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Exhibition: From Her Cave

The exhibition will be displayed at the Scottish Storytelling Centre from Fri 15 - Sun 31 Oct. No tickets required. Miren Asiain Lora is an award-winning illustrator, who has exhibited internationally at the Bologna Children’s Book Fair and the New York Society of Illustrators 2019. From her cave - Miren’s studio - she works on new commissions and personal projects as exciting new paths to be explored and wandered. Her festival exhibition includes a selection of some of her most remarkable works from 2015-2021, with illustrations, book-albums and film and record covers. Miren has been awarded the Ibero-American Illustration Catalogue Award 2015, the Cuatrogatos Foundation Award 2020 and the Euskadi Literature Award 2020 and we are delighted to host her work in the Scottish Storytelling Centre. All prints featured in the exhibition will be available for sale from the SSC Bookshop. For more information please go to Miren's website.

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue Storytelling Court

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Online Workshop

Global Lab: Lost Stories

Storytellers Lily Asch and Csenge Zalka connect continents and traditions, exploring lost stories and tracing the movement between cultures, tradition and transformation. Intertwining their own cultural roots, they reveal how such stories are still active in and through our contemporary selves. Global Lab is an open community of creativity and co-learning, hosted by the Scottish International Storytelling Festival in partnership with The Earth Stories Collection and The Earth Charter movement. Each session involves presentations, discussion and a short interval. Hosted by Festival Director Donald Smith. Week 1: Connecting Stories Join a conversation round the globe between stories and storytellers of all kinds. Disconnection brings repressed memories and partial vision that divide and deplete our humanity. Connection brings understanding and wellbeing. All of this week's topics are growing in the hands of the contributing storytellers. Listen to the sharing and then grow the conversation. A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings.

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue Online SISF

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Open Hearth: Tim Porteus with Gauri Raje, Wendy Woolfson & Heather Yule

Storytellers and musicians gather round the hearth for a relaxed traditional session of stories and music as we welcome friends back into the Netherbow Theatre. As the darkness closes in and we gather around the symbolic fire this is the perfect way to end your day! Hosted by Tim Porteus with Gauri Raje, Wendy Woolfson and Heather Yule. Tim Porteus Tim Porteus loves sharing the wonderful world of folklore, mythology and legend, but he has also developed an interest in collecting and telling modern urban tales, as well as personal family stories and reminiscences. He is a very engaging character and tells stories with passion and humour, adaptable to all ages. Gauri Raje Gauri is a storyteller, educator and workshop facilitator working with adolescents and adults from multilingual, multicultural and disadvantaged backgrounds. She works with different genres: folk tales, fairy tales, epics and myths, mainly from non-European regions, and autobiographical storytelling. She is especially interested in the concepts of witnessing in storytelling, translation, multilingualism and embodied nature of creating stories. Wendy Woolfson Wendy Woolfson is a warm and engaging storyteller who creates nurturing environments in which to share her stories. She tells stories of wonder, journeys, fairies, magic, healing and love; all from the heart. Wendy facilitates workshops on many topics; for those starting out in storytelling to those looking to deepen their practice and confidence, and sessions to explore and develop understanding of the therapeutic value within the stories. Heather Yule Traditional Scottish folktales and Traveller tales form the basis of Heather Yule’s repertoire. A fine musician, her storytelling is often enriched by music from the clarsach (Scottish traditional harp). She has performed and led workshops all over Scotland and abroad, including Iceland, Norway and the USA. A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings.If you are a Storytelling Centre or Storytelling Festival Supporter, please add a full price ticket to the basket. Your discount will be automatically added at checkout.

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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Live Indoor

Imagine Utopia: Kamishibai Workshop

Experience the art of Kamishibai storyboard with renowned storyteller, harpist and Urasenke Japanese Tea Master Mio Shudo. Along with enchanting harp music, Mio will welcome you to the world of original Japanese storytelling and show you how to create Kamishibai and some secret tricks! You will also learn manga drawing techniques, story composition and performing skills. This event is now sold out. A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings.

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue Storytelling Court

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Online Workshop

Global Lab: Talking Story

Storyteller Kelly Kanayama connects between Hawaii and Scotland, exploring identity in the diaspora of cultures, recontextualising folktales through different cultural lenses and looking beyond Western and writing-heavy cultures. She strives to bring Hawaiian cultural perspective to everyday life, where ‘Talking Story’ means more than 'Storytelling'. Global Lab is an open community of creativity and co-learning, hosted by the Scottish International Storytelling Festival in partnership with The Earth Stories Collection and The Earth Charter movement. Each session involves presentations, discussion and a short interval. Hosted by Festival Director Donald Smith. Week 1: Connecting Stories Join a conversation round the globe between stories and storytellers of all kinds. Disconnection brings repressed memories and partial vision that divide and deplete our humanity. Connection brings understanding and wellbeing. All of this week's topics are growing in the hands of the contributing storytellers. Listen to the sharing and then grow the conversation. A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings.

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue Online SISF

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Live Indoor

Ladies Who Like It...

Imagine a space where women could tell and hear each other’s joyful, life-affirming stories about sexuality, shared with warmth, compassion and knowing laughter. An evening of humorous, inspiring and informative contemporary collected tales about sex, presented for the wellbeing and inspiration of other women, and for those who care about them. Performed by Marie Louise Cochrane and Heidi Docherty, with musical accompaniment from Suzanne Fivey. Dip into dreams and desires, lost worlds and worlds yet unimagined. Imagine from the outside in, and the inside out. Created for this year’s festival and performed live at the Scottish Storytelling Centre (unless noted), all events in the Imagine series will be available online post-Festival. A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings.If you are a Storytelling Centre or Storytelling Festival Supporter, please add a full price ticket to the basket. Your discount will be automatically added at checkout.

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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Online Live

Global Hearth: Daniel Allison with David Heathfield, Sheena Khalid & Polina Tšerkassova

Scottish hosts invite international storytellers to gather round the digital hearth for relaxed sessions of stories from home and abroad. The perfect way to end (or begin) your day! Hosted by Daniel Allison, with David Heathfield (England), Sheena Khalid (India) and Polina Tšerkassova (Estonia/Russia). Daniel Allison Daniel is a bestselling storyteller and author from East Lothian, Scotland and his podcast House of Legends attracts thousands of listeners every month. He is travelled the world sharing stories, developing a huge range of influences. David Heathfield David Heathfield is an international storyteller based in Exeter, UK and runs online Creative and Engaging Storytelling for Teachers (CrEST) courses. He loves to tell stories from the world’s oral cultures with a belief in the power of storytelling to bring people together. You can get involved for free in David’s current global storytelling project Around the World in 88 Tales, delivered in partnership with RAMM, Exeter. Sheena Khalid Sheena Khalid is a theatre director, storyteller and actor based in Mumbai where she works at Kommune as part of the curatorial team of Spoken Fest (Indian’s largest storytelling, spoken word and poetry festival). Sheena continues to deepen her exploration into performances and stories about and by women. She strives to create content that is relevant, engaging and humorous. Polina Tšerkassova Polina is a storyteller, multi instrumentalist and composer who refers to her genre of storytelling as soul-centered. She tells both traditional and modern real-life stories, as well as the stories she wrote herself and the ones she collected during her extensive travels and fieldworks. Polina combines her storytelling with the music of her rare instruments that she plays, such as birbyne, rebab, setar, kalimba, santur, lyra, hurdy-gurdy, bagpipes, flutes, percussions and many others. A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings.

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue Online SISF

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Online Workshop

Global Lab: Foremothers' Stories – Finding Treasures

Sigurborg Kr. Hannesdóttir and Sigurbjörg Karlsdóttir connect the generations through female ancestors. Exploring ourselves as the link in a line of generations through storytelling is a rich and healing practice. In Iceland, where family connections are highly valued, Sigurborg and Sibba have pioneered work dedicated to female ancestors. Hear some of their stories and share the process of building such personal tales, learning from our foremothers´ journeys. Global Lab is an open community of creativity and co-learning, hosted by the Scottish International Storytelling Festival in partnership with The Earth Stories Collection and The Earth Charter movement. Each session involves presentations, discussion and a short interval. Hosted by Festival Director Donald Smith. Week 1: Connecting Stories Join a conversation round the globe between stories and storytellers of all kinds. Disconnection brings repressed memories and partial vision that divide and deplete our humanity. Connection brings understanding and wellbeing. All of this week's topics are growing in the hands of the contributing storytellers. Listen to the sharing and then grow the conversation. A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings.

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue Online SISF

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Online Workshop

Talking Statues Online Storytelling Skills Workshop

Take part in the Talking Statues storytelling skills workshop to get all the top tips on how to tell a good story. If you could honour someone with a statue or tell the unheard narrative of a monument that exists -- Who would it be and what story would you tell? Bring along a story you have researched in relation to the above statement and learn how to perfect telling it before ahead of the Talking Statues Story Exchange on 27 October. Tickets here. Join professional storyteller Mara Menzies as she teaches us how to engage an audience, how to use voice, dramatic gesture and animation to tell a captivating story and to bring your statue to life.

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue Online SISF

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Live Indoor

Open Hearth: Heart of the Cosmos - Our Moon

The full moon brings forth a flood of romance. When the full moon rises in the east facing the setting sun in the west, there is a sacred marriage of lunar and solar awareness filling the hearts and minds of all in wonder. Hosted by Linda Williamson, with David Campbell and Mio Shudo. Linda Williamson Linda Williamson is an American folklorist, storyteller and editor who has a PhD from Edinburgh University. She was married to renowned Scottish storyteller Duncan Williamson and continues to celebrate and promote Duncan's legacy and stories through many collaborations. David Campbell David Campbell is one of Scotland's most celebrated storytellers. Having recently released his memoirs Minstrel Heart: A Life in Story, David continues to find wonder in his life as a storyteller, broadcaster and author. Mio Shudo Mio Shudo grew up in the Japanese Alps where the crescent moon bear, tortoise, salamanders, eagles, fireflies, and 100 species of dragonflies and butterflies still dwell – there’s even a nine-headed dragon! As well as being a talented storyteller, Mio is a Urasenke Japanese Tea Master, a pianist and harpist and an expert on decluttering! We are sorry to inform you that Claire Hewitt is no longer able to perform at this event. Storytellers and musicians gather round the hearth for a relaxed traditional session of stories and music as we welcome friends back into the Netherbow Theatre. As the darkness closes in and we gather around the symbolic fire this is the perfect way to end your day! A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings.If you are a Storytelling Centre or Storytelling Festival Supporter, please add a full price ticket to the basket. Your discount will be automatically added at checkout.

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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Live Indoor

Rainbow Dolphin

Rainbow Dolphin loved to swim and play, diving in and out of the waves in the deep water. They felt so happy, jumping towards the sky, higher and higher until one day Rainbow Dolphin could not see the sky! No clouds. No colours. Will they find their magic powers to put colour back into the sky? Come along and join in this colourful, fun, magical, musical journey with fiddler Marie Fielding. A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings.

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue Storytelling Court

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Online Workshop

Global Lab: Wingless

What happens to a butterfly when your tear off its wings? What happens to a mother's heart when her child is torn from her arms? Does the loss of a language mean the taming of a tongue? Who remains to bear witness when the truth lies buried? What is our responsibility when the lies are irrevocably revealed? Join Scottish Traveller Jess Smith and Canadian storyteller Leah Stinson in a workshop exploring contrasts and parallels between Scotland's policy of "Taking the Tinker out of the tent" and Canada’s residential school commitment to "Take the Indian out of the child." Global Lab is an open community of creativity and co-learning, hosted by the Scottish International Storytelling Festival in partnership with The Earth Stories Collection and The Earth Charter movement. Each session involves presentations, discussion and a short interval. Hosted by Festival Director Donald Smith. Week 1: Connecting Stories Join a conversation round the globe between stories and storytellers of all kinds. Disconnection brings repressed memories and partial vision that divide and deplete our humanity. Connection brings understanding and wellbeing. All of this week's topics are growing in the hands of the contributing storytellers. Listen to the sharing and then grow the conversation. A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings.

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue Online SISF

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Live Indoor

Mohan: A Partition Story

A moving, visceral and emotive storytelling performance by Niall Moorjani, which retells their Grampa’s experiences of the Partitioning of India. With first-person telling from ‘Mohan’s’ perspective, the story is interwoven with fascinating and, at times, haunting historical insight. An evocative and thought-provoking evening of oral storytelling, with accompanying live music from Sodhi. Dip into dreams and desires, lost worlds and worlds yet unimagined. Imagine from the outside in, and the inside out. Created for this year’s festival and performed live at the Scottish Storytelling Centre (unless noted), all events in the Imagine series will be available online post-Festival. A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings.If you are a Storytelling Centre or Storytelling Festival Supporter, please add a full price ticket to the basket. Your discount will be automatically added at checkout.

