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Black History Walking Tour of Edinburgh

Hear the fascinating but littleknown stories of Edinburgh’s deep connections with Africa, Asia and the Caribbean over the past 500 years. The walk around the centre of the city will make you see Edinburgh’s statues and buildings in a whole new way! Follow Lisa Williams, Edinburgh Caribbean Association on instagram @caribscot Booking and Info: In line with recent Scottish Government updates please read the following information:- Tours will meet outside of John Knox House Museum, next to the Well.- We ask that you wear a face covering for the safety of our staff, storytellers and other guests for the duration of the walking tour.- During the walking tour, please ensure you keep a 2m distance from other household groups.- For your safety tour sizes have been limited so please book in advance to avoid disappointment.- We will provide a TourTalk wireless audio system so please bring headphones with a 3.5mm audio jack-plug.- Remember we are in Scotland, wear weather appropriate clothing!

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Corryvreckan: Inspiralled Tales

Explore Scotland’s mythical heritage as storyteller Fiona Herbert tells the tales surrounding the Corryvreckan whirlpool through the eyes of the much maligned and misunderstood Cailleach, the ancient Gaelic creation goddess. In doing so, she dives beneath the lies to celebrate female power, the true value of old age and the wisdom of the wild. Written and Performed by Fiona Herbert. With harp, fiddle and song from Emma Durkan. Supported by the National Lottery through Creative Scotland. Filmed at the Scottish Storytelling Centre. Part of the Voyage series - A Nation Shaped by the Sea Over centuries, real and imaginary voyages have connected Scotland to other coastal countries, near and far. Some of the story treasures that arrived and departed with them are now presented in this special series of traditional storytelling events celebrating Scotland as a nation shaped by the sea. Specially developed for the SISF 2020 by Scottish based storytellers and musicians, the performances are presented as live from the Netherbow Theatre, at the Scottish Storytelling Centre or on location where the stories are set. Experience some of Scotland’s best storytellers and musicians in the flow as they shape these incredible tales. This event is hosted on Crowdcast. We are using Crowdcast to broadcast the SISF Voyages. We have chosen this as the platform lets us broadcast to a large audience and take questions through the chat feature.Please use the 'Book your Ticket' button below to register for this event. You will be directed to a registration page on Crowdcast’s website where you can click to save your spot.Crowdcast will send you an email immediately with a link for you to confirm your registration. About ten minutes before the event, Crowdcast will send you a reminder with a link to join the event.Book Your Ticket You will be able to donate via Crowdcast during the performance. All Voyages will be available to stream from the time of premier until the 13 Nov.

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Online

Crowdcast Replay

Missed the boat on our storytelling Voyages? Couldn’t gather round the fireplace for our Open Hearths? Crowdcast lets you enjoy the Storytelling Festival’s premiered events when it suits you, even after they have ended. Follow the link to find past events and click follow to get an email before the next event goes live - www.crowdcast.io/sisf All Voyages and Open Hearth sessions will be available on demand until Fri 13 Nov. FAQ:Our Voyage events are split into two sessions. To view session 1 (the performance) or session 2 (the Q&A) select Schedule at the top left of the screen.Please note when watching recorded events on Crowdcast the performance may not start until a few minutes into the stream. 

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Enchanted Garden: Paths of Stories

