storytelling show Stories in Free Fall direct from the stage of the Bulgarian National Comedy Theatre. Expect stories of people and places, love and loss, old friends and new encounters, resilience and hope, buckets of laughter and tissues on the ready. “There are no lines learnt by heart in this performance. There are only free-falling stories. Tales in complete free fall with no script at all. No other performance is the same. Each offers one of a kind experience which can catch us unaware, even myself. Why do I perform Stories in Free Fall? Well, because life is too short and there is no point in delaying anything that concerns us deeply. Because, once upon a time, some 34 years ago, on a hot summer day, the 16 year old me stood on the stage of the Bulgarian National Comedy Theatre, feeling the aura of my father, the great comedian Hindo Kassimov, who had just passed away, and promised to myself to take up acting one day. Because I love words. I love hearing them, collecting them, writing them, and connecting them into stories to be told over and over again. Because…well, why not?” - Maria Kassimova–Moisset Thistles and Sunflowers #ThistlesandSunflowers #YS2022 Please note that this performance is in Bulgarian with no translation. Stories in Free Fall is curated by Iliyana Nedkova and Daniela Dimova-Yaneva as a partnership between Bulgarian Cultural and Educational Centre Scotland, Scottish Storytelling Centre, Bulgarian Cultural Institute London and Tippermuir Books. Part of Year of Stories 2022, Thistles and Sunflowers Festival is running 18 May - 5 June 2022 at Scottish Storytelling Centre – a spotlight on stories and artists from the lands of thistles and sunflowers. An initiative of Bulgarian Cultural and Educational Centre Scotland, Thistles and Sunflowers is curated by Iliyana Nedkova and Daniela Dimova-Yaneva and supported by the City of Edinburgh Council Flexible Fund, as well as Tasgadh Fund for Traditional Arts devolved from Creative Scotland and managed by Fèisean nan Gàidheal.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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Workshop, Family, Puppetry

Puppet Masters

Yana Aleksandrova is a performance artist, published writer, scientist, musician and theatre maker. Born in Sofia, Bulgaria in 1987 and Edinburgh-based since 2008, throughout her residency at the Bulgarian Cultural and Education Centre Scotland from January to May 2022 Yana worked towards devising The Forgotten Magic of Bulgaria, where Bulgarian magical creatures come alive alongside their Scottish and international counterparts through stories, music and puppetry. Intrigued? Take one of Yana’s FREE drop-in puppet-making workshops at 4pm on Sat 28 or Sun 29 May 2022. All materials will be provided. Practice at home in advance with this this special video tutorial by storyteller and puppeteer Yana and make yourself a fairy puppet. What name would you give her? Tag the Festival and tell them her story. #ThistlesandSunflowers #YS2022 Thistles and Sunflowers Part of Year of Stories 2022, Thistles and Sunflowers Festival is running 18 May - 5 June 2022 at Scottish Storytelling Centre – a spotlight on stories and artists from the lands of thistles and sunflowers. Festival initiative of the Bulgarian Cultural and Educational Centre Scotland, Thistles and Sunflowers is curated by Iliyana Nedkova and Daniela Dimova-Yaneva and supported by the City of Edinburgh Council Flexible Fund, as well as Tasgadh Fund for Traditional Arts devolved from Creative Scotland and managed by Fèisean nan Gàidheal.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Library

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Storytelling

The Forgotten Magic of Bulgaria

What is a bogel? What does an ustrel look like and how can you spot one on a Saturday? What are the stories and sorrows of The Bonnie Banks of Loch Lomond and Wee White Cloud (Облаче ле бяло) – two of the most emblematic folk songs for Scotland and Bulgaria? Bulgarian magical creatures come alive alongside their Scottish and international counterparts through stories, music and puppetry. Take this introduction to the rich yet vastly unknown world of the Bulgarian magical folklore. Enjoy this one-woman storytelling show by Yana Aleksandrova – a performance artist, Yana is a published writer, scientist, musician and theatre maker. Born in Sofia, Bulgaria in 1987 and Edinburgh-based since 2008, throughout her residency at the Bulgarian Cultural and Education Centre Scotland from January to May 2022 Yana worked towards devising The Forgotten Magic of Bulgaria and released a series of behind the scenes videos. Go behind the scenes here. Intrigued? Take one of Yana’s FREE drop-in puppet-making workshops at 4pm on 28 or 29 May 2022. No need to book in advance. All materials will be provided. Practise at home in advance with this this special video tutorial by our resident storyteller and puppeteer Yana and make yourself a fairy puppet. What name would you give her? Tag us and tell us her story. #ThistlesandSunflowers #YS2022 Thistles and Sunflowers The Forgotten Magic of Bulgaria is commissioned by the Bulgarian Cultural and Educational Centre Scotland and curated by Illiyana Nedkova and Daniela Dimova-Yaneva in partnership with the Scottish Storytelling Centre. Part of Year of Stories 2022, Thistles and Sunflowers Festival is running 18 May - 5 June 2022 at Scottish Storytelling Centre – a spotlight on stories and artists from the lands of thistles and sunflowers. An initiative of Bulgarian Cultural and Educational Centre Scotland, Thistles and Sunflowers is curated by Iliyana Nedkova and Daniela Dimova-Yaneva and supported by the City of Edinburgh Council Flexible Fund, as well as Tasgadh Fund for Traditional Arts devolved from Creative Scotland and managed by Fèisean nan Gàidheal.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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Dance

