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A Tapestry of Life – The Hills An In Atween

The film wis inspired by the question, ‘How can we support oor next generations t love an care for their land if they dinna hae a connection wi nature?’. Storytellers Grace Banks an Sheena Blackhall set out on a journey wi pupils fae four schools to explore the run o the rivers o Dee an Don fae the Cairngorms tae Aberdeen. Their wonder an discoveries are woven throughout in thochts, pictures, poetry, sang an stories, agin a backdrop o wunnerfu sichts an soonds fae river, land an sea. Booking and Info:Further event information to follow.

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In-person, Outdoor

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! Tickets will go on sale two weeks prior to the start of the festival - subject to Scottish Government guidelines.

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By Leaves We Live: Patrick Geddes Story Tour of the Old Town

Walk in the footsteps of the great Victorian polymath, Patrick Geddes, who made his home in James Court and shaped the community and gardens of the Old Town. This walking tour explores parts of Edinburgh's Old Town, celebrating the inspirational work of the Scots environmentalist who coined the phrase 'Think global, act local'. Hear an introduction to Geddes' ideas and practice in the Lawnmarket, with a further look at some of the Geddes gardens and his ideas on ecology in Johnstone Terrace and the Grassmarket. Please note: this tour is now led by Jean Bareham, not Alette Willis as previously advertised. Tickets will go on sale two weeks prior to the start of the festival - subject to Scottish Government guidelines.

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Caddie Capers

Join the Old Town Caddies as they take you for a tour of Auld Reekie in story, song and rhyme. You’ll meet characters such as Deacon Brodie and Aggie the Fish Wife as the caddies lead you through the cobbled streets and closes to share the secrets of old Edinburgh with you! Interactive storytelling with the always entertaining Macastory. Tickets will go on sale two weeks prior to the start of the festival - subject to Scottish Government guidelines.

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Pre-recorded, Online

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.

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Deiseal | Sunwise

A three-stranded cord of stories, original music and images will take you on a historic voyage off Scotland’s west coast, as far as the outlying Hebridean islands of Hirta and North Rona. With stories arranged and told by storyteller Ian Stephen and new music from Mike Vass. Images selected and arranged by Christine Morrison. 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.

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Edinburgh Old Town Family Day

Celebrate the start of the Storytelling Festival with a session of stories, songs and sunshine (yes please!) outdoors, in the heart of Edinburgh’s Old Town.Presented in partnership with the Edinburgh Old Town Development Trust. Booking and Info:Further Event information to follow.Venue:Meet at the Scottish Storytelling Centre.Tickets will go on sale two weeks prior to the start of the festival - subject to Scottish Government guidelines.

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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 John Hope Gateway, meeting at the Real Life Science Studio. 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 check Royal Botanic Gardens EdinburghTickets will go on sale two weeks prior to the start of the festival - subject to Scottish Government guidelines.

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Enlightened Eccentrics!

From daring aeronauts and decidedly dodgy doctors to stony-broke bankers and dedicated drinkers, storyteller Jan Bee Brown will be drinking a toast to some entrepreneurs of the Enlightenment, inspired by social satirist John Kay. Kay published his first caustic caricature in 1784 and his biting wit and satirical style became so popular that he refurbished his barber’s shop, re-opening to sell his prints of his colourful clientele. There is a story behind every print, a song or two and many a close shave… so walk this way for a jaunt around Kay’s favourite haunts! Tickets will go on sale two weeks prior to the start of the festival - subject to Scottish Government guidelines.

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Exhibition

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: At Sea with the Selkies

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. At Sea with the Selkies What does it mean to lose your seal skin? What can we learn from the selkie stories when it comes to retrieving lost parts of ourselves? How can myth guide us and heal us? Scottish storyteller Janis Mackay has been working with stories for over 20 years. Traditional stories involving the physical or mental transformations of characters into other beings are among her favourite ones. Janis is also an author and she wrote her first novel Magnus Fin and the Ocean Quest while she was on a writer residency in Caithness, on Scotland’s north coast. The book was awarded the Kelpies Prize 2009. Janis is currently doing a PhD on the theme of blending myth with life story, focusing on selkie legends as a path towards well being and soul retrieval. 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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Global Lab: Deep Healing and Ecology

