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Exhibition

Exhibition: bold Celebrations

(Fri 23 Feb - Sun 17 Mar 2024) Join bold in celebrating 5 years of being bold, a partnership between the University of Edinburgh & Queen Margaret University. bold stands for Bringing Out Leaders in Dementia and envisages a world where living with dementia doesn’t matter for who we are as people or how we live our lives. bold uses creative methods and social leadership approaches, creating safe environments to explore & articulate shared values and beliefs. There is no right or wrong with creativity, enabling freedom to innovate and imagine. Creativity helps us see the world from different perspectives and uncovers our hidden strengths and vulnerabilities, enabling us to realise our potential & flourish. This vibrant bold Celebrations art exhibition by our partners, some of whom live with dementia, captures journeys of self-development & stories of lived experience that inspires & challenges societal perceptions of dementia. Running from Friday 23 February to Sunday 17 March 2024 accompanied by a bold Celebrations event on 4th March 2024, the exhibition showcases the creativity and voices of people living with dementia in film, visual art, conversations and quipu weaving. To find out more about this unique celebration of arts and leaders in dementia visit the bold Celebrations website.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Storytelling Court

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bold Celebrations

(Mon 4 Mar: 10am-5:30pm drop-in) bold stands for Bringing Out Leaders in Dementia; bold Celebrations marks 5 years of our award-winning bold programme. We envisage a world where living with dementia doesn’t matter for who we are as people or how we live our lives. We invite everyone to experience and enjoy the many ways that our diverse bold community of social leaders are using creativity to lift the voices and stories of lived experience, creating bold ripples of connection, meaning and impact across Scotland. bold Celebrations will share the stories and messages from those living with, supporting or working with people with dementia. This celebratory event is for anyone who wants to learn more about the bold social leadership programme, life’s stories, creative expressions and discovering how people are continuing to have meaningful lives and new experiences beyond a dementia diagnosis. On the 4th March 2024 we will be creating a bold dementia map of Scotland, showing film screenings highlighting the creativity of those living with dementia, having conversations about the bold future for dementia in Scotland, creatively weaving our bold stories into Quipus and showcasing a bold Celebrations Art Exhibition, on display Feb-Mar 2024. Book your FREE tickets below! To find out more about the bold Celebrations Programme, please visit the bold Celebrations website.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Storytelling Court

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Music, Storytelling, Poetry, Song

Cafe Ceilidh

(Tue 5 Mar: 2pm) Join friends from the Scots Music Group for an afternoon session of traditional songs, music, poems and stories. Held in the relaxed setting of the Storytelling Court. All welcome to listen or bring a tune for a turn!

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Storytelling Court

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Theatre, Development, New Writing

Page2Stage

(Tue 5 Mar: 7:30pm) Page2Stage is back at the Storytelling Centre, with another exciting line up of new writing. Showcasing extracts from four brand new plays read in front of a live audience, and industry panel providing dramaturgical feedback giving a rare insight into the creative process. You will then have a chance to carry on discussions, meet the team, writers and actors in the comfort of the Storytelling Centre bar. Join us for an exciting night of theatre! Featured in March: Janette Foggo – How To Build A Scottish DressKikelomo Hassan – Don’t They Feed You At HomeCharlotte Smith – Kitchen(ish) Sink(ish)Simon Barker – The Last Supper

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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Book Launch

Book Launch: Time to Play by Norma Allan

(Wed 6 Mar: 2:30pm) Join Norma Allan to celebrate the publication of Time to Play, her collection of poems on old age. This collection contains a variety of topics including Fun and Leisure, Women’s Vanities, Health, Techy Problems and a thoughtful Philosophical section dealing with this challenging stage of life. Most importantly, the poems are optimistic, upbeat and laced with humour. So enjoy a relaxed afternoon with Norma who will first talk about the collection and then read a selection of the poems to whet your appetite. Norma Allan is a retired teacher who has self-published a number of poetry collections and various non-fiction books; Time To Play is published by Main Point Books. She currently runs walking tours of Edinburgh in her capacity as a Blue Badge Tourist Guide.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Storytelling Court

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Theatre, Literature

Nora and Jim

(Wed 6 Mar: 7:30pm) “I offer you my heart” says he.“I’ll hold you to that” says she. In the course of one hour that pledge is tested, insight is gained into their hearts, their dreams and their ambitions. James Joyce, eyesight failing, forges on with what will eventually become his best-known work. Meanwhile Nora must hold the family together whilst the map of Europe shifts and changes around them, driving them further into exile. Connected by desire, sometimes separated with frustration, we follow Nora Barnacle and James Joyce as they set sail from Dublin on a cold windy October night in 1904 to embark on this most intriguing and celebrated of literary relationships. Presented by Dublin Theatre Productions for its Scottish premiere tour, Nora and Jim channels their story with acuity, sensitivity and charm. Written by Nora Connolly. Directed by Ronan Wilmot. Produced by Kevin Cronin and Jimmy Watson. Featuring Julie Hale (Shetland, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime West End & World Tour) as Nora and Rúaidhrí Conroy (Into the West, Six Shooter, received the Theatre World Award for his performance in The Cripple of Inishmaan) as Joyce.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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Poetry, International Women's Day, Spoken Word

Loud Poets Present: Speak Up!

(Thu 7 Mar: 7:30pm) Celebrate International Women’s Day with Loud Poets! A dazzling evening of poetry celebrating the diversity of women’s experiences, in support of the Edinburgh Rape Crisis Centre. Featuring a stellar lineup including RJ Hunter, Alice Tarbuck, Georgia Bartlett-McNeil, JL Williams, Jj Fadaka and Amy Jo Phillip plus an open mic! Co-hosted by Katie Ailes and Annie Rutherford. This event proudly celebrates all women, including trans and intersex women, and people of all genders are warmly invited to attend. The open mic section will centre the experiences of women and Loud Poets invite women, non-binary and gender-fluid people who are comfortable in that space to perform. To put your name in the hat for the open mic, please sign up via the link below (please note that as this is a charity fundraiser, open mic participants are asked to purchase a ticket for the event - thank you!). Open Mic signup All proceeds go to support the Edinburgh Rape Crisis Centre. Learn more about their important work by visiting their website.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Storytelling Court

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Storytelling, Historical

The Girls' Own Guide to Surviving History

(Fri 8 Mar: 7:30pm) Would you know what to do if you were accused of being a witch in the 17th century? How would you cope if your castle came under siege in the Scottish Wars of Independence? Wouldn’t life be easier if it came with an instruction manual...? Thankfully, Gillian Paterson and Nicola Wright have found just such a book to inspire this show! What follows is an irreverent yomp through women’s history, exploring tales of derring-do by feisty women, spanning nearly 1000 years. With silly songs and a ridiculous number of props, The Girls' Own Guide to Surviving History is a light-hearted look at the serious challenges faced by women through the centuries, told in the style of a Boys' Own adventure book! So, expect hot tips about surviving life as a pirate, fighting the system, and being a master (or mistress) of disguise. Originally performed at the Scottish International Storytelling Festival 2023, this is a special performance for International Women’s Day. ‘A merry romp!’ ★★★★★ (Quinntessential Review)

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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Song, Trad Arts

The World's Room with Steve Byrne

(Fri 8 Mar: 8pm) The World's Room is a home for traditional singing in Edinburgh, organised by the Traditional Music Forum and held in the Canons' Gait Bar. All are welcome!

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Canons' Gait

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Workshop, Poetry

Aye Thrive: Visualising the Landscape

(Sun 10 Mar: 12pm) Calling all new and seasoned poets looking for an inclusive and experimental space to visualise the landscape. Join us for a session of guided exercises to prompt eco-poetry and craft your words into a pocket zine. No writing experience or zine-making skills are required, just come along with an open mind and a desire to address your climate anxieties and use the arts for activism to improve your well- being. Join Alice Eaves, a community-engaged writer and artist living and working in Edinburgh. She is Editor-in-Chief of the translated poetry chapbook Tiny Flames forthcoming with Forest Publications, recipient of a Peshkar Artist Development Award and a Melbourne UNESCO City of Literature virtual writer in residence. She holds an MSc in Creative Writing from the University of Edinburgh. Book Tickets Spit it Out is an award-winning organisation (SCIO) dedicated to opening conversations around consent, mental health and healing through creativity, accountability and community care. We realise the overarching goals of our project by collaborating with our community in delivering free activities and resources to learn together. We work on creating lasting change in our community through an intersectional Transformative Justice lens. Easy Sundays are supported by the Thrive Network alongside the Scottish Storytelling Centre to create a warm and welcoming space for the community.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue George Mackay Brown Library

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Arts & Crafts, Music, Trad Arts

Easy Sundays: The TAM Sessions

(Sun 10 Mar: 12pm - 3pm) Musicians Claire Gullan and Kirstie McLanaghan return to host another fantastic TAM Session, the collaborative project that combines two of their passions - playing Trad music and art & crafting. The TAM Sessions is an open and informal trad session, but with the lovely additional invitation to bring your sewing, knitting, crochet, or any other crafting project that you enjoy. Being able to play an instrument is not a pre-requisite and we welcome non-musicians to enjoy the tunes while they craft. In the same vein, please come along for a tune even if you don’t craft. Everyone is welcome! The driving factor behind this project is joy. A joyful experience has a direct, positive impact on our mental health. Community building through creative arts also creates a real sense of belonging and connectedness. Proficiency is not important, just come along and enjoy! ~~~~~~~~~~~ This event is part of Easy Sundays, a monthly session of stories, music, community and friendship, where warm welcome awaits with a variety of activities for all to enjoy. So come find a space to relax amongst friends, old and new. ~~~~~~~~~~ Supported by the Thrive Network alongside the Scottish Storytelling Centre to create a warm and welcoming space for the community.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Storytelling Court

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Theatre

You Don't Know This Yet

(Thu 14 Mar: 7:30pm) We don’t know what we don’t know. Emily knows she failed first year, and things have to change. Sarah knows she has a terminal diagnosis, but is going to university anyway. They don’t know they’ll meet, and they don’t know what they’ll mean to each other. The Drama Society are putting on A Midsummer Night’s Dream - or, they are if the production team can come to an agreement. And if they get enough people to sign up and audition. And if they can get through the rehearsals without arguments and break-ups. Though Shakespeare’s words are supposed to be confined to the stage, some strange things start to seep out into the lives of the cast and crew.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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Workshop, Storytelling, Development

Starting with Stories

(Sat 16 Mar: 10:30am) A hands-on, practical introduction to live storytelling and the associated skills. Storyteller Janis Mackay leads this participatory session for anyone curious about discovering and developing their own storytelling talent. Let out your inner storyteller and learn to craft your skills. For new and aspiring storytellers. Janis Mackay is an award-winning storyteller and author based in Edinburgh, Scotland, where she also teaches creative writing. She is the author of The Fairy Song, The Selkie Girl, and the Magnus Fin and Accidental Time Traveller trilogies. Janis also facilitates the Scottish Storytelling Forum's Apprentice Storyteller programme. ~~~~~~~~~~ Our participatory sessions are designed to help you improve your skills and share your experiences with fellow storytelling enthusiasts. This carefully curated workshop programme offers you the chance to work with highly-skilled and experienced artists, giving you guidance on improving your practice and discovering your own talent. Did you know? Members of the Scottish Storytelling Forum are entitled to discounted rates on our storytelling workshops. For more information on memberships please visit the Storytelling Forum website. ~~~~~~~~~~ Pay it Forward If you are willing and able to donate a workshop place to another person, you now can! Click the button above and select the ticket price to donate. We will then be able to offer a free place to someone who would not have been able to attend otherwise. If you feel the Pay It Forward scheme would benefit you and would like to request a free ticket please email our Reception Team where you will be allocated a ticket if available. We hold 1 space per workshop for Pay It Forward requests.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Training Venue

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Storytelling

Tall Tales Oscar

(Sat 16 Mar: 7pm) Join us for a special storytelling come all ye in celebration of the hilarious, mysterious or often just plain ridiculous tall tales that have been shared in the Netherbow Theatre across the years. Many of them shared by the great Jack Martin, whose memory and laughter we will honour on this special night. So, join us for some ferocious fibs and fables performed live on stage by some of Scotland's finest storytellers! ~~~~~ This is a non-competitive storytelling session. If you would like to be considered to share a 10min story please email our Reception Team or call 0131 556 9579 to register your interest. Scottish Storytelling Forum members tickets only £5.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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Music, Poetry, Gaelic