Thistles and Sunflowers Dance Fusion

Once upon a time, Edinburgh was struck by an awful pandemic and all theatres lay empty. Two dancers, Alexis and Ariana, had a dream. On 4 August 2021 their dream came true when Alexis met Ariana, when they were finally able to dance for an audience, with a piper, for the first time since lockdown. Grateful for the opportunities that dance keeps giving, Scottish Highland dancer Alexis Street and Bulgarian folk dancer and choreographer Ariana Stoyanova kept returning to the Netherbow Theatre as part of their Thistles and Sunflowers residency at the Bulgarian Cultural and Education Centre Scotland. From January to May 2022, Alexis and Ariana were able to build on their first momentous encounter and worked towards Thistles and Sunflowers Dance Fusion – a series of newly choreographed solos, duets and ensemble pieces drawing on the parallels between Scottish and Bulgarian folk dance traditions, stories, dancers and musicians. With a welcome by Bulgarian Ambassado H.E. Mr Marin Raykov in the Storytelling Court. Find out more about the origins of Thistles and Sunflowers Dance Fusion by tuning into these two interviews with Alexis, Ariana and curator Iliyana Nedkova conducted by Wendy Timmons, Chair of Traditional Dance Forum of Scotland. Watch the interviews here. Thistles and Sunflowers #ThistlesandSunflowers #YS2022 Thistles and Sunflowers Dance Fusion is commissioned by the Bulgarian Cultural and Educational Centre Scotland and curated by Iliyana Nedkova and Daniela Dimova-Yaneva in a partnership with Scottish Storytelling Centre, Traditional Dance Forum of Scotland, New Bulgarian Cultural Platform, Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria in the UK and DannsEd. Part of Year of Stories 2022 and Thistles and Sunflowers festival running 18 May - 5 June 2022 at Scottish Storytelling Centre – a spotlight on stories and artists from the lands of thistles and sunflowers. Festival initiative of the Bulgarian Cultural and Educational Centre Scotland, Thistles and Sunflowers, curated by Iliyana Nedkova and Daniela Dimova-Yaneva and supported by the City of Edinburgh Council Flexible Fund, as well as Tasgadh Fund for Traditional Arts devolved from Creative Scotland and managed by Fèisean nan Gàidheal.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

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Thistles and Sunflowers Balkan Ceilidh

Dance the night away with artists and stories from the lands of thistles and sunflowers. Follow the lead of Ceilidh caller extraordinaire Caroline Brockbank and virtuoso accordion player Colin Garvin. Take a break from ‘stripping the willow’ to learn your first Balkan Horo led by resident Thistles and Sunflowers artist, the Bulgarian folk dancer and choreographer Ariana Stoyanova. Retrace your Ceilidh steps, then stop and collect your breath while The Laid-Back Community Choir takes centre stage. Led by Yana Aleksandrova, our resident Thistles and Sunflowers storyteller, the choir premieres a newly arranged bilingual repertoire. Alternate your Balkan Horo and Ceilidh steps and let spoken word artist, Makar and language activist Jim Mackintosh speak, reading his poetry as featured in the exhibition Thistles and Sunflowers Poetry Trail and find out why biligualism matters with our guest storyteller, the cognitive neuroscientist Thomas Bak. “Nectar for insects, seeds for birds and symbols for nations, Thistles and Sunflowers is a festival spotlight on stories and artists from Scotland and Bulgaria. We conceived the Balkan Ceilidh as a finissage of our festival weekend marking the fifth anniversary of the Bulgarian Cultural and Educational Centre Scotland – the only independent non-profit and non-venue based arts, culture and education organisation of its kind in Scotland. It also marks the National Day of the Cyrillic Alphabet celebrating Bulgarian cultural heritage, literature and the arts every 24 May. Finally, it marks 2022 – Scotland’s Year of Stories showcasing and celebrating stories inspired by, created and written in Scotland.” - Iliyana Nedkova and Daniela Dimova-Yaneva, curators. Thistles and Sunflowers #ThistlesandSunflowers #YS2022 Thistles and Sunflowers Balkan Ceilidh is a new commission by the Bulgarian Cultural and Educational Centre Scotland and curated by Iliyana Nedkova and Daniela Dimova-Yaneva in a partnership with Scottish Storytelling Centre, Traditional Dance Forum of Scotland, Bilingualism Matters, Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria in the UK, New Bulgarian Cultural Platform, Scottish Poetry Library and CeilidhKids. Part of Year of Stories 2022, Thistles and Sunflowers Festival is running 18 May - 5 June 2022 at Scottish Storytelling Centre – a spotlight on stories and artists from the lands of thistles and sunflowers. Festival initiative of the Bulgarian Cultural and Educational Centre Scotland, Thistles and Sunflowers is curated by Iliyana Nedkova and Daniela Dimova-Yaneva and supported by the City of Edinburgh Council Flexible Fund, as well as Tasgadh Fund for Traditional Arts devolved from Creative Scotland and managed by Fèisean nan Gàidheal.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

