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Fringe 2019: Q&A with Janis MacKay on Wee Seals and Selkies

Name of your show: Wee Seals & Selkies How would you describe your show in one sentence? Let award-winning children’s author and storyteller Janis Mackay take the whole family on a heart-warming journey to the sea, to meet a brave wee seal, and a magical selkie, accompanied by fiddle music. Is this the first time … Continued


Fringe 2019: Q&A with the Puppet State Theatre Company on JRR Tolkien’s Leaf by Niggle

Name of your show: Leaf by Niggle How would you describe your show in one sentence? The play of the book Tolkien wrote when he was worried he’d never finish The Lord of The Rings – suitable for fantasy fans and phobics alike. Is this the first time that you are performing at the Fringe? … Continued


Go Beyond Words at the Scottish International Storytelling Festival this October

There is no greater pleasure than the power of traditional storytelling taking listeners on a journey of the imagination. The 31st Scottish International Storytelling Festival features 60 events in Edinburgh and 22 throughout Scotland, with 20 international guests joining 60 Scottish artists to share old traditions and new connections, showcasing how music, dance and story communicate shared experiences that are ‘Beyond Words’. There … Continued


Scotland’s Stories – Online Teaching Resource

Scotland’s Stories presents a variety of traditional Scottish stories in written form and a collection of tales on video to allow pupils to access and experience the living storytelling tradition. The resource acts as a springboard for creating a story-rich culture in the classroom and will support literacy and language work in the classroom from … Continued


Creative Communities Resource

Introduction and Guidance for The People’s Parish initiative to explore the creative culture and heritage of every part of Scotland, empowering communities to shape and share their own stories of place. Downloadable Resource below includes: Getting Started Common Ground ABC of local distinctiveness Common Ground Parish Map The Way We Live Now Story Circle Guidelines … Continued


Tales of My Travels: Marion Kenny in India

I was fortunate to be awarded Professional Development funding from Creative Scotland to attend the Chennai Storytelling Festival as principal artist and to undertake research in traditional forms of storytelling and music in India. I began my journey in the remote westernmost corner of Rajasthan. The golden forted city of Jaisalmer rises like a giant … Continued


Stepmums, Sinners & Saints: Storytelling Shakes Up Perception of Women

Storytellers Daiva Ivanauskaitė and Franziska Droll shake up the perceptions of women and the role of stepmothers in popular culture – just ahead of Mothering Sunday – with an event on Thursday 28 March at the Centre. Is the word ‘stepmother’ still synonymous with ‘wicked’? Daiva and Franziska explore how the role of stepmother is … Continued


Thinking Global, Acting Local Empowers Flourishing Sustainable Tales on World Storytelling Day

World Storytelling Day, on Wednesday 20 March, will be marked in Edinburgh this year with inspiring events honouring one of Scotland’s finest contemporary storytellers, Andy Hunter, who was a pioneer for how storytelling can help navigate a world of climate and communication chaos by reconnecting to nature. Re-Storying Our Planet follows Andy’s environmental journeys across … Continued


Remembering the Legacy of Duncan Williamson as Part of National Storytelling Week

It’s fitting that Scotland’s national Centre for storytelling is honouring one of its most memorable enthusiasts, providing an opportunity to enjoy his stories told live, as well as a workshop to empower you to tell these fantastic tales. A three-fold exhibition of visual art, poetry and folk music brings to life the legacy of storyteller Duncan … Continued


Scottish Storytelling Centre: A Must See Visitor Attraction in Edinburgh

We did a recent collaboration with on why their guests should visit us here at the Scottish Storytelling Centre. Find out what they discovered below: Having great attractions near to where you’re staying adds to a hotel break. For our guests looking for hotels in Edinburgh we highly recommend adding the Scottish Storytelling Centre … Continued

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