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. Deep Healing and Ecology Can we heal the planet without healing ourselves, and our fractured relationships?Laura Simms is an internationally acclaimed storyteller, writer and teacher, performing worldwide since 1970. She combines traditional narrative with personal story and has been a major inspiration in the healing and storytelling endeavour. Her most recent book, Our Secret Territory: The Essence of Storytelling, has been called “the best book ever written on storytelling” (Jay O’Callahan). She lives in New York City and is part of The Constellation, a worldwide development project, and is the artistic director of the Hans Christian Andersen Storytelling Center in NY. 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, Live Webinar

Global Lab: Journey to the Mountain Source

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. Journey to the Mountain Source Is there a spiritual dimension to storytelling traditions? If so, where better to encounter it than in the Indian subcontinent? Geeta Ramanujam is a pioneer for the storytelling movement in India and in this workshop she takes us back to the ancient roots of her traditions in the Himalayas. In addition to being an internationally renowned storyteller, Geeta is an educator, academician and administrator. She is the founder of the Kathalaya Trust and the International Academy of Storytelling, which has defined and evolved the ancient art of storytelling through workshops and certified courses, ensuring over 85,000 adults and 500,000 children have learnt and enjoyed the art of storytelling. 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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Global Lab: Living for the Sea

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. Living for the Sea YouthLink Scotland is the National Agency for youth work. Over the last 18 months they have been delivering the National Lottery Heritage Funded project, On Our Wave Length, which is a youth-led research project exploring environmental impacts on coastal communities. Young researchers from across Scotland have been exploring environmental issues that matter most to them and their communities, whether this be climate change, pollution, impacts on wildlife, oceans and so on.The young researchers are sharing their findings through storytelling both nationally and locally to help ensure that their key messages are spread throughout Scotland, hopefully for years to come. 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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Global Lab: Myths of the Corryvreckan Whirlpool

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. Myths of the Corryvreckan Whirlpool The Corryvreckan, between Jura and Scarba, is the world’s third largest whirlpool, and a deep source of mythological connections. This workshop enables a dialogue between storytelling traditions, archaeology and ecology. Seoras Macpherson is a traditional seanchaí based on the Isle of Skye. His stories come from family traditions passed down through many generations in Skye and Argyll. His repertoire is rich with tales of fairies, water horses and the seal people. Stuart McHardy has pioneered geo-mythography, studying specific locations and their detailed features in the light of storytelling traditions. He is a key collector of traditional Scots stories and has devoted increasing time and energy to sharing this work through live storytelling. Much of the research Stuart has undertaken over the past decade and a half is based upon material from the oral tradition, making the point that oral tradition can provide relevant and otherwise unavailable source material over centuries, if not millennia. 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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Global Lab: Native America and Scotland - Atlantic Crossings

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. Native America and Scotland: Atlantic Crossings What is the significance of Native American traditions for the modern world, and how can we connect with them in Scotland? Julie Cajune is the sum of many stories, with a Salish, Nex Perce and ScotsIrish mother, and a Chippewa and French father, but the largest part of her identity is Salish. Educator and citizen of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, Julie served in the public-school system, transitioning to Director of the CSKT Tribal Education Department. She has produced books, films, plays and curricula with a focus on American Indian history. She has received several prestigious honours for her education and cultural work. Douglas Mackay is fascinated by the natural confluence of stories, landscape and cultural traditions. Exploring regenerative culture lead him to the wild woods of Massachusetts in 2015 to embark on a fortnight of coyote mentoring. Douglas returned to Scotland with a question: which cultural tools and natural elements in Scotland can foster nature connection and community resilience today? What can be shared through friendship and reconciliation, to seed a sustainable culture and meet the challenges of the 21st century? 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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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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Global Lab: Tobar an Dualchais | Well of Stories