Donnchadh Bàn at 300

(Wed 20 Mar: 7:30pm) Donnchadh Bàn Mac an t-Saoir (Duncan Ban MacIntyre) – one of the greatest Gaelic poets and songwriters – was born 300 years ago. From Glen Orchy originally, he lived the last decades of his life in Edinburgh; one of the many Gaelic speakers to do so at the time. This event will celebrate his life and work through his own words and music performed by some of Scotland’s greatest singers and performers. Mary Ann Kennedy, Gillebride MacMillan, Allan MacDonald and members of the Lothian Gaelic Choir will share their own favourites of Donnchadh Bàn’s work in an evening of music and song, linking Glen Orchy and Edinburgh - and the eighteenth century to the present day. ~~~~~ Anns a’ Mhàrt 2024 tha sinn a’ comharrachadh 300 bliadhna on a rugadh an sàr-bhàrd Donnchadh Bàn Mac an t-Saoir. B’ ann à Gleann Urchaidh a bha e bho thùs, ach chuir e seachad mòran bhliadhnaichean ann an Dùn Èideann anns a’ phàirt mu dheireadh de a bheatha, imrich a rinn iomadach Gàidheal aig an àm. Aig an tachartas sònraichte seo bidh cuid de na seinneadairean as fheàrr ann an Alba a’ comharrachadh beatha agus saothair Dhonnchaidh Bhàin. Bidh Màiri Anna NicUalraig, Gillebride Mac a’ Mhaoilein, Ailean Dòmhnallach agus buill de Chòisir Ghàidhlig Lodainn a’ roinn cuid de na h-òrain as fheàrr leotha ann an oidhche de cheòl is òrain, a’ ceangal Gleann Urchaidh agus Dùn Èideann – agus an ochdamh linn deug ris an latha an-diugh. This event is organized by Ionad Gàidhlig Dùn Èideann and received funding from Bòrd na Gàidhlig and Alba Chruthachail

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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Music, Storytelling

Hearth Fire Sessions

(Sat 21 Mar: 7.30pm) Welcome to an eclectic night of ancient myth, contemporary storytelling, post-folk music, and physical artistry. Steeped in the traditions of Scottish storytelling, we evoke the warm atmosphere of peat-smoked hearthsides and ceilidh house revelry, presenting timeless motifs relevant to a discerning modern audience. Join host Dougie Mackay as he invites a different selection of Scotland’s finest storytellers, songwriters, musicians, and performing artists to each bi-monthly Hearth Fire Session to create an innovative showcase of Scotland’s contemporary culture. ~~~~~ Our guests for March are performance artist Jusztina Hermann, storyteller David Hughes and musician Jemima Thewes.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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Exhibition, Food

Exhibition: Word of Mouth

(Fri 22 Mar-Sat 20 Apr) "Documenting what I do in the kitchen can feel like the task of recording almost nothing. But it is the nothing that I am doing, and do almost every day, and have been doing everyday for over a decade. It is the nothing that has been part of almost every social interaction of my life as an adult and through which I have come to know almost all the people I love. It is the nothing through which I have been sustained and transformed." - Rebecca May Johnson Word of Mouth (WOM) is an exhibition of new artworks and writing exploring our relationship to food, cooking and kitchens. With work spanning across print, writing, textile, collage, and paint, WOM offers a reflective and collaborative space to consider how much food and cooking inform and sustain us in our everyday lives. WOM at the Scottish Storytelling Centre builds on small events hosted by Eleanor Mumford, Millie Player, and others in Edinburgh from 2021-2022, described as a ‘potluck of food/potluck of ideas.’ This is the latest iteration of WOM but not the last - the hope is that you may be inspired to host your own WOM in the future.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Storytelling Court

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Conference, Trad Arts, Development, Song

NASC Keynote Talk

(Fri 22 Mar: 1:30pm) We are pleased to welcome the third North Atlantic Song Convention to the Scottish Storytelling Centre from Fri 22 – Sun 24 March 2024. This exciting event will bring together singers and supporters from around the world to celebrate and learn about our rich song traditions. The convention features a variety of talks, workshops, panels, song circles, concerts, and more, all designed to support, encourage, and develop three primary audiences: grassroots community and non-professionals, academics, educationalists, archives, and professional artists and industry. Guests include: Linus Orri, Eilidh Cormack, Josie Duncan, Professor Mairéad Nic Craith, Bláithín Mac Cana, Tom Besford, Emma Björling, David Francis, Brian Ó hEadhra and Dr Esbjörn Wettermark. Purchase a Delegate Pass to make the most of the Convention. Passes are priced at £30 (Day Pass) or £60 (Weekend Pass), with Student Passes priced at £15 and £30 respectively. These will allow you to book free tickets for all events. Events are individually ticketed and will be on sale from Mon 8 January 2024. For more details and a full schedule please visit the North Atlantic Song website.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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Conference, Trad Arts, Song

NASC Panel: Futureproofing Archives and Collections

(Fri 22 Mar: 1:30pm) We are pleased to welcome the third North Atlantic Song Convention to the Scottish Storytelling Centre from Fri 22 – Sun 24 March 2024. This exciting event will bring together singers and supporters from around the world to celebrate and learn about our rich song traditions. The convention features a variety of talks, workshops, panels, song circles, concerts, and more, all designed to support, encourage, and develop three primary audiences: grassroots community and non-professionals, academics, educationalists, archives, and professional artists and industry. Guests include: Linus Orri, Eilidh Cormack, Josie Duncan, Professor Mairéad Nic Craith, Bláithín Mac Cana, Tom Besford, Emma Björling, David Francis, Brian Ó hEadhra and Dr Esbjörn Wettermark. Purchase a Delegate Pass to make the most of the Convention. Passes are priced at £30 (Day Pass) or £60 (Weekend Pass), with Student Passes priced at £15 and £30 respectively. These will allow you to book free tickets for all events. Events are individually ticketed and will be onsale from Mon 8 January 2024. For more details and a full schedule please visit the North Atlantic Song website.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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Conference, Trad Arts, Development, Song

NASC Workshop: English Song

(Fri 22 Mar: 2:30pm) We are pleased to welcome the third North Atlantic Song Convention to the Scottish Storytelling Centre from Fri 22 – Sun 24 March 2024. This exciting event will bring together singers and supporters from around the world to celebrate and learn about our rich song traditions. The convention features a variety of talks, workshops, panels, song circles, concerts, and more, all designed to support, encourage, and develop three primary audiences: grassroots community and non-professionals, academics, educationalists, archives, and professional artists and industry. Guests include: Linus Orri, Eilidh Cormack, Josie Duncan, Professor Mairéad Nic Craith, Bláithín Mac Cana, Tom Besford, Emma Björling, David Francis, Brian Ó hEadhra and Dr Esbjörn Wettermark. Purchase a Delegate Pass to make the most of the Convention. Passes are priced at £30 (Day Pass) or £60 (Weekend Pass), with Student Passes priced at £15 and £30 respectively. These will allow you to book free tickets for all events. Events are individually ticketed and will be onsale from Mon 8 January 2024. For more details and a full schedule please visit the North Atlantic Song website.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue George Mackay Brown Library

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Conference, Trad Arts, Development, Song

NASC Open Discussion: Respecting Tradition, Encouraging Innovation

(Fri 22 Mar: 4pm) We are pleased to welcome the third North Atlantic Song Convention to the Scottish Storytelling Centre from Fri 22 – Sun 24 March 2024. This exciting event will bring together singers and supporters from around the world to celebrate and learn about our rich song traditions. The convention features a variety of talks, workshops, panels, song circles, concerts, and more, all designed to support, encourage, and develop three primary audiences: grassroots community and non-professionals, academics, educationalists, archives, and professional artists and industry. Guests include: Linus Orri, Eilidh Cormack, Josie Duncan, Professor Mairéad Nic Craith, Bláithín Mac Cana, Tom Besford, Emma Björling, David Francis, Brian Ó hEadhra and Dr Esbjörn Wettermark. Purchase a Delegate Pass to make the most of the Convention. Passes are priced at £30 (Day Pass) or £60 (Weekend Pass), with Student Passes priced at £15 and £30 respectively. These will allow you to book free tickets for all events. Events are individually ticketed and will be onsale from Mon 8 January 2024. For more details and a full schedule please visit the North Atlantic Song website.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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Conference, Trad Arts, Development, Song

NASC Workshop: Welsh Song

(Fri 22 Mar: 4pm) We are pleased to welcome the third North Atlantic Song Convention to the Scottish Storytelling Centre from Fri 22 – Sun 24 March 2024. This exciting event will bring together singers and supporters from around the world to celebrate and learn about our rich song traditions. The convention features a variety of talks, workshops, panels, song circles, concerts, and more, all designed to support, encourage, and develop three primary audiences: grassroots community and non-professionals, academics, educationalists, archives, and professional artists and industry. Guests include: Linus Orri, Eilidh Cormack, Josie Duncan, Professor Mairéad Nic Craith, Bláithín Mac Cana, Tom Besford, Emma Björling, David Francis, Brian Ó hEadhra and Dr Esbjörn Wettermark. Purchase a Delegate Pass to make the most of the Convention. Passes are priced at £30 (Day Pass) or £60 (Weekend Pass), with Student Passes priced at £15 and £30 respectively. These will allow you to book free tickets for all events. Events are individually ticketed and will be onsale from Mon 8 January 2024. For more details and a full schedule please visit the North Atlantic Song website.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue George Mackay Brown Library

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Song, Trad Arts

NASC Concert

(Fri 22 Mar: 7:30pm) We are pleased to welcome the third North Atlantic Song Convention to the Scottish Storytelling Centre from Fri 22 – Sun 24 March 2024. This exciting event will bring together singers and supporters from around the world to celebrate and learn about our rich song traditions. The convention features a variety of talks, workshops, panels, song circles, concerts, and more, all designed to support, encourage, and develop three primary audiences: grassroots community and non-professionals, academics, educationalists, archives, and professional artists and industry. Guests include: Linus Orri, Eilidh Cormack, Josie Duncan, Professor Mairéad Nic Craith, Bláithín Mac Cana, Tom Besford, Emma Björling, David Francis, Brian Ó hEadhra and Dr Esbjörn Wettermark. Purchase a Delegate Pass to make the most of the Convention. Passes are priced at £30 (Day Pass) or £60 (Weekend Pass), with Student Passes priced at £15 and £30 respectively. These will allow you to book free tickets for all events. Events are individually ticketed and will be onsale from Mon 8 January 2024. For more details and a full schedule please visit the North Atlantic Song website.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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Song, Free

North Atlantic Song Club

(Fri 22 Mar: 9pm. Venue to be announced) We are pleased to welcome the third North Atlantic Song Convention to the Scottish Storytelling Centre from Fri 22 – Sun 24 March 2024. This exciting event will bring together singers and supporters from around the world to celebrate and learn about our rich song traditions. The convention features a variety of talks, workshops, panels, song circles, concerts, and more, all designed to support, encourage, and develop three primary audiences: grassroots community and non-professionals, academics, educationalists, archives, and professional artists and industry. Guests include: Linus Orri, Eilidh Cormack, Josie Duncan, Professor Mairéad Nic Craith, Bláithín Mac Cana, Tom Besford, Emma Björling, David Francis, Brian Ó hEadhra and Dr Esbjörn Wettermark. Purchase a Delegate Pass to make the most of the Convention. Passes are priced at £30 (Day Pass) or £60 (Weekend Pass), with Student Passes priced at £15 and £30 respectively. These will allow you to book free tickets for all events. Events are individually ticketed and will be onsale from Mon 8 January 2024. For more details and a full schedule please visit the North Atlantic Song website.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue External Venue

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Conference, Trad Arts, Song

NASC Panel: A Career in Song?

(Sat 23 Mar: 10am) We are pleased to welcome the third North Atlantic Song Convention to the Scottish Storytelling Centre from Fri 22 – Sun 24 March 2024. This exciting event will bring together singers and supporters from around the world to celebrate and learn about our rich song traditions. The convention features a variety of talks, workshops, panels, song circles, concerts, and more, all designed to support, encourage, and develop three primary audiences: grassroots community and non-professionals, academics, educationalists, archives, and professional artists and industry. Guests include: Linus Orri, Eilidh Cormack, Josie Duncan, Professor Mairéad Nic Craith, Bláithín Mac Cana, Tom Besford, Emma Björling, David Francis, Brian Ó hEadhra and Dr Esbjörn Wettermark. Purchase a Delegate Pass to make the most of the Convention. Passes are priced at £30 (Day Pass) or £60 (Weekend Pass), with Student Passes priced at £15 and £30 respectively. These will allow you to book free tickets for all events. Events are individually ticketed and will be onsale from Mon 8 January 2024. For more details and a full schedule please visit the North Atlantic Song website.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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Conference, Trad Arts, Development, Song

NASC Workshop: Icelandic Song

(Sat 23 Mar: 10am) We are pleased to welcome the third North Atlantic Song Convention to the Scottish Storytelling Centre from Fri 22 – Sun 24 March 2024. This exciting event will bring together singers and supporters from around the world to celebrate and learn about our rich song traditions. The convention features a variety of talks, workshops, panels, song circles, concerts, and more, all designed to support, encourage, and develop three primary audiences: grassroots community and non-professionals, academics, educationalists, archives, and professional artists and industry. Guests include: Linus Orri, Eilidh Cormack, Josie Duncan, Professor Mairéad Nic Craith, Bláithín Mac Cana, Tom Besford, Emma Björling, David Francis, Brian Ó hEadhra and Dr Esbjörn Wettermark. Purchase a Delegate Pass to make the most of the Convention. Passes are priced at £30 (Day Pass) or £60 (Weekend Pass), with Student Passes priced at £15 and £30 respectively. These will allow you to book free tickets for all events. Events are individually ticketed and will be onsale from Mon 8 January 2024. For more details and a full schedule please visit the North Atlantic Song website.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue George Mackay Brown Library

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Conference, Trad Arts, Development, Song