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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Online Live

Global Hearth: Walter Scott and City Writers

Throughout 2021 Scotland has been celebrating the 250th anniversary of one of its most famous sons, Sir Walter Scott. Through the mines of his imagination and the magic of his pen, he celebrated the history and landscapes of Scotland in a string of best-selling books, such as Heart of Midlothian and Waverley, making him synonymous worldwide with Edinburgh. This special event, held in collaboration with the UNESCO Cities of Literature Network, presents two of Walter Scott’s stories told live, alongside contributions from Seattle, Dublin and Beirut based storytellers, each exploring writers associated with their own City of Literature. Hosted by Anna Fancett (Edinburgh), with Marcus Green (Seattle), Nuala Hayes (Dublin) and Dima Matta (Beirut). Anna Fancett Anna Fancett began storytelling in 2005, although, as with most storytellers, she has been telling stories her entire life. She specialises in the novels of Walter Scott and Jane Austen and dabbles in literary theory and pedagogy. Since 2015 she has been spending the majority of her time overseas, in Saudi Arabia, Japan, China and Oman. Marcus Green Marcus Green is the founder of the South Seattle Emerald, which focuses on telling the stories of South Seattle and its residents. He also writes a monthly column co-published by the Emerald and The Seattle Times and in 2020 was awarded the Seattle Human Rights Commissions’ Individual Human Rights Leader Award. Nuala Hayes Nuala Hayes is a storyteller, actor, and professional radio producer who has been collecting and telling folk tales for the last 20 years. She organised Dublin’s first Storytelling Festival and has appeared at all the major storytelling festivals in Ireland and abroad. Her special interests are in Irish Folklore, Legends and Myths and she is convinced of the importance of oral storytelling in children's education Dima Matta Dima Matta is a Beirut-based writer and actress. In 2014 she founded Cliffhangers, a non-profit initiative and the first bilingual storytelling platform in Lebanon that serves as a safe space for people to share their stories. Her first play 'This is not a memorized script, this is a well-rehearsed story', an autobiographical play on queerness and her relationship with the city, premiered in Beirut in February 2020 and has toured in London, New York, and Belfast. She is currently working on her second play. This event is a partnership project by Edinburgh UNESCO City of Literature Trust and the Scottish International Storytelling Festival, and supported by the Consulate General of Ireland in Edinburgh. A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings.

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue Online SISF

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Global Lab: Odin's Eye

Storyteller Alice Fernbank connects traditional tales of wisdom holders and seers with a personal journey through illness and wellbeing. Explore seeing and sight with an invitation to look within, and envision a future, as seen perhaps through Odin's Eye. How are such myths re-inhabited by our contemporary selves? Global Lab is an open community of creativity and co-learning, hosted by the Scottish International Storytelling Festival in partnership with The Earth Stories Collection and The Earth Charter movement. Each session involves presentations, discussion and a short interval. Hosted by Festival Director Donald Smith. Week 1: Connecting Stories Join a conversation round the globe between stories and storytellers of all kinds. Disconnection brings repressed memories and partial vision that divide and deplete our humanity. Connection brings understanding and wellbeing. All of this week's topics are growing in the hands of the contributing storytellers. Listen to the sharing and then grow the conversation. A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings.

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue Online SISF

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Oracles

Millennial woman, Sarah Grant, struggles to live up to the legacy of her Grandmother, the “Oracle of Glasgow”: she who sees all, hears all, tells all. As a modern storyteller, Sarah tries (and fails) to translate traditional storytelling onto platforms like the family WhatsApp group chat, TikTok, marketing adverts and many more. How can the lessons learned at our ancestors’ knees survive in the digital world? Does the legacy of women passing down stories end with the current generation? Oracles is a story about family, legacy, womanhood and traditional storytelling, grounded in a mix of traditional storytelling and spoken word. Dip into dreams and desires, lost worlds and worlds yet unimagined. Imagine from the outside in, and the inside out. Created for this year’s festival and performed live at the Scottish Storytelling Centre (unless noted), all events in the Imagine series will be available online post-Festival. A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings.If you are a Storytelling Centre or Storytelling Festival Supporter, please add a full price ticket to the basket. Your discount will be automatically added at checkout.

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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Online Open-floor

Guid Crack: You Won’t Believe What Happened Next!

Join us online for the first of three sessions of Edinburgh’s long-running storytelling night, with a special guest storyteller each time and the usual open-floor opportunity to share a tale of your own. You Won’t Believe What Happened Next! With guest storyteller Michael Williams Life is full of surprises – twists and turns, ups and downs, ins and outs. Our stories attempt to describe these unexpected events and express the confusion, astonishment, and wonder that so often accompanies them. Come and tell a story – a life experience, a folktale, myth, or legend – that takes your audience on a journey into the realm of the unanticipated. A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings.

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue Online SISF

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Live Indoor, Family Event

Baldylocks and the Three Chairs

Come on in, pull up a pew, take a load off and choose the right chair for you in this storytelling experience from Baldylocks storyteller Daniel Serridge. Based around three chairs built specifically for the Museum of Childhood, an intimate audience will be invited to hear a story on the chair that fits just right. Whether you’re sitting pretty or a sitting duck depends on you, so choose wisely and try to do it before the bears come home! Designed for max 3 groups at a time. A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings.

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue Storytelling Bothy

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Live Indoor

From Floor Sweeper to Climate Pioneer

Discover James Croll, the Scottish janitor born into poverty and dogged by ill health who became the self-taught father of climate science. Using storytelling, props and historical interpretation, storyteller Nicola Wright will present Croll’s theories - which inform today's study of climate change - and tell the story of his remarkable life to a family audience. This event includes a Q&A session with the performer. Dip into dreams and desires, lost worlds and worlds yet unimagined. Imagine from the outside in, and the inside out. Created for this year’s festival and performed live at the Scottish Storytelling Centre (unless noted), all events in the Imagine series will be available online post-Festival. A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings.If you are a Storytelling Centre or Storytelling Festival Supporter, please add a full price ticket to the basket. Your discount will be automatically added at checkout.

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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Live Indoor

What Language Do Mermaids Speak?

Imagine the scene – a North-East fisherman encounters a mermaid. What will happen? How will they react? Will these two, from very different worlds, find a way to communicate? Join Khloud Ereksousi (Arabic), Craig McCulloch (BSL), Ailsa Dixon (English), Jackie Ross (Doric) and Alex Thomson (Visual) as they retell the family story of Fittie's Purse, in multiple languages. This event includes a Q&A session with the performers. Dip into dreams and desires, lost worlds and worlds yet unimagined. Imagine from the outside in, and the inside out. Created for this year’s festival and performed live at the Scottish Storytelling Centre (unless noted), all events in the Imagine series will be available online post-Festival. A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings.If you are a Storytelling Centre or Storytelling Festival Supporter, please add a full price ticket to the basket. Your discount will be automatically added at checkout.

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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Online Live

Global Hearth: David Francis with Zahra Afsah, Peter Chand & Ana Lines

Scottish hosts invite international storytellers to gather round the digital hearth for relaxed sessions of stories from home and abroad. The perfect way to end (or begin) your day! Hosted by David Francis, with Zahra Afsah (Iran), Peter Chand (England) and Ana Lines (Brazil). David Francis David Francis has worked with storytelling in theatrical performances, primary schools and with young adults. He has written and performed long stories based on family history, which combine narrative and song, and likes to tell traditional Scottish stories, which he sometimes puts into contemporary settings. David is also a musician and dance caller, with wide experience of traditional music in Scotland. Zahra Afsah Zahra Afsah was born and grew up in Tehran. Her MA in Persian Painting and Transcultural Visuality examines the links between oral storytelling and Persian miniature painting, exploring the direct influences of the oral tradition in the Khamseh of Nizami of 1494-95. Zahra has run various workshops and performed in schools and museums, as well as informal settings. In June 2018, she finished the UK’s only national storytelling development program to transform the way stories are told, performing at Canada Water Theatre and Battersea Arts Centre. Peter Chand British Indian storyteller Peter Chand is one of Europe’s most renowned storytellers and is in constant demand for his colourful tales from the subcontinent. Peter regularly visits his family in the Punjab, India, collecting traditional stories and translating them into English. These stories keep the connection with his culture very much alive as he shares them in schools, festivals, libraries, theatres, and cultural events across Britain and further afield. Ana Lines Ana Maria Lines is a journalist and storyteller with an international reputation, vast repertoire and captivating style. She works in schools, festivals, clubs, libraries, theatre and galleries, where her performances and workshops have engaged and captivated both adults and children. Ana’s repertoire is wide: from folk tales and myths from Brazil, to stories from around the world and real life stories. A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings.

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue Online SISF

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Live Indoor

Open Hearth: Rising Voices

Storytellers and musicians gather round the hearth for a relaxed traditional session of stories and music as we welcome friends back into the Netherbow Theatre. For this special afternoon session we are delighted to present some of the best new young voices in Scottish and Welsh storytelling. Hosted by Shona Cowie and introducing Taryam Boyd, Ailsa Dixon and Ffion Philips. Shona Cowie Shona Cowie is a Scottish storyteller and facilitator whose background in Applied Theatre and training with L’Ecole Jacques Lecoq has supported a broad international career. She has worked with the Village Storytelling Centre in Glasgow, and became one of 23 artists in the city’s Creative Communities Residency program. Recently her work with young people was recognised as exceptional in an award granted by the Scottish Civic Trust. She is dedicated to bringing front and centre, those who have been pushed aside in our stories. Taryam Boyd Taryam Boyd is a Scottish-Arab comedian/actor from Glasgow. He has a passion for storytelling - whether it be, sketches, poetry or stories from his own life or others. He loves physical theatre and is class at juggling. If you see him - tell him your stories! Ailsa Dixon Ailsa Dixon is a young Aberdeenshire storyteller and singer passionate about traditional tales, both Scottish and international. She is a graduate of the Scottish Book Trust's Whats Your Story? programme and currently part of the the Scottish Storytelling Forum's Apprenticeship scheme. Ffion Philips Inspired by her native North Wales, Ffion has a passion for re-remembering and reimagining Welsh tales. She has told at the Aberystwyth Storytelling Festival, the Roundhouse at Felin Uchaf and competed in the first ever Stomp Stori. A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings.If you are a Storytelling Centre or Storytelling Festival Supporter, please add a full price ticket to the basket. Your discount will be automatically added at checkout.

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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Live Indoor

Open Hearth: Ruth Kirkpatrick, with Shona Cowie, Marion Kenny & Niall Moorjani

Storytellers and musicians gather round the hearth for a relaxed traditional session of stories and music as we welcome friends back into the Netherbow Theatre. As the darkness closes in and we gather around the symbolic fire this is the perfect way to end your day! Hosted by Ruth Kirkpatrick, with Shona Cowie, Marion Kenny and Niall Moorjani. A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings.If you are a Storytelling Centre or Storytelling Festival Supporter, please add a full price ticket to the basket. Your discount will be automatically added at checkout.

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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Online Pre-recorded

The Stories of Life: Birth, Love and Death

With great warmth and precision, Johannes Geworkian Hellman and Tine Winther delve into some of life’s great events - birth, love and death – weaving story and music together. Johannes is Sweden’s foremost hurdygurdy player who constantly tests and moves boundaries with curiosity and respect. Tine is a storyteller at the Land of Legends in Sweden who tells stories from her own life, alongside her interpretation of an old legend in this performance. Enjoy a pre-recorded performance from Sweden, followed by a live Q&A with the performers. A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings.

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue Online SISF

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Online Live

Global Lab: Storytelling and Activism

Founder of The Earth Stories Collection Grian Cutanda is joined by Waverli Neuberger, Daniel Munduruku, Alette Willis, Malcolm Green and Mara Menzies to show how, in very different continents, indigenous tales can inspire and illuminate our feelings and actions for the future. Global Lab is an open community of creativity and co-learning, hosted by the Scottish International Storytelling Festival in partnership with The Earth Stories Collection and The Earth Charter movement. Each session involves presentations, discussion and a short interval. Hosted by Festival Director Donald Smith. Week 2: Regenerating Stories Green renewal is not just about protecting life on planet earth, it is essential for life continuing on planet earth - there is no Plan B. However, Plan A needs wisdom, creative play and joy, as well as knowledge and skill. Our collective actions must win hearts and minds for life-giving, regenerative change. This week’s topics are an invitation to join that process. A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings.

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue Online SISF

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Open Hearth: Claire McNicol with Douglas Mackay, Jess Smith & Kath Campbell

Storytellers and musicians gather round the hearth for a relaxed traditional session of stories and music as we welcome friends back into the Netherbow Theatre. As the darkness closes in and we gather around the symbolic fire this is the perfect way to end your day! Hosted by Claire McNicol, with Douglas Mackay, Jess Smith and musician Kath Campbell. Claire McNicol Born in County Antrim, Northern Ireland, Claire McNicol enjoyed singing and telling stories from an early age and whilst living in Scotland has acquired the tales, melodies and dances of the sister kingdom. Her work in community storytelling with children and young people has established her as a pioneer in the renaissance of urban storytelling. Douglas Mackay Dougie Mackay blends the traditional, hearth-side style of storytelling that has warmed hearts and imaginations for centuries, and more dynamic, contemporary performance telling gaining popularity across Europe. His performances are intimate, yet crafted, suiting firesides, schools and theatres equally. Jess Smith A true tradition bearer of the Scottish Traveller culture, Jess is happy telling any kind of story, especially if she can get inside its character. From an early age Jess was privileged to sit round camp fires and be enthralled within a circle of ancient kings, dragons, witches, tramps and all manner of heroes. She loves to share the rich kist of these tales which she has gathered since childhood. Kath Campbell Kath Campbell is a Scottish folk singer, composer, arranger and university lecturer from Morayshire in North-East Scotland, now based in Edinburgh. She earned her PhD in Ethnomusicology from the University of Edinburgh. A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings.If you are a Storytelling Centre or Storytelling Festival Supporter, please add a full price ticket to the basket. Your discount will be automatically added at checkout.