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Stories on the Way: Stories to Live By

From life stories to legends, the best stories can shine a light on our own personal stories, giving pause for reflection and drive to move forward. Come and enjoy the relaxed setting of the Netherbow Theatre where more amazing apprentice storytellers will share stories to live by! Hosted by Janis Mackay. A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings. If you are a Storytelling Centre Supporter please add a full price ticket to the basket. Your discount will be automatically added at checkout.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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Spoken Word, Poetry

Loud Poets

Showcasing the top spoken word talent from Scotland and the UK! From laugh-out-loud funny, through the wonderfully surreal, to the thoughtful and emotional – Loud Poets continue to prove that Spoken Word has something for everyone. Bee Asha Singh is a spoken word artist born and living in Edinburgh. Between Rap and Poetry her work is a cathartic outlet that she uses to explore themes of sexuality, trauma and gender equality, characterised by an openness to talk about her lived experiences. In 2019 Asha starred in the BBC Documentary, Spit it Out. This year she has co-founded award winning charity, The Spit it Out Project, released her first album ‘From Girl to Men’, won the SAMA best newcomer award and was featured in YWCA 30 under 30’s. Jasmine Gardosi is a multiple slam champion, beatboxer, Birmingham Poet Laureate finalist and winner of the Out-Spoken Prize for Poetry. Her work exploring identity, LGBTQ issues and mental health has appeared on Button Poetry, at the Tate Modern, Glastonbury Festival, across BBC Radio and on Sky Arts’ BAFTA-winning show, Life & Rhymes. Her poetry/beatbox/Celtic dubstep show 'Dancing To Music You Hate' explores gender identity and was commissioned by Warwick Arts Centre. Jo Gilbert is a spoken word artist and writer from Aberdeen, who writes in their native tongue of Doric and English. Jo has had work commissioned for film, art installations and festivals, including StAnza 2021, Look Again Festival and most recently, a commission for Aberdeen Art Gallery to create pieces for the permanent collection. Jo is currently working on their first full poetry collection. Harry Josephine Giles is a writer and performer from Orkney, living in Leith. Their poetry collections The Games (Out-Spoken Press, 2018) and Tonguit (Freight Books 2015) were between them shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best First Collection, the Saltire Prize and the Edwin Morgan Poetry Award. Their show Drone debuted in the Made in Scotland Showcase at the 2019 Edinburgh Fringe and toured internationally and their performance What We Owe was picked by the Guardian's best-of-the-Fringe 2013 roundup in the “But Is It Art?” category. For more see their website. A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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Conference

Towards a Scottish Traditional Music Archive

A conference to explore the possibilities for a Scottish Traditional Music Archive. Speakers include Liam O’Connor (Irish Traditional Music Archive), Steve Byrne (Local Voices), Stuart Eydmann (Rare Tunes), Nicolas LeBigre (Elphinstone Institute), Karen McAulay (The Wighton Collection) and Haftor Medbøe (Scottish Jazz Archive).