NASC Panel: Educating and Inspiring the Next Generation

(Sat 23 Mar: 11:30am) We are pleased to welcome the third North Atlantic Song Convention to the Scottish Storytelling Centre from Fri 22 – Sun 24 March 2024. This exciting event will bring together singers and supporters from around the world to celebrate and learn about our rich song traditions. The convention features a variety of talks, workshops, panels, song circles, concerts, and more, all designed to support, encourage, and develop three primary audiences: grassroots community and non-professionals, academics, educationalists, archives, and professional artists and industry. Guests include: Linus Orri, Eilidh Cormack, Josie Duncan, Professor Mairéad Nic Craith, Bláithín Mac Cana, Tom Besford, Emma Björling, David Francis, Brian Ó hEadhra and Dr Esbjörn Wettermark. Purchase a Delegate Pass to make the most of the Convention. Passes are priced at £30 (Day Pass) or £60 (Weekend Pass), with Student Passes priced at £15 and £30 respectively. These will allow you to book free tickets for all events. Events are individually ticketed and will be onsale from Mon 8 January 2024. For more details and a full schedule please visit the North Atlantic Song website.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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Trad Arts, Development, Workshop, Conference, Songwriting

NASC Workshop: "Traditional" Songwriting

(Sat 23 Mar: 11:30am) We are pleased to welcome the third North Atlantic Song Convention to the Scottish Storytelling Centre from Fri 22 – Sun 24 March 2024. This exciting event will bring together singers and supporters from around the world to celebrate and learn about our rich song traditions. The convention features a variety of talks, workshops, panels, song circles, concerts, and more, all designed to support, encourage, and develop three primary audiences: grassroots community and non-professionals, academics, educationalists, archives, and professional artists and industry. Guests include: Linus Orri, Eilidh Cormack, Josie Duncan, Professor Mairéad Nic Craith, Bláithín Mac Cana, Tom Besford, Emma Björling, David Francis, Brian Ó hEadhra and Dr Esbjörn Wettermark. Purchase a Delegate Pass to make the most of the Convention. Passes are priced at £30 (Day Pass) or £60 (Weekend Pass), with Student Passes priced at £15 and £30 respectively. These will allow you to book free tickets for all events. Events are individually ticketed and will be onsale from Mon 8 January 2024. For more details and a full schedule please visit the North Atlantic Song website.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue George Mackay Brown Library

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Conference, Trad Arts, Development, Song

NASC Knowledge Sharing Session

(Sat 23 Mar: 10am) We are pleased to welcome the third North Atlantic Song Convention to the Scottish Storytelling Centre from Fri 22 – Sun 24 March 2024. This exciting event will bring together singers and supporters from around the world to celebrate and learn about our rich song traditions. The convention features a variety of talks, workshops, panels, song circles, concerts, and more, all designed to support, encourage, and develop three primary audiences: grassroots community and non-professionals, academics, educationalists, archives, and professional artists and industry. Guests include: Linus Orri, Eilidh Cormack, Josie Duncan, Professor Mairéad Nic Craith, Bláithín Mac Cana, Tom Besford, Emma Björling, David Francis, Brian Ó hEadhra and Dr Esbjörn Wettermark. Purchase a Delegate Pass to make the most of the Convention. Passes are priced at £30 (Day Pass) or £60 (Weekend Pass), with Student Passes priced at £15 and £30 respectively. These will allow you to book free tickets for all events. Events are individually ticketed and will be onsale from Mon 8 January 2024. For more details and a full schedule please visit the North Atlantic Song website.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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Trad Arts, Development, Song, Workshop, Conference

NASC Workshop: Recording and Releasing Folk Song

(Sat 23 Mar: 2pm) We are pleased to welcome the third North Atlantic Song Convention to the Scottish Storytelling Centre from Fri 22 – Sun 24 March 2024. This exciting event will bring together singers and supporters from around the world to celebrate and learn about our rich song traditions. The convention features a variety of talks, workshops, panels, song circles, concerts, and more, all designed to support, encourage, and develop three primary audiences: grassroots community and non-professionals, academics, educationalists, archives, and professional artists and industry. Guests include: Linus Orri, Eilidh Cormack, Josie Duncan, Professor Mairéad Nic Craith, Bláithín Mac Cana, Tom Besford, Emma Björling, David Francis, Brian Ó hEadhra and Dr Esbjörn Wettermark. Purchase a Delegate Pass to make the most of the Convention. Passes are priced at £30 (Day Pass) or £60 (Weekend Pass), with Student Passes priced at £15 and £30 respectively. These will allow you to book free tickets for all events. Events are individually ticketed and will be onsale from Mon 8 January 2024. For more details and a full schedule please visit the North Atlantic Song website.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue George Mackay Brown Library

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Conference, Trad Arts, Song

NASC Panel: Making Traditions Accessible

(Sat 23 Mar: 3:30pm) We are pleased to welcome the third North Atlantic Song Convention to the Scottish Storytelling Centre from Fri 22 – Sun 24 March 2024. This exciting event will bring together singers and supporters from around the world to celebrate and learn about our rich song traditions. The convention features a variety of talks, workshops, panels, song circles, concerts, and more, all designed to support, encourage, and develop three primary audiences: grassroots community and non-professionals, academics, educationalists, archives, and professional artists and industry. Guests include: Linus Orri, Eilidh Cormack, Josie Duncan, Professor Mairéad Nic Craith, Bláithín Mac Cana, Tom Besford, Emma Björling, David Francis, Brian Ó hEadhra and Dr Esbörn Wettermark. Purchase a Delegate Pass to make the most of the Convention. Passes are priced at £30 (Day Pass) or £60 (Weekend Pass), with Student Passes priced at £15 and £30 respectively. These will allow you to book free tickets for all events. Events are individually ticketed and will be onsale from Mon 8 January 2024. For more details and a full schedule please visit the North Atlantic Song website.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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Workshop, Conference, Development, Song

NASC Workshop: Irish Song

(Sat 23 Mar: 3:30pm) We are pleased to welcome the third North Atlantic Song Convention to the Scottish Storytelling Centre from Fri 22 – Sun 24 March 2024. This exciting event will bring together singers and supporters from around the world to celebrate and learn about our rich song traditions. The convention features a variety of talks, workshops, panels, song circles, concerts, and more, all designed to support, encourage, and develop three primary audiences: grassroots community and non-professionals, academics, educationalists, archives, and professional artists and industry. Guests include: Linus Orri, Eilidh Cormack, Josie Duncan, Professor Mairéad Nic Craith, Bláithín Mac Cana, Tom Besford, Emma Björling, David Francis, Brian Ó hEadhra and Dr Esbjörn Wettermark, with further guests announced soon. Purchase a Delegate Pass to make the most of the Convention. Passes are priced at £30 (Day Pass) or £60 (Weekend Pass), with Student Passes priced at £15 and £30 respectively. These will allow you to book free tickets for all events. Events are individually ticketed and will be on general public sale from Mon 8 January 2024. For more details and a full schedule please visit the North Atlantic Song website.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue George Mackay Brown Library

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Song, Trad Arts

NASC Concert

(Sat 23 Mar: 7:30pm) We are pleased to welcome the third North Atlantic Song Convention to the Scottish Storytelling Centre from Fri 22 – Sun 24 March 2024. This exciting event will bring together singers and supporters from around the world to celebrate and learn about our rich song traditions. The convention features a variety of talks, workshops, panels, song circles, concerts, and more, all designed to support, encourage, and develop three primary audiences: grassroots community and non-professionals, academics, educationalists, archives, and professional artists and industry. Guests include: Linus Orri, Eilidh Cormack, Josie Duncan, Professor Mairéad Nic Craith, Bláithín Mac Cana, Tom Besford, Emma Björling, David Francis, Brian Ó hEadhra and Dr Esbjörn Wettermark. Purchase a Delegate Pass to make the most of the Convention. Passes are priced at £30 (Day Pass) or £60 (Weekend Pass), with Student Passes priced at £15 and £30 respectively. These will allow you to book free tickets for all events. Events are individually ticketed and will be onsale from Mon 8 January 2024. For more details and a full schedule please visit the North Atlantic Song website.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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Conference, Song

NASC Annual General Meeting and Future Planning

(Sun 24 Mar: 10:30am) We are pleased to welcome the third North Atlantic Song Convention to the Scottish Storytelling Centre from Fri 22 – Sun 24 March 2024. This exciting event will bring together singers and supporters from around the world to celebrate and learn about our rich song traditions. The convention features a variety of talks, workshops, panels, song circles, concerts, and more, all designed to support, encourage, and develop three primary audiences: grassroots community and non-professionals, academics, educationalists, archives, and professional artists and industry. Guests include: Linus Orri, Eilidh Cormack, Josie Duncan, Professor Mairéad Nic Craith, Bláithín Mac Cana, Tom Besford, Emma Björling, David Francis, Brian Ó hEadhra and Dr Esbjörn Wettermark. Purchase a Delegate Pass to make the most of the Convention. Passes are priced at £30 (Day Pass) or £60 (Weekend Pass), with Student Passes priced at £15 and £30 respectively. These will allow you to book free tickets for all events. Events are individually ticketed and will be onsale from Mon 8 January 2024. For more details and a full schedule please visit the North Atlantic Song website.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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Storytelling

Guid Crack: Stories of Grief

(Fri 29 Mar: 7:30pm) Edinburgh’s monthly storytelling club, held upstairs in the Waverley Bar, with the usual open-floor section for anyone to share a story, song or poem around the theme or otherwise. With guest storyteller Russell McLarty. Hosted by Joanne Marr. ~~~~~ Russell McLarty is a hugely experienced storyteller with a fun and engaging style of telling, drawing from many traditions relevant to the different ages and stages of life with all its twists and its challenges. He has performed for a wide variety of groups in different settings and has led retreats and workshops including residential retreats on Iona and organisational and community training and development events.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue The Waverley Bar

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Music

Seán Gray: Fixed Assets Album Launch

(Fri 29 Mar: 7:30pm) Seán Gray’s debut album Fixed Assets digs into the politics and poetry of Ayrshire mining communities. As a Glasgow-based Ayrshire native, Gray is already firmly established in the international folk community as a session player, as a past member of the award winning Paul McKenna Band, and the recipient of a prestigious Celtic Connections New Voices composing commission, but it may be that he’s finally found his niche. The resultant ten track album Fixed Assets is deeply musical, lyrically compelling, beautifully considered and arranged, with the powerful poignancy of Rab Wilson’s poetry and Gray’s responsive composition and refined musical handling distilled into an evocative, respectful, acoustically adventurous exploration of living history.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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Storytelling

Burgh Blatherers' Storytelling Ceilidh: Cast Ne'er a Clout

(Wed 3 Apr: 7pm) Join Edinburgh's own Burgh Blatherers for the second of a regular open-floor storytelling night taking place throughout the year, a cosy gathering in the relaxed surroundings of the Storytelling Court with refreshments available from the Haggis Box Café. Hosted by Bob Mitchell and members of Burgh Blatherers storytelling club, who will transport you with their own stories and imaginative weavings while offering you the chance to tell your own tales!

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Storytelling Court

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True-life, Storytelling

In Shackleton's Orbit

(Wed 10 Apr: 7:30pm) 150 years after the birth of Ernest Shackleton, join Lindsey Gibb and Nicola Wright for a whirlwind tour of the life beyond the ice of the legendary polar explorer and the extraordinary women who inspired him: from school truant to Merchant Navy man, from dabbling in journalism to failed political ventures, from his years in Scotland to his eternal quest for treasure.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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LGBTQ+, Storytelling

Queer Folks' Tales

(Thu 11 Apr: 7:30pm) Welcome to Queer Folks’ Tales, our hugely popular bi-monthly storytelling series where queer storytellers from a diverse range of backgrounds, ages and cultures around Edinburgh and Scotland share stories of LGBTQ+ lives, past, present and future. Sometimes hilarious, often moving, occasionally shocking, the mix of true and fictional stories across the year is as varied as the range of storytellers we invite. Household names feature alongside new and diverse queer storytellers from the different communities of Scotland. Many of the stories told in the Queer Folks' Tales evenings will be true stories of LGBTQ+ experience in Scotland today. Hosted by Edinburgh’s Turan Ali, joined in April by captivating writer-performers Leyla Josephine and Harry Mould plus acclaimed singer-songwriter Mike McKenzie. 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, and more recently as a stand up. His shows have toured internationally and he has two sell out monthly storytelling shows in Vienna. He is the host and producer of Queer Folks’ Tales. Mike McKenzie is an award winning singer/songwriter based in Edinburgh. His eclectic influences create a unique writing style. He’s performed in some of Scotland's most iconic venues (Barrowland Ballroom, King Tut's, Mash House). He also recently joined forces with legendary synth player PJ Moore (The Blue Nile) and composer Malcolm Lindsay as the lead singer for their collaborative project PJ Moore & Co. Harry Mould (they/she) is an artist, writer, storyteller and a theatre consultant and board member for Equity, Edinburgh’s Lyceum, theatre companies Vanishing Point and Wonder Fools, Harassment in the Performing Arts. They are a member of Bolton Pride festival and the Edinburgh Caribbean Association. Leyla Josephine is a poet, screenwriter, performer and educator originally from Glasgow, currently living in south Ayrshire. She has won a number of awards for her poetry. Her shows include the critically praised Hopeless and Daddy Drag, which explores memories of Leyla's father.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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Song, Trad Arts

The World's Room with Chris Miles

(Fri 5 Apr: 8pm) The World's Room is a home for traditional singing in Edinburgh, organised by the Traditional Music Forum and held in the Canons' Gait Bar. All are welcome! ~~~~~

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Canons' Gait

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Workshop, Storytelling, Development

