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Exhibition: From Her Cave

The exhibition will be displayed at the Scottish Storytelling Centre from Fri 15 - Sun 31 Oct. No tickets required. Miren Asiain Lora is an award-winning illustrator, who has exhibited internationally at the Bologna Children’s Book Fair and the New York Society of Illustrators 2019. From her cave - Miren’s studio - she works on new commissions and personal projects as exciting new paths to be explored and wandered. Her festival exhibition includes a selection of some of her most remarkable works from 2015-2021, with illustrations, book-albums and film and record covers. Miren has been awarded the Ibero-American Illustration Catalogue Award 2015, the Cuatrogatos Foundation Award 2020 and the Euskadi Literature Award 2020 and we are delighted to host her work in the Scottish Storytelling Centre. All prints featured in the exhibition will be available for sale from the SSC Bookshop. For more information please go to Miren's website.

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue Storytelling Court

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Wild Goose Festival: Nature, Creativity & Place

Wild Goose Festival Sat 16 - Sat 23 Oct We are all naturalists now! And these are the stories we tell. 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. Supported by the Scottish International Storytelling Festival and produced by The Stove Network, the 2021 theme will be explored through storytelling performances and workshops, and by engaging a wide audience with all the many ways stories can be told. Full programme, booking and info.

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

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Super Duper Story Generators!

Join storyteller Beth Hamilton-Cardus from Good Yarns for an epically interactive story session that’s 100% powered by YOUR imagination. During each session Beth will work with one child/family at a time to create a tale that’s bespoke to them. Maybe you want astronaut princesses, haunted bus stops, badgers making ice-cream (!) or something completely different - wherever the adventure goes is totally up to you! Sun 17 Oct: priority booking to families with additional support needs. Please email reception@scottishstorytellingcentre.com or call 0131 556 9579 to enquire. Dip into dreams and desires, lost worlds and worlds yet unimagined. Imagine from the outside in, and the inside out. Created for this year’s festival and performed live at the Scottish Storytelling Centre (unless noted), all events in the Imagine series will be available online post-Festival. A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings.

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue Storytelling Bothy

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Talking Statues Walking Tours

Talking Statues storytelling walking tours of Edinburgh, in partnership with Mercat Tours. On this tour you will explore the stories of people from history, immortalised (in bronze), but murky in people’s memories – a fighter, surgeon, scientist, philosopher, an explorer and a politician. The story of the life behind a statue will help you to make up your mind about how ‘worthy’ a person is of its dedication. Do we look up to them and their success stories or do we look up at them and remember their failings, which can teach us as much as their successes? You’ll visit James Braidwood, hear about Elsie Inglis, James Barry, Joseph Knight amongst many others and we’ll finish at a statue of one of Scotland’s prominent politicians during the 1700s, which was recently the subject of much debate. Meet at the Mercat Cross. Book Your Ticket

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue Meet at Mercat Cross

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Brahan Storywalk

Meet storyteller Lizzie McDougall at the Hospice Stone at Brahan and join her on an enchanted storywalk through the Dell to The Seer Stone. We will stop under the trees for tales of the legendary Brahan Seer and his gift of Second Sight, and other Seer Stories including the Seer Standing Stones. The event is open air, please wear warm clothes and appropriate shoes. Suitable for adults and older children. Limited capacity, advance booking recommended. The event is by kind permission of Brahan Estates and in aid of Highland Hospice.

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

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Off the Map

Four tales of amazing women, real and imagined, retold in words by Áine King and music by Karen Tweed and Jennifer Wrigley. Four tales of love, courage and incredible journeys that shift between history and mystery, story and song. A shoal of stories, sometimes dark and often magical, storm-tossed from Orkney’s ancient shores across the Atlantic, splashing off the map into dreams… and drifting back again on the returning tide. Part of the Imagine series. Dip into dreams and desires, lost worlds and worlds yet unimagined. Imagine from the outside in, and the inside out. Created for this year’s festival and performed live at the Scottish Storytelling Centre (unless noted), all events in the Imagine series will be available online post-Festival. A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings. If you are a Storytelling Centre or Storytelling Festival Supporter, please add a full price ticket to the basket. Your discount will be automatically added at checkout.