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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Online Pre-recorded

Spàrr - Rivet

Several excellent artists come together to present an extended story based on several traditions from the Isle of Lewis and the oral history of Govan. A blind woman has known tragedy more than once in her life and does everything in her power to protect the youngest of her four sons from the sea. A collaborative performance devised by storyteller Ian Stephen alongside Laura Cameron Lewis, Anna Murray and Mike Vass, with illustrations by Christine Morrison. Dip into dreams and desires, lost worlds and worlds yet unimagined. Imagine from the outside in, and the inside out. Created for this year’s festival and performed live at the Scottish Storytelling Centre (unless noted), all events in the Imagine series will be available online post-Festival. A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings.

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue Online SISF

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Global Lab: Greening the City

How can communities and creatives, with public services and private support, come together to re-birth our cities as places of wellbeing? As a small city set between hills and sea, Edinburgh should be able to come together. Join Morvern Cunningham, Andrew Crummy, Linda Fitzpatrick, Kate Wimpress, and Janis Mackay to help envision a different future. Global Lab is an open community of creativity and co-learning, hosted by the Scottish International Storytelling Festival in partnership with The Earth Stories Collection and The Earth Charter movement. Each session involves presentations, discussion and a short interval. Hosted by Festival Director Donald Smith. Week 2: Regenerating Stories Green renewal is not just about protecting life on planet earth, it is essential for life continuing on planet earth - there is no Plan B. However, Plan A needs wisdom, creative play and joy, as well as knowledge and skill. Our collective actions must win hearts and minds for life-giving, regenerative change. This week's topics are an invitation to join that process. A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings.

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue Online SISF

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Live Indoor

Wolf Girl

Storyteller Daiva Ivanauskaitė and singer Agnė Čepaitytė present the true story of Ingrid Ramm from Königsberg, a city that no longer exists. After WWII thousands of orphans from East Prussia travelled to Lithuania in search of food and shelter. These children are known as Wolfskinder. Ingrid Ramm was one of them, a lonely young refugee who fought for survival with the help of imagination, determination and luck. Daiva’s family opened their doors to the Wolf Girl. This storytelling performance combines fragile memories, fantastic tales and classical German songs – the ones Ingrid’s mother used to sing. Dip into dreams and desires, lost worlds and worlds yet unimagined. Imagine from the outside in, and the inside out. Created for this year’s festival and performed live at the Scottish Storytelling Centre (unless noted), all events in the Imagine series will be available online post-Festival. A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings.If you are a Storytelling Centre or Storytelling Festival Supporter, please add a full price ticket to the basket. Your discount will be automatically added at checkout.

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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Online Live

Cuideachd thar Chuain: Ceilidh eadar Alba is Alba Nuadh

Scottish hosts invite international storytellers to gather round the digital hearth for relaxed sessions of stories from home and abroad. The perfect way to end (or begin) your day! Le fear an taighe Màrtainn Mac an t-Saoir (Alba), Coinneach MacCoinnich (Canada), Emma NicLeòid (Alba) agus Hannah Krebs (Canada). Thèid an tachartas seo a chumail tro mheadhan na Gàidhlig. Fàilte ron a h-uile duine. Hosted by Martin MacIntyre (Scotland), with Kenneth MacKenzie (Canada), Emma MacLeod (Scotland) and Hannah Krebs (Canada). This ceilidh will be held in Gaelic. All welcome. A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings.

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue Online SISF

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Online Workshop

Global Lab: Freeing the Feminine

Storytellers Catriona Blanke and Kirsten Milliken explore female archetypes, often diminished and sometimes demonised, in myths, legends and folk and fairy tales worldwide. The dominant stories in our culture focus on the hero quest and the warrior archetype. It is time to redress this imbalance so that solutions to the dual environmental and social crises facing humanity can source feminine qualities. Workshop participants, whatever their gender, will delve into themselves to rediscover and reconnect with their unique feminine aspects, to nurture environmental and social change. Global Lab is an open community of creativity and co-learning, hosted by the Scottish International Storytelling Festival in partnership with The Earth Stories Collection and The Earth Charter movement. Each session involves presentations, discussion and a short interval. Hosted by Festival Director Donald Smith. Week 2: Regenerating Stories Green renewal is not just about protecting life on planet earth, it is essential for life continuing on planet earth - there is no Plan B. However, Plan A needs wisdom, creative play and joy, as well as knowledge and skill. Our collective actions must win hearts and minds for life-giving, regenerative change. This week's topics are an invitation to join that process. A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings.

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue Online SISF

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Online Open-floor

Talking Statues Story Exchange

If you could honour someone with a statue or tell the unheard narrative of a monument that exists -- Who would it be and what story would you tell? Is it your granny who did something great for the community and needs a bit of recognition or a person you feel has been unfairly written out of history? If you had the opportunity to tell the real story, fill an empty plinth, set the story straight…now is your time to imagine who should be on a plinth and tell their story. Join the Talking Statues story exchange by sharing a story or simply tuning into listen. Stories and discussions led by storytellers Mara Menzies and Ruth Kirkpatrick. Let’s get sharing, let’s get talking statues. Book for related Workshop on Sat 20 Oct.

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue Online SISF

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Live Indoor

Open Hearth: Queer Folks' Tales

Storytellers and musicians gather round the hearth for a relaxed traditional session of stories and music as we welcome friends back into the Netherbow Theatre. As the darkness closes in and we gather around the symbolic fire this is the perfect way to end your day! An evening of LGBT+ stories, hosted by Lauren Bianchi, with Turan Ali, Jo Clifford and James Ley. Lauren Bianchi Based at the Village Storytelling Centre in Glasgow, Lauren Bianchi is a an experienced storyteller who loves to tell real and imagined stories – myths, truths and somewhere in between. She has recently led a brilliant series of storytelling workshops and events with LGBT Youth Scotland. Turan Ali 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 show, An International Slut will be coming to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2022. Jo Clifford Jo Clifford is a proud father and grandmother, playwright and performer, based in Edinburgh. She is the author of over 100 plays, many of which have been performed all over the world, and is currently involved in the production of her translation of Life is a Dream at the Lyceum Theatre. She has also recently been awarded the Olwen Wymark award for “Exceptional encouragement of theatre writing”. James Ley James Ley is a playwright, screenwriter and dramaturg based in Edinburgh, currently developing work for theatre, film and television. He is best known for his stage play Love Song to a Lavender Menace, which premiered at Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh in 2017. He is also the founder of Village Pub Theatre, Leith. A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings.If you are a Storytelling Centre or Storytelling Festival Supporter, please add a full price ticket to the basket. Your discount will be automatically added at checkout.

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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Gaelic, Online Workshop

Global Lab: Revitalising Gaelic Storytelling in Scotland and Cape Breton

A bheil àite aig sgeulachdan is seanchas a thaobh ath-bheòthachadh mìon-chànain? Anns a’ bhùth-obrach seo a bheir sùil air an t- suidheachadh ann an Alba is Canada, cluinnidh sinn bho chuid de na daoine a tha air a bhith gu mòr an sàs ann a bhith ag innse is a’ leasachadh sgeulachdan sa Ghàidhlig: Màrtainn Mac an t-Saoir, Iain Seathach, Ruairidh MacIlleathain agus Seòras Mac a’ Phearsain. Bruidhnidh sinn mu dheidhinn sgeulachdan ann an nàdar agus anns an àrainneachd, a’ lorg seann sgeulachdan bho thasglainn is eile, ag innse sgeulachdan ann an dà chànain agus a’ togail na Gàidhlig tro sgeulachdan is seanchas. Bidh cothrom ceistean a chur is còmhradh mu dheidhinn nan cuspairean seo. Bidh an tachartas seo dà-chànanach. ~~~ Can storytelling help sustain a minority language? This workshop will look at Scotland and Canada with contributions from some of the main players in the renaissance of the Gaelic storytelling tradition: Martin MacIntyre, John Shaw, Ruairidh Maclean and George Macpherson. We will explore storytelling in the natural environment and landscape, the renewal of traditional repertoires, bi-lingual storytelling, and language acquisition through stories. This will be a bilingual event. Global Lab is an open community of creativity and co-learning, hosted by the Scottish International Storytelling Festival in partnership with The Earth Stories Collection and The Earth Charter movement. Each session involves presentations, discussion and a short interval. Hosted by Festival Director Donald Smith. Week 2: Regenerating Stories Green renewal is not just about protecting life on planet earth, it is essential for life continuing on planet earth - there is no Plan B. However, Plan A needs wisdom, creative play and joy, as well as knowledge and skill. Our collective actions must win hearts and minds for life-giving, regenerative change. This week's topics are an invitation to join that process. A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings.

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue Online SISF

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Live Indoor

Cottongrass

Far to the North, an Elk watches over a Princess. This tale lies in the community of stories between our waking and sleeping mind, our hopes and fears, our imaginings and questions. Harriet Grindley and Maria MacDonell, with musician Kai Dudley use words, music, image and physicality to conjure a constellation of dreams from a momentous journey of life. Dip into dreams and desires, lost worlds and worlds yet unimagined. Imagine from the outside in, and the inside out. Created for this year’s festival and performed live at the Scottish Storytelling Centre (unless noted), all events in the Imagine series will be available online post-Festival. A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings.If you are a Storytelling Centre or Storytelling Festival Supporter, please add a full price ticket to the basket. Your discount will be automatically added at checkout.

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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Online Live

Global Hearth: Janis Mackay with Wangari Grace, Bil Lepp & Muhammed Jawhar Yasin

Scottish hosts invite international storytellers to gather round the digital hearth for relaxed sessions of stories from home and abroad. The perfect way to end (or begin) your day! Hosted by Janis Mackay, with Wangari Grace (Kenya), Bil Lepp (USA) and Muhammed Jawhar Yaseen (Kurdistan) Janis Mackay Janis Mackay tells traditional world stories and Scottish tales, with stories that include the physical or mental transformations of characters into other beings as a favourite theme. Her style is gentle and atmospheric, with poetry and singing often included. She is interested in storytelling with a therapeutic intent, as well as the art of spontaneous storytelling. Wangari Grace A passionate performer, Wangari infuses her stories with song, dance, chants and other performance delicacies to create an intimate interaction with her audiences. She has vast experience sharing stories to a variety of platforms in Kenya. She has toured India, Iran, Germany, Sweden, Tanzania and Somaliland telling stories and conducting workshops. Bil Lepp Bil Lepp is an award-winning storyteller, author, and recording artist from West Virginia. His humorous, family-friendly tall-tales and stories have earned the appreciation of listeners of all ages and from all walks of life. Though a five-time champion of the WV Liars’s Contest, Lepp’s stories often contain morsels of truth which present universal themes in clever and witty ways. He is the recipient of the Vandalia Award, West Virginia’s highest folk honour. Muhammed Jawhar Yasin Muhammed Jawhar Yasin from Kurdistan, Iraq is a new voice in the storytelling world who loves writing and telling a wide range of stories. He also runs storytelling podcasts with his local community to share more of his life experiences with the young people. A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings.

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue Online SISF

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Online Workshop

Global Lab: Regenerative Stories

What kind of stories and storytelling can reconnect us with the natural world? This workshop shows how new forms and settings are emerging and invites you to explore and develop your own approach for the future. With Jos Collins, Douglas Mackay, Adele Clark and other representatives from the Re-generate Network. Global Lab is an open community of creativity and co-learning, hosted by the Scottish International Storytelling Festival in partnership with The Earth Stories Collection and The Earth Charter movement. Each session involves presentations, discussion and a short interval. Hosted by Festival Director Donald Smith. Week 2: Regenerating Stories Green renewal is not just about protecting life on planet earth, it is essential for life continuing on planet earth - there is no Plan B. However, Plan A needs wisdom, creative play and joy, as well as knowledge and skill. Our collective actions must win hearts and minds for life-giving, regenerative change. This week's topics are an invitation to join that process. A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings.

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue Online SISF

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Live Indoor

Open Hearth: Sensing Stories

Storytellers and musicians gather round the hearth for a relaxed traditional session of stories and music as we welcome friends back into the Netherbow Theatre. As the darkness closes in and we gather around the symbolic fire this is the perfect way to end your day! Join Mara Menzies for an evening of live storytelling as she introduces five emerging tales from new storytellers. Featuring Zebib K. Abraham, Nasim Rebecca Asl, Tim Carlsen, Sanjay Lago, Raheema Sayed and Brenda Vengesa. Sensing Stories is a creative development project from the Scottish International Storytelling Festival and the Scottish BAME Writers Network. A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings.If you are a Storytelling Centre or Storytelling Festival Supporter, please add a full price ticket to the basket. Your discount will be automatically added at checkout.

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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Online Open-floor

Guid Crack: Lanarkshire Folk Tales - Our Ancestors’ Journeys

Join us online for the second of three sessions of Edinburgh’s long-running storytelling night, with a special guest storyteller each time and the usual open-floor opportunity to share a tale of your own. Lanarkshire Folk Tales - Our Ancestors’ Journeys with guest Allison Galbraith Allison Galbraith celebrates her book Lanarkshire Folk Tales (History Press), a collection of tales spanning fourteen centuries of Lanarkshire's history and happenings. Expect the usual feuding druids, totemic animals, warlocks, herb-wives and elfin trickery from Allison as she entertains with stories from this beguiling collection.

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue Online SISF

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Live Outdoor

Family Day at the Botanics

Join us for a day of family fun with storytellers popping up throughout the community garden in RBGE. The day will also feature the Botanics' popular Halloween Trail and a special appearance by STORM, Vision Mechanics' 10m tall goddess of the sea, created in response to the climate crisis. Full programme available online prior to the event. Tickets for the Super Duper Story Generators sessions are available in advance from here. The rest of the events are free, drop-in sessions.