Further into Stories

(Sat 13 Apr: 10.30am) A hands-on, practical introduction to developing your live storytelling skills, with leading storyteller Ruth Kirkpatrick. This participative session takes you a step further in exploring your own storytelling talent in various contexts and situations. Let out your inner storyteller and learn to hone your skills. For storytellers with some amount of experience. ~~~~~~~~~~ Our participatory sessions are designed to help you improve your skills and share your experiences with fellow storytelling enthusiasts. This carefully curated workshop programme offers you the chance to work with highly-skilled and experienced artists, giving you guidance on improving your practice and discovering your own talent. Did you know? Members of the Scottish Storytelling Forum are entitled to discounted rates on our storytelling workshops. For more information on memberships please visit the Storytelling Forum website. ~~~~~~~~~~ Pay it Forward If you are willing and able to donate a workshop place to another person, you now can! Click the button above and select the ticket price to donate. We will then be able to offer a free place to someone who would not have been able to attend otherwise. If you feel the Pay It Forward scheme would benefit you and would like to request a free ticket please email our Reception Team where you will be allocated a ticket if available. We hold 1 space per workshop for Pay It Forward requests.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Training Venue

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Spoken Word

Loud Poets Central Slam Heat

(Fri 19 Apr: 7:30pm) After the massive success of the inaugural Loud Poets Slam Series in 2023, I Am Loud Productions are back to do it all over again! Join Loud Poets at the Scottish Storytelling Centre as poets take to the stage to compete in the regional poetry slam heat for Central Scotland. Hosted by Kevin Mclean, 9-12 poets will compete for the title of Central Regional Slam Champion and a prize of £200.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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Conference, Storytelling, Development

Scottish Storytelling Forum Development Day

(Sun 21 Apr: 10am-5pm at the Birnam Arts Centre) Storytellers are invited to the Storytelling Development Day 2024 at the Birnam Arts Centre in Dunkeld. Lunch and refreshments will be provided, please let us know any dietary requirements as soon as possible by emailing Scottish Storytelling Centre Reception. ~~~~~~~~~~ Schedule for the day: 10am-10:30am: Arrival refreshments and networking 10.30am: Welcome from Chair of the Forum Beverley Bryant 10.40am-11.20am: Keynote Speech with Daniel Serridge, The Village Storytelling Centre and discussion “What is Applied Storytelling?” 11.30am-1pm: WorkshopsWorkshop 1: ESOL Storytelling with Alice FernbankWorkshop 2: Working with Hard-to-Reach Groups with Lauren Bianchi 1pm: Lunch - Hot and Cold Buffet (all dietary requirements catered for) and sweet treats! 1.45pm-2.25pm: Community Storytelling Projects Presentations from Margaret Bennett, Alexandria Patience and Gauri Raje. 2.30pm-4pm: WorkshopsWorkshop 1: Storytelling in Prisons with Sam RoweWorkshop 2: Storytelling Games and Games that are Stories with Ailie Finlay 4pm-4.30pm: Refreshments and Networking with tea, coffee, and biscuits 4.30-5pm: SSF AGM ~~~~~~~~~~ Did you know? Members of the Scottish Storytelling Forum can attend this event for free, and are entitled to discounted rates on our storytelling workshops. For more information on memberships please visit the Storytelling Forum website.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue External Venue

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Storytelling

Guid Crack: The Fire of Stories

(Fri 26 Apr: 7:30pm) What stories keep the fire inside you burning? Join us as we look towards the warmer seasons with an evening of stories that light radiant flames in our hearts. Edinburgh’s monthly storytelling club, held upstairs in the Waverley Bar, with the usual open-floor section for anyone to share a story, song or poem around the theme or otherwise. With guest storyteller Daiva Ivanauskaitė. Hosted by Fiona Herbert. ~~~~~ Daiva Ivanauskaitė is a Lithuanian and Scottish Storyteller based in Glasgow who tells stories inspired by the myths and folklore, literature and biographical stories from Lithuania, Scotland and other lands. Daiva works with storytelling as a way of liberating voices and emotions, connecting to people, and feeling alive! As a performance storyteller her recent show Wolf Girl told the story of a German orphan finding new life in post-war Lithuania, ruled by the Soviet regime. In her upcoming new show Fire from the Woods, Daiva uses traditional tales to look at generational silence and the ‘silent fathers’ phenomena in our society. Daiva is also a community storyteller who works with the Village Storytelling Centre and focuses on adult community groups for their storytelling skills development and better mental health. She also works with the Lithuanian School of Scotland to use stories for Lithuanian families in Glasgow to facilitate language learning, cultural identity building and bonding.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue The Waverley Bar

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Music, Song, Tradfest

Cafe Ceilidh

(Tue 7 May: 2pm) Join friends from the Scots Music Group for an afternoon session of traditional songs, music, poems and stories. Held in the relaxed setting of the Storytelling Court. All welcome to listen or bring a tune for a turn!

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subvenue Storytelling Court

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Storytelling

Stories on the Way

(Wed 22 May: 7:30pm) Come and enjoy live storytelling in the relaxed setting of the Netherbow Theatre, where our amazing apprentice storytellers will show off their skills and explore this quarter's theme. Hosted by Janis Mackay, with a host of new storytelling voices to be announced.

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subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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Storytelling

Guid Crack

(Fri 31 May: 7:30pm) Edinburgh’s monthly storytelling club returns home to the upstairs of the Waverley Bar, with the usual open-floor section for anyone to share a story, song or poem around the theme or otherwise.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue The Waverley Bar

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Theatre, Storytelling

The Moira Trilogy

(Sat 1 Jun: 6:30pm) Cleaner and single-mum Moira lets rip about her neighbour’s dug, blasting oot Diana Ross at the Scotia karaoke night, watching Scotland get gubbed (again), dealing with cheeky c**ts on the train, cleaning posh folks’ hooses, and, of course, surviving lockdown with only vodka, fags and her long-suffering BFF Babs for company. Alan Bissett performs the complete, hilarious story of Falkirk’s Hardest Woman Moira Bell in ‘three modern classics of Scottish theatre’ (The National). Bringing together The Moira Monologues (2009), 2017’s Fringe First winner More Moira Monologues and the 2022 finale Moira in Lockdown, this nae-messin' heroine finally has her say IN FULL. “A near-perfect series of monologues, howlingly funny and unnervingly sharp and poetic. The most charismatic character to appear on a Scottish stage in a decade.” ★★★★★ (Scotsman) “Such a riot my ears popped a couple of times from the row behind me shouting with laughter.” ★★★★★ (The National) “Welcome back, Moira. We missed you.” ★★★★★ (Broadway Baby) “Heart-stoppingly funny, and heart-warming. Storytelling perfection.” ★★★★★ (The QR) “Great hilarity, simple truths and some profound moments too: it’s no wonder Moira has such a loyal following.” ★★★★ (The List)

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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LGBTQ+, Storytelling

Queer Folks' Tales

(Thu 13 June: 7:30pm) Welcome to Queer Folks’ Tales, our hugely popular bi-monthly storytelling series where queer storytellers from a diverse range of backgrounds, ages and cultures around Edinburgh and Scotland share stories of LGBTQ+ lives, past, present and future. Sometimes hilarious, often moving, occasionally shocking, the mix of true and fictional stories across the year is as varied as the range of storytellers we invite. Household names feature alongside new and diverse queer storytellers from the different communities of Scotland. Many of the stories told in the Queer Folks' Tales evenings will be true stories of LGBTQ+ experience in Scotland today. Hosted by Edinburgh’s Turan Ali.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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Storytelling

Guid Crack

(Fri 28 June: 7:30pm) Edinburgh’s monthly storytelling club returns home to the upstairs of the Waverley Bar, with the usual open-floor section for anyone to share a story, song or poem around the theme or otherwise.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue The Waverley Bar

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Storytelling

Burgh Blatherers' Storytelling Ceilidh: Children of the Sun

(Wed 3 Jul: 7pm) Join Edinburgh's own Burgh Blatherers for the second of a regular open-floor storytelling night taking place throughout the year, a cosy gathering in the relaxed surroundings of the Storytelling Court with refreshments available from the Haggis Box Café. Hosted by Bob Mitchell and members of Burgh Blatherers storytelling club, who will transport you with their own stories and imaginative weavings while offering you the chance to tell your own tales!

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Storytelling Court

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Storytelling

Burgh Blatherers' Storytelling Ceilidh: Secrets and Lies

(Wed 2 Oct: 7pm) Join Edinburgh's own Burgh Blatherers for the second of a regular open-floor storytelling night taking place throughout the year, a cosy gathering in the relaxed surroundings of the Storytelling Court with refreshments available from the Haggis Box Café. Hosted by Bob Mitchell and members of Burgh Blatherers storytelling club, who will transport you with their own stories and imaginative weavings while offering you the chance to tell your own tales!

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Storytelling Court

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Podcast, Storytelling, On Demand

Another Story (Podcast)

(Online On-Demand) Another Story is a new podcast series exploring some of the themes featured in this year’s Festival. Tune in to hear some wonderful storytellers share their favourite tales and chat about storytelling in Scotland and beyond. So settle down, or speed on up, to join us for another story… Available wherever you get your podcasts, including Spotify, Apple, Google and Amazon. Follow us by liking and subscribing so you don’t miss an episode! Listen Here

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue Online SISF

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Music, Storytelling, Online Pre-Recorded

Blue City: A Storytelling Journey along Edinburgh's Coastline

Explore Edinburgh as a city by the sea by enjoying this specially created story film. Follow the coastline from Fisherrow, on the boundary with East Lothian, to South Queensferry. A trail of harbours and wildlife havens that glimmers with stories from folklore, history and ecology. Devised by the SISF with storytellers Beverley Casebow, Douglas Mackay, Janis Mackay, Linda Perttula, Nicola Wright and Donald Smith, with music by Kenneth Linklater and the Bowling Ceilidh Band. Produced in support of the Forth Rivers Trust and Restoration Forth, Blue City: A Storytelling Journey along Edinburgh's Coastline is free to access. This film will be available on YouTube from Fri 14 Oct. View the film ~~~~~~~~~~ Over the past two years we have enjoyed being part of a fantastic online storytelling community across the world. We would love to further connect with you in our digital storytelling and development sessions, so whether you are based in Scotland, or further afield, let’s keep that fire lit on our global platforms. ~~~~~~~~~~ In Scotland’s Year of Stories, the Scottish International Storytelling Festival: Keep It Lit invites everyone to the ceilidh; locally, nationally and globally. At the core of Scotland’s culture and identity is the hospitable hearth - a place of solidarity and welcome for friend and stranger alike. Round that symbolic fire, experiences and memories are shared and hope affirmed.

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

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Online Pre-Recorded

Green City: Healing and Hope

Green City: Healing and Hope is a new storytelling film exploring the grassroots movement to turn Edinburgh green. The struggle for net zero will be won or lost in cities, so how is Edinburgh doing after 900 years as a burgh? Hear directly from people and places who think global and act local. Green City is a companion piece to Blue City (2022), which explored Edinburgh as a city by the sea. Narrated by Donald Smith, with contributions from fellow storytellers and activists. Co-Directed by Sandy McGhie (Channel 7A) & Donald Smith. Produced by the Scottish International Storytelling Festival, Green City: Healing and Hope will be free to access from Friday 16th February 2024. View the film

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue Online SISF

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Storytelling, Online Pre-Recorded, Film Screening

Map of Stories: Film Ceilidhs (Online On-Demand)

Enjoy several multimedia storytelling performances filmed live in the Scottish Storytelling Centre's Netherbow Theatre in October 2022, where a world of local Scottish stories unfolds through the live voices of traditional storytellers and site-specific film footage of the landscapes they emerge from. Featuring stories from Dumfries and Galloway, the North East, Orkney, the Outer Hebrides and Perth and Kinross. ~~~~~~~~~~ These live performances were part of Tales, Tongues and Trails, a celebration of regional and international language, landscape and identities for the Scottish International Storytelling Festival 2022. Map of Stories YouTube playlist of all five Film Ceilidhs Scottish International Storytelling Festival Live filming by Sandy McGhie (Channel 7A). ~~~~~~~~~~ Map of Stories is a collaboration between Transgressive North, Traditional Arts and Culture Scotland and Rectangle Design, supported by Creative Scotland and EventScotland as part of Scotland's Year of Stories 2022.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre Online

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Map of Stories: Film Ceilidhs (Online On-Demand)

Enjoy several multimedia storytelling performances filmed live in the Scottish Storytelling Centre's Netherbow Theatre in October 2022, where a world of local Scottish stories unfolds through the live voices of traditional storytellers and site-specific film footage of the landscapes they emerge from. Featuring stories from Dumfries and Galloway, the North East, Orkney, the Outer Hebrides and Perth and Kinross. ~~~~~~~~~~ These live performances were part of Tales, Tongues and Trails, a celebration of regional and international language, landscape and identities for the Scottish International Storytelling Festival 2022. Map of Stories YouTube playlist of all five Film Ceilidhs Scottish International Storytelling Festival Live filming by Sandy McGhie (Channel 7A). ~~~~~~~~~~ Map of Stories is a collaboration between Transgressive North, Traditional Arts and Culture Scotland and Rectangle Design, supported by Creative Scotland and EventScotland as part of Scotland's Year of Stories 2022.