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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Literature, Poetry

Figures of Speech: Friendship

Figures of Speech is a series of events bringing together writers and artists to take us on a road trip through Scottish literature for Scotland’s Year of Stories 2022. Covering six universal themes (Music, Friendship, Future, Love, Place, Big Ideas), each event explores literary blockbusters, hidden gems and modern classics. Our expert guides will take us on a journey through Scotland’s iconic books and stories, navigating the dazzling array of new voices, and presenting newly commissioned work by artists responding to each theme. Let us take you on a journey across the curious contrasts and contradictions that define Scottish literature. All Figures of Speech events will be filmed and made available online a week later, and both the live and recorded events will feature live BSL interpretation from Yvonne Waddell, who is a Lecturer in Sign Language Interpreting at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh. Each live event will be supported by a pop-up bookshop from Lighthouse Books, whose expert booksellers will be on hand to supply the must-read books to match the event. Figures of Speech: Friendship This month, our Figures of Speech experts will be talking Friendship in Scottish Literature. Your hosts Michael Pedersen and Val McDermid will take us on a tour through some of the most iconic friendships in Scottish literature, both on and off the page, exploring how they’ve captured our hearts and minds. From Peter Pan and Wendy to Renton and Sick Boy, some of the most passionate and problematic friendships can be found in the pages of Scottish literature. Taking in old favourites, modern classics and hidden gems alike, we’ll be diving into the curious contrasts and contradictions that have defined Scottish literature. Gaelic singer Kim Carnie will continue the conversation with a performance of new work responding to the connections between friendship and writing. Michael Pedersen is a prize-winning Scottish poet, scribbler, stitcher. He's unfurled two acclaimed collections of poetry (Polygon Books) with a prose debut, Boy Friends, out with Faber & Faber in July 2022. He won a Robert Louis Stevenson Fellowship, the John Mather's Trust Rising Star of Literature Award, and was a finalist for the 2018 ‘Writer of the Year’ at The Herald Scottish Culture Awards. With work anthologised by the likes of Pan MacMillan and Canongate Books, his writing has attracted plaudits from voices as luscious as: Irvine Welsh, Jackie Kay, Stephen Fry, Shirley Manson & Charlotte Church. Val McDermid is a celebrated and best-selling Scottish crime writer who has sold over 17 million books to date across the globe and has been translated into more than 40 languages. She is perhaps best known for her Wire in the Blood series, featuring clinical psychologist Dr Tony Hill and DCI Carol Jordan, which was adapted for television starring Robson Green and Hermione Norris. Her most recent TV series Traces aired in a BBC1 primetime slot in January of 2021, and a second series is currently in production, as is ITV’s adaptation of Karen Pirie, based on Val’s cold case detective of the same name. She is also an experienced broadcaster with regular and hugely popular appearances on a remarkable range of TV shows from Question Time to Have I Got News For You. She further added to her broadcasting credentials in late 2016 by captaining the winning University Challenge alumnae team, having previously become Celebrity Mastermind champion! Award-winning singer and composer, Kim Carnie, has featured not only on some of the UK’s biggest stages, but across the world via film and computer game soundtracks, including Netflix’s Outlaw King, Black Mirror and The Bard’s Tale. Since launching her solo career in 2018 with the release of her debut EP ‘In Her Company’, Kim has become one of the most sought-after singers and session vocalists that Scotland has to offer. Recently crowned Gaelic Singer of the Year at the MG Alba Trad Awards in 2021, Kim will release her highly anticipated debut solo album, ‘And So We Gather’ in June 2022. Breathing ‘light and beauty into every note,’ Kim Carnie is most certainly ‘a voice to watch out for’ (The Living Tradition) ‘A standout instrument of her generation.’ (BBC Radio 2) Scotland’s Year of Stories 2022 spotlights, celebrates and promotes the wealth of stories inspired by, written, or created in Scotland, and will inspire new stories of Scotland to be shared. Figures of Speech is programmed and developed by Edinburgh City of Literature and the Scottish Storytelling Centre. Supported by EventScotland as part of the Year of Stories 2022. A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings. If you are a Storytelling Centre Supporter, please add a full price ticket to the basket. Your discount will be automatically added at checkout.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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Online Open-floor, Storytelling

Guid Crack: Wild & Wonderful Woods

Deep in the woods, the sound of the drums starts to thrum and stories start to form. Join Moray-based storyteller Carol Scorer for an online evening of forest fables from Scotland, Ireland and Haiti! Carol loves the stories, songs and rhythms of the oral tradition. From spontaneous tales to well-crafted performance pieces, she is fascinated by the living spoken word. Edinburgh’s long-running storytelling night continues online, with the usual open-floor opportunity to share a tale of your own. If you would like to share on the night please send your host a message on Zoom once you have arrived, with the name and style of your offering (max 10mins).