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

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Live Outdoor

Super Duper Story Generators at the Botanics!

Join storyteller Beth Hamilton-Cardus from Good Yarns for an epically interactive story session that’s 100% powered by YOUR imagination. During each session Beth will work with one child/family at a time to create a tale that’s bespoke to them. Maybe you want astronaut princesses, haunted bus stops, badgers making ice-cream (!) or something completely different - wherever the adventure goes is totally up to you! These sessions are part of the Storytelling Festival's Family Day programme at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, running from 11am-4pm on Sat 30 Oct. The sessions will be held outside, but under cover.

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

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Live Indoor

John Muir and the Missionary’s Dog

Join Richard Medrington and Rick Conte from 'The Man Who Planted Trees' and storyteller Andy Cannon, on the trail of the legendary John Muir. We follow Muir from a window ledge in Dunbar to the brink of a crevasse in Alaska to find out what connects this conservation pioneer, a remarkable dog and an indigenous tribe clinging on to their culture and their land. Dip into dreams and desires, lost worlds and worlds yet unimagined. Imagine from the outside in, and the inside out. Created for this year’s festival and performed live at the Scottish Storytelling Centre (unless noted), all events in the Imagine series will be available online post-Festival. A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings.If you are a Storytelling Centre or Storytelling Festival Supporter, please add a full price ticket to the basket. Your discount will be automatically added at checkout.

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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Live Indoor

Handing On

“I never thought I was leaving my children anything of value, I have no jewels or money, but you’ve made me realise the simple things are treasures in themselves. Treasures because of the stories, the words we hand on…” (Margaret, 92). Mother and daughter Jean and Amanda Edmiston, storytellers, artists and plant people come together to share a new performance offering a magical glimpse into a multidimensional project of curating familiar family objects and inspiring stories that create real value beyond the clamour of gold! Video by Bash Art Creative. Dip into dreams and desires, lost worlds and worlds yet unimagined. Imagine from the outside in, and the inside out. Created for this year’s festival and performed live at the Scottish Storytelling Centre (unless noted), all events in the Imagine series will be available online post-Festival. A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings.If you are a Storytelling Centre or Storytelling Festival Supporter, please add a full price ticket to the basket. Your discount will be automatically added at checkout.

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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Online Live

Global Hearth: Michael Kerins with Markus Luukkonen, Tamar Eluned Williams & Csenge Virág Zalka

Scottish hosts invite international storytellers to gather round the digital hearth for relaxed sessions of stories from home and abroad. The perfect way to end (or begin) your day! Hosted by Michael Kerins, with Markus Luukkonen (Finland), Tamar Eluned Williams (Wales) and Csenge Virág Zalka (Hungary). Michael Kerins Michael Kerins tells tall and fantastical stories, blending folktales and contemporary life. A self-confessed “wacky” storyteller, his style breathes the humour, cheek and survivor’s instinct of folktales through the centuries. He is currently enjoying writing about wee tom and sharing his tiny adventures in classrooms and community settings in Scotland and further afield. Markus Luukkonen Markus Luukkonen studied performing arts in Helsinki and tells stories in clubs, theatres, galleries and festivals. He performs predominantly for adults and in his work he likes to mix personal stories, folktales and myths. He is a founder member of the Finnish Storytelling Association, Samova Storytelling. Tamar Eluned Williams Tamar is a performance storyteller, writer and workshop leader who works bilingually in Welsh and English. In 2013 she won Young Storyteller of the Year and started gigging nationally as a storyteller, telling stories in story clubs, pubs, festivals and schools. Since then she has worked all over in the world including an internship with The Moth storytelling organisation in New York. Csenge Virág Zalka Also known as The Multicoloured Lady, Csenge is Hungary’s first international storyteller. She travels the world, sharing Hungarian folktales with her audiences (in English, Spanish and Hungarian), and takes all the stories she learns back home to Hungary. A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings.

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue Online SISF

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Hallowe'en, Live Indoor

Open Hearth: Samhuinn Spirits

Storytellers and musicians gather round the hearth for a relaxed traditional session of stories and music as we welcome friends back into the Netherbow Theatre. As the darkness closes in and we gather around the symbolic fire this is the perfect way to end your day! Hosted by Bea Ferguson, with a coven of terrifying tellers including Giovanna Conforto, Fiona Herbert and more! A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings.If you are a Storytelling Centre or Storytelling Festival Supporter, please add a full price ticket to the basket. Your discount will be automatically added at checkout.

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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Online Open-floor

Guid Crack: Ghostly Tales

Join us online for the third of three sessions of Edinburgh’s long-running storytelling night, with a special guest storyteller each time and the usual open-floor opportunity to share a tale of your own. Ghostly Tales with guest Pauline Cordiner Pauline is a storyteller from the fishing and farming traditions of the North East of Scotland and enjoys telling a variety of traditional Scottish tales, fairy tales, folk tales creation myths and the occasional home-grown tale of her own. Tonight, however, is all about Hallowe'en as we invite you to join Pauline in sharing the most gruesome, gory and terrifying tales you know!

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue Online SISF

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Online Live

Picture Hooks Festival of Illustration

Sat 6 & Sun 7 Nov The Picture Hooks Festival of Illustration will take place virtually this year, with Saturday bringing you six fascinating sessions on artistic practice from Elizabeth Dulemba, Astrid Jaekel, David Melling, Sheena Calvert, Stephen Fowler and Jonathan Gibbs. Demonstrations will be followed by live Q&A sessions with the artists. On Sunday, we are joined live by a range of experts including publishers, agents and booksellers – sharing knowledge and insider tips on the industry. Learn more about getting an agent with Tamlyn Frances from Arena and Alice Sutherland-Hawes from ASH Literary. Find out how publishers commission with Libby Hamilton and Neil Dunnicliffe. And to finish the weekend, hear from booksellers, Jake Hope, Matthew Land and Tamara McFarlane. Full Programme: Saturday 6th November 10:00–17:00 10:00 On Colour – Elizabeth Dulemba 10:45 Using materials to make an image (with live Q&A) – Astrid Jaekel 11:45 It’s all about the layers – an intro to Procreate (with live Q&A) – David Melling 12:45 Lunch break 14:00 All about Typography (with live Q&A) – Dr Sheena Calvert 15:00 On Rubberstamping (with live Q&A) – Stephen Fowler 16:00 Inventing the story (with live Q&A) - Jonathan Gibbs Sunday 7th November 10:00–13:00 10:00 All you need to know about finding an agent - Tamlyn Frances from Arena and Alice Sutherland-Hawes from ASH Literary chaired by Lucy Juckes of Jenny Brown Associates 11:00 Two leading children’s book publishers talk about how they commission – Tiffany Leeson, Rebecca Essilifie, Libby Hamilton of Rocket Bird Books and Neil Dunnicliffe from Pavillion 12:00 Talk to the booksellers - Vivian French speaks to industry experts Jake Hope, Matthew Land and Tamara McFarlane A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre Online

subvenue Online

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Live Indoor

Stories on the Way: Once Upon a Time

“Once upon a time...” That famous phrase opens the door to many traditional folk and fairy tales which venture back into the mists of time. Come and enjoy the relaxed setting of the Netherbow Theatre where our wonderful apprentice storytellers will spin tales that time travel to when the world was young and memories were being made. 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 or Storytelling Festival 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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Live Indoor, New Writing

Home: A Project for New Writers

“Home” is a collection of 4 new, 15-minute plays by Edinburgh’s brightest young playwrights. Each play challenges perception, presenting a version of “Home” that reflects each playwright’s unique style. Join us for an evening of exciting new work from Scotland’s writers! Produced by Framework Theatre in association with Vanishing Point. 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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Hamish Henderson, In-person, Live Indoor

Annual Hamish Henderson Memorial Lecture

As we emerge from the upending experience of the Covid-19 pandemic and face up to the realities of the global climate crisis in the aftermath of Glasgow’s COP26, this year’s lecture will reflect upon how Henderson’s writings and cultural activism can inspire contemporary ideas and action for climate, economic and social justice. From her perspective within the emerging degrowth movement in Scotland, Mairi McFadyen will sketch out an alternative vision of radical transformation towards a more just, convivial and hopeful future. McFadyen is a creative ethnologist with a background in academic research and teaching. Now based in the Highlands, she freelances across the connected roles of educator, researcher, writer and facilitator. She is currently a member of activist collective Enough! exploring ideas and action around climate, economic and social justice.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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Theatre, Live Indoor, Being Human

Placeholder

Fronteiras Theatre Lab in association with CECTON presents Placeholder. What does then and there have to do with the here and now? Wrestling with the ugly reality that the voiceless and nameless were anything but, Catherine Bisset explores the meaning of space and spectacle when the politics of visibility come into play. Set in motion by academic research carried out by members of the Colonial-Era Caribbean Theatre and Opera Network, a cross-institutional endeavour chaired at St Andrews, Bisset delivers an engaging new work. Hoping to turn silence into speculation into reclamation and attestation, Placeholder takes as its starting point the idea that the gaps in the archives, the lacunae in texts, and the holes in the narrative are themselves acts of violence and suppression. Written and performed by Catherine Bisset Dramaturgy by Jaïrus Obayomi Directed by Flavia D'Avila

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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Talk, Live Indoor, Poetry

Loud Poets Presents: Homer to Hip Hop

How has spoken word poetry voiced revolution in the UK? And how can it spark revival today? Loud Poets present a thought-provoking evening of performances and discussion about UK spoken word poetry. Don’t miss the only 2021 Scottish performance of Pete the Temp’s dynamic show Homer to Hip Hop: a People’s History of Spoken Word. Exploring the past and present of UK spoken word poetry, this is ‘a charming wild rumpus of a ride – part lecture, part performance and utterly engaging’ (Tongue Fu). Loud Poets’ own Dr. Katie Ailes hosts and shares some of her own fascinating scholarship into the genre through an innovative poetry performance. The evening concludes with an audience Q&A with both performers. Whether you’re a spoken word fan, a newcomer to the genre, or a poet yourself, join us for an entertaining, immersive look into this remarkable art form. A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings. If you are a Storytelling Centre or Storytelling Festival 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

Harry Baker: I am 10,000

Mathematician-turned-World-Slam-Champion Harry Baker turns 10,000 days old, celebrating numbers, words and life itself. From winning his school's Battle of the Bands competition with a Jay-Z maths homage, to his prime number poetry TED talk being watched by millions online, Harry's love of language and logic has got him through literal marathons, seen him rap battle in front of Ice Cube, and now has him analysing the technical accuracy of So Solid Crew's 21 seconds. He's got 99 problems but maths ain't one. 'The greatest performer on earth' ***** (BBC Radio 1) ‘his poetry is a masterpiece, both in rhythm and content. The wordplay is so clever it takes the audience a couple of lines to notice, but when we do, we’re gasping with both disbelief and laughter’ ***** (Wee Review) 'Ferociously intelligent' **** (Scotsman) ‘The show does exactly what it says on the label, and it does it better than you can possibly envision: this man is not a world champion for nothing.’ **** (Broadway Baby) 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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Live Indoor, Gaelic

Gillebrìde MacMillan: Freumhan Falaichte – Hidden Roots

Performing self-penned songs from his highly acclaimed album Freumhan Falaichte – Hidden Roots, South Uist born singer - and bard of Outlander - Gillebrìde MacMillan deals with a range of personal, cultural and political issues, linking Gaelic song with contemporary rhythms and arrangements. For this performance Gillebrìde is joined by a stellar cast of musicians - Fraser Fifield on whistle and kaval, Ewan MacPherson on guitar and Donald Hay on percussion. 'An enormously significant album... breathtakingly accomplished' (Folk Radio UK) A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings.If you are a Storytelling Centre Supporters 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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In-person, Live Indoor

Andrew Carnegie – My Story

The life, achievements and legacies of the renowned philanthropist, Andrew Carnegie, are wonderfully brought to life by his great-great-great-grandson, Joe Whiteman, who also retells stories from Carnegie Heritage, the new work of Braykc Publishing. This accomplished actor and musician performs songs from the musical, Carnegie - The Star-Spangled Scotchman, written by Ian Hammond Brown, who is also the writer of this production. Also taking part is the soprano, Hannah Buyers. Braykc Publishing’s latest book, Carnegie Heritage is a beautifully illustrated work. It is the fifth in the Heritage Series by authors Charles K Bradbury and Henry S Fothringham. It describes ‘Andra’s’ entrepreneurial activities, his family, and many wonderful Trusts and gifts: Libraries, Organs, Hero Funds, the Peace Palace at The Hague, and educational, scientific and other philanthropic initiatives. Carnegie Heritage will be on sale at this event, with the entrance fee deducted from the retail price of the publication. The Musical can be viewed here. 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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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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On Demand, Online Performance

Replay Past Events

Head over to Crowdcast to watch a selection of our past events on demand. Replay Past Events Scotland Online: A Directory of MusiciansThis event features special pre-recorded performances by Rachel Hair & Ron Jappy, Maeve Mackinnon (with Ali Levack & Luc McNally) and David Foley & Jack Smedley (with Jenn Butterworth). Supper with Robert Burns, by David CampbellJoin storytellers and musicians to hear the life, poetry and songs of Robert Burns.Performed by David Campbell, Ruth Kirkpatrick, Mio Shudo and Donald Smith in Tam O'Shanter flow. Leaving IonaJoin storytellers Heather Yule and Donald Smith for this special performance, as they follow the inner and outer journeys of Colmcille/Columba on the 1500th anniversary of his birth.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Online

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Live Indoor

Exhibition: From Her Cave

The exhibition will be displayed at the Scottish Storytelling Centre from Fri 15 - Sun 31 Oct. No tickets required. Miren Asiain Lora is an award-winning illustrator, who has exhibited internationally at the Bologna Children’s Book Fair and the New York Society of Illustrators 2019. From her cave - Miren’s studio - she works on new commissions and personal projects as exciting new paths to be explored and wandered. Her festival exhibition includes a selection of some of her most remarkable works from 2015-2021, with illustrations, book-albums and film and record covers. Miren has been awarded the Ibero-American Illustration Catalogue Award 2015, the Cuatrogatos Foundation Award 2020 and the Euskadi Literature Award 2020 and we are delighted to host her work in the Scottish Storytelling Centre. All prints featured in the exhibition will be available for sale from the SSC Bookshop. For more information please go to Miren's website.