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Exhibition: bold Celebrations

(Fri 23 Feb - Sun 17 Mar 2024) Join bold in celebrating 5 years of being bold, a partnership between the University of Edinburgh & Queen Margaret University. bold stands for Bringing Out Leaders in Dementia and envisages a world where living with dementia doesn’t matter for who we are as people or how we live our lives. bold uses creative methods and social leadership approaches, creating safe environments to explore & articulate shared values and beliefs. There is no right or wrong with creativity, enabling freedom to innovate and imagine. Creativity helps us see the world from different perspectives and uncovers our hidden strengths and vulnerabilities, enabling us to realise our potential & flourish. This vibrant bold Celebrations art exhibition by our partners, some of whom live with dementia, captures journeys of self-development & stories of lived experience that inspires & challenges societal perceptions of dementia. Running from Friday 23 February to Sunday 17 March 2024 accompanied by a bold Celebrations event on 4th March 2024, the exhibition showcases the creativity and voices of people living with dementia in film, visual art, conversations and quipu weaving. To find out more about this unique celebration of arts and leaders in dementia visit the bold Celebrations website.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Storytelling Court

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bold Celebrations

(Mon 4 Mar: 10am-5:30pm drop-in) bold stands for Bringing Out Leaders in Dementia; bold Celebrations marks 5 years of our award-winning bold programme. We envisage a world where living with dementia doesn’t matter for who we are as people or how we live our lives. We invite everyone to experience and enjoy the many ways that our diverse bold community of social leaders are using creativity to lift the voices and stories of lived experience, creating bold ripples of connection, meaning and impact across Scotland. bold Celebrations will share the stories and messages from those living with, supporting or working with people with dementia. This celebratory event is for anyone who wants to learn more about the bold social leadership programme, life’s stories, creative expressions and discovering how people are continuing to have meaningful lives and new experiences beyond a dementia diagnosis. On the 4th March 2024 we will be creating a bold dementia map of Scotland, showing film screenings highlighting the creativity of those living with dementia, having conversations about the bold future for dementia in Scotland, creatively weaving our bold stories into Quipus and showcasing a bold Celebrations Art Exhibition, on display Feb-Mar 2024. Book your FREE tickets below! To find out more about the bold Celebrations Programme, please visit the bold Celebrations website.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Storytelling Court

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Music, Storytelling, Poetry, Song

Cafe Ceilidh

(Tue 5 Mar: 2pm) Join friends from the Scots Music Group for an afternoon session of traditional songs, music, poems and stories. Held in the relaxed setting of the Storytelling Court. All welcome to listen or bring a tune for a turn!

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Storytelling Court

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Theatre, Development, New Writing

Page2Stage

(Tue 5 Mar: 7:30pm) Page2Stage is back at the Storytelling Centre, with another exciting line up of new writing. Showcasing extracts from four brand new plays read in front of a live audience, and industry panel providing dramaturgical feedback giving a rare insight into the creative process. You will then have a chance to carry on discussions, meet the team, writers and actors in the comfort of the Storytelling Centre bar. Join us for an exciting night of theatre! Featured in March: Janette Foggo – How To Build A Scottish DressKikelomo Hassan – Don’t They Feed You At HomeCharlotte Smith – Kitchen(ish) Sink(ish)Simon Barker – The Last Supper

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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Book Launch

Book Launch: Time to Play by Norma Allan

(Wed 6 Mar: 2:30pm) Join Norma Allan to celebrate the publication of Time to Play, her collection of poems on old age. This collection contains a variety of topics including Fun and Leisure, Women’s Vanities, Health, Techy Problems and a thoughtful Philosophical section dealing with this challenging stage of life. Most importantly, the poems are optimistic, upbeat and laced with humour. So enjoy a relaxed afternoon with Norma who will first talk about the collection and then read a selection of the poems to whet your appetite. Norma Allan is a retired teacher who has self-published a number of poetry collections and various non-fiction books; Time To Play is published by Main Point Books. She currently runs walking tours of Edinburgh in her capacity as a Blue Badge Tourist Guide.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Storytelling Court

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Theatre, Literature

Nora and Jim

(Wed 6 Mar: 7:30pm) “I offer you my heart” says he.“I’ll hold you to that” says she. In the course of one hour that pledge is tested, insight is gained into their hearts, their dreams and their ambitions. James Joyce, eyesight failing, forges on with what will eventually become his best-known work. Meanwhile Nora must hold the family together whilst the map of Europe shifts and changes around them, driving them further into exile. Connected by desire, sometimes separated with frustration, we follow Nora Barnacle and James Joyce as they set sail from Dublin on a cold windy October night in 1904 to embark on this most intriguing and celebrated of literary relationships. Presented by Dublin Theatre Productions for its Scottish premiere tour, Nora and Jim channels their story with acuity, sensitivity and charm. Written by Nora Connolly. Directed by Ronan Wilmot. Produced by Kevin Cronin and Jimmy Watson. Featuring Julie Hale (Shetland, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime West End & World Tour) as Nora and Rúaidhrí Conroy (Into the West, Six Shooter, received the Theatre World Award for his performance in The Cripple of Inishmaan) as Joyce.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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Poetry, International Women's Day, Spoken Word

Loud Poets Present: Speak Up!

(Thu 7 Mar: 7:30pm) Celebrate International Women’s Day with Loud Poets! A dazzling evening of poetry celebrating the diversity of women’s experiences, in support of the Edinburgh Rape Crisis Centre. Featuring a stellar lineup including RJ Hunter, Alice Tarbuck, Georgia Bartlett-McNeil, JL Williams, Jj Fadaka and Amy Jo Phillip plus an open mic! Co-hosted by Katie Ailes and Annie Rutherford. This event proudly celebrates all women, including trans and intersex women, and people of all genders are warmly invited to attend. The open mic section will centre the experiences of women and Loud Poets invite women, non-binary and gender-fluid people who are comfortable in that space to perform. To put your name in the hat for the open mic, please sign up via the link below (please note that as this is a charity fundraiser, open mic participants are asked to purchase a ticket for the event - thank you!). Open Mic signup All proceeds go to support the Edinburgh Rape Crisis Centre. Learn more about their important work by visiting their website.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Storytelling Court

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Storytelling, Historical

The Girls' Own Guide to Surviving History

(Fri 8 Mar: 7:30pm) Would you know what to do if you were accused of being a witch in the 17th century? How would you cope if your castle came under siege in the Scottish Wars of Independence? Wouldn’t life be easier if it came with an instruction manual...? Thankfully, Gillian Paterson and Nicola Wright have found just such a book to inspire this show! What follows is an irreverent yomp through women’s history, exploring tales of derring-do by feisty women, spanning nearly 1000 years. With silly songs and a ridiculous number of props, The Girls' Own Guide to Surviving History is a light-hearted look at the serious challenges faced by women through the centuries, told in the style of a Boys' Own adventure book! So, expect hot tips about surviving life as a pirate, fighting the system, and being a master (or mistress) of disguise. Originally performed at the Scottish International Storytelling Festival 2023, this is a special performance for International Women’s Day. ‘A merry romp!’ ★★★★★ (Quinntessential Review)

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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Song, Trad Arts

The World's Room with Steve Byrne

(Fri 8 Mar: 8pm) The World's Room is a home for traditional singing in Edinburgh, organised by the Traditional Music Forum and held in the Canons' Gait Bar. All are welcome!

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Canons' Gait

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Workshop, Poetry

Aye Thrive: Visualising the Landscape

(Sun 10 Mar: 12pm) Calling all new and seasoned poets looking for an inclusive and experimental space to visualise the landscape. Join us for a session of guided exercises to prompt eco-poetry and craft your words into a pocket zine. No writing experience or zine-making skills are required, just come along with an open mind and a desire to address your climate anxieties and use the arts for activism to improve your well- being. Join Alice Eaves, a community-engaged writer and artist living and working in Edinburgh. She is Editor-in-Chief of the translated poetry chapbook Tiny Flames forthcoming with Forest Publications, recipient of a Peshkar Artist Development Award and a Melbourne UNESCO City of Literature virtual writer in residence. She holds an MSc in Creative Writing from the University of Edinburgh. Book Tickets Spit it Out is an award-winning organisation (SCIO) dedicated to opening conversations around consent, mental health and healing through creativity, accountability and community care. We realise the overarching goals of our project by collaborating with our community in delivering free activities and resources to learn together. We work on creating lasting change in our community through an intersectional Transformative Justice lens. Easy Sundays are supported by the Thrive Network alongside the Scottish Storytelling Centre to create a warm and welcoming space for the community.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue George Mackay Brown Library

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Arts & Crafts, Music, Trad Arts

Easy Sundays: The TAM Sessions

(Sun 10 Mar: 12pm - 3pm) Musicians Claire Gullan and Kirstie McLanaghan return to host another fantastic TAM Session, the collaborative project that combines two of their passions - playing Trad music and art & crafting. The TAM Sessions is an open and informal trad session, but with the lovely additional invitation to bring your sewing, knitting, crochet, or any other crafting project that you enjoy. Being able to play an instrument is not a pre-requisite and we welcome non-musicians to enjoy the tunes while they craft. In the same vein, please come along for a tune even if you don’t craft. Everyone is welcome! The driving factor behind this project is joy. A joyful experience has a direct, positive impact on our mental health. Community building through creative arts also creates a real sense of belonging and connectedness. Proficiency is not important, just come along and enjoy! ~~~~~~~~~~~ This event is part of Easy Sundays, a monthly session of stories, music, community and friendship, where warm welcome awaits with a variety of activities for all to enjoy. So come find a space to relax amongst friends, old and new. ~~~~~~~~~~ Supported by the Thrive Network alongside the Scottish Storytelling Centre to create a warm and welcoming space for the community.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Storytelling Court

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Theatre

You Don't Know This Yet

(Thu 14 Mar: 7:30pm) We don’t know what we don’t know. Emily knows she failed first year, and things have to change. Sarah knows she has a terminal diagnosis, but is going to university anyway. They don’t know they’ll meet, and they don’t know what they’ll mean to each other. The Drama Society are putting on A Midsummer Night’s Dream - or, they are if the production team can come to an agreement. And if they get enough people to sign up and audition. And if they can get through the rehearsals without arguments and break-ups. Though Shakespeare’s words are supposed to be confined to the stage, some strange things start to seep out into the lives of the cast and crew.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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Workshop, Storytelling, Development

Starting with Stories

(Sat 16 Mar: 10:30am) A hands-on, practical introduction to live storytelling and the associated skills. Storyteller Janis Mackay leads this participatory session for anyone curious about discovering and developing their own storytelling talent. Let out your inner storyteller and learn to craft your skills. For new and aspiring storytellers. Janis Mackay is an award-winning storyteller and author based in Edinburgh, Scotland, where she also teaches creative writing. She is the author of The Fairy Song, The Selkie Girl, and the Magnus Fin and Accidental Time Traveller trilogies. Janis also facilitates the Scottish Storytelling Forum's Apprentice Storyteller programme. ~~~~~~~~~~ Our participatory sessions are designed to help you improve your skills and share your experiences with fellow storytelling enthusiasts. This carefully curated workshop programme offers you the chance to work with highly-skilled and experienced artists, giving you guidance on improving your practice and discovering your own talent. Did you know? Members of the Scottish Storytelling Forum are entitled to discounted rates on our storytelling workshops. For more information on memberships please visit the Storytelling Forum website. ~~~~~~~~~~ Pay it Forward If you are willing and able to donate a workshop place to another person, you now can! Click the button above and select the ticket price to donate. We will then be able to offer a free place to someone who would not have been able to attend otherwise. If you feel the Pay It Forward scheme would benefit you and would like to request a free ticket please email our Reception Team where you will be allocated a ticket if available. We hold 1 space per workshop for Pay It Forward requests.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Training Venue

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Storytelling

Tall Tales Oscar

(Sat 16 Mar: 7pm) Join us for a special storytelling come all ye in celebration of the hilarious, mysterious or often just plain ridiculous tall tales that have been shared in the Netherbow Theatre across the years. Many of them shared by the great Jack Martin, whose memory and laughter we will honour on this special night. So, join us for some ferocious fibs and fables performed live on stage by some of Scotland's finest storytellers! ~~~~~ This is a non-competitive storytelling session. If you would like to be considered to share a 10min story please email our Reception Team or call 0131 556 9579 to register your interest. Scottish Storytelling Forum members tickets only £5.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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Music, Poetry, Gaelic

Donnchadh Bàn at 300

(Wed 20 Mar: 7:30pm) Donnchadh Bàn Mac an t-Saoir (Duncan Ban MacIntyre) – one of the greatest Gaelic poets and songwriters – was born 300 years ago. From Glen Orchy originally, he lived the last decades of his life in Edinburgh; one of the many Gaelic speakers to do so at the time. This event will celebrate his life and work through his own words and music performed by some of Scotland’s greatest singers and performers. Mary Ann Kennedy, Gillebride MacMillan, Allan MacDonald and members of the Lothian Gaelic Choir will share their own favourites of Donnchadh Bàn’s work in an evening of music and song, linking Glen Orchy and Edinburgh - and the eighteenth century to the present day. ~~~~~ Anns a’ Mhàrt 2024 tha sinn a’ comharrachadh 300 bliadhna on a rugadh an sàr-bhàrd Donnchadh Bàn Mac an t-Saoir. B’ ann à Gleann Urchaidh a bha e bho thùs, ach chuir e seachad mòran bhliadhnaichean ann an Dùn Èideann anns a’ phàirt mu dheireadh de a bheatha, imrich a rinn iomadach Gàidheal aig an àm. Aig an tachartas sònraichte seo bidh cuid de na seinneadairean as fheàrr ann an Alba a’ comharrachadh beatha agus saothair Dhonnchaidh Bhàin. Bidh Màiri Anna NicUalraig, Gillebride Mac a’ Mhaoilein, Ailean Dòmhnallach agus buill de Chòisir Ghàidhlig Lodainn a’ roinn cuid de na h-òrain as fheàrr leotha ann an oidhche de cheòl is òrain, a’ ceangal Gleann Urchaidh agus Dùn Èideann – agus an ochdamh linn deug ris an latha an-diugh. This event is organized by Ionad Gàidhlig Dùn Èideann and received funding from Bòrd na Gàidhlig and Alba Chruthachail