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre Online

subvenue Online

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Theatre, Family, Storytelling

Space Ape

Winner of the CATS Award – Best Production for Children and Young People. Once upon a time, approximately twenty years from now, Yorick stands alone, suited up and ready to blast off in a rocket on his celebrated journey to Mars. Space Ape is an award-winning science fiction storytelling performance that takes you on a journey through art, science, and philosophy, and on a mission with a very special Ape. Andy Cannon, Scotland’s leading storyteller for young audiences, tells the tale, sharing his passion for space travel, using everyday objects and animation. Space Ape was originally created with support from Creative Scotland and the Edinburgh International Science Festival. Produced by Red Bridge Arts.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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Film Screening

Films of Action: Coalfield Communities in Lockdown

Films of Action is a Folk Film Gathering-supported community filmmaking project founded in the belief that our former coalmining areas – in which 10 per cent of the population live – hold a plethora of positive and inspiring stories to tell. When the pandemic hit in March 2020, it highlighted the inequalities that remain long after the closure of the mines. But it also demonstrated how resilient coalfield communities are in finding solutions to their own challenges and quickly self-organising to support residents who are vulnerable or in need, from sharing the responsibility of food provision to collectively writing songs of activism. Filmmakers Anne Milne and Shona Thomson worked with the Coalfields Regeneration Trust and Regional Screen Scotland to share big-screen stories of lockdown told in people's own voices. Come along to watch a selection and meet the real on-screen stars, followed by an open discussion on the action needed to support thriving communities. Image: Still from 'Our Lockdown Song' film. Credit: West Lothian Financial Inclusion Network's Chit Chat Group.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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Music, Film Screening

The Sang's the Thing

Join us for a rare opportunity to watch Doc Rowe’s newly-edited documentary collecting performances of some of Scotland's most notable singers, including Lizzie Higgins, Ray Fisher, Jane Turriff, the Stewarts of Blair, Willie Scott, Hamish Henderson, Tam Reid, Dave & Betty Campbell. Drawn from Doc’s considerable archive of recordings taken over the past 40 years, The Sang’s The Thing offers an unparalleled glimpse into the Scottish folk revival. The film will be introduced with a short set of live music from Jimmy Hutchison.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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Storytelling

Queer Folks' Tales

Welcome to Queer Folks’ Tales, a new storytelling series where queer storytellers from a diverse range of backgrounds, ages and cultures share stories of LGBTQ+ lives, past and present. Sometimes hilarious, often moving, occasionally shocking, the mix of stories across the year will be as varied as the range of storytellers we are inviting. Household names will feature alongside new and diverse queer storytellers from the different communities of Scotland and many of the stories told in the Queer Folks’ Tales evenings will be true stories of LGBTQ+ experience in Scotland today. Hosted by Turan Ali, lineup to be confirmed. Turan Ali has been producing, directing and writing BBC Radio dramas and comedies for over 20 years. He has also been telling stories of queer lives and experiences on stage since 2012, including his Edinburgh Fringe one man show Don't Frighten the Straights (2019) which toured to Vienna, Amsterdam and the King's Head Theatre in London. His new one man show, An International Slut will be coming to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2022. A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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Music

Tina Jordan Rees: Beatha

Comprised entirely of original compositions, Beatha (meaning ‘life’ in both Irish Gaelic and Scottish Gaelic) is the exciting debut flute and whistle album from Glasgow-based musician Tina Jordan Rees. With reels, jigs, 7/8s and more, Beatha is filled with life, energy, and fun. Originally from Lancashire, Tina takes her influences for her music from many places including her time spent in Ireland studying on the BA in Irish Music and Dance in Limerick, the Irish dance music tradition, where she is a household name, and the vibrant Glasgow music scene. Joining Tina are the fantastic Seán Gray on guitar, Lea Larsen on bodhrán and Cammy Maxwell on double bass. Photo by Elly Lucas. A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings. If you are a Storytelling Centre Supporter, please add a full price ticket to the basket. Your discount will be automatically added at checkout.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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Literature, Poetry