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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Online Live

Global Hearth: Beverley Bryant with Shayna Jones, Hend Al Qattaa & Colin Urwin

Scottish hosts invite international storytellers to gather round the digital hearth for relaxed sessions of stories from home and abroad. The perfect way to end (or begin) your day! Hosted by Beverley Bryant, with Shayna Jones (Canada), Hend Al Qattaa (Palestine), and Colin Urwin (Northern Ireland). Beverley Bryant Beverley Bryant loves to tell traditional tales from Scotland, bringing to life the myths and legends of people, places and creatures from the Other World. Beverley credits her dad with her love of storytelling, as Sunday afternoon runs in the car were always accompanied by tall tales and life stories. She continues to enjoying learning from storytellers everywhere she goes. Shayna Jones Shayna Jones is an award winning professional performance artist specializing in the traditional oral storytelling of African and Afro-Diasporic folklore. Shayna has performed on stages across Canada and as a Folklorist, combines her passion for live, theatrical performance with the study of Traditional African and Afro-Diasporic Folklore and Contemporary Black Experience. Learn more about Shayna and her work at: www.wearestoryfolk.com Hend Al Qattaa Hend Al Qattaa is also a volunteering storyteller at the Hands Up Project in Palestine and works as a teacher of English as a second language for the UNRWA in Gaza. Telling stories has been a life-long passion for her and she makes the most of every opportunity to practise and research new methods and engage with other performers and audiences. Hend often accompanies her storytelling with Middle Eastern music and songs, adding a warm touch to her performances and making them even more powerful. Colin Urwin Colin Urwin is a folk singer, songwriter and storyteller from Co. Antrim in Northern Ireland. As well as his self-penned stories, mainly set in his beloved Glens of Antrim, Colin also tells many traditional Irish and Scottish folk tales. In March 2021 he released his first album, A Kind of Love Song, a beautiful collection of twelve songs and a poem. July 2021 saw the release of two story albums entitled The Madman's Window and The Swan Maiden. They are the first of a series of magical tales delicately entwined with beautiful harp, fiddle and pipe music. Colin has a unique repertoire of songs, stories and recitations not to be missed. A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings.

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue Online SISF

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The Fairmer’s Ferret an Ither Tales

Join storytellers Sheena Blackhall and Jackie Ross as they take you on an interactive journey through stories and songs featuring the animals – both wild and domestic – that live on the farm. Lots of fun for all the family. Don’t worry, we will keep the ferrets under control! Venue: Aberdeenshire Farming Museum, Aden Country Park, Mintlaw, AB42 5FQ 1pm, 2pm & 3pm (45mins) | Free (ticketed)

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

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The Storm Watchers

A chance to see the recently created film of George Mackay Brown’s early play The Storm Watchers, performed by a cast of Orcadian women filming in their homes on mobile phones during lockdown. A powerful and poetic piece, the drama presents the lives, anxieties, regrets, fears and memories of women as they deal with the waiting and the aftermath of a storm with all their men at sea. Followed by a short Q&A with director Gerda Stevenson and composer Alasdair Nicolson. Presented in association with the St Magnus International Festival. A special opening weekend of events celebrating the Orcadian poet, author and storyteller, and Founding Patron of the Scottish Storytelling Centre, George Mackay Brown on the 100th anniversary of his birth. A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings. If you are a Storytelling Centre or Storytelling Festival Supporter, please add a full price ticket to the basket. Your discount will be automatically added at checkout.