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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Music, Storytelling

Hearth Fire Sessions

(Sat 21 Mar: 7.30pm) Welcome to an eclectic night of ancient myth, contemporary storytelling, post-folk music, and physical artistry. Steeped in the traditions of Scottish storytelling, we evoke the warm atmosphere of peat-smoked hearthsides and ceilidh house revelry, presenting timeless motifs relevant to a discerning modern audience. Join host Dougie Mackay as he invites a different selection of Scotland’s finest storytellers, songwriters, musicians, and performing artists to each bi-monthly Hearth Fire Session to create an innovative showcase of Scotland’s contemporary culture. ~~~~~ Our guests for March are performance artist Jusztina Hermann, storyteller David Hughes and musician Jemima Thewes.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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Exhibition, Food

Exhibition: Word of Mouth

(Fri 22 Mar-Sat 20 Apr) "Documenting what I do in the kitchen can feel like the task of recording almost nothing. But it is the nothing that I am doing, and do almost every day, and have been doing everyday for over a decade. It is the nothing that has been part of almost every social interaction of my life as an adult and through which I have come to know almost all the people I love. It is the nothing through which I have been sustained and transformed." - Rebecca May Johnson Word of Mouth (WOM) is an exhibition of new artworks and writing exploring our relationship to food, cooking and kitchens. With work spanning across print, writing, textile, collage, and paint, WOM offers a reflective and collaborative space to consider how much food and cooking inform and sustain us in our everyday lives. WOM at the Scottish Storytelling Centre builds on small events hosted by Eleanor Mumford, Millie Player, and others in Edinburgh from 2021-2022, described as a ‘potluck of food/potluck of ideas.’ This is the latest iteration of WOM but not the last - the hope is that you may be inspired to host your own WOM in the future.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Storytelling Court

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Conference, Trad Arts, Development, Song

NASC Keynote Talk

(Fri 22 Mar: 1:30pm) We are pleased to welcome the third North Atlantic Song Convention to the Scottish Storytelling Centre from Fri 22 – Sun 24 March 2024. This exciting event will bring together singers and supporters from around the world to celebrate and learn about our rich song traditions. The convention features a variety of talks, workshops, panels, song circles, concerts, and more, all designed to support, encourage, and develop three primary audiences: grassroots community and non-professionals, academics, educationalists, archives, and professional artists and industry. Guests include: Linus Orri, Eilidh Cormack, Josie Duncan, Professor Mairéad Nic Craith, Bláithín Mac Cana, Tom Besford, Emma Björling, David Francis, Brian Ó hEadhra and Dr Esbjörn Wettermark. Purchase a Delegate Pass to make the most of the Convention. Passes are priced at £30 (Day Pass) or £60 (Weekend Pass), with Student Passes priced at £15 and £30 respectively. These will allow you to book free tickets for all events. Events are individually ticketed and will be on sale from Mon 8 January 2024. For more details and a full schedule please visit the North Atlantic Song website.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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Conference, Trad Arts, Song

NASC Panel: Futureproofing Archives and Collections

(Fri 22 Mar: 1:30pm) We are pleased to welcome the third North Atlantic Song Convention to the Scottish Storytelling Centre from Fri 22 – Sun 24 March 2024. This exciting event will bring together singers and supporters from around the world to celebrate and learn about our rich song traditions. The convention features a variety of talks, workshops, panels, song circles, concerts, and more, all designed to support, encourage, and develop three primary audiences: grassroots community and non-professionals, academics, educationalists, archives, and professional artists and industry. Guests include: Linus Orri, Eilidh Cormack, Josie Duncan, Professor Mairéad Nic Craith, Bláithín Mac Cana, Tom Besford, Emma Björling, David Francis, Brian Ó hEadhra and Dr Esbjörn Wettermark. Purchase a Delegate Pass to make the most of the Convention. Passes are priced at £30 (Day Pass) or £60 (Weekend Pass), with Student Passes priced at £15 and £30 respectively. These will allow you to book free tickets for all events. Events are individually ticketed and will be onsale from Mon 8 January 2024. For more details and a full schedule please visit the North Atlantic Song website.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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Conference, Trad Arts, Development, Song

NASC Workshop: English Song

(Fri 22 Mar: 2:30pm) We are pleased to welcome the third North Atlantic Song Convention to the Scottish Storytelling Centre from Fri 22 – Sun 24 March 2024. This exciting event will bring together singers and supporters from around the world to celebrate and learn about our rich song traditions. The convention features a variety of talks, workshops, panels, song circles, concerts, and more, all designed to support, encourage, and develop three primary audiences: grassroots community and non-professionals, academics, educationalists, archives, and professional artists and industry. Guests include: Linus Orri, Eilidh Cormack, Josie Duncan, Professor Mairéad Nic Craith, Bláithín Mac Cana, Tom Besford, Emma Björling, David Francis, Brian Ó hEadhra and Dr Esbjörn Wettermark. Purchase a Delegate Pass to make the most of the Convention. Passes are priced at £30 (Day Pass) or £60 (Weekend Pass), with Student Passes priced at £15 and £30 respectively. These will allow you to book free tickets for all events. Events are individually ticketed and will be onsale from Mon 8 January 2024. For more details and a full schedule please visit the North Atlantic Song website.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue George Mackay Brown Library

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Conference, Trad Arts, Development, Song

NASC Open Discussion: Respecting Tradition, Encouraging Innovation

(Fri 22 Mar: 4pm) We are pleased to welcome the third North Atlantic Song Convention to the Scottish Storytelling Centre from Fri 22 – Sun 24 March 2024. This exciting event will bring together singers and supporters from around the world to celebrate and learn about our rich song traditions. The convention features a variety of talks, workshops, panels, song circles, concerts, and more, all designed to support, encourage, and develop three primary audiences: grassroots community and non-professionals, academics, educationalists, archives, and professional artists and industry. Guests include: Linus Orri, Eilidh Cormack, Josie Duncan, Professor Mairéad Nic Craith, Bláithín Mac Cana, Tom Besford, Emma Björling, David Francis, Brian Ó hEadhra and Dr Esbjörn Wettermark. Purchase a Delegate Pass to make the most of the Convention. Passes are priced at £30 (Day Pass) or £60 (Weekend Pass), with Student Passes priced at £15 and £30 respectively. These will allow you to book free tickets for all events. Events are individually ticketed and will be onsale from Mon 8 January 2024. For more details and a full schedule please visit the North Atlantic Song website.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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Conference, Trad Arts, Development, Song

NASC Workshop: Welsh Song

(Fri 22 Mar: 4pm) We are pleased to welcome the third North Atlantic Song Convention to the Scottish Storytelling Centre from Fri 22 – Sun 24 March 2024. This exciting event will bring together singers and supporters from around the world to celebrate and learn about our rich song traditions. The convention features a variety of talks, workshops, panels, song circles, concerts, and more, all designed to support, encourage, and develop three primary audiences: grassroots community and non-professionals, academics, educationalists, archives, and professional artists and industry. Guests include: Linus Orri, Eilidh Cormack, Josie Duncan, Professor Mairéad Nic Craith, Bláithín Mac Cana, Tom Besford, Emma Björling, David Francis, Brian Ó hEadhra and Dr Esbjörn Wettermark. Purchase a Delegate Pass to make the most of the Convention. Passes are priced at £30 (Day Pass) or £60 (Weekend Pass), with Student Passes priced at £15 and £30 respectively. These will allow you to book free tickets for all events. Events are individually ticketed and will be onsale from Mon 8 January 2024. For more details and a full schedule please visit the North Atlantic Song website.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue George Mackay Brown Library

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Song, Trad Arts

NASC Concert

(Fri 22 Mar: 7:30pm) We are pleased to welcome the third North Atlantic Song Convention to the Scottish Storytelling Centre from Fri 22 – Sun 24 March 2024. This exciting event will bring together singers and supporters from around the world to celebrate and learn about our rich song traditions. The convention features a variety of talks, workshops, panels, song circles, concerts, and more, all designed to support, encourage, and develop three primary audiences: grassroots community and non-professionals, academics, educationalists, archives, and professional artists and industry. Guests include: Linus Orri, Eilidh Cormack, Josie Duncan, Professor Mairéad Nic Craith, Bláithín Mac Cana, Tom Besford, Emma Björling, David Francis, Brian Ó hEadhra and Dr Esbjörn Wettermark. Purchase a Delegate Pass to make the most of the Convention. Passes are priced at £30 (Day Pass) or £60 (Weekend Pass), with Student Passes priced at £15 and £30 respectively. These will allow you to book free tickets for all events. Events are individually ticketed and will be onsale from Mon 8 January 2024. For more details and a full schedule please visit the North Atlantic Song website.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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Song, Free

North Atlantic Song Club

(Fri 22 Mar: 9pm. Venue to be announced) We are pleased to welcome the third North Atlantic Song Convention to the Scottish Storytelling Centre from Fri 22 – Sun 24 March 2024. This exciting event will bring together singers and supporters from around the world to celebrate and learn about our rich song traditions. The convention features a variety of talks, workshops, panels, song circles, concerts, and more, all designed to support, encourage, and develop three primary audiences: grassroots community and non-professionals, academics, educationalists, archives, and professional artists and industry. Guests include: Linus Orri, Eilidh Cormack, Josie Duncan, Professor Mairéad Nic Craith, Bláithín Mac Cana, Tom Besford, Emma Björling, David Francis, Brian Ó hEadhra and Dr Esbjörn Wettermark. Purchase a Delegate Pass to make the most of the Convention. Passes are priced at £30 (Day Pass) or £60 (Weekend Pass), with Student Passes priced at £15 and £30 respectively. These will allow you to book free tickets for all events. Events are individually ticketed and will be onsale from Mon 8 January 2024. For more details and a full schedule please visit the North Atlantic Song website.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue External Venue

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Conference, Trad Arts, Song

NASC Panel: A Career in Song?

(Sat 23 Mar: 10am) We are pleased to welcome the third North Atlantic Song Convention to the Scottish Storytelling Centre from Fri 22 – Sun 24 March 2024. This exciting event will bring together singers and supporters from around the world to celebrate and learn about our rich song traditions. The convention features a variety of talks, workshops, panels, song circles, concerts, and more, all designed to support, encourage, and develop three primary audiences: grassroots community and non-professionals, academics, educationalists, archives, and professional artists and industry. Guests include: Linus Orri, Eilidh Cormack, Josie Duncan, Professor Mairéad Nic Craith, Bláithín Mac Cana, Tom Besford, Emma Björling, David Francis, Brian Ó hEadhra and Dr Esbjörn Wettermark. Purchase a Delegate Pass to make the most of the Convention. Passes are priced at £30 (Day Pass) or £60 (Weekend Pass), with Student Passes priced at £15 and £30 respectively. These will allow you to book free tickets for all events. Events are individually ticketed and will be onsale from Mon 8 January 2024. For more details and a full schedule please visit the North Atlantic Song website.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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Conference, Trad Arts, Development, Song

NASC Workshop: Icelandic Song

(Sat 23 Mar: 10am) We are pleased to welcome the third North Atlantic Song Convention to the Scottish Storytelling Centre from Fri 22 – Sun 24 March 2024. This exciting event will bring together singers and supporters from around the world to celebrate and learn about our rich song traditions. The convention features a variety of talks, workshops, panels, song circles, concerts, and more, all designed to support, encourage, and develop three primary audiences: grassroots community and non-professionals, academics, educationalists, archives, and professional artists and industry. Guests include: Linus Orri, Eilidh Cormack, Josie Duncan, Professor Mairéad Nic Craith, Bláithín Mac Cana, Tom Besford, Emma Björling, David Francis, Brian Ó hEadhra and Dr Esbjörn Wettermark. Purchase a Delegate Pass to make the most of the Convention. Passes are priced at £30 (Day Pass) or £60 (Weekend Pass), with Student Passes priced at £15 and £30 respectively. These will allow you to book free tickets for all events. Events are individually ticketed and will be onsale from Mon 8 January 2024. For more details and a full schedule please visit the North Atlantic Song website.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue George Mackay Brown Library

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Conference, Trad Arts, Development, Song