Figures of Speech: Future

Figures of Speech is a series of events bringing together writers and artists to take us on a road trip through Scottish literature for Scotland’s Year of Stories 2022. Covering six universal themes (Music, Friendship, Future, Love, Place, Big Ideas), each event explores literary blockbusters, hidden gems and modern classics. Our expert guides will take us on a journey through Scotland’s iconic books and stories, navigating the dazzling array of new voices, and presenting newly commissioned work by artists responding to each theme. Let us take you on a journey across the curious contrasts and contradictions that define Scottish literature. All Figures of Speech events will be filmed and made available online a week later, and both the live and recorded events will feature live BSL interpretation from Yvonne Waddell, who is a Lecturer in Sign Language Interpreting at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh. Each live event will be supported by a pop-up bookshop from Lighthouse Books, whose expert booksellers will be on hand to supply the must-read books to match the event. Figures of Speech: Future In the final event of this season, we’re travelling into the Future! Expert guides Russell Jones and T.L. Huchu will travel through time with us to strange yet familiar places, exploring how Scottish writing on the future has exemplified both the hopeful optimism and wry pessimism of our nation. Taking in utopias, dystopias and heterotopias, from the space operas of Iain M Banks to Josie Giles’s Orcadia, we’ll be looking at Scotland’s well-known and well-loved sci-fi stories, and the new voices who are imagining what lies ahead. Writer and poet Jeda Pearl Lewis will bring a fresh perspective with a performance of brand new work looking at how Scotland and its writers have imagined the future. Russell Jones is an Edinburgh-based writer and editor. He has published 3 science fiction novels, 1 graphic novel and 6 poetry collections, including sci-fi poetry. He is deputy editor and poetry editor of Shoreline of Infinity, a science fiction magazine made in Scotland, and has a PhD in Creative Writing with a research focus on the sci-fi poetry of Edwin Morgan. T.L. Huchu’s work has appeared in 'Lightspeed', 'Interzone', 'Analog', 'The Apex Book of World SF 5', 'Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine', 'Mystery Weekly', 'The Year’s Best Crime and Mystery Stories 2016', and elsewhere. He is the winner of an Alex Award (2022), the Children’s Africana Book Award (2021), a Nommo Award for African SFF (2017), and has been shortlisted for the Caine Prize (2014) and the Grand prix de l'Imaginaire (2019). “Our Lady of Mysterious Ailments”, the second installment in his Edinburgh Nights fantasy series, is out in spring 2022. Find him @TendaiHuchu Jeda Pearl Lewis is a disabled Scottish-Jamaican writer and poet. Inspired by existing in the ‘in between’, plus the hidden history, culture and folklore of her ancestral islands, her genre-splicing work often explores the intersections of identity, belonging, secrecy and survival. In 2019, Jeda was awarded Cove Park’s Scottish Emerging Writer Residency and shortlisted for the Moniack Mohr Emerging Writer Bridge Awards and, in 2018, was selected for Written & Arvon’s first BAME writers course. She's Co-Director for the The Scottish BPOC Writers Network, an advocacy and professional development organisation for Black and POC writers, and a member of Crip Collective and Hannah Lavery's Writers of Colour Group. Scotland’s Year of Stories 2022 spotlights, celebrates and promotes the wealth of stories inspired by, written, or created in Scotland, and will inspire new stories of Scotland to be shared. Figures of Speech is programmed and developed by Edinburgh City of Literature and the Scottish Storytelling Centre. Supported by EventScotland as part of the Year of Stories 2022. A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings. If you are a Storytelling Centre Supporter, please add a full price ticket to the basket. Your discount will be automatically added at checkout.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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Poetry

Unashamed

World Poetry Slam Champion Harry Baker's heart and humour has been watched by millions online and allowed him to perform all over the world, until suddenly he couldn't. From reviewing toilet seats online to writing falafel-based diss tracks for Chris Evans, he's back on stage where he belongs with his most heartfelt, playful, unashamedly Harry Baker-y show yet. 'Spectacularly Witty' ***** (Whatsonstage) 'Blistering wordplay' ***** (Threeweeks) 'Not one syllable out of place' ***** (The Wee Review) 'The Spell Over The Audience Is Tangible' ***** (Broadway Baby) 'Simply put... The greatest performer on earth' ***** (BBC Radio 1) A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings. If you are a Storytelling Centre Supporter, please add a full price ticket to the basket. Your discount will be automatically added at checkout.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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Online pre-recorded, Literature

Figures of Speech: Friendship (Online On-Demand)