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue Storytelling Court

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Online Workshop

Global Lab: Lost Stories

Storytellers Lily Asch and Csenge Zalka connect continents and traditions, exploring lost stories and tracing the movement between cultures, tradition and transformation. Intertwining their own cultural roots, they reveal how such stories are still active in and through our contemporary selves. Global Lab is an open community of creativity and co-learning, hosted by the Scottish International Storytelling Festival in partnership with The Earth Stories Collection and The Earth Charter movement. Each session involves presentations, discussion and a short interval. Hosted by Festival Director Donald Smith. Week 1: Connecting Stories Join a conversation round the globe between stories and storytellers of all kinds. Disconnection brings repressed memories and partial vision that divide and deplete our humanity. Connection brings understanding and wellbeing. All of this week's topics are growing in the hands of the contributing storytellers. Listen to the sharing and then grow the conversation. A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings.

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue Online SISF

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Live Indoor

Open Hearth: Tim Porteus with Gauri Raje, Wendy Woolfson & Heather Yule

Storytellers and musicians gather round the hearth for a relaxed traditional session of stories and music as we welcome friends back into the Netherbow Theatre. As the darkness closes in and we gather around the symbolic fire this is the perfect way to end your day! Hosted by Tim Porteus with Gauri Raje, Wendy Woolfson and Heather Yule. Tim Porteus Tim Porteus loves sharing the wonderful world of folklore, mythology and legend, but he has also developed an interest in collecting and telling modern urban tales, as well as personal family stories and reminiscences. He is a very engaging character and tells stories with passion and humour, adaptable to all ages. Gauri Raje Gauri is a storyteller, educator and workshop facilitator working with adolescents and adults from multilingual, multicultural and disadvantaged backgrounds. She works with different genres: folk tales, fairy tales, epics and myths, mainly from non-European regions, and autobiographical storytelling. She is especially interested in the concepts of witnessing in storytelling, translation, multilingualism and embodied nature of creating stories. Wendy Woolfson Wendy Woolfson is a warm and engaging storyteller who creates nurturing environments in which to share her stories. She tells stories of wonder, journeys, fairies, magic, healing and love; all from the heart. Wendy facilitates workshops on many topics; for those starting out in storytelling to those looking to deepen their practice and confidence, and sessions to explore and develop understanding of the therapeutic value within the stories. Heather Yule Traditional Scottish folktales and Traveller tales form the basis of Heather Yule’s repertoire. A fine musician, her storytelling is often enriched by music from the clarsach (Scottish traditional harp). She has performed and led workshops all over Scotland and abroad, including Iceland, Norway and the USA. A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings.If you are a Storytelling Centre or Storytelling Festival Supporter, please add a full price ticket to the basket. Your discount will be automatically added at checkout.

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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Live Indoor

Imagine Utopia: Kamishibai Workshop

Experience the art of Kamishibai storyboard with renowned storyteller, harpist and Urasenke Japanese Tea Master Mio Shudo. Along with enchanting harp music, Mio will welcome you to the world of original Japanese storytelling and show you how to create Kamishibai and some secret tricks! You will also learn manga drawing techniques, story composition and performing skills. This event is now sold out. A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings.

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue Storytelling Court

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Online Workshop

Global Lab: Talking Story

Storyteller Kelly Kanayama connects between Hawaii and Scotland, exploring identity in the diaspora of cultures, recontextualising folktales through different cultural lenses and looking beyond Western and writing-heavy cultures. She strives to bring Hawaiian cultural perspective to everyday life, where ‘Talking Story’ means more than 'Storytelling'. Global Lab is an open community of creativity and co-learning, hosted by the Scottish International Storytelling Festival in partnership with The Earth Stories Collection and The Earth Charter movement. Each session involves presentations, discussion and a short interval. Hosted by Festival Director Donald Smith. Week 1: Connecting Stories Join a conversation round the globe between stories and storytellers of all kinds. Disconnection brings repressed memories and partial vision that divide and deplete our humanity. Connection brings understanding and wellbeing. All of this week's topics are growing in the hands of the contributing storytellers. Listen to the sharing and then grow the conversation. A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings.

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue Online SISF

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Live Indoor

Ladies Who Like It...

Imagine a space where women could tell and hear each other’s joyful, life-affirming stories about sexuality, shared with warmth, compassion and knowing laughter. An evening of humorous, inspiring and informative contemporary collected tales about sex, presented for the wellbeing and inspiration of other women, and for those who care about them. Performed by Marie Louise Cochrane and Heidi Docherty, with musical accompaniment from Suzanne Fivey. Dip into dreams and desires, lost worlds and worlds yet unimagined. Imagine from the outside in, and the inside out. Created for this year’s festival and performed live at the Scottish Storytelling Centre (unless noted), all events in the Imagine series will be available online post-Festival. A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings.If you are a Storytelling Centre or Storytelling Festival Supporter, please add a full price ticket to the basket. Your discount will be automatically added at checkout.

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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Online Live

Global Hearth: Daniel Allison with David Heathfield, Sheena Khalid & Polina Tšerkassova

Scottish hosts invite international storytellers to gather round the digital hearth for relaxed sessions of stories from home and abroad. The perfect way to end (or begin) your day! Hosted by Daniel Allison, with David Heathfield (England), Sheena Khalid (India) and Polina Tšerkassova (Estonia/Russia). Daniel Allison Daniel is a bestselling storyteller and author from East Lothian, Scotland and his podcast House of Legends attracts thousands of listeners every month. He is travelled the world sharing stories, developing a huge range of influences. David Heathfield David Heathfield is an international storyteller based in Exeter, UK and runs online Creative and Engaging Storytelling for Teachers (CrEST) courses. He loves to tell stories from the world’s oral cultures with a belief in the power of storytelling to bring people together. You can get involved for free in David’s current global storytelling project Around the World in 88 Tales, delivered in partnership with RAMM, Exeter. Sheena Khalid Sheena Khalid is a theatre director, storyteller and actor based in Mumbai where she works at Kommune as part of the curatorial team of Spoken Fest (Indian’s largest storytelling, spoken word and poetry festival). Sheena continues to deepen her exploration into performances and stories about and by women. She strives to create content that is relevant, engaging and humorous. Polina Tšerkassova Polina is a storyteller, multi instrumentalist and composer who refers to her genre of storytelling as soul-centered. She tells both traditional and modern real-life stories, as well as the stories she wrote herself and the ones she collected during her extensive travels and fieldworks. Polina combines her storytelling with the music of her rare instruments that she plays, such as birbyne, rebab, setar, kalimba, santur, lyra, hurdy-gurdy, bagpipes, flutes, percussions and many others. A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings.

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue Online SISF

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Online Workshop

Global Lab: Foremothers' Stories – Finding Treasures

Sigurborg Kr. Hannesdóttir and Sigurbjörg Karlsdóttir connect the generations through female ancestors. Exploring ourselves as the link in a line of generations through storytelling is a rich and healing practice. In Iceland, where family connections are highly valued, Sigurborg and Sibba have pioneered work dedicated to female ancestors. Hear some of their stories and share the process of building such personal tales, learning from our foremothers´ journeys. Global Lab is an open community of creativity and co-learning, hosted by the Scottish International Storytelling Festival in partnership with The Earth Stories Collection and The Earth Charter movement. Each session involves presentations, discussion and a short interval. Hosted by Festival Director Donald Smith. Week 1: Connecting Stories Join a conversation round the globe between stories and storytellers of all kinds. Disconnection brings repressed memories and partial vision that divide and deplete our humanity. Connection brings understanding and wellbeing. All of this week's topics are growing in the hands of the contributing storytellers. Listen to the sharing and then grow the conversation. A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings.

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue Online SISF

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Online Workshop

Talking Statues Online Storytelling Skills Workshop

Take part in the Talking Statues storytelling skills workshop to get all the top tips on how to tell a good story. If you could honour someone with a statue or tell the unheard narrative of a monument that exists -- Who would it be and what story would you tell? Bring along a story you have researched in relation to the above statement and learn how to perfect telling it before ahead of the Talking Statues Story Exchange on 27 October. Tickets here. Join professional storyteller Mara Menzies as she teaches us how to engage an audience, how to use voice, dramatic gesture and animation to tell a captivating story and to bring your statue to life.

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue Online SISF

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Live Indoor

Open Hearth: Heart of the Cosmos - Our Moon

The full moon brings forth a flood of romance. When the full moon rises in the east facing the setting sun in the west, there is a sacred marriage of lunar and solar awareness filling the hearts and minds of all in wonder. Hosted by Linda Williamson, with David Campbell and Mio Shudo. Linda Williamson Linda Williamson is an American folklorist, storyteller and editor who has a PhD from Edinburgh University. She was married to renowned Scottish storyteller Duncan Williamson and continues to celebrate and promote Duncan's legacy and stories through many collaborations. David Campbell David Campbell is one of Scotland's most celebrated storytellers. Having recently released his memoirs Minstrel Heart: A Life in Story, David continues to find wonder in his life as a storyteller, broadcaster and author. Mio Shudo Mio Shudo grew up in the Japanese Alps where the crescent moon bear, tortoise, salamanders, eagles, fireflies, and 100 species of dragonflies and butterflies still dwell – there’s even a nine-headed dragon! As well as being a talented storyteller, Mio is a Urasenke Japanese Tea Master, a pianist and harpist and an expert on decluttering! We are sorry to inform you that Claire Hewitt is no longer able to perform at this event. Storytellers and musicians gather round the hearth for a relaxed traditional session of stories and music as we welcome friends back into the Netherbow Theatre. As the darkness closes in and we gather around the symbolic fire this is the perfect way to end your day! A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings.If you are a Storytelling Centre or Storytelling Festival Supporter, please add a full price ticket to the basket. Your discount will be automatically added at checkout.

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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Live Indoor

Rainbow Dolphin

Rainbow Dolphin loved to swim and play, diving in and out of the waves in the deep water. They felt so happy, jumping towards the sky, higher and higher until one day Rainbow Dolphin could not see the sky! No clouds. No colours. Will they find their magic powers to put colour back into the sky? Come along and join in this colourful, fun, magical, musical journey with fiddler Marie Fielding. A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings.

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue Storytelling Court

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Online Workshop

Global Lab: Wingless

What happens to a butterfly when your tear off its wings? What happens to a mother's heart when her child is torn from her arms? Does the loss of a language mean the taming of a tongue? Who remains to bear witness when the truth lies buried? What is our responsibility when the lies are irrevocably revealed? Join Scottish Traveller Jess Smith and Canadian storyteller Leah Stinson in a workshop exploring contrasts and parallels between Scotland's policy of "Taking the Tinker out of the tent" and Canada’s residential school commitment to "Take the Indian out of the child." Global Lab is an open community of creativity and co-learning, hosted by the Scottish International Storytelling Festival in partnership with The Earth Stories Collection and The Earth Charter movement. Each session involves presentations, discussion and a short interval. Hosted by Festival Director Donald Smith. Week 1: Connecting Stories Join a conversation round the globe between stories and storytellers of all kinds. Disconnection brings repressed memories and partial vision that divide and deplete our humanity. Connection brings understanding and wellbeing. All of this week's topics are growing in the hands of the contributing storytellers. Listen to the sharing and then grow the conversation. A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings.

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue Online SISF

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Live Indoor

Mohan: A Partition Story

A moving, visceral and emotive storytelling performance by Niall Moorjani, which retells their Grampa’s experiences of the Partitioning of India. With first-person telling from ‘Mohan’s’ perspective, the story is interwoven with fascinating and, at times, haunting historical insight. An evocative and thought-provoking evening of oral storytelling, with accompanying live music from Sodhi. Dip into dreams and desires, lost worlds and worlds yet unimagined. Imagine from the outside in, and the inside out. Created for this year’s festival and performed live at the Scottish Storytelling Centre (unless noted), all events in the Imagine series will be available online post-Festival. A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings.If you are a Storytelling Centre or Storytelling Festival Supporter, please add a full price ticket to the basket. Your discount will be automatically added at checkout.