NASC Panel: Educating and Inspiring the Next Generation

(Sat 23 Mar: 11:30am) We are pleased to welcome the third North Atlantic Song Convention to the Scottish Storytelling Centre from Fri 22 – Sun 24 March 2024. This exciting event will bring together singers and supporters from around the world to celebrate and learn about our rich song traditions. The convention features a variety of talks, workshops, panels, song circles, concerts, and more, all designed to support, encourage, and develop three primary audiences: grassroots community and non-professionals, academics, educationalists, archives, and professional artists and industry. Guests include: Linus Orri, Eilidh Cormack, Josie Duncan, Professor Mairéad Nic Craith, Bláithín Mac Cana, Tom Besford, Emma Björling, David Francis, Brian Ó hEadhra and Dr Esbjörn Wettermark. Purchase a Delegate Pass to make the most of the Convention. Passes are priced at £30 (Day Pass) or £60 (Weekend Pass), with Student Passes priced at £15 and £30 respectively. These will allow you to book free tickets for all events. Events are individually ticketed and will be onsale from Mon 8 January 2024. For more details and a full schedule please visit the North Atlantic Song website.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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Trad Arts, Development, Workshop, Conference, Songwriting

NASC Workshop: "Traditional" Songwriting

(Sat 23 Mar: 11:30am) We are pleased to welcome the third North Atlantic Song Convention to the Scottish Storytelling Centre from Fri 22 – Sun 24 March 2024. This exciting event will bring together singers and supporters from around the world to celebrate and learn about our rich song traditions. The convention features a variety of talks, workshops, panels, song circles, concerts, and more, all designed to support, encourage, and develop three primary audiences: grassroots community and non-professionals, academics, educationalists, archives, and professional artists and industry. Guests include: Linus Orri, Eilidh Cormack, Josie Duncan, Professor Mairéad Nic Craith, Bláithín Mac Cana, Tom Besford, Emma Björling, David Francis, Brian Ó hEadhra and Dr Esbjörn Wettermark. Purchase a Delegate Pass to make the most of the Convention. Passes are priced at £30 (Day Pass) or £60 (Weekend Pass), with Student Passes priced at £15 and £30 respectively. These will allow you to book free tickets for all events. Events are individually ticketed and will be onsale from Mon 8 January 2024. For more details and a full schedule please visit the North Atlantic Song website.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue George Mackay Brown Library

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Conference, Trad Arts, Development, Song

NASC Knowledge Sharing Session

(Sat 23 Mar: 10am) We are pleased to welcome the third North Atlantic Song Convention to the Scottish Storytelling Centre from Fri 22 – Sun 24 March 2024. This exciting event will bring together singers and supporters from around the world to celebrate and learn about our rich song traditions. The convention features a variety of talks, workshops, panels, song circles, concerts, and more, all designed to support, encourage, and develop three primary audiences: grassroots community and non-professionals, academics, educationalists, archives, and professional artists and industry. Guests include: Linus Orri, Eilidh Cormack, Josie Duncan, Professor Mairéad Nic Craith, Bláithín Mac Cana, Tom Besford, Emma Björling, David Francis, Brian Ó hEadhra and Dr Esbjörn Wettermark. Purchase a Delegate Pass to make the most of the Convention. Passes are priced at £30 (Day Pass) or £60 (Weekend Pass), with Student Passes priced at £15 and £30 respectively. These will allow you to book free tickets for all events. Events are individually ticketed and will be onsale from Mon 8 January 2024. For more details and a full schedule please visit the North Atlantic Song website.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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Trad Arts, Development, Song, Workshop, Conference

NASC Workshop: Recording and Releasing Folk Song

(Sat 23 Mar: 2pm) We are pleased to welcome the third North Atlantic Song Convention to the Scottish Storytelling Centre from Fri 22 – Sun 24 March 2024. This exciting event will bring together singers and supporters from around the world to celebrate and learn about our rich song traditions. The convention features a variety of talks, workshops, panels, song circles, concerts, and more, all designed to support, encourage, and develop three primary audiences: grassroots community and non-professionals, academics, educationalists, archives, and professional artists and industry. Guests include: Linus Orri, Eilidh Cormack, Josie Duncan, Professor Mairéad Nic Craith, Bláithín Mac Cana, Tom Besford, Emma Björling, David Francis, Brian Ó hEadhra and Dr Esbjörn Wettermark. Purchase a Delegate Pass to make the most of the Convention. Passes are priced at £30 (Day Pass) or £60 (Weekend Pass), with Student Passes priced at £15 and £30 respectively. These will allow you to book free tickets for all events. Events are individually ticketed and will be onsale from Mon 8 January 2024. For more details and a full schedule please visit the North Atlantic Song website.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue George Mackay Brown Library

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Conference, Trad Arts, Song

NASC Panel: Making Traditions Accessible

(Sat 23 Mar: 3:30pm) We are pleased to welcome the third North Atlantic Song Convention to the Scottish Storytelling Centre from Fri 22 – Sun 24 March 2024. This exciting event will bring together singers and supporters from around the world to celebrate and learn about our rich song traditions. The convention features a variety of talks, workshops, panels, song circles, concerts, and more, all designed to support, encourage, and develop three primary audiences: grassroots community and non-professionals, academics, educationalists, archives, and professional artists and industry. Guests include: Linus Orri, Eilidh Cormack, Josie Duncan, Professor Mairéad Nic Craith, Bláithín Mac Cana, Tom Besford, Emma Björling, David Francis, Brian Ó hEadhra and Dr Esbörn Wettermark. Purchase a Delegate Pass to make the most of the Convention. Passes are priced at £30 (Day Pass) or £60 (Weekend Pass), with Student Passes priced at £15 and £30 respectively. These will allow you to book free tickets for all events. Events are individually ticketed and will be onsale from Mon 8 January 2024. For more details and a full schedule please visit the North Atlantic Song website.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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Workshop, Conference, Development, Song

NASC Workshop: Irish Song

(Sat 23 Mar: 3:30pm) We are pleased to welcome the third North Atlantic Song Convention to the Scottish Storytelling Centre from Fri 22 – Sun 24 March 2024. This exciting event will bring together singers and supporters from around the world to celebrate and learn about our rich song traditions. The convention features a variety of talks, workshops, panels, song circles, concerts, and more, all designed to support, encourage, and develop three primary audiences: grassroots community and non-professionals, academics, educationalists, archives, and professional artists and industry. Guests include: Linus Orri, Eilidh Cormack, Josie Duncan, Professor Mairéad Nic Craith, Bláithín Mac Cana, Tom Besford, Emma Björling, David Francis, Brian Ó hEadhra and Dr Esbjörn Wettermark, with further guests announced soon. Purchase a Delegate Pass to make the most of the Convention. Passes are priced at £30 (Day Pass) or £60 (Weekend Pass), with Student Passes priced at £15 and £30 respectively. These will allow you to book free tickets for all events. Events are individually ticketed and will be on general public sale from Mon 8 January 2024. For more details and a full schedule please visit the North Atlantic Song website.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue George Mackay Brown Library

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Song, Trad Arts

NASC Concert

(Sat 23 Mar: 7:30pm) We are pleased to welcome the third North Atlantic Song Convention to the Scottish Storytelling Centre from Fri 22 – Sun 24 March 2024. This exciting event will bring together singers and supporters from around the world to celebrate and learn about our rich song traditions. The convention features a variety of talks, workshops, panels, song circles, concerts, and more, all designed to support, encourage, and develop three primary audiences: grassroots community and non-professionals, academics, educationalists, archives, and professional artists and industry. Guests include: Linus Orri, Eilidh Cormack, Josie Duncan, Professor Mairéad Nic Craith, Bláithín Mac Cana, Tom Besford, Emma Björling, David Francis, Brian Ó hEadhra and Dr Esbjörn Wettermark. Purchase a Delegate Pass to make the most of the Convention. Passes are priced at £30 (Day Pass) or £60 (Weekend Pass), with Student Passes priced at £15 and £30 respectively. These will allow you to book free tickets for all events. Events are individually ticketed and will be onsale from Mon 8 January 2024. For more details and a full schedule please visit the North Atlantic Song website.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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Conference, Song

NASC Annual General Meeting and Future Planning

(Sun 24 Mar: 10:30am) We are pleased to welcome the third North Atlantic Song Convention to the Scottish Storytelling Centre from Fri 22 – Sun 24 March 2024. This exciting event will bring together singers and supporters from around the world to celebrate and learn about our rich song traditions. The convention features a variety of talks, workshops, panels, song circles, concerts, and more, all designed to support, encourage, and develop three primary audiences: grassroots community and non-professionals, academics, educationalists, archives, and professional artists and industry. Guests include: Linus Orri, Eilidh Cormack, Josie Duncan, Professor Mairéad Nic Craith, Bláithín Mac Cana, Tom Besford, Emma Björling, David Francis, Brian Ó hEadhra and Dr Esbjörn Wettermark. Purchase a Delegate Pass to make the most of the Convention. Passes are priced at £30 (Day Pass) or £60 (Weekend Pass), with Student Passes priced at £15 and £30 respectively. These will allow you to book free tickets for all events. Events are individually ticketed and will be onsale from Mon 8 January 2024. For more details and a full schedule please visit the North Atlantic Song website.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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Storytelling

Guid Crack: Stories of Grief

(Fri 29 Mar: 7:30pm) Edinburgh’s monthly storytelling club, held upstairs in the Waverley Bar, with the usual open-floor section for anyone to share a story, song or poem around the theme or otherwise. With guest storyteller Russell McLarty. Hosted by Joanne Marr. ~~~~~ Russell McLarty is a hugely experienced storyteller with a fun and engaging style of telling, drawing from many traditions relevant to the different ages and stages of life with all its twists and its challenges. He has performed for a wide variety of groups in different settings and has led retreats and workshops including residential retreats on Iona and organisational and community training and development events.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue The Waverley Bar

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Music

Seán Gray: Fixed Assets Album Launch

(Fri 29 Mar: 7:30pm) Seán Gray’s debut album Fixed Assets digs into the politics and poetry of Ayrshire mining communities. As a Glasgow-based Ayrshire native, Gray is already firmly established in the international folk community as a session player, as a past member of the award winning Paul McKenna Band, and the recipient of a prestigious Celtic Connections New Voices composing commission, but it may be that he’s finally found his niche. The resultant ten track album Fixed Assets is deeply musical, lyrically compelling, beautifully considered and arranged, with the powerful poignancy of Rab Wilson’s poetry and Gray’s responsive composition and refined musical handling distilled into an evocative, respectful, acoustically adventurous exploration of living history.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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Storytelling

Burgh Blatherers' Storytelling Ceilidh: Cast Ne'er a Clout

(Wed 3 Apr: 7pm) Join Edinburgh's own Burgh Blatherers for the second of a regular open-floor storytelling night taking place throughout the year, a cosy gathering in the relaxed surroundings of the Storytelling Court with refreshments available from the Haggis Box Café. Hosted by Bob Mitchell and members of Burgh Blatherers storytelling club, who will transport you with their own stories and imaginative weavings while offering you the chance to tell your own tales!

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Storytelling Court

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True-life, Storytelling

In Shackleton's Orbit

(Wed 10 Apr: 7:30pm) 150 years after the birth of Ernest Shackleton, join Lindsey Gibb and Nicola Wright for a whirlwind tour of the life beyond the ice of the legendary polar explorer and the extraordinary women who inspired him: from school truant to Merchant Navy man, from dabbling in journalism to failed political ventures, from his years in Scotland to his eternal quest for treasure.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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LGBTQ+, Storytelling

Queer Folks' Tales

(Thu 11 Apr: 7:30pm) Welcome to Queer Folks’ Tales, our hugely popular bi-monthly storytelling series where queer storytellers from a diverse range of backgrounds, ages and cultures around Edinburgh and Scotland share stories of LGBTQ+ lives, past, present and future. Sometimes hilarious, often moving, occasionally shocking, the mix of true and fictional stories across the year is as varied as the range of storytellers we invite. Household names feature alongside new and diverse queer storytellers from the different communities of Scotland. Many of the stories told in the Queer Folks' Tales evenings will be true stories of LGBTQ+ experience in Scotland today. Hosted by Edinburgh’s Turan Ali, joined in April by captivating writer-performers Leyla Josephine and Harry Mould plus acclaimed singer-songwriter Mike McKenzie. 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, and more recently as a stand up. His shows have toured internationally and he has two sell out monthly storytelling shows in Vienna. He is the host and producer of Queer Folks’ Tales. Mike McKenzie is an award winning singer/songwriter based in Edinburgh. His eclectic influences create a unique writing style. He’s performed in some of Scotland's most iconic venues (Barrowland Ballroom, King Tut's, Mash House). He also recently joined forces with legendary synth player PJ Moore (The Blue Nile) and composer Malcolm Lindsay as the lead singer for their collaborative project PJ Moore & Co. Harry Mould (they/she) is an artist, writer, storyteller and a theatre consultant and board member for Equity, Edinburgh’s Lyceum, theatre companies Vanishing Point and Wonder Fools, Harassment in the Performing Arts. They are a member of Bolton Pride festival and the Edinburgh Caribbean Association. Leyla Josephine is a poet, screenwriter, performer and educator originally from Glasgow, currently living in south Ayrshire. She has won a number of awards for her poetry. Her shows include the critically praised Hopeless and Daddy Drag, which explores memories of Leyla's father.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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Song, Trad Arts

The World's Room with Chris Miles

(Fri 5 Apr: 8pm) The World's Room is a home for traditional singing in Edinburgh, organised by the Traditional Music Forum and held in the Canons' Gait Bar. All are welcome! ~~~~~

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Canons' Gait

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Workshop, Storytelling, Development

