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Q&A: Nine Tales & Carols

Ahead of ‘Nine Tales and Carols’ on Saturday evening at the Storytelling Centre, we grabbed a few minutes with storytellers Beverley Bryant and Heather Yule to find out what to expect at their show, and where the inspiration came from. What has been your inspiration for ‘Nine Tales and Carols’? Beverley: ‘Over the years, Heather and … Continued


Jess Smith’s HOTT Film Wins Coveted Folk Society Award

Congratulations to Jess Smith and all the team at Heart of The Traveller (HOTT), whose film ‘A Sense of Identity’ won the ‘Non Print Media award’ at the Folklore Society awards, held in London on Wednesday 7 November 2018, where it was praised for its range, depth, and enlightening approach. ‘A Sense of Identity’ premiered at the Scottish Storytelling … Continued


SISF 2018 – The Story So Far

The Scottish International Storytelling Festival is on until the 31st of October and we’ve gathered some highlights and memorable moments from our recent events for you.   Opening at Stirling Castle Could there have been a more fitting and atmospheric setting for the opening of the Scottish International Storytelling Festival, an annual celebration dedicated to … Continued


Contribute to our Marathon Storytelling Spectacular

Love a chilling tale? Intrigued by the unknown? Then this Storytelling Festival finale event is right up your street… As the veil between light and dark invites the unholy to be blessed and the innocent to be drowned, host Alexander Mackenzie is looking for a merry band of mischievous storytellers to populate this marathon day … Continued


Festival Weekends Are Family Affairs

The nights are getting longer, the weather is cooling down and so the Scottish International Storytelling Festival begins, as we gather round the fire and share a story or a song. Harvest season can often surprise us with beautiful sunshine and vibrant colours, what better time to spend your weekends with the family, exploring enchanted … Continued


A Tale of Celebration – 30 Years of Growing Stories

It’s the 30th anniversary of the SISF, with 66 events in Edinburgh and 27 around Scotland, including strong collaborations with local and international organisations and a Scotland-wide Storytelling Campaign that encourages communities and individuals to engage with storytelling.  A birthday is the perfect time to reflect on the journey and achievements of the past 3 … Continued


Tasgadh – Small Grants for Traditional Arts

Tasgadh is a fund devolved from Creative Scotland, managed by Fèisean nan Gàidheal and open to organisations and individuals. Tasgadh is designed to provide support for traditional artists and organisations to create, perform, tour and showcase work. The fund can also support professional development and learning projects. The closing dates for applications in 2018/19 are: … Continued


30th Storytelling Festival Opens in Stirling Castle Great Hall

This year’s Scottish International Storytelling Festival opens in the Great Hall of Stirling Castle with a unique blend of music, song and story on Thursday 18 October. ‘OSSIAN: The Pipes and the Story’ brings together a feast of musical talent with some of Scotland’s leading storytellers to share the great Celtic saga of Fionn Mac Cumhaill, … Continued


New Book: A Story to Every Dance by Mats Melin

“The Scottish solo dance tradition is peppered with stories attached to specific dances… Most of these stories suggest an origin for a dance anchored in a distance past, but they may also form some level of meaning-making” Today our colleague, friend and TDFS board member, Mats Melin, releases his new book, A Story to Every Dance, published under … Continued


Dara Vallely – Growing Stories and Connecting Communities Through Image, Word and Play

Not long until the Scottish International Storytelling Festival opens its doors for the 30th time, delivering a programme that wholeheartedly celebrates the love for stories both locally and internationally. This year’s SISF theme is ‘Growing Stories’, seeking to explore the future of storytelling in Scotland, nurturing local roots, reaching out globally, and honouring Celtic traditions … Continued

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