Storytelling Clubs
Sourcing the art of story

Ceilidh Culture

Today in Scotland, if you see a ceilidh advertised, it’s likely to be an evening of participative dancing, led by a ceilidh band.

However, ceilidh originally meant ‘visiting’: a gathering of neighbours to tell stories, sing and occasionally to dance, if the evening went that way!

Over the last decade, Scottish Storytellers have revived the ceilidh tradition as a format for intimate storytelling events with a strong social dimension.

The structure of these evenings is traditionally informal and social. There will be a host for the evening to welcome everyone and contribute the first story or song. There is often a guest storyteller to provide a theme for the evening, but the floor is open to all to get up and have a go.

Tradition extends to payment. There are no tickets or booking. Normally a hat is passed around for contributions to pay the guest storyteller and support the organisation.

Edinburgh

Edinburgh’s Guid Crack Club

The Guid Crack Club meets at 7.30pm at the Fig Tree Bistro, St Mary’s St, EH1 1SU on the last Friday of the month. Check the Centre’s events calendar for upcoming events and any changes in the schedule.

Upcoming Guid Crack Sessions

Café Voices

An intimate & welcoming spoken word night on the second Thursday of the month in the atmospheric Storytelling Court at the Scottish Storytelling Centre.

Check the Centre’s events calendar for upcoming events and any changes in the schedule.

Upcoming Cafe Voices Sessions

Burgh Blatherers Storytelling Club

Normally the first or second Friday of the month at 7.30pm at the Fig Tree Bistro, St Mary’s St, EH1 1SU.

All are welcome for an evening of storytelling where experienced & developing tellers can get extra performance time.

Contact: Jackie Carothers (Secretary)

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Glasgow

Glasgow Better Crack Club

Every third Friday of the month from 7.30pm at Tchai Ovna, Otago Lane, Glasgow.

Contact: Frances Logan (0141 574 4136)

Glasgow Even Better Crack Club

Once a month, generally on the second or third Saturday, 10.30am-12pm for families and children. Woodside Library, St George’s Road, Glasgow.

Contact: Frances Logan (0141 574 4136)

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Midlothian

BagaTelle

Meet at Gorebridge Library, EH23 4TT from 7.30pm on the last Monday of the month. It’s a friendly development group open to all, often heading to the local pub after for further refreshments.

Contact: Lea Taylor (0131 660 5783)

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Perthshire

Blether Tay-gither

The club meets every month on the last Tuesday at the The Butterfly Cafe, 28-30 Commercial Street, Dundee DD1 3EJ.

Contact: Sheila Kinninmonth (01334 474 836)

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Start Your Own Storytelling Club

If there are no clubs in your area, you or your organisation may wish to consider introducing storytelling to the activities of an existing club, or setting up a new one.

The Scottish Storytelling Forum and Traditional Arts & Culture Scotland are happy to offer advice on setting up clubs to appropriate contacts in the community.

Contact Miriam Morris (0131 558 8137) for advice.

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