Further into Stories

(Sat 13 Apr: 10.30am) A hands-on, practical introduction to developing your live storytelling skills, with leading storyteller Ruth Kirkpatrick. This participative session takes you a step further in exploring your own storytelling talent in various contexts and situations. Let out your inner storyteller and learn to hone your skills. For storytellers with some amount of experience. ~~~~~~~~~~ Our participatory sessions are designed to help you improve your skills and share your experiences with fellow storytelling enthusiasts. This carefully curated workshop programme offers you the chance to work with highly-skilled and experienced artists, giving you guidance on improving your practice and discovering your own talent. Did you know? Members of the Scottish Storytelling Forum are entitled to discounted rates on our storytelling workshops. For more information on memberships please visit the Storytelling Forum website. ~~~~~~~~~~ Pay it Forward If you are willing and able to donate a workshop place to another person, you now can! Click the button above and select the ticket price to donate. We will then be able to offer a free place to someone who would not have been able to attend otherwise. If you feel the Pay It Forward scheme would benefit you and would like to request a free ticket please email our Reception Team where you will be allocated a ticket if available. We hold 1 space per workshop for Pay It Forward requests.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Training Venue

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Spoken Word

Loud Poets Central Slam Heat

(Fri 19 Apr: 7:30pm) After the massive success of the inaugural Loud Poets Slam Series in 2023, I Am Loud Productions are back to do it all over again! Join Loud Poets at the Scottish Storytelling Centre as poets take to the stage to compete in the regional poetry slam heat for Central Scotland. Hosted by Kevin Mclean, 9-12 poets will compete for the title of Central Regional Slam Champion and a prize of £200.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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Conference, Storytelling, Development

Scottish Storytelling Forum Development Day

(Sun 21 Apr: 10am-5pm at the Birnam Arts Centre) Storytellers are invited to the Storytelling Development Day 2024 at the Birnam Arts Centre in Dunkeld. Lunch and refreshments will be provided, please let us know any dietary requirements as soon as possible by emailing Scottish Storytelling Centre Reception. ~~~~~~~~~~ Schedule for the day: 10am-10:30am: Arrival refreshments and networking 10.30am: Welcome from Chair of the Forum Beverley Bryant 10.40am-11.20am: Keynote Speech with Daniel Serridge, The Village Storytelling Centre and discussion “What is Applied Storytelling?” 11.30am-1pm: WorkshopsWorkshop 1: ESOL Storytelling with Alice FernbankWorkshop 2: Working with Hard-to-Reach Groups with Lauren Bianchi 1pm: Lunch - Hot and Cold Buffet (all dietary requirements catered for) and sweet treats! 1.45pm-2.25pm: Community Storytelling Projects Presentations from Margaret Bennett, Alexandria Patience and Gauri Raje. 2.30pm-4pm: WorkshopsWorkshop 1: Storytelling in Prisons with Sam RoweWorkshop 2: Storytelling Games and Games that are Stories with Ailie Finlay 4pm-4.30pm: Refreshments and Networking with tea, coffee, and biscuits 4.30-5pm: SSF AGM ~~~~~~~~~~ Did you know? Members of the Scottish Storytelling Forum can attend this event for free, and are entitled to discounted rates on our storytelling workshops. For more information on memberships please visit the Storytelling Forum website.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue External Venue

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Storytelling

Guid Crack: The Fire of Stories

(Fri 26 Apr: 7:30pm) What stories keep the fire inside you burning? Join us as we look towards the warmer seasons with an evening of stories that light radiant flames in our hearts. Edinburgh’s monthly storytelling club, held upstairs in the Waverley Bar, with the usual open-floor section for anyone to share a story, song or poem around the theme or otherwise. With guest storyteller Daiva Ivanauskaitė. Hosted by Fiona Herbert. ~~~~~ Daiva Ivanauskaitė is a Lithuanian and Scottish Storyteller based in Glasgow who tells stories inspired by the myths and folklore, literature and biographical stories from Lithuania, Scotland and other lands. Daiva works with storytelling as a way of liberating voices and emotions, connecting to people, and feeling alive! As a performance storyteller her recent show Wolf Girl told the story of a German orphan finding new life in post-war Lithuania, ruled by the Soviet regime. In her upcoming new show Fire from the Woods, Daiva uses traditional tales to look at generational silence and the ‘silent fathers’ phenomena in our society. Daiva is also a community storyteller who works with the Village Storytelling Centre and focuses on adult community groups for their storytelling skills development and better mental health. She also works with the Lithuanian School of Scotland to use stories for Lithuanian families in Glasgow to facilitate language learning, cultural identity building and bonding.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue The Waverley Bar

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Music, Song, Tradfest

Cafe Ceilidh

(Tue 7 May: 2pm) Join friends from the Scots Music Group for an afternoon session of traditional songs, music, poems and stories. Held in the relaxed setting of the Storytelling Court. All welcome to listen or bring a tune for a turn!

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Storytelling Court

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Storytelling

Stories on the Way

(Wed 22 May: 7:30pm) Come and enjoy live storytelling in the relaxed setting of the Netherbow Theatre, where our amazing apprentice storytellers will show off their skills and explore this quarter's theme. Hosted by Janis Mackay, with a host of new storytelling voices to be announced.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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Storytelling

Guid Crack

(Fri 31 May: 7:30pm) Edinburgh’s monthly storytelling club returns home to the upstairs of the Waverley Bar, with the usual open-floor section for anyone to share a story, song or poem around the theme or otherwise.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue The Waverley Bar

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Theatre, Storytelling

The Moira Trilogy

(Sat 1 Jun: 6:30pm) Cleaner and single-mum Moira lets rip about her neighbour’s dug, blasting oot Diana Ross at the Scotia karaoke night, watching Scotland get gubbed (again), dealing with cheeky c**ts on the train, cleaning posh folks’ hooses, and, of course, surviving lockdown with only vodka, fags and her long-suffering BFF Babs for company. Alan Bissett performs the complete, hilarious story of Falkirk’s Hardest Woman Moira Bell in ‘three modern classics of Scottish theatre’ (The National). Bringing together The Moira Monologues (2009), 2017’s Fringe First winner More Moira Monologues and the 2022 finale Moira in Lockdown, this nae-messin' heroine finally has her say IN FULL. “A near-perfect series of monologues, howlingly funny and unnervingly sharp and poetic. The most charismatic character to appear on a Scottish stage in a decade.” ★★★★★ (Scotsman) “Such a riot my ears popped a couple of times from the row behind me shouting with laughter.” ★★★★★ (The National) “Welcome back, Moira. We missed you.” ★★★★★ (Broadway Baby) “Heart-stoppingly funny, and heart-warming. Storytelling perfection.” ★★★★★ (The QR) “Great hilarity, simple truths and some profound moments too: it’s no wonder Moira has such a loyal following.” ★★★★ (The List)

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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LGBTQ+, Storytelling

Queer Folks' Tales

(Thu 13 June: 7:30pm) Welcome to Queer Folks’ Tales, our hugely popular bi-monthly storytelling series where queer storytellers from a diverse range of backgrounds, ages and cultures around Edinburgh and Scotland share stories of LGBTQ+ lives, past, present and future. Sometimes hilarious, often moving, occasionally shocking, the mix of true and fictional stories across the year is as varied as the range of storytellers we invite. Household names feature alongside new and diverse queer storytellers from the different communities of Scotland. Many of the stories told in the Queer Folks' Tales evenings will be true stories of LGBTQ+ experience in Scotland today. Hosted by Edinburgh’s Turan Ali.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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Storytelling

Guid Crack

(Fri 28 June: 7:30pm) Edinburgh’s monthly storytelling club returns home to the upstairs of the Waverley Bar, with the usual open-floor section for anyone to share a story, song or poem around the theme or otherwise.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue The Waverley Bar

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Storytelling

Burgh Blatherers' Storytelling Ceilidh: Children of the Sun

(Wed 3 Jul: 7pm) Join Edinburgh's own Burgh Blatherers for the second of a regular open-floor storytelling night taking place throughout the year, a cosy gathering in the relaxed surroundings of the Storytelling Court with refreshments available from the Haggis Box Café. Hosted by Bob Mitchell and members of Burgh Blatherers storytelling club, who will transport you with their own stories and imaginative weavings while offering you the chance to tell your own tales!

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Storytelling Court

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Storytelling

Burgh Blatherers' Storytelling Ceilidh: Secrets and Lies

(Wed 2 Oct: 7pm) Join Edinburgh's own Burgh Blatherers for the second of a regular open-floor storytelling night taking place throughout the year, a cosy gathering in the relaxed surroundings of the Storytelling Court with refreshments available from the Haggis Box Café. Hosted by Bob Mitchell and members of Burgh Blatherers storytelling club, who will transport you with their own stories and imaginative weavings while offering you the chance to tell your own tales!

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre

subvenue Storytelling Court

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Podcast, Storytelling, On Demand

Another Story (Podcast)

(Online On-Demand) Another Story is a new podcast series exploring some of the themes featured in this year’s Festival. Tune in to hear some wonderful storytellers share their favourite tales and chat about storytelling in Scotland and beyond. So settle down, or speed on up, to join us for another story… Available wherever you get your podcasts, including Spotify, Apple, Google and Amazon. Follow us by liking and subscribing so you don’t miss an episode! Listen Here

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue Online SISF

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Music, Storytelling, Online Pre-Recorded

Blue City: A Storytelling Journey along Edinburgh's Coastline

Explore Edinburgh as a city by the sea by enjoying this specially created story film. Follow the coastline from Fisherrow, on the boundary with East Lothian, to South Queensferry. A trail of harbours and wildlife havens that glimmers with stories from folklore, history and ecology. Devised by the SISF with storytellers Beverley Casebow, Douglas Mackay, Janis Mackay, Linda Perttula, Nicola Wright and Donald Smith, with music by Kenneth Linklater and the Bowling Ceilidh Band. Produced in support of the Forth Rivers Trust and Restoration Forth, Blue City: A Storytelling Journey along Edinburgh's Coastline is free to access. This film will be available on YouTube from Fri 14 Oct. View the film ~~~~~~~~~~ Over the past two years we have enjoyed being part of a fantastic online storytelling community across the world. We would love to further connect with you in our digital storytelling and development sessions, so whether you are based in Scotland, or further afield, let’s keep that fire lit on our global platforms. ~~~~~~~~~~ In Scotland’s Year of Stories, the Scottish International Storytelling Festival: Keep It Lit invites everyone to the ceilidh; locally, nationally and globally. At the core of Scotland’s culture and identity is the hospitable hearth - a place of solidarity and welcome for friend and stranger alike. Round that symbolic fire, experiences and memories are shared and hope affirmed.

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue Online SISF

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Online Pre-Recorded

Green City: Healing and Hope

Green City: Healing and Hope is a new storytelling film exploring the grassroots movement to turn Edinburgh green. The struggle for net zero will be won or lost in cities, so how is Edinburgh doing after 900 years as a burgh? Hear directly from people and places who think global and act local. Green City is a companion piece to Blue City (2022), which explored Edinburgh as a city by the sea. Narrated by Donald Smith, with contributions from fellow storytellers and activists. Co-Directed by Sandy McGhie (Channel 7A) & Donald Smith. Produced by the Scottish International Storytelling Festival, Green City: Healing and Hope will be free to access from Friday 16th February 2024. View the film

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue Online SISF

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Storytelling, Online Pre-Recorded, Film Screening

Map of Stories: Film Ceilidhs (Online On-Demand)

Enjoy several multimedia storytelling performances filmed live in the Scottish Storytelling Centre's Netherbow Theatre in October 2022, where a world of local Scottish stories unfolds through the live voices of traditional storytellers and site-specific film footage of the landscapes they emerge from. Featuring stories from Dumfries and Galloway, the North East, Orkney, the Outer Hebrides and Perth and Kinross. ~~~~~~~~~~ These live performances were part of Tales, Tongues and Trails, a celebration of regional and international language, landscape and identities for the Scottish International Storytelling Festival 2022. Map of Stories YouTube playlist of all five Film Ceilidhs Scottish International Storytelling Festival Live filming by Sandy McGhie (Channel 7A). ~~~~~~~~~~ Map of Stories is a collaboration between Transgressive North, Traditional Arts and Culture Scotland and Rectangle Design, supported by Creative Scotland and EventScotland as part of Scotland's Year of Stories 2022.

Location Scottish Storytelling Centre Online

subvenue Online

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Map of Stories: Film Ceilidhs (Online On-Demand)

Enjoy several multimedia storytelling performances filmed live in the Scottish Storytelling Centre's Netherbow Theatre in October 2022, where a world of local Scottish stories unfolds through the live voices of traditional storytellers and site-specific film footage of the landscapes they emerge from. Featuring stories from Dumfries and Galloway, the North East, Orkney, the Outer Hebrides and Perth and Kinross. ~~~~~~~~~~ These live performances were part of Tales, Tongues and Trails, a celebration of regional and international language, landscape and identities for the Scottish International Storytelling Festival 2022. Map of Stories YouTube playlist of all five Film Ceilidhs Scottish International Storytelling Festival Live filming by Sandy McGhie (Channel 7A). ~~~~~~~~~~ Map of Stories is a collaboration between Transgressive North, Traditional Arts and Culture Scotland and Rectangle Design, supported by Creative Scotland and EventScotland as part of Scotland's Year of Stories 2022.

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue Online SISF

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