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. Tobar an Dualchais Tha spèis air a bhith aig Màrtainn Mac an t-Saoir dha na sgeulachdan fad bhliadhnachan is mar a bheir iad daoine cruinn is a bheir iad ioma seòrsa buannachd dhaibh. Bidh e ag innse feadhainn na Fèinne cho math ri feadhainn eile a bhuineas do dh’ eachdraidh nan Gàidheal is gu leòr eile às àiteachan eile is mu bheatha dhaoine san latha an-diugh. Bheir iad ort gàire a dhèanamh no a bhith air bhioran no caoineadh. Bidh Màrtainn cuideachd a’ gabhail òran on dualchas is chì e iad-sin is stòiridhean is ceòl is bàrdachd a bhith nam pàirtean dhen aon chèilidh – dhen aon fhearas-cuideachd fhallain bhlàth. B’ e Màrtainn a’ chiad cho-òrdanaiche a bh’ air Tobar an Dualchais / Kist of Riches is’s e fìor adhbhar moit a th’ ann dha na chuir na sgiobaidhean a lean fo dhìon is an tairgse an t-sluaigh de ghuthan prìseil ar sìnnsearan. Well of Stories Martin MacIntyre has always respected the power of oral narrative to forge stronger connections between people and to achieve artistic and therapeutic results. His stories include Ossianic wonder tales, those based on the historical traditions of the Scottish Highlands and further afield and also modern stories of adventure, love and humor. A fluent Gaelic speaker, Martin sings traditionally and sees storytelling as an integral component of the holistic ceilidh, which naturally includes stories, song, music and poetry, to which all can contribute. Martin was the first coordinator of the Sabhal Mòr Ostaig led Tobar an Dualchais / Kist of Riches project, which has now digitised and made on-line accessible thousands of hours of oral material in Gaelic, Scots and English from the archives of the School of Scottish Studies, University of Edinburgh; BBC Alba and The National Trust for Scotland Canna Collections. 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 first of two special sessions of Edinburgh’s long-running storytelling night, with a special guest storyteller each time and the usual open-floor opportunity to share a tale of your own. No! Try it the other way up! Michael Kerins takes an upside down look at aspects of literature, life and art, covering friendship, love, hope and death. You’ll also get a laugh or two. weetom might even make an appearance.Born and based in Glasgow, Michael Kerins is a skilled entertainer for all ages, whose style breathes the humour and cheek of folktales through the centuries. He is currently enjoying writing about weetom and sharing his tiny adventures in classrooms and community settings in Scotland and further afield. 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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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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Online, Live Webinar

How to Tell a Good Ghost Story - Workshop

What is your favourite ghost story attached to your community?As part of the 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!How to Tell a Good Ghost Story workshop led by Fiona Herbert. Please note that this workshop 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 your log in details in your booking confirmation email.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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Leaving Iona

It’s Columba’s wake. But where does his body belong - in Donegal or Iona? And who will tell the story - the monks, the poets or the women? Join storytellers Heather Yule and Donald Smith in person on this special afternoon, as they follow the inner and outer journeys of Colmcille/Columba on the 1500th anniversary of his birth. Voyage: 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. Event LocationSt. Columba's by the Castle Scottish Episcopal Church14 Johnstone Terrace, Edinburgh EH1 2PW Tickets will go on sale two weeks prior to the start of the festival - subject to Scottish Government guidelines.

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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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Nanny of the Maroons

As the ships carried provisions from the ice-cold waters of Scotland to the coastline of Africa, a woman, packaged as human cargo, was led on to a vessel. She crossed oceans heading to the land of sugar and opportunity. Chained and imprisoned, her fury built with the pounding of the waves and upon her arrival, she slipped away like water in the sand. Filled with the force of the rivers, tides, storms and the power to deflect bullets, she returned to vent her rage and fulfil her destiny. Her name was Nanny, Queen of the Maroons. Story and songs by Mara Menzies and Apphia Campbell. 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.

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Of Kelpies, Crannogs and Urisks

As the dark winter nights draw in, come join us round the fire at twilight at the Scottish Crannog Centre, beside the waters of Loch Tay, for a feast of stories and music to warm the heart. For three evenings, storytellers Graham Liney and Claire Hewitt, with musician Munro Gauld, will weave a magical spell of ancient tales connected to Highland Perthshire’s watery elemental beings, in a celebration of community and kindness.Each gathering will last one hour and will comply in accordance with all safe distancing regulations in place at the time. Booking and Info:For further information and tickets please vist crannog.co.ukTickets: £5 (£4 Seniors and Children 5-16)Venue:Scottish Crannog CentreAberfeldy, PH15 2HYShow on Map

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Old an New Tales fae The Cabrach

A mix o auld an new stories featurin the Blackwater an the Deveron wi Jackie Ross. Presented live online from The Cabrach. There may also be a small audience allowed at the Acorn Centre in The Cabrach. Booking and Info:Event on Facebook Live @CabrachTrustFor further event information get in touch by email: jackietales@msn.comBy Donation

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Live Broadcast, Online

Open Hearth: with Baba the Storyteller, Sue Hollingsworth, Sahand Sahebdivani & Mara Menzies

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 storytellers are Baba the Storyteller (USA), Sue Hollingsworth (England) and Sahand Sahebdivani (The Netherlands/Iran), hosted by Mara Menzies (Scotland). Each storyteller will share a story around the theme of Community: Strength in Numbers, as well as one of their favourite tales from their country or culture. 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 Festvial via Crowdcast before and during the performance.