Enjoy a recording of June’s Figures of Speech event, filmed live at the Scottish Storytelling Centre and available to view for one week. This recording features live BSL interpretation. Figures of Speech is a series of events bringing together writers and artists to take us on a road trip through Scottish literature for Scotland’s Year of Stories 2022. Covering six universal themes (Music, Friendship, Future, Love, Place, Big Ideas), each event explores literary blockbusters, hidden gems and modern classics. Our expert guides will take us on a journey through Scotland’s iconic books and stories, navigating the dazzling array of new voices, and presenting newly commissioned work by artists responding to each theme. Let us take you on a journey across the curious contrasts and contradictions that define Scottish literature. Figures of Speech: Friendship This month, our Figures of Speech experts will be talking Friendship in Scottish Literature. Your hosts Michael Pedersen and Val McDermid will take us on a tour through some of the most iconic friendships in Scottish literature, both on and off the page, exploring how they’ve captured our hearts and minds. From Peter Pan and Wendy to Renton and Sick Boy, some of the most passionate and problematic friendships can be found in the pages of Scottish literature. Taking in old favourites, modern classics and hidden gems alike, we’ll be diving into the curious contrasts and contradictions that have defined Scottish literature. Gaelic singer Kim Carnie will continue the conversation with a performance of new work responding to the connections between friendship and writing. Michael Pedersen is a prize-winning Scottish poet, scribbler, stitcher. He's unfurled two acclaimed collections of poetry (Polygon Books) with a prose debut, Boy Friends, out with Faber & Faber in July 2022. He won a Robert Louis Stevenson Fellowship, the John Mather's Trust Rising Star of Literature Award, and was a finalist for the 2018 ‘Writer of the Year’ at The Herald Scottish Culture Awards. With work anthologised by the likes of Pan MacMillan and Canongate Books, his writing has attracted plaudits from voices as luscious as: Irvine Welsh, Jackie Kay, Stephen Fry, Shirley Manson & Charlotte Church. Val McDermid is a celebrated and best-selling Scottish crime writer who has sold over 17 million books to date across the globe and has been translated into more than 40 languages. She is perhaps best known for her Wire in the Blood series, featuring clinical psychologist Dr Tony Hill and DCI Carol Jordan, which was adapted for television starring Robson Green and Hermione Norris. Her most recent TV series Traces aired in a BBC1 primetime slot in January of 2021, and a second series is currently in production, as is ITV’s adaptation of Karen Pirie, based on Val’s cold case detective of the same name. She is also an experienced broadcaster with regular and hugely popular appearances on a remarkable range of TV shows from Question Time to Have I Got News For You. She further added to her broadcasting credentials in late 2016 by captaining the winning University Challenge alumnae team, having previously become Celebrity Mastermind champion! Award-winning singer and composer, Kim Carnie, has featured not only on some of the UK’s biggest stages, but across the world via film and computer game soundtracks, including Netflix’s Outlaw King, Black Mirror and The Bard’s Tale. Since launching her solo career in 2018 with the release of her debut EP ‘In Her Company’, Kim has become one of the most sought-after singers and session vocalists that Scotland has to offer. Recently crowned Gaelic Singer of the Year at the MG Alba Trad Awards in 2021, Kim will release her highly anticipated debut solo album, ‘And So We Gather’ in June 2022. Breathing ‘light and beauty into every note,’ Kim Carnie is most certainly ‘a voice to watch out for’ (The Living Tradition) ‘A standout instrument of her generation.’ (BBC Radio 2) Scotland’s Year of Stories 2022 spotlights, celebrates and promotes the wealth of stories inspired by, written, or created in Scotland, and will inspire new stories of Scotland to be shared. Figures of Speech is programmed and developed by Edinburgh City of Literature and the Scottish Storytelling Centre. Supported by EventScotland as part of the Year of Stories 2022.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre Online

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Online pre-recorded, Literature

Figures of Speech: Future (Online On-Demand)

Enjoy a recording of July’s Figures of Speech event, filmed live at the Scottish Storytelling Centre and available to view for one week. This recording features live BSL interpretation. Figures of Speech is a series of events bringing together writers and artists to take us on a road trip through Scottish literature for Scotland’s Year of Stories 2022. Covering six universal themes (Music, Friendship, Future, Love, Place, Big Ideas), each event explores literary blockbusters, hidden gems and modern classics. Our expert guides will take us on a journey through Scotland’s iconic books and stories, navigating the dazzling array of new voices, and presenting newly commissioned work by artists responding to each theme. Let us take you on a journey across the curious contrasts and contradictions that define Scottish literature. Figures of Speech: Future In the final event of this season, we’re travelling into the Future! Expert guides Russell Jones and T.L. Huchu will travel through time with us to strange yet familiar places, exploring how Scottish writing on the future has exemplified both the hopeful optimism and wry pessimism of our nation. Taking in utopias, dystopias and heterotopias, from the space operas of Iain M Banks to Josie Giles’s Orcadia, we’ll be looking at Scotland’s well-known and well-loved sci-fi stories, and the new voices who are imagining what lies ahead. Writer and poet Jeda Pearl Lewis will bring a fresh perspective with a performance of brand new work looking at how Scotland and its writers have imagined the future. Russell Jones is an Edinburgh-based writer and editor. He has published 3 science fiction novels, 1 graphic novel and 6 poetry collections, including sci-fi poetry. He is deputy editor and poetry editor of Shoreline of Infinity, a science fiction magazine made in Scotland, and has a PhD in Creative Writing with a research focus on the sci-fi poetry of Edwin Morgan. T.L. Huchu’s work has appeared in 'Lightspeed', 'Interzone', 'Analog', 'The Apex Book of World SF 5', 'Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine', 'Mystery Weekly', 'The Year’s Best Crime and Mystery Stories 2016', and elsewhere. He is the winner of an Alex Award (2022), the Children’s Africana Book Award (2021), a Nommo Award for African SFF (2017), and has been shortlisted for the Caine Prize (2014) and the Grand prix de l'Imaginaire (2019). “Our Lady of Mysterious Ailments”, the second installment in his Edinburgh Nights fantasy series, is out in spring 2022. Find him @TendaiHuchu Jeda Pearl Lewis is a disabled Scottish-Jamaican writer and poet. Inspired by existing in the ‘in between’, plus the hidden history, culture and folklore of her ancestral islands, her genre-splicing work often explores the intersections of identity, belonging, secrecy and survival. In 2019, Jeda was awarded Cove Park’s Scottish Emerging Writer Residency and shortlisted for the Moniack Mohr Emerging Writer Bridge Awards and, in 2018, was selected for Written & Arvon’s first BAME writers course. She's Co-Director for the The Scottish BPOC Writers Network, an advocacy and professional development organisation for Black and POC writers, and a member of Crip Collective and Hannah Lavery's Writers of Colour Group. Scotland’s Year of Stories 2022 spotlights, celebrates and promotes the wealth of stories inspired by, written, or created in Scotland, and will inspire new stories of Scotland to be shared. Figures of Speech is programmed and developed by Edinburgh City of Literature and the Scottish Storytelling Centre. Supported by EventScotland as part of the Year of Stories 2022.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre Online