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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Online Live

Global Hearth: Walter Scott and City Writers

Throughout 2021 Scotland has been celebrating the 250th anniversary of one of its most famous sons, Sir Walter Scott. Through the mines of his imagination and the magic of his pen, he celebrated the history and landscapes of Scotland in a string of best-selling books, such as Heart of Midlothian and Waverley, making him synonymous worldwide with Edinburgh. This special event, held in collaboration with the UNESCO Cities of Literature Network, presents two of Walter Scott’s stories told live, alongside contributions from Seattle, Dublin and Beirut based storytellers, each exploring writers associated with their own City of Literature. Hosted by Anna Fancett (Edinburgh), with Marcus Green (Seattle), Nuala Hayes (Dublin) and Dima Matta (Beirut). Anna Fancett Anna Fancett began storytelling in 2005, although, as with most storytellers, she has been telling stories her entire life. She specialises in the novels of Walter Scott and Jane Austen and dabbles in literary theory and pedagogy. Since 2015 she has been spending the majority of her time overseas, in Saudi Arabia, Japan, China and Oman. Marcus Green Marcus Green is the founder of the South Seattle Emerald, which focuses on telling the stories of South Seattle and its residents. He also writes a monthly column co-published by the Emerald and The Seattle Times and in 2020 was awarded the Seattle Human Rights Commissions’ Individual Human Rights Leader Award. Nuala Hayes Nuala Hayes is a storyteller, actor, and professional radio producer who has been collecting and telling folk tales for the last 20 years. She organised Dublin’s first Storytelling Festival and has appeared at all the major storytelling festivals in Ireland and abroad. Her special interests are in Irish Folklore, Legends and Myths and she is convinced of the importance of oral storytelling in children's education Dima Matta Dima Matta is a Beirut-based writer and actress. In 2014 she founded Cliffhangers, a non-profit initiative and the first bilingual storytelling platform in Lebanon that serves as a safe space for people to share their stories. Her first play 'This is not a memorized script, this is a well-rehearsed story', an autobiographical play on queerness and her relationship with the city, premiered in Beirut in February 2020 and has toured in London, New York, and Belfast. She is currently working on her second play. This event is a partnership project by Edinburgh UNESCO City of Literature Trust and the Scottish International Storytelling Festival, and supported by the Consulate General of Ireland in Edinburgh. A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings.

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue Online SISF

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Online Workshop

Global Lab: Odin's Eye

Storyteller Alice Fernbank connects traditional tales of wisdom holders and seers with a personal journey through illness and wellbeing. Explore seeing and sight with an invitation to look within, and envision a future, as seen perhaps through Odin's Eye. How are such myths re-inhabited by our contemporary selves? Global Lab is an open community of creativity and co-learning, hosted by the Scottish International Storytelling Festival in partnership with The Earth Stories Collection and The Earth Charter movement. Each session involves presentations, discussion and a short interval. Hosted by Festival Director Donald Smith. Week 1: Connecting Stories Join a conversation round the globe between stories and storytellers of all kinds. Disconnection brings repressed memories and partial vision that divide and deplete our humanity. Connection brings understanding and wellbeing. All of this week's topics are growing in the hands of the contributing storytellers. Listen to the sharing and then grow the conversation. A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings.

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue Online SISF

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Live Indoor

Oracles

Millennial woman, Sarah Grant, struggles to live up to the legacy of her Grandmother, the “Oracle of Glasgow”: she who sees all, hears all, tells all. As a modern storyteller, Sarah tries (and fails) to translate traditional storytelling onto platforms like the family WhatsApp group chat, TikTok, marketing adverts and many more. How can the lessons learned at our ancestors’ knees survive in the digital world? Does the legacy of women passing down stories end with the current generation? Oracles is a story about family, legacy, womanhood and traditional storytelling, grounded in a mix of traditional storytelling and spoken word. Dip into dreams and desires, lost worlds and worlds yet unimagined. Imagine from the outside in, and the inside out. Created for this year’s festival and performed live at the Scottish Storytelling Centre (unless noted), all events in the Imagine series will be available online post-Festival. A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings.If you are a Storytelling Centre or Storytelling Festival Supporter, please add a full price ticket to the basket. Your discount will be automatically added at checkout.

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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Online Open-floor

Guid Crack: You Won’t Believe What Happened Next!

Join us online for the first of three sessions of Edinburgh’s long-running storytelling night, with a special guest storyteller each time and the usual open-floor opportunity to share a tale of your own. You Won’t Believe What Happened Next! With guest storyteller Michael Williams Life is full of surprises – twists and turns, ups and downs, ins and outs. Our stories attempt to describe these unexpected events and express the confusion, astonishment, and wonder that so often accompanies them. Come and tell a story – a life experience, a folktale, myth, or legend – that takes your audience on a journey into the realm of the unanticipated. A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings.

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue Online SISF

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Live Indoor, Family Event

Baldylocks and the Three Chairs

Come on in, pull up a pew, take a load off and choose the right chair for you in this storytelling experience from Baldylocks storyteller Daniel Serridge. Based around three chairs built specifically for the Museum of Childhood, an intimate audience will be invited to hear a story on the chair that fits just right. Whether you’re sitting pretty or a sitting duck depends on you, so choose wisely and try to do it before the bears come home! Designed for max 3 groups at a time. A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings.

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue Storytelling Bothy

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Live Indoor

From Floor Sweeper to Climate Pioneer

Discover James Croll, the Scottish janitor born into poverty and dogged by ill health who became the self-taught father of climate science. Using storytelling, props and historical interpretation, storyteller Nicola Wright will present Croll’s theories - which inform today's study of climate change - and tell the story of his remarkable life to a family audience. This event includes a Q&A session with the performer. Dip into dreams and desires, lost worlds and worlds yet unimagined. Imagine from the outside in, and the inside out. Created for this year’s festival and performed live at the Scottish Storytelling Centre (unless noted), all events in the Imagine series will be available online post-Festival. A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings.If you are a Storytelling Centre or Storytelling Festival Supporter, please add a full price ticket to the basket. Your discount will be automatically added at checkout.

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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Live Indoor

What Language Do Mermaids Speak?

Imagine the scene – a North-East fisherman encounters a mermaid. What will happen? How will they react? Will these two, from very different worlds, find a way to communicate? Join Khloud Ereksousi (Arabic), Craig McCulloch (BSL), Ailsa Dixon (English), Jackie Ross (Doric) and Alex Thomson (Visual) as they retell the family story of Fittie's Purse, in multiple languages. This event includes a Q&A session with the performers. Dip into dreams and desires, lost worlds and worlds yet unimagined. Imagine from the outside in, and the inside out. Created for this year’s festival and performed live at the Scottish Storytelling Centre (unless noted), all events in the Imagine series will be available online post-Festival. A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings.If you are a Storytelling Centre or Storytelling Festival Supporter, please add a full price ticket to the basket. Your discount will be automatically added at checkout.

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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Online Live

Global Hearth: David Francis with Zahra Afsah, Peter Chand & Ana Lines

Scottish hosts invite international storytellers to gather round the digital hearth for relaxed sessions of stories from home and abroad. The perfect way to end (or begin) your day! Hosted by David Francis, with Zahra Afsah (Iran), Peter Chand (England) and Ana Lines (Brazil). David Francis David Francis has worked with storytelling in theatrical performances, primary schools and with young adults. He has written and performed long stories based on family history, which combine narrative and song, and likes to tell traditional Scottish stories, which he sometimes puts into contemporary settings. David is also a musician and dance caller, with wide experience of traditional music in Scotland. Zahra Afsah Zahra Afsah was born and grew up in Tehran. Her MA in Persian Painting and Transcultural Visuality examines the links between oral storytelling and Persian miniature painting, exploring the direct influences of the oral tradition in the Khamseh of Nizami of 1494-95. Zahra has run various workshops and performed in schools and museums, as well as informal settings. In June 2018, she finished the UK’s only national storytelling development program to transform the way stories are told, performing at Canada Water Theatre and Battersea Arts Centre. Peter Chand British Indian storyteller Peter Chand is one of Europe’s most renowned storytellers and is in constant demand for his colourful tales from the subcontinent. Peter regularly visits his family in the Punjab, India, collecting traditional stories and translating them into English. These stories keep the connection with his culture very much alive as he shares them in schools, festivals, libraries, theatres, and cultural events across Britain and further afield. Ana Lines Ana Maria Lines is a journalist and storyteller with an international reputation, vast repertoire and captivating style. She works in schools, festivals, clubs, libraries, theatre and galleries, where her performances and workshops have engaged and captivated both adults and children. Ana’s repertoire is wide: from folk tales and myths from Brazil, to stories from around the world and real life stories. A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings.

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue Online SISF

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Live Indoor

Open Hearth: Rising Voices

Storytellers and musicians gather round the hearth for a relaxed traditional session of stories and music as we welcome friends back into the Netherbow Theatre. For this special afternoon session we are delighted to present some of the best new young voices in Scottish and Welsh storytelling. Hosted by Shona Cowie and introducing Taryam Boyd, Ailsa Dixon and Ffion Philips. Shona Cowie Shona Cowie is a Scottish storyteller and facilitator whose background in Applied Theatre and training with L’Ecole Jacques Lecoq has supported a broad international career. She has worked with the Village Storytelling Centre in Glasgow, and became one of 23 artists in the city’s Creative Communities Residency program. Recently her work with young people was recognised as exceptional in an award granted by the Scottish Civic Trust. She is dedicated to bringing front and centre, those who have been pushed aside in our stories. Taryam Boyd Taryam Boyd is a Scottish-Arab comedian/actor from Glasgow. He has a passion for storytelling - whether it be, sketches, poetry or stories from his own life or others. He loves physical theatre and is class at juggling. If you see him - tell him your stories! Ailsa Dixon Ailsa Dixon is a young Aberdeenshire storyteller and singer passionate about traditional tales, both Scottish and international. She is a graduate of the Scottish Book Trust's Whats Your Story? programme and currently part of the the Scottish Storytelling Forum's Apprenticeship scheme. Ffion Philips Inspired by her native North Wales, Ffion has a passion for re-remembering and reimagining Welsh tales. She has told at the Aberystwyth Storytelling Festival, the Roundhouse at Felin Uchaf and competed in the first ever Stomp Stori. A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings.If you are a Storytelling Centre or Storytelling Festival Supporter, please add a full price ticket to the basket. Your discount will be automatically added at checkout.

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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Live Indoor

Open Hearth: Ruth Kirkpatrick, with Shona Cowie, Marion Kenny & Niall Moorjani

Storytellers and musicians gather round the hearth for a relaxed traditional session of stories and music as we welcome friends back into the Netherbow Theatre. As the darkness closes in and we gather around the symbolic fire this is the perfect way to end your day! Hosted by Ruth Kirkpatrick, with Shona Cowie, Marion Kenny and Niall Moorjani. A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings.If you are a Storytelling Centre or Storytelling Festival Supporter, please add a full price ticket to the basket. Your discount will be automatically added at checkout.

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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Online Pre-recorded

The Stories of Life: Birth, Love and Death

With great warmth and precision, Johannes Geworkian Hellman and Tine Winther delve into some of life’s great events - birth, love and death – weaving story and music together. Johannes is Sweden’s foremost hurdygurdy player who constantly tests and moves boundaries with curiosity and respect. Tine is a storyteller at the Land of Legends in Sweden who tells stories from her own life, alongside her interpretation of an old legend in this performance. Enjoy a pre-recorded performance from Sweden, followed by a live Q&A with the performers. A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings.

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue Online SISF

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Online Live

Global Lab: Storytelling and Activism

Founder of The Earth Stories Collection Grian Cutanda is joined by Waverli Neuberger, Daniel Munduruku, Alette Willis, Malcolm Green and Mara Menzies to show how, in very different continents, indigenous tales can inspire and illuminate our feelings and actions for the future. Global Lab is an open community of creativity and co-learning, hosted by the Scottish International Storytelling Festival in partnership with The Earth Stories Collection and The Earth Charter movement. Each session involves presentations, discussion and a short interval. Hosted by Festival Director Donald Smith. Week 2: Regenerating Stories Green renewal is not just about protecting life on planet earth, it is essential for life continuing on planet earth - there is no Plan B. However, Plan A needs wisdom, creative play and joy, as well as knowledge and skill. Our collective actions must win hearts and minds for life-giving, regenerative change. This week’s topics are an invitation to join that process. A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings.

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue Online SISF

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Live Indoor

Open Hearth: Claire McNicol with Douglas Mackay, Jess Smith & Kath Campbell

Storytellers and musicians gather round the hearth for a relaxed traditional session of stories and music as we welcome friends back into the Netherbow Theatre. As the darkness closes in and we gather around the symbolic fire this is the perfect way to end your day! Hosted by Claire McNicol, with Douglas Mackay, Jess Smith and musician Kath Campbell. Claire McNicol Born in County Antrim, Northern Ireland, Claire McNicol enjoyed singing and telling stories from an early age and whilst living in Scotland has acquired the tales, melodies and dances of the sister kingdom. Her work in community storytelling with children and young people has established her as a pioneer in the renaissance of urban storytelling. Douglas Mackay Dougie Mackay blends the traditional, hearth-side style of storytelling that has warmed hearts and imaginations for centuries, and more dynamic, contemporary performance telling gaining popularity across Europe. His performances are intimate, yet crafted, suiting firesides, schools and theatres equally. Jess Smith A true tradition bearer of the Scottish Traveller culture, Jess is happy telling any kind of story, especially if she can get inside its character. From an early age Jess was privileged to sit round camp fires and be enthralled within a circle of ancient kings, dragons, witches, tramps and all manner of heroes. She loves to share the rich kist of these tales which she has gathered since childhood. Kath Campbell Kath Campbell is a Scottish folk singer, composer, arranger and university lecturer from Morayshire in North-East Scotland, now based in Edinburgh. She earned her PhD in Ethnomusicology from the University of Edinburgh. A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings.If you are a Storytelling Centre or Storytelling Festival Supporter, please add a full price ticket to the basket. Your discount will be automatically added at checkout.