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

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Open Hearth: with Baba the Storyteller, Wangari Grace, Liz Weir & Martin MacIntyre

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 storytellers are Baba the Storyteller (USA), Wangari Grace (Kenya) and Liz Weir (Northern Ireland), hosted by Martin MacIntyre (Scotland). Each storyteller will share a story around the theme of Roots, as well as one of their favourite tales from their country or culture. 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 before and during the performance.

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

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Live Broadcast, Online

Open Hearth: with Giovanna Conforto, Wangari Grace, Usifu Jalloh & Beverley Bryant

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! Today's storytellers are Giovanna Conforto (Italy), Wangari Grace (Kenya) and Usifu Jalloh (Sierra Leone), hosted by Beverley Bryant (Scotland). Each storyteller will share a story around the theme of Coasts & Waters, as well as one of their favourite tales from their country or culture. 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 before and during the performance.

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

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Open Hearth: with Jan Blake, Dawne McFarlane, Carolina Quiroga-Hurtado & Daniel Allison

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 storytellers are Jan Blake (England), Dawne McFarlane (Canada) and Carolina Quiroga-Hurtado (Colombia), hosted by Daniel Allison (Scotland). Each storyteller will share a story around the theme of Travel & Adventure, as well as one of their favourite tales from their country or culture. 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 before and during the performance.

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

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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 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.

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

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Open Hearth: with John Titi Namai, Kamini Ramachandran, Geeta Ramanujam & Bea Ferguson

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! Today's storytellers are John Titi Namai (Kenya), Kamini Ramachandran (Singapore) and Geeta Ramanujam (India), hosted by Bea Ferguson (Scotland). Each storyteller will share a story around the theme of Memory, as well as one of their favourite tales from their country or culture. 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 before and during the performance.

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

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Live Broadcast, Online

Open Hearth: with Julie Cajune, Niall Moorjani, Donna Washington & Tom Muir

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 storytellers are Julie Cajune (Salish), Niall Moorjani (Scotland/England) and Donna Washington (USA), hosted by Tom Muir (Scotland). Each storyteller will share a story around the theme of Belief, as well as one of their favourite tales from their country or culture. 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 before and during the performance.

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

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Live Broadcast, Online

Open Hearth: with Peter Chand, Raphael Rodan, Liz Weir & Janis Mackay

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 storytellers are Peter Chand (England), Raphael Rodan (The Netherlands/Israel) and Liz Weir (Northern Ireland), hosted by Janis Mackay (Scotland). Each storyteller will share a story around the theme of Forgiveness, as well as one of their favourite tales from their country or culture. 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.

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

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Open Hearth: with Usifu Jalloh, Carolina Quiroga-Hurtado, Donna Washington & Ruth Kirkpatrick

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 storytellers are Usifu Jalloh (Sierra Leone), Carolina Quiroga-Hurtado (Colombia) and Donna Washington (USA), hosted by Ruth Kirkpatrick (Scotland). Each storyteller will share a story around the theme of Kindness, as well as one of their favourite tales from their country or culture. 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 before and during the performance.

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

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Pre-recorded, Online

Orphan James and the Prince of Denmark

As The King’s Men perform Shakespeare’s Hamlet at the court of James VI/I and Queen Anne of Denmark, bittersweet memories are unearthed for the royal couple. They recall a perilous voyage across the waters between Scotland and Denmark. The play stirs up a well of grief, opening the deepest of heart wounds in the king himself.Join English storyteller Alice Fernbank and Danish storyteller Svend-Erik Engh as they tell a tale they have conjured from the growing evidence of parallels between the story of Hamlet and the life of James VI/I. Written and Performed by Alice Fernbank and Svend Erik-Engh. 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.

