COVID-19 Announcement

The Scottish Storytelling Centre and John Knox House are currently closed to the public.


Over £76,000 worth of funds launched to support Scottish arts world

Two Scottish arts funds, worth over £76,000, are now open and accepting applications in a bid to help Scottish artists and organisations to continue to deliver creative projects, after many of them have been severely affected financially by Covid-19. Being delivered by Gaelic arts organisation, Fèisean nan Gàidheal, on behalf of Creative Scotland, the funds … Continued


SISF Reveals 2020 Programme with Tickets Now Live to Book

Set sail this autumn, as the Scottish International Storytelling Festival (SISF) takes audiences on a voyage, exploring Scotland’s coasts and water through music and storytelling. The 2020 SISF programme is revealed today, promising an eclectic mix of online events spanning across the globe and small-scale face-to-face events, celebrating Scotland ‘a nation shaped by the sea’. … Continued


SISF 2020 – Charting new waters with CalMac Ferries

We are delighted to announce a new partnership with Caledonian MacBrayne Hebridean and Clyde Ferries. The three-year support of the festival starts with the Year of Scotland’s Coasts and Waters and continues until the 2022 festival, which will take place in the Year of Scotland’s Stories. Aligned with this year’s festival theme, In the Flow, … Continued


Global Music Match unites 14 Music Export Programs for a world first!

96 artists from 14 countries are taking part in what could be the largest online matchmaking of musicians ever undertaken. Created in a world first collaboration between founding partners Sounds Australia, Showcase Scotland Expo and Canada’s East Coast Music Association (ECMA), along with 11 other export organisations and showcase events from around the world, Global … Continued


Young artists receive crucial funding from Highland arts community

(Photo above: Chloe Bryce, Tain) New creative fund provides financial support and mentoring to emerging artists at a time when the arts are under threat Talented young creatives have received a much needed boost from the Highland arts community in a bid to support them with their creative community projects, at a time when the … Continued


We’re Open & Our Guidelines for Visiting

We’re open! We appreciate your support and patience during the last few months, and we kindly ask that you read all the information available below before we welcome you back to the Centre. We’re open from 10am to 6pm Friday – Sunday, with last entry to John Knox House at 5pm. The Storytelling Café is … Continued


Scotland the When – A Mad God’s Dream

It’s August—must be time for the Edinburgh Festivals! Only this year it isn’t. But don’t despair because A Mad God’s Dream brings you lust, intrigue, backstage drama, plot and counter-plot from the Edinburgh Festival. Ossian, the mainstage festival drama—is it a nationalist epic?—comes direct to your ever smaller screens. Donald Smith’s wicked novella summons up the … Continued


Bandcamp Fridays to continue throughout 2020 to support artists impacted by the pandemic

Bandcamp Fridays started in March 2020 to support artists impacted by the pandemic. On the first Friday of each month Bandcamp waive their fees so that the artist receives 100% of the revenue. In the past few months the music community has come together in a huge way: in just four days, fans put more than … Continued



A new campaign has launched demanding official recognition for the Scots language. Oor Vyce brings together academics, writers and political campaigners who want the Scottish Parliament to pass a law similar to the 2005 Gaelic Language Act to promote The Mither Tongue. They also want an official body like Bòrd na Gàidhlig, to raise the … Continued


Scotland the When – Bojo Comes to Holyrood

Cometh the hour, cometh the…? It is terrifying to watch the disconnection and bluster at the centre of UK government, as the Covid-19 impacts stack up. But the warning signs were there, and the key characters, as this humorous satire by Donald Smith shows. It was a laugh or cry moment when Bojo came to … Continued

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