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Literature, Music, Online pre-recorded

Figures of Speech: Music (Online On-Demand)

Enjoy a recording of May’s Figures of Speech event, filmed live at the Scottish Storytelling Centre and available to view for one week. This recording features live BSL interpretation. Figures of Speech is a series of events bringing together writers and artists to take us on a road trip through Scottish literature for Scotland’s Year of Stories 2022. Covering six universal themes (Music, Friendship, Future, Love, Place, Big Ideas), each event explores literary blockbusters, hidden gems and modern classics. Our expert guides will take us on a journey through Scotland’s iconic books and stories, navigating the dazzling array of new voices, and presenting newly commissioned work by artists responding to each theme. Let us take you on a journey across the curious contrasts and contradictions that define Scottish literature. Figures of Speech: Music This May we’re kicking off the Figures of Speech series with a look at Music within Scottish Literature. Nicola Meighan and Arusa Qureshi will be our expert guides, taking us on a journey through Scotland’s iconic song lyrics and books touching on music, exploring the connections between the worlds of writing and music. This conversation could journey from John Purser’s seminal 'Scotland’s Music', via Ian Rankin, to the Roddy Woomble curated 'Ballads of the Book'. From the song lyrics which stop us in our tracks, to books just out and breaking new ground, we’ll be exploring the curious contrasts and contradictions that define Scottish writing when music and words come together. Poet and dancer Katie Ailes will also bring something new to the stage, with an original poetry and movement commission which explores the interplay of words and music. Nicola Meighan is a freelance music journalist and broadcaster based in Scotland. She writes, or has written for, publications including The Herald, The Sunday Herald, Q Magazine, MOJO, Time Out, The Big Issue, The List, The Quietus, and Plan B. She regularly presents music shows – and reviews arts and music – on BBC Radio Scotland, and has contributed to BBC Radio 1, BBC 6 Music and BBC Radio 4. Nicola also has a previous life working in the music industry, alongside acts such as Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Depeche Mode and Robyn. Arusa Qureshi is a writer and editor based in Edinburgh, and a passionate advocate for diversity and accessibility within arts and culture. She is the former Editor of The List and writes mostly about music, most recently Flip the Script – a book about women in UK hip hop, published by 404 Ink. Her work has appeared in the Scotsman, Clash, The Guardian, GoldFlakePaint, Time Out, NME and more. In 2017, she was shortlisted for PPA Scotland's Young Journalist of the Year award and was also the winner of the Allen Wright Award for quality writing in arts journalism. She is on the board of the Scottish Music Centre and is a Trustee of the Saltire Society. Dr. Katie Ailes is a poet, researcher, and educator focusing on performance poetry. She works as a producer with I Am Loud Productions and has co-devised and performed shows with them across the UK. Her poetry has been published widely and her poem 'Outwith' was chosen as one of the Scottish Poetry Library’s Best of the Best Scottish Poems in 2019. Katie’s PhD focused on the performance of authenticity in contemporary UK spoken word. In addition to her work in poetry, Katie is also a classically trained dancer and choreographer interested in the intersection between speech and movement. Scotland’s Year of Stories 2022 spotlights, celebrates and promotes the wealth of stories inspired by, written, or created in Scotland, and will inspire new stories of Scotland to be shared. Figures of Speech is programmed and developed by Edinburgh City of Literature and the Scottish Storytelling Centre. Supported by EventScotland as part of the Year of Stories 2022.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre Online

subvenue Online

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