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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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In-person, Pre-recorded, Online, Outdoor

Salty Tales fae Shore tae Sea

Smugglers, shipwrecks an ither wattery happenins wi storyteller Grace Banks. If possible, this will be a face-to-face event with a small audience, otherwise it will be pre-recorded and presented online. Planned with COVID-19 restrictions in mind. Booking and Info:Contact: Grace BanksFacebookEmail: jackietales@msn.com Free | Ticketed Venue:Mercat Cross, Castle StreetAberdeen, AB11 5HPShow on Map

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In-person, Outdoor

Sangs an' Clatter: Campfire Tales

A cosy evening of songs and tales around the campfire in Damshot Woods, with special guest storytellers and musicians alongside regular Village storytellers. Refreshments provided. Hosted by The Village Storytelling Centre. Planned with COVID-19 restrictions in mind. Tickets and Info:For tickets and more information Call or get in touch via email: info@villagestorytelling.org.uk. Venue:The Village Storytelling Centre69 Langton RdGlasgow, G53 5DNShow on Map

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

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In-person, Outdoor

Scotland's Democracy Trail

Whether it’s IndyRef2, Brexit, Project Fear or Project Farce, how we do democracy is a hot topic in Scotland. In 2014’s Independence Referendum, many thousands of people in Scotland even got enthusiastic about it! This walking tour takes a gentle uphill path to the top of Calton Hill to tell a 500-yearold story of democracy in Scotland, much of it almost forgotten. Using the fabulous views of the city, the tour will show you the clues that live on in Edinburgh’s landscape. We then take a downhill stroll to the Scottish Parliament to bring the story right upto present day. Tickets will go on sale two weeks prior to the start of the festival - subject to Scottish Government guidelines.

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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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Pre-recorded, Online

Scots in the Antarctic: A Tale with Penguins, Pipers and a Dog named Russ

Join storyteller Nicola Wright on a journey to the end of the earth to hear of the hugely successful, but now almost forgotten, Scottish National Antarctic Expedition 1902-1904. In this entertaining family-friendly performance you will meet William Speirs Bruce, a polar hero you may never have heard of. You will learn about what explorers ate, how they lived and what they wore. Are you ready to discover the story of the Saltire at the South Pole? Written and Performed by Nicola Wright. Filmed at the Scottish Storytelling Centre. Suitable for all the family. 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.

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In-person, Indoor

Scuttlebutt Stories

The Scuttlebutt was the barrel of water kept on a ship’s deck and the place to meet to tell stories and sing songs of the sea. Local storyteller Jan Bee Brown and musician Toby Hawks invite you to join them for some tall tales and spirited shanties, a heady blend of stories and songs of the sea that link Scotland and Scandinavia. Fill your boots with whirlpools, winds, witches and whales, nautical nonsense and some curious Scandinavian string instruments. Booking and Info:To book tickets for this event please get in touch with Jan Bee Brown.Call Facebook:@setsailwithstories Email: jbeebrown@me.com Venue:Padlox Escape Rooms1 Carpet LaneLeithEdinburgh, EH6 6SSShow on Map

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

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Pre-recorded, Online

Shetland Stories & Fiddle Tunes: The Greenland Days and the Haaf Fishing

Join Maurice Henderson and Ewen Thomson as they share stories and songs from the days of sail. Many Shetlanders made their living through Haaf fishing, using small open boats to sail or row out to the deep-water fishing grounds. The boat handling skills of the Shetland fishermen meant they were in great demand to crew aboard the British Arctic whaling ships. The performance is enriched with Shetland traditional and contemporary fiddle tunes relating to the sea, inspired by the stories and traditions handed down from the days of the whaling and Haaf fishing. Written and Performed by Maurice Henderson and Ewen Thomson. Filmed on location in Shetland. 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.

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Online, Open-mic

Sinister an Spooky Stories fae the North East

Five of the North East’s finest storytellers explore the region’s darker side in a collaborative online evening of sinister and spooky stories. Join us to learn of the North East’s ghosts and ghoulies, its witches and warlocks. But don’t just listen – we want you to share your own tales too. Whether you’re from the North East or whether you’ve moved to Scotland from elsewhere, we want to know the spooky stories you’ve grown up with, or maybe even experienced yourself. The event is open to all brave souls. With Jackie Ross, Grace Banks, Sheena Blackhall, Pauline Cordiner and Diana Peers.Hosted by the Elphinstone Institute, University of Aberdeen. Booking and Info:To book tickets for this event please get in touch with the Elphinstone Institute.WebsiteEmail: elphinstone@abdn.ac.ukFree | Ticketed | Zoom PerformanceDonations welcome

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Spirit of the Mountains

Beverley Bryant and Heather Yule share stories of female spirits, goddesses and giantesses who inhabit mountain ranges across the world. Held in association with the Petticoats and Pinnacles exhibition at the National Library of Scotland, join us for an exploration of Scottish women who have climbed, walked and written about mountains. Hosted by the National Library of Scotland. Booking and Info:To book tickets please go to nls.co.uk/events Free | Ticketed - Zoom Performance

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Storytelling Cafe Sessions

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:Storytelling Court, Scottish Storytelling Centre Tickets will go on sale two weeks prior to the start of the festival - subject to Scottish Government guidelines.