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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Online Pre-recorded

Spàrr - Rivet

Several excellent artists come together to present an extended story based on several traditions from the Isle of Lewis and the oral history of Govan. A blind woman has known tragedy more than once in her life and does everything in her power to protect the youngest of her four sons from the sea. A collaborative performance devised by storyteller Ian Stephen alongside Laura Cameron Lewis, Anna Murray and Mike Vass, with illustrations by Christine Morrison. Dip into dreams and desires, lost worlds and worlds yet unimagined. Imagine from the outside in, and the inside out. Created for this year’s festival and performed live at the Scottish Storytelling Centre (unless noted), all events in the Imagine series will be available online post-Festival. A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings.

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue Online SISF

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Online Workshop

Global Lab: Greening the City

How can communities and creatives, with public services and private support, come together to re-birth our cities as places of wellbeing? As a small city set between hills and sea, Edinburgh should be able to come together. Join Morvern Cunningham, Andrew Crummy, Linda Fitzpatrick, Kate Wimpress, and Janis Mackay to help envision a different future. Global Lab is an open community of creativity and co-learning, hosted by the Scottish International Storytelling Festival in partnership with The Earth Stories Collection and The Earth Charter movement. Each session involves presentations, discussion and a short interval. Hosted by Festival Director Donald Smith. Week 2: Regenerating Stories Green renewal is not just about protecting life on planet earth, it is essential for life continuing on planet earth - there is no Plan B. However, Plan A needs wisdom, creative play and joy, as well as knowledge and skill. Our collective actions must win hearts and minds for life-giving, regenerative change. This week's topics are an invitation to join that process. A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings.

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue Online SISF

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Live Indoor

Wolf Girl

Storyteller Daiva Ivanauskaitė and singer Agnė Čepaitytė present the true story of Ingrid Ramm from Königsberg, a city that no longer exists. After WWII thousands of orphans from East Prussia travelled to Lithuania in search of food and shelter. These children are known as Wolfskinder. Ingrid Ramm was one of them, a lonely young refugee who fought for survival with the help of imagination, determination and luck. Daiva’s family opened their doors to the Wolf Girl. This storytelling performance combines fragile memories, fantastic tales and classical German songs – the ones Ingrid’s mother used to sing. Dip into dreams and desires, lost worlds and worlds yet unimagined. Imagine from the outside in, and the inside out. Created for this year’s festival and performed live at the Scottish Storytelling Centre (unless noted), all events in the Imagine series will be available online post-Festival. A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings.If you are a Storytelling Centre or Storytelling Festival Supporter, please add a full price ticket to the basket. Your discount will be automatically added at checkout.

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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Online Live

Cuideachd thar Chuain: Ceilidh eadar Alba is Alba Nuadh

Scottish hosts invite international storytellers to gather round the digital hearth for relaxed sessions of stories from home and abroad. The perfect way to end (or begin) your day! Le fear an taighe Màrtainn Mac an t-Saoir (Alba), Coinneach MacCoinnich (Canada), Emma NicLeòid (Alba) agus Hannah Krebs (Canada). Thèid an tachartas seo a chumail tro mheadhan na Gàidhlig. Fàilte ron a h-uile duine. Hosted by Martin MacIntyre (Scotland), with Kenneth MacKenzie (Canada), Emma MacLeod (Scotland) and Hannah Krebs (Canada). This ceilidh will be held in Gaelic. All welcome. A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings.

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue Online SISF

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Online Workshop

Global Lab: Freeing the Feminine

Storytellers Catriona Blanke and Kirsten Milliken explore female archetypes, often diminished and sometimes demonised, in myths, legends and folk and fairy tales worldwide. The dominant stories in our culture focus on the hero quest and the warrior archetype. It is time to redress this imbalance so that solutions to the dual environmental and social crises facing humanity can source feminine qualities. Workshop participants, whatever their gender, will delve into themselves to rediscover and reconnect with their unique feminine aspects, to nurture environmental and social change. Global Lab is an open community of creativity and co-learning, hosted by the Scottish International Storytelling Festival in partnership with The Earth Stories Collection and The Earth Charter movement. Each session involves presentations, discussion and a short interval. Hosted by Festival Director Donald Smith. Week 2: Regenerating Stories Green renewal is not just about protecting life on planet earth, it is essential for life continuing on planet earth - there is no Plan B. However, Plan A needs wisdom, creative play and joy, as well as knowledge and skill. Our collective actions must win hearts and minds for life-giving, regenerative change. This week's topics are an invitation to join that process. A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings.

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue Online SISF

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Online Open-floor

Talking Statues Story Exchange

If you could honour someone with a statue or tell the unheard narrative of a monument that exists -- Who would it be and what story would you tell? Is it your granny who did something great for the community and needs a bit of recognition or a person you feel has been unfairly written out of history? If you had the opportunity to tell the real story, fill an empty plinth, set the story straight…now is your time to imagine who should be on a plinth and tell their story. Join the Talking Statues story exchange by sharing a story or simply tuning into listen. Stories and discussions led by storytellers Mara Menzies and Ruth Kirkpatrick. Let’s get sharing, let’s get talking statues. Book for related Workshop on Sat 20 Oct.

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue Online SISF

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Live Indoor

Open Hearth: Queer Folks' Tales

Storytellers and musicians gather round the hearth for a relaxed traditional session of stories and music as we welcome friends back into the Netherbow Theatre. As the darkness closes in and we gather around the symbolic fire this is the perfect way to end your day! An evening of LGBT+ stories, hosted by Lauren Bianchi, with Turan Ali, Jo Clifford and James Ley. Lauren Bianchi Based at the Village Storytelling Centre in Glasgow, Lauren Bianchi is a an experienced storyteller who loves to tell real and imagined stories – myths, truths and somewhere in between. She has recently led a brilliant series of storytelling workshops and events with LGBT Youth Scotland. Turan Ali 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 show, An International Slut will be coming to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2022. Jo Clifford Jo Clifford is a proud father and grandmother, playwright and performer, based in Edinburgh. She is the author of over 100 plays, many of which have been performed all over the world, and is currently involved in the production of her translation of Life is a Dream at the Lyceum Theatre. She has also recently been awarded the Olwen Wymark award for “Exceptional encouragement of theatre writing”. James Ley James Ley is a playwright, screenwriter and dramaturg based in Edinburgh, currently developing work for theatre, film and television. He is best known for his stage play Love Song to a Lavender Menace, which premiered at Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh in 2017. He is also the founder of Village Pub Theatre, Leith. A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings.If you are a Storytelling Centre or Storytelling Festival Supporter, please add a full price ticket to the basket. Your discount will be automatically added at checkout.

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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Gaelic, Online Workshop

Global Lab: Revitalising Gaelic Storytelling in Scotland and Cape Breton

A bheil àite aig sgeulachdan is seanchas a thaobh ath-bheòthachadh mìon-chànain? Anns a’ bhùth-obrach seo a bheir sùil air an t- suidheachadh ann an Alba is Canada, cluinnidh sinn bho chuid de na daoine a tha air a bhith gu mòr an sàs ann a bhith ag innse is a’ leasachadh sgeulachdan sa Ghàidhlig: Màrtainn Mac an t-Saoir, Iain Seathach, Ruairidh MacIlleathain agus Seòras Mac a’ Phearsain. Bruidhnidh sinn mu dheidhinn sgeulachdan ann an nàdar agus anns an àrainneachd, a’ lorg seann sgeulachdan bho thasglainn is eile, ag innse sgeulachdan ann an dà chànain agus a’ togail na Gàidhlig tro sgeulachdan is seanchas. Bidh cothrom ceistean a chur is còmhradh mu dheidhinn nan cuspairean seo. Bidh an tachartas seo dà-chànanach. ~~~ Can storytelling help sustain a minority language? This workshop will look at Scotland and Canada with contributions from some of the main players in the renaissance of the Gaelic storytelling tradition: Martin MacIntyre, John Shaw, Ruairidh Maclean and George Macpherson. We will explore storytelling in the natural environment and landscape, the renewal of traditional repertoires, bi-lingual storytelling, and language acquisition through stories. This will be a bilingual event. Global Lab is an open community of creativity and co-learning, hosted by the Scottish International Storytelling Festival in partnership with The Earth Stories Collection and The Earth Charter movement. Each session involves presentations, discussion and a short interval. Hosted by Festival Director Donald Smith. Week 2: Regenerating Stories Green renewal is not just about protecting life on planet earth, it is essential for life continuing on planet earth - there is no Plan B. However, Plan A needs wisdom, creative play and joy, as well as knowledge and skill. Our collective actions must win hearts and minds for life-giving, regenerative change. This week's topics are an invitation to join that process. A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings.

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue Online SISF

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Live Indoor

Cottongrass

Far to the North, an Elk watches over a Princess. This tale lies in the community of stories between our waking and sleeping mind, our hopes and fears, our imaginings and questions. Harriet Grindley and Maria MacDonell, with musician Kai Dudley use words, music, image and physicality to conjure a constellation of dreams from a momentous journey of life. Dip into dreams and desires, lost worlds and worlds yet unimagined. Imagine from the outside in, and the inside out. Created for this year’s festival and performed live at the Scottish Storytelling Centre (unless noted), all events in the Imagine series will be available online post-Festival. A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings.If you are a Storytelling Centre or Storytelling Festival Supporter, please add a full price ticket to the basket. Your discount will be automatically added at checkout.

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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Online Live

Global Hearth: Janis Mackay with Wangari Grace, Bil Lepp & Muhammed Jawhar Yasin

Scottish hosts invite international storytellers to gather round the digital hearth for relaxed sessions of stories from home and abroad. The perfect way to end (or begin) your day! Hosted by Janis Mackay, with Wangari Grace (Kenya), Bil Lepp (USA) and Muhammed Jawhar Yaseen (Kurdistan) Janis Mackay Janis Mackay tells traditional world stories and Scottish tales, with stories that include the physical or mental transformations of characters into other beings as a favourite theme. Her style is gentle and atmospheric, with poetry and singing often included. She is interested in storytelling with a therapeutic intent, as well as the art of spontaneous storytelling. Wangari Grace A passionate performer, Wangari infuses her stories with song, dance, chants and other performance delicacies to create an intimate interaction with her audiences. She has vast experience sharing stories to a variety of platforms in Kenya. She has toured India, Iran, Germany, Sweden, Tanzania and Somaliland telling stories and conducting workshops. Bil Lepp Bil Lepp is an award-winning storyteller, author, and recording artist from West Virginia. His humorous, family-friendly tall-tales and stories have earned the appreciation of listeners of all ages and from all walks of life. Though a five-time champion of the WV Liars’s Contest, Lepp’s stories often contain morsels of truth which present universal themes in clever and witty ways. He is the recipient of the Vandalia Award, West Virginia’s highest folk honour. Muhammed Jawhar Yasin Muhammed Jawhar Yasin from Kurdistan, Iraq is a new voice in the storytelling world who loves writing and telling a wide range of stories. He also runs storytelling podcasts with his local community to share more of his life experiences with the young people. A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings.

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue Online SISF

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Online Workshop

Global Lab: Regenerative Stories

What kind of stories and storytelling can reconnect us with the natural world? This workshop shows how new forms and settings are emerging and invites you to explore and develop your own approach for the future. With Jos Collins, Douglas Mackay, Adele Clark and other representatives from the Re-generate Network. Global Lab is an open community of creativity and co-learning, hosted by the Scottish International Storytelling Festival in partnership with The Earth Stories Collection and The Earth Charter movement. Each session involves presentations, discussion and a short interval. Hosted by Festival Director Donald Smith. Week 2: Regenerating Stories Green renewal is not just about protecting life on planet earth, it is essential for life continuing on planet earth - there is no Plan B. However, Plan A needs wisdom, creative play and joy, as well as knowledge and skill. Our collective actions must win hearts and minds for life-giving, regenerative change. This week's topics are an invitation to join that process. A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings.

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue Online SISF

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Live Indoor

Open Hearth: Sensing Stories

Storytellers and musicians gather round the hearth for a relaxed traditional session of stories and music as we welcome friends back into the Netherbow Theatre. As the darkness closes in and we gather around the symbolic fire this is the perfect way to end your day! Join Mara Menzies for an evening of live storytelling as she introduces five emerging tales from new storytellers. Featuring Zebib K. Abraham, Nasim Rebecca Asl, Tim Carlsen, Sanjay Lago, Raheema Sayed and Brenda Vengesa. Sensing Stories is a creative development project from the Scottish International Storytelling Festival and the Scottish BAME Writers Network. A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings.If you are a Storytelling Centre or Storytelling Festival Supporter, please add a full price ticket to the basket. Your discount will be automatically added at checkout.

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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Online Open-floor

Guid Crack: Lanarkshire Folk Tales - Our Ancestors’ Journeys

Join us online for the second of three sessions of Edinburgh’s long-running storytelling night, with a special guest storyteller each time and the usual open-floor opportunity to share a tale of your own. Lanarkshire Folk Tales - Our Ancestors’ Journeys with guest Allison Galbraith Allison Galbraith celebrates her book Lanarkshire Folk Tales (History Press), a collection of tales spanning fourteen centuries of Lanarkshire's history and happenings. Expect the usual feuding druids, totemic animals, warlocks, herb-wives and elfin trickery from Allison as she entertains with stories from this beguiling collection.

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue Online SISF

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Live Outdoor

Family Day at the Botanics

Join us for a day of family fun with storytellers popping up throughout the community garden in RBGE. The day will also feature the Botanics' popular Halloween Trail and a special appearance by STORM, Vision Mechanics' 10m tall goddess of the sea, created in response to the climate crisis. Full programme available online prior to the event. Tickets for the Super Duper Story Generators sessions are available in advance from here. The rest of the events are free, drop-in sessions.