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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Raking Among the Treasures

Co-writers Barbara McLean and David Campbell begin with some memories of George Mackay Brown before taking us more deeply into his world. In a collage of recordings and readings, story, music and song, this affectionate portrait includes an exploration of the pain of his adolescence; the story of St Magnus; his celebration of society’s outcasts and of Orkney’s rich history - all seen through the prism of his poetry and prose. With music by Wendy Weatherby. A special opening weekend of events celebrating the Orcadian poet, author and storyteller, and Founding Patron of the Scottish Storytelling Centre, George Mackay Brown on the 100th anniversary of his birth. A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings.If you are a Storytelling Centre or Storytelling Festival Supporter, please add a full price ticket to the basket. Your discount will be automatically added at checkout.

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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Open Hearth: George Mackay Brown 100

Storytellers and musicians gather round the hearth for a relaxed traditional session of stories and music as we welcome friends back into the Netherbow Theatre. As the darkness closes in and we gather around the symbolic fire this is the perfect way to end your day! A special event celebrating Orcadian poet, author and storyteller George Mackay Brown on the 100th anniversary of his birth. Hosted by Tom Muir, with contributions from George Gunn, Áine King, Gerda Stevenson and introducing Ailsa Dixon, with music from Karen Tweed and Jennifer Wrigley. A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings.If you are a Storytelling Centre or Storytelling Festival Supporter, please add a full price ticket to the basket. Your discount will be automatically added at checkout.

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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Hip, Hop, Story, Stop!

Like to dance? Here's your chance! Like a rhyme? This is your time! Bust a move? Come and groove! Join Claire & Fergus McNicol for dancing, stories, rhymes and raps. Active fun for all the family, from 1 to 101. Remember, bring your dancing shoes and dress to impress (and for the weather)! Themes for the sessions: Mon: The Monster Mash Wed: Whirling & Twirling Autumn Leaves Fri: Wee Witches and Ghosties A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings.

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue Meet at Scottish Storytelling Centre

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Online Workshop

Global Lab: Lost Stories

Storytellers Lily Asch and Csenge Zalka connect continents and traditions, exploring lost stories and tracing the movement between cultures, tradition and transformation. Intertwining their own cultural roots, they reveal how such stories are still active in and through our contemporary selves. Global Lab is an open community of creativity and co-learning, hosted by the Scottish International Storytelling Festival in partnership with The Earth Stories Collection and The Earth Charter movement. Each session involves presentations, discussion and a short interval. Hosted by Festival Director Donald Smith. Week 1: Connecting Stories Join a conversation round the globe between stories and storytellers of all kinds. Disconnection brings repressed memories and partial vision that divide and deplete our humanity. Connection brings understanding and wellbeing. All of this week's topics are growing in the hands of the contributing storytellers. Listen to the sharing and then grow the conversation. A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings.

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue Online SISF

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Open Hearth: Tim Porteus with Gauri Raje, Wendy Woolfson & Heather Yule

Storytellers and musicians gather round the hearth for a relaxed traditional session of stories and music as we welcome friends back into the Netherbow Theatre. As the darkness closes in and we gather around the symbolic fire this is the perfect way to end your day! Hosted by Tim Porteus with Gauri Raje, Wendy Woolfson and Heather Yule. Tim Porteus Tim Porteus loves sharing the wonderful world of folklore, mythology and legend, but he has also developed an interest in collecting and telling modern urban tales, as well as personal family stories and reminiscences. He is a very engaging character and tells stories with passion and humour, adaptable to all ages. Gauri Raje Gauri is a storyteller, educator and workshop facilitator working with adolescents and adults from multilingual, multicultural and disadvantaged backgrounds. She works with different genres: folk tales, fairy tales, epics and myths, mainly from non-European regions, and autobiographical storytelling. She is especially interested in the concepts of witnessing in storytelling, translation, multilingualism and embodied nature of creating stories. Wendy Woolfson Wendy Woolfson is a warm and engaging storyteller who creates nurturing environments in which to share her stories. She tells stories of wonder, journeys, fairies, magic, healing