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

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Pre-recorded, Online

Strathspey Stories

‘The Haughs of Cromdale’, ‘Tullochgorum’, The White Horse of Spey, the Muime and the Old Man of Dunshee, ‘The Spey in Spate’ - Hamish Napier and David Francis explore coasts and waters with stories and music from Strathspey, plus an atmospheric telling of Stanley Robertson’s ‘Jack and the Dancing Trees’. Written and Performed by David Francis and Hamish Napier. Film on location in Strathspey and 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.

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Gaelic, Pre-recorded, Online

TUATH: Songs of the Northlands

Highland based duo, Brian Ó hEadhra and Fiona Mackenzie, present an intimate show featuring songs from their acclaimed, recently released albums TÌR - Highland Life & Lore and TUATH - Songs of the Northlands. TÌR explores traditional and contemporary life and stories from the Highlands of Scotland. TUATH is a musical and cultural exploration of the connections between the Gaels and our nearest Atlantic neighbours. The duo will provide introductions and read translations of the songs, which are mostly in Scottish Gaelic, but also in Irish Gaelic, English and Norwegian. A show not to be missed! Filmed at the Scottish Storytelling Centre. Bidh Brian Ó hEadhra agus Fiona NicCoinnich a’ taisbeanadh òrain às na clàraidhean as ùr aca TÌR – Highland Life & Lore agus TUATH – Songs of the Northlands anns a’ chonsairt sònraichte seo. Tha TÌR a’ coimhead air dòigheanbeatha traidiseanta agus dòighean-beatha san latha an-diugh is a’ gabhail a-steach sgeulachdan às a’ Ghàidhealtachd. ‘s e rùrachadh ceòlmhòr is cultarail a th’ ann an TUATHA a tha a’ sealltainn air na ceanglaichean eadar na Gàidheil is na nabaidhean as fhaisge oirnn anns a’ Chuan Siar. Bheir an dithis seachad ro-ràdh do na h-òrain le eadar-theangachaidhean, ‘s ann anns a’ Ghàidhlig a tha a’ mhòr-chuid de na h-òrain ach tha cuideachd òrain ann an Gaeilge, Beurla agus Nirribhis. Nach call an cothrom seo fhaicinn! Air a chlàradh ann an talla-cluiche na 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.

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Pre-recorded, Online

Tales Fae the Clachan

Come an jyne Sheena Blackhall online for an entertainin efterneen o sangs, stories an poems fae Ballater an there aboots. Filmed at Deeside Inn, Ballater, streamed live on Facebook. Booking and Info:For further event information get in touch by email: jackietales@msn.com.Free event on Facebook @storiesfaethehowe

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Live Broadcast, Online

Tales and Traditions from Orkney

Inspired by photographs from the MacKinnon Collection, Tom Muir shares some of the stories and lore of his native Orkney. Hosted by the National Library of Scotland. Booking and Info:To book tickets please go to nls.co.uk/events Free | Ticketed - Zoom performance

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

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Pre-recorded, Online

Tales from the Spa Gardens

In Victorian times the village of Strathpeffer in Ross-shire was the most northerly spa in Britain. Florence Nightingale, Robert Louis Stevenson and George Bernard Shaw were among those who came to take its sulphurous waters, visit the airy pavilion and promenade through the gardens. In 2007 five giant statues appeared in the gardens, all related to local and Highland legends. This short film by Bob Pegg tells the stories of the statues and the Spa Gardens themselves. Booking and Info:Free | Non TicketedFurther Event information to follow.

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Pre-recorded, Online

Tales of a Grandson: The Maid of Norway

Once upon a time - or 724 years, 5 months and 1 day ago, to be precise - Andy the messenger sets off from Edinburgh Castle bound for Norway on a royal errand to collect and escort the new Queen of Scotland back to her new home in her new land. Join Andy on his journey across the sea as he rehearses how best to tell little princess Margaret of Norway the tragic events that have led to her becoming the first ruling Queen of Scots. Filmed at the Scottish Storytelling Centre. Suitable for all the family. 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.