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

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Live Outdoor

Super Duper Story Generators at the Botanics!

Join storyteller Beth Hamilton-Cardus from Good Yarns for an epically interactive story session that’s 100% powered by YOUR imagination. During each session Beth will work with one child/family at a time to create a tale that’s bespoke to them. Maybe you want astronaut princesses, haunted bus stops, badgers making ice-cream (!) or something completely different - wherever the adventure goes is totally up to you! These sessions are part of the Storytelling Festival's Family Day programme at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, running from 11am-4pm on Sat 30 Oct. The sessions will be held outside, but under cover.

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

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Live Indoor

John Muir and the Missionary’s Dog

Join Richard Medrington and Rick Conte from 'The Man Who Planted Trees' and storyteller Andy Cannon, on the trail of the legendary John Muir. We follow Muir from a window ledge in Dunbar to the brink of a crevasse in Alaska to find out what connects this conservation pioneer, a remarkable dog and an indigenous tribe clinging on to their culture and their land. Dip into dreams and desires, lost worlds and worlds yet unimagined. Imagine from the outside in, and the inside out. Created for this year’s festival and performed live at the Scottish Storytelling Centre (unless noted), all events in the Imagine series will be available online post-Festival. A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings.If you are a Storytelling Centre or Storytelling Festival Supporter, please add a full price ticket to the basket. Your discount will be automatically added at checkout.

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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Live Indoor

Handing On

“I never thought I was leaving my children anything of value, I have no jewels or money, but you’ve made me realise the simple things are treasures in themselves. Treasures because of the stories, the words we hand on…” (Margaret, 92). Mother and daughter Jean and Amanda Edmiston, storytellers, artists and plant people come together to share a new performance offering a magical glimpse into a multidimensional project of curating familiar family objects and inspiring stories that create real value beyond the clamour of gold! Video by Bash Art Creative. Dip into dreams and desires, lost worlds and worlds yet unimagined. Imagine from the outside in, and the inside out. Created for this year’s festival and performed live at the Scottish Storytelling Centre (unless noted), all events in the Imagine series will be available online post-Festival. A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings.If you are a Storytelling Centre or Storytelling Festival Supporter, please add a full price ticket to the basket. Your discount will be automatically added at checkout.

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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Online Live

Global Hearth: Michael Kerins with Markus Luukkonen, Tamar Eluned Williams & Csenge Virág Zalka

Scottish hosts invite international storytellers to gather round the digital hearth for relaxed sessions of stories from home and abroad. The perfect way to end (or begin) your day! Hosted by Michael Kerins, with Markus Luukkonen (Finland), Tamar Eluned Williams (Wales) and Csenge Virág Zalka (Hungary). Michael Kerins Michael Kerins tells tall and fantastical stories, blending folktales and contemporary life. A self-confessed “wacky” storyteller, his style breathes the humour, cheek and survivor’s instinct of folktales through the centuries. He is currently enjoying writing about wee tom and sharing his tiny adventures in classrooms and community settings in Scotland and further afield. Markus Luukkonen Markus Luukkonen studied performing arts in Helsinki and tells stories in clubs, theatres, galleries and festivals. He performs predominantly for adults and in his work he likes to mix personal stories, folktales and myths. He is a founder member of the Finnish Storytelling Association, Samova Storytelling. Tamar Eluned Williams Tamar is a performance storyteller, writer and workshop leader who works bilingually in Welsh and English. In 2013 she won Young Storyteller of the Year and started gigging nationally as a storyteller, telling stories in story clubs, pubs, festivals and schools. Since then she has worked all over in the world including an internship with The Moth storytelling organisation in New York. Csenge Virág Zalka Also known as The Multicoloured Lady, Csenge is Hungary’s first international storyteller. She travels the world, sharing Hungarian folktales with her audiences (in English, Spanish and Hungarian), and takes all the stories she learns back home to Hungary. A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings.

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue Online SISF

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Hallowe'en, Live Indoor

Open Hearth: Samhuinn Spirits

Storytellers and musicians gather round the hearth for a relaxed traditional session of stories and music as we welcome friends back into the Netherbow Theatre. As the darkness closes in and we gather around the symbolic fire this is the perfect way to end your day! Hosted by Bea Ferguson, with a coven of terrifying tellers including Giovanna Conforto, Fiona Herbert and more! A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings.If you are a Storytelling Centre or Storytelling Festival Supporter, please add a full price ticket to the basket. Your discount will be automatically added at checkout.

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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Online Open-floor

Guid Crack: Ghostly Tales

Join us online for the third of three sessions of Edinburgh’s long-running storytelling night, with a special guest storyteller each time and the usual open-floor opportunity to share a tale of your own. Ghostly Tales with guest Pauline Cordiner Pauline is a storyteller from the fishing and farming traditions of the North East of Scotland and enjoys telling a variety of traditional Scottish tales, fairy tales, folk tales creation myths and the occasional home-grown tale of her own. Tonight, however, is all about Hallowe'en as we invite you to join Pauline in sharing the most gruesome, gory and terrifying tales you know!

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue Online SISF

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Online Live

Picture Hooks Festival of Illustration

Sat 6 & Sun 7 Nov The Picture Hooks Festival of Illustration will take place virtually this year, with Saturday bringing you six fascinating sessions on artistic practice from Elizabeth Dulemba, Astrid Jaekel, David Melling, Sheena Calvert, Stephen Fowler and Jonathan Gibbs. Demonstrations will be followed by live Q&A sessions with the artists. On Sunday, we are joined live by a range of experts including publishers, agents and booksellers – sharing knowledge and insider tips on the industry. Learn more about getting an agent with Tamlyn Frances from Arena and Alice Sutherland-Hawes from ASH Literary. Find out how publishers commission with Libby Hamilton and Neil Dunnicliffe. And to finish the weekend, hear from booksellers, Jake Hope, Matthew Land and Tamara McFarlane. Full Programme: Saturday 6th November 10:00–17:00 10:00 On Colour – Elizabeth Dulemba 10:45 Using materials to make an image (with live Q&A) – Astrid Jaekel 11:45 It’s all about the layers – an intro to Procreate (with live Q&A) – David Melling 12:45 Lunch break 14:00 All about Typography (with live Q&A) – Dr Sheena Calvert 15:00 On Rubberstamping (with live Q&A) – Stephen Fowler 16:00 Inventing the story (with live Q&A) - Jonathan Gibbs Sunday 7th November 10:00–13:00 10:00 All you need to know about finding an agent - Tamlyn Frances from Arena and Alice Sutherland-Hawes from ASH Literary chaired by Lucy Juckes of Jenny Brown Associates 11:00 Two leading children’s book publishers talk about how they commission – Tiffany Leeson, Rebecca Essilifie, Libby Hamilton of Rocket Bird Books and Neil Dunnicliffe from Pavillion 12:00 Talk to the booksellers - Vivian French speaks to industry experts Jake Hope, Matthew Land and Tamara McFarlane A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre Online

subvenue Online

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Live Indoor

Stories on the Way: Once Upon a Time

“Once upon a time...” That famous phrase opens the door to many traditional folk and fairy tales which venture back into the mists of time. Come and enjoy the relaxed setting of the Netherbow Theatre where our wonderful apprentice storytellers will spin tales that time travel to when the world was young and memories were being made. 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 or Storytelling Festival 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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Live Indoor, New Writing

Home: A Project for New Writers

“Home” is a collection of 4 new, 15-minute plays by Edinburgh’s brightest young playwrights. Each play challenges perception, presenting a version of “Home” that reflects each playwright’s unique style. Join us for an evening of exciting new work from Scotland’s writers! Produced by Framework Theatre in association with Vanishing Point. 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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Hamish Henderson, In-person, Live Indoor

Annual Hamish Henderson Memorial Lecture

As we emerge from the upending experience of the Covid-19 pandemic and face up to the realities of the global climate crisis in the aftermath of Glasgow’s COP26, this year’s lecture will reflect upon how Henderson’s writings and cultural activism can inspire contemporary ideas and action for climate, economic and social justice. From her perspective within the emerging degrowth movement in Scotland, Mairi McFadyen will sketch out an alternative vision of radical transformation towards a more just, convivial and hopeful future. McFadyen is a creative ethnologist with a background in academic research and teaching. Now based in the Highlands, she freelances across the connected roles of educator, researcher, writer and facilitator. She is currently a member of activist collective Enough! exploring ideas and action around climate, economic and social justice.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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Theatre, Live Indoor, Being Human

Placeholder

Fronteiras Theatre Lab in association with CECTON presents Placeholder. What does then and there have to do with the here and now? Wrestling with the ugly reality that the voiceless and nameless were anything but, Catherine Bisset explores the meaning of space and spectacle when the politics of visibility come into play. Set in motion by academic research carried out by members of the Colonial-Era Caribbean Theatre and Opera Network, a cross-institutional endeavour chaired at St Andrews, Bisset delivers an engaging new work. Hoping to turn silence into speculation into reclamation and attestation, Placeholder takes as its starting point the idea that the gaps in the archives, the lacunae in texts, and the holes in the narrative are themselves acts of violence and suppression. Written and performed by Catherine Bisset Dramaturgy by Jaïrus Obayomi Directed by Flavia D'Avila

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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Talk, Live Indoor, Poetry

Loud Poets Presents: Homer to Hip Hop

How has spoken word poetry voiced revolution in the UK? And how can it spark revival today? Loud Poets present a thought-provoking evening of performances and discussion about UK spoken word poetry. Don’t miss the only 2021 Scottish performance of Pete the Temp’s dynamic show Homer to Hip Hop: a People’s History of Spoken Word. Exploring the past and present of UK spoken word poetry, this is ‘a charming wild rumpus of a ride – part lecture, part performance and utterly engaging’ (Tongue Fu). Loud Poets’ own Dr. Katie Ailes hosts and shares some of her own fascinating scholarship into the genre through an innovative poetry performance. The evening concludes with an audience Q&A with both performers. Whether you’re a spoken word fan, a newcomer to the genre, or a poet yourself, join us for an entertaining, immersive look into this remarkable art form. A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings. If you are a Storytelling Centre or Storytelling Festival 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

Harry Baker: I am 10,000

Mathematician-turned-World-Slam-Champion Harry Baker turns 10,000 days old, celebrating numbers, words and life itself. From winning his school's Battle of the Bands competition with a Jay-Z maths homage, to his prime number poetry TED talk being watched by millions online, Harry's love of language and logic has got him through literal marathons, seen him rap battle in front of Ice Cube, and now has him analysing the technical accuracy of So Solid Crew's 21 seconds. He's got 99 problems but maths ain't one. 'The greatest performer on earth' ***** (BBC Radio 1) ‘his poetry is a masterpiece, both in rhythm and content. The wordplay is so clever it takes the audience a couple of lines to notice, but when we do, we’re gasping with both disbelief and laughter’ ***** (Wee Review) 'Ferociously intelligent' **** (Scotsman) ‘The show does exactly what it says on the label, and it does it better than you can possibly envision: this man is not a world champion for nothing.’ **** (Broadway Baby) 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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Live Indoor, Gaelic

Gillebrìde MacMillan: Freumhan Falaichte – Hidden Roots

Performing self-penned songs from his highly acclaimed album Freumhan Falaichte – Hidden Roots, South Uist born singer - and bard of Outlander - Gillebrìde MacMillan deals with a range of personal, cultural and political issues, linking Gaelic song with contemporary rhythms and arrangements. For this performance Gillebrìde is joined by a stellar cast of musicians - Fraser Fifield on whistle and kaval, Ewan MacPherson on guitar and Donald Hay on percussion. 'An enormously significant album... breathtakingly accomplished' (Folk Radio UK) A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings.If you are a Storytelling Centre Supporters 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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In-person, Live Indoor

Andrew Carnegie – My Story

The life, achievements and legacies of the renowned philanthropist, Andrew Carnegie, are wonderfully brought to life by his great-great-great-grandson, Joe Whiteman, who also retells stories from Carnegie Heritage, the new work of Braykc Publishing. This accomplished actor and musician performs songs from the musical, Carnegie - The Star-Spangled Scotchman, written by Ian Hammond Brown, who is also the writer of this production. Also taking part is the soprano, Hannah Buyers. Braykc Publishing’s latest book, Carnegie Heritage is a beautifully illustrated work. It is the fifth in the Heritage Series by authors Charles K Bradbury and Henry S Fothringham. It describes ‘Andra’s’ entrepreneurial activities, his family, and many wonderful Trusts and gifts: Libraries, Organs, Hero Funds, the Peace Palace at The Hague, and educational, scientific and other philanthropic initiatives. Carnegie Heritage will be on sale at this event, with the entrance fee deducted from the retail price of the publication. The Musical can be viewed here. 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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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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On Demand, Online Performance

Replay Past Events

Head over to Crowdcast to watch a selection of our past events on demand. Replay Past Events Scotland Online: A Directory of MusiciansThis event features special pre-recorded performances by Rachel Hair & Ron Jappy, Maeve Mackinnon (with Ali Levack & Luc McNally) and David Foley & Jack Smedley (with Jenn Butterworth). Supper with Robert Burns, by David CampbellJoin storytellers and musicians to hear the life, poetry and songs of Robert Burns.Performed by David Campbell, Ruth Kirkpatrick, Mio Shudo and Donald Smith in Tam O'Shanter flow. Leaving IonaJoin storytellers Heather Yule and Donald Smith for this special performance, as they follow the inner and outer journeys of Colmcille/Columba on the 1500th anniversary of his birth.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Online

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