Tune in with nature and rediscover the pleasure of strolling amongst trees while listening to beautiful stories. Scottish storytellers Amanda Edmiston, Daniel Allison, Daniel Serridge and Jane Mather will guide you on storywalks through the Royal Botanic Garden, unveiling the untold stories of trees and wildlife.All storywalks depart from the entrance next to John Hope Gateway on Arboretum Place. Follow signage for Storywalks. Wed 21 Oct - To Catch a Falling LeafIt is said that if you catch a falling leaf before it hits the ground, a wish will be granted. Try your luck on storyteller Daniel Serridge's story walk through the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, and hear stories of those who have tried and failed. Sat 24 Oct - Sylvan StepsStoryteller Amanda Edmiston shares stories and legends about the trees in the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, along with insights into the role they played at a tumultuous point of history, and the remedies and traditional uses they were known for and still offer today. These sessions draw from a new chapter of Amanda’s Very Curious Herbal project, especially curated for this interactive storywalk and inspired by pioneering Scotswoman Elizabeth Blackwell, the first woman to publish a herbal in 1737.  Wed 28 Oct - Raindrop TrailJoin us in a celebration of water and the stories it inspires. Storyteller Jane Mather will guide you through the magical landscape of the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh to discover pagodas, puddles and plentiful wishes. Sat 31 Oct - Between Two Worlds: Stories of SamhuinnTake a walk with storyteller Daniel Allison and listen to stories that go beyond the veil and into the otherworld. Featuring tales of warriors, word-smiths and wanders from across the Celtic world.  Booking & Info:For tickets please call Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh Tickets are limited to 6 people from a mazimum of 2 households. Please book in advance, tickets will not be available on the day. Venue:Royal Botanic Gardens EdinburghSee on Map In line with recent Scottish Government updates please read the following information:- We ask that you wear a face covering for the safety of our staff, storytellers and other guests for the duration of the walking tour.- During the walking tour, please ensure you keep a 2m distance from other household groups.- For your safety tour sizes have been limited so please book in advance to avoid disapointment.- We will provide a TourTalk wireless audio system so please bring headphones with a 3.5mm audio jack-plug.- Please remember we are Scotland, wear weather appropriate clothing!

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Exhibition: The Gruagach Solais

Free | Non-TicketedOpen: Mon - Sun 10am-6pm Highland Perthshire is a land rich in story and ancient lore deeply connected to its natural environment. The lifeblood that flows through this land are the waters that create the River Tay, without which the trees, birds, wild beings of earth, water and air would not survive.Claire Hewitt’s images are a response to the abundant natural and mythological landscape around her. From magical salmon to wild faerie cattle women, each image holds, like water, a memory of the most ancient of stories and the spirit of the place. The Gruagach Solais was a wise spirit of the blacksmith's fire, a spark of inspiration and wisdom taken from a Gaelic poem in Highland Perthshire. Please be advised the exhibition space is being used by the Scottish Storytelling Cafe - Please wear face coverings and maintain social distancing.

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Online, Live Webinar

Global Lab: The Earth Stories Collection

As humanity faces an ecological, social, economic and cultural storm, storytellers and communities worldwide are sourcing stories that offer healing and hope. Global Lab offers inspiring examples of creative practice in the arts, education and frontline activism, with the opportunity to share, question and dialogue. The Earth Stories Collection This workshop opens a window onto the international effort to disseminate and learn from indigenous traditions, in the face of environmental crisis. Grian Cutanda is a researcher, educator, psychologist and author of 15 books. A social and environmental activist, he has been involved in the organisation of the People’s Climate March (Edinburgh, 2014) and in the creation of Extinction Rebellion in Spain and Mexico. Along with his wife Marta Ventura, Grian is also the founder of the Avalon Project - Initiative for a Culture of Peace, and of The Earth Stories Collection, a bank of traditional stories from all over the world. Donald Smith is Director of the SISF, a community gardens activist, and co-founder of Earth Story Tellers. Daily Programme1.30pm: Welcome, Introductions and Presentation2.30pm: Break2.45pm: Workshop Sharing and Discussion4.30pm: End How to Book:This event is on a Pay What You Can model. Please select from the three available options below.The event will be held on Zoom. During the event all attendees will be on screen and able to communicate via the chat function, or via their video screens.If you have booked a ticket you will receive an Event Reminder email before start of the performance with your log in details. A booking fee of £1 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings. No booking fee is applied to tickets purchased in person from the Scottish Storytelling Centre Box Office.

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Online, Open-mic

Guid Crack Storytelling Session

Join us for the second of two special sessions of Edinburgh’s long-running storytelling night, with a guest storyteller each time and the usual open floor opportunity to share a tale of your own. All Saints Orkney based storyteller Fran Flett Hollinrake loves telling tales based on historical events, especially the darker sides of the stories. Ahead of All Saint’s Day join Fran for an evening of tales about Saints and other magical people! How to Book:This event will be held on Zoom. During the event all attendees will be on screen and able to communicate via the chat function.If you have booked a ticket you will receive an Event Reminder email before start of the performance with your log in details.This event is by donation (suggest £5). Please add a ticket to your basket and you can add a donation during checkout.

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In the Flow at Findhorn

Join storytellers Peter Vallance, Margot Henderson and Carol Scorer in a special evening of stories and songs. Following VisitScotland’s theme of Coasts and Waters, the storytellers will take you on a voyage of discovery to other worlds to meet magical beings who we believe will bless and heal us.Planned with COVID-19 restrictions in mind. Booking and Info:Tickets can only be booked online - universalhall.co.uk£10 (£5 Children)Venue:Universal Hall, The ParkFindhorn, IV36 3TZShow on Map

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Pre-recorded, Online

Maelrubha’s Day

This short film by Bob Pegg tells - in music and images - of a day in the life of St Maelrubha, the Irish monk who founded a monastery in Applecross over 1300 years ago. Maelrubha spent his last days as a hermit on Isle Maree in the middle of Loch Maree in Wester Ross, where the story is set. Booking and Info: Free | Non TicketedFurther Event information to follow.

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Live Broadcast, Online

Open Hearth: with Jan Blake, Peter Chand, Laura Simms & Jess Smith

The Festival’s famous Open Hearth sessions move online in a ceilidh of cultures. Join us for a specially curated lineup at each session featuring some of the finest traditional storytellers from around the world, hosted by a Scottish storyteller in the ceilidh tradition. The perfect way to end – or start – your day! Tonight's spooky storytellers are Jan Blake (England), Peter Chand (England) and Laura Simms (USA), hosted by Jess Smith (Scotland).Each storyteller will share a story around the theme of Hallowe'en, as well as one of their favourite tales from their country or culture. This event is also part of Signal Fires, a series of theatrical events at locations across the UK in celebration of our fundamental need to tell stories. In October and November, fires will light up across the UK with storytellers and audiences sharing in one of the original forms of theatre. The fires will signal the vibrancy of touring theatre, and the threat our industry continues to face.signalfires.co.ukSignal fire (n): A fire or light set up in a prominent position as a warning, signal, or celebration.This performance will be live captioned. This event is hosted on Crowdcast. We are using Crowdcast to broadcast the SISF Open Hearth. We have chosen this as the platform lets us broadcast to a large audience and take questions through the chat feature.Please use the 'Book your Ticket' button below to register for this event. You will be directed to a registration page on Crowdcast’s website where you can click to save your spot.Crowdcast will send you an email immediately with a link for you to confirm your registration. About ten minutes before the event, Crowdcast will send you a reminder with a link to join the event.Book Your Ticket You will be able to donate to the Storytelling Festival via Crowdcast during the performance. All Open Hearth performances will be available to stream until Fri 13 Nov.

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Arts & Crafts, Online

SISF Art Challenge: Waterlines

Love drawing? Join the first SISF online art challenge and engage with the festival community, with the chance to win a book of Scottish folktales.Mythical prompts will be released to inspire your imagination, taking you on an adventurous sea voyage.Check our Instagram @ScotStoryFest for updates and follow the hashtags #SISFArtChallenge #SISFWaterlines.

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Online, Open-mic

Scotland's Greatest Ghost Stories

What is your favourite ghost story attached to your community?As part of SISF 2020, we’re casting a net across the nation to catch ghost stories haunting each local area and to celebrate these tales with an online discussion, a workshop and a ghost story event on the last day of the festival… Saturday 31 October, Halloween!Do you know of a White Lady spectre that haunts a derelict castle, a local railway line haunted by a ghost train or a tales of local witches and warlocks? Then take part!Share and listen to all the ghostly tales during an online event on Halloween. Please note that this event is aimed at an adult audience and is not recommended for children under the age of 14. How to Book:This event will be held on Zoom. During the event all attendees will be on screen and able to communicate via the chat function, or via their video screens.If you have booked a ticket you will receive an Event Reminder Email before start of the performance with your log in details.This event is by donation (suggest £5). Please add a ticket to your basket and you can add a donation during checkout.

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Storytelling Cafe Sessions

Due to Scottish Government guidelines these storytelling sessions have been cancelled. Rediscover the joy of ‘eye to eye, mind to mind, and heart to heart’ storytelling. Wellbeing and connection flows through these daily sessions as the core ethos, with a special guest storyteller or musician and an open-floor section for audience participation. Further event information to follow. Venue:Scottish Storytelling Centre

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Pre-recorded, Online

The Birlinn

Are we heading for peace or war? Renowned piper and Gaelic tradition bearer, Ailean Domhnullach/Allan MacDonald premieres his musical evocation of sailing, sharing the majestic voyage of The Galley of Clanranald. Devised and performed with Aidan O'Rourke. The featured Gaelic text of Birlinn Chlann Raghnaill is by Alasdair Mac Mhaistear Alasdair, Jacobite Bard of Clan Ranald, alongside a new translation by Alan Riach. Filmed at the Scottish Storytelling Centre. Part of the Voyage series - A Nation Shaped by the Sea Over centuries, real and imaginary voyages have connected Scotland to other coastal countries, near and far. Some of the story treasures that arrived and departed with them are now presented in this special series of traditional storytelling events celebrating Scotland as a nation shaped by the sea. Specially developed for the SISF 2020 by Scottish based storytellers and musicians, the performances are presented as live from the Netherbow Theatre, at the Scottish Storytelling Centre or on location where the stories are set. Experience some of Scotland’s best storytellers and musicians in the flow as they shape these incredible tales. This event is hosted on Crowdcast. We are using Crowdcast to broadcast the SISF Voyages. We have chosen this as the platform lets us broadcast to a large audience and take questions through the chat feature.Please use the 'Book your Ticket' button below to register for this event. You will be directed to a registration page on Crowdcast’s website where you can click to save your spot.Crowdcast will send you an email immediately with a link for you to confirm your registration. About ten minutes before the event, Crowdcast will send you a reminder with a link to join the event.Book Your Ticket You will be able to donate via Crowdcast during the performance. All Voyages will be available to stream from the time of premier until the 13 Nov.

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The Witches Walk

Due to unforeseen circumstances this event has been cancelled. Take a wander with storytellers Lea Taylor and Mary Craig, walking where the witches feared to tread! Passing St Giles Cathedral and the National Library of Scotland, they will take you down Victoria Street to Grassmarket and then up again to the Witches’ Well by Edinburgh Castle. In this fun, informative and interactive walk, Lea and Mary will intrigue and delight you with the gore, the facts and fiction and a little more besides. Bring umbrellas (this is Scotland after all) and a willingness to take part! Presented in collaboration with the National Library of Scotland. Booking and Info: In line with recent Scottish Government updates please read the following information:- Tours will meet outside of John Knox House Museum, next to the Well.- We ask that you wear a face covering for the safety of our staff, storytellers and other guests for the duration of the walking tour.- During the walking tour, please ensure you keep a 2m distance from other household groups.- For your safety tour sizes have been limited so please book in advance to avoid disappointment.- We will provide a TourTalk wireless audio system so please bring headphones with a 3.5mm audio jack-plug.- Remember we are in Scotland, wear weather appropriate clothing!

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