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

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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. 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.

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The Song of Tatha

Water has memory. Held in the rivers, lochs and burns of Breadalbane are many stories. Tales of urisks, gruagachs, kelpies and water spirits offer us a glimpse of the deep interconnection between these elemental beings, the land and the people who have made this their home. Storytellers and musicians Claire Hewitt, Ceit Langhorne and Munro Gauld, inspired by the River Tay and Highland Perthshire’s rich collection of stories, songs and music, offer you a magical and unique evening set in a specially created multi-sensory space.The event is part of a project in collaboration with the Scottish Crannog Centre and TRACS - Traditional Arts and Culture Scotland, supported by The Andy Hunter Bursary. Booking and Info:For further information and tickets please vist birkscinema.co.uk/community-hubTickets In Person £5 (£3) | Online £5Venue:Aberfeldy Town Hall2 Crieff Rd, Aberfeldy, PH15 2BJShow on Map

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The Stone Stories

Author Mandy Haggith presents her trilogy of novels set in the Iron Age, inspired by the true story of Pytheas of Massalia, who made an incredible journey in 320 BC from the Mediterranean and back again via Britain, the Arctic and the Baltic Sea. Explore who he would have met along the coastline of what is now northern Scotland and how the Celtic culture he encountered would have differed from that of the Greek Empire he came from and returned to. Carefully researched, the novels were written mostly while sailing the routes that Pytheas travelled and address issues that are deeply relevant today, including greed, slavery and sexual power. Come and enjoy a glimpse behind the scenes with a prize-winning historical novelist. Written and performed by Mandy Haggith. Filmed on location in Clachtoll. 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.

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The Voyage of St Brendan

Join sibling duo Marion and John Kenny as they explore the legendary voyage of St Brendan and his monks into the unknown. Volcanoes, icebergs, sea monsters, strange beings, courage and spirituality all play a part in this ancient adventure story of St. Brendan. Known as ‘The Navigator’ he is widely believed to have sailed from Ireland to America hundreds of years before the Vikings and thousands of years before Columbus. Words and music will be woven together in a magical blend, featuring harps and the ancient Celtic Iron Age horns of the Deskford Carnyx from Scotland and the Loughnashade horn from Ireland. Written and Performed by Marion Kenny and John Kenny. 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.

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In-person, Outdoor

The Witches Walk

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! Tickets will go on sale two weeks prior to the start of the festival - subject to Scottish Government guidelines.

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Tour to the Hebrides

All aboard with Sam and Bozzie - alias storytellers Andy Cannon and Christopher Craig - for Boswell and Johnson’s infamous trip across Scotland to Iona. It’s English bulldog versus Scots terrier, and they are both writing their version. And why won’t someone set up a reliable system of ferries? The intrepid duo hit all the highs and plumb the lows of travelling in the same boat. Devised by Donald Smith. Performed by Andy Cannon and Christopher Craig. Filmed at the Scottish Storytelling Centre and on location in the Hebrides. 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.

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

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Whispering Waters

Local storytellers Joanne Dowd, Susan Chown, Jack Stravaiger and Janet Crawford invite you to an enticing mix of watery tales. Join the Go Local online tales night, or the Spooky Story Walk from Tillicoultry to the haunted Tait’s Tomb in Dollar. Enjoy more stories at the interactive story evening, or come along to the Whispering Waters, Live Saturday Story afternoon and hear about local legends of sea gods, maidens, mists, wells and warlocks. Planned with Covid-19 restrictions in mind. Booking and Info:For more information get in touch via email: hillfootstales@gmail.com or check Facebook: @hillfootstales Venue:Clackmannanshire, AlloaFurther information to follow.

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Wild Goose Festival: Nature, Creativity & Place

Held in Dumfries and its surroundings, the Wild Goose Festival uses the migratory route of the Barnacle Geese between Svalbard and the Solway Estuary to join people, nature and ideas. In connection with the Scottish International Storytelling Festival and produced by The Stove Network, Wild Goose Festival unites key partners – WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre, Scottish Natural Heritage, Moat Brae Centre for Children’s Literature and Storytelling, University of Glasgow, Creative Futures and PAMIS (Promoting a More Inclusive Society) – in an exploration of nature, creativity and place. Planned with COVID-19 restrictions in mind. Programme and Info:For more information please go to the Wild Goose Festival Website Venue:Various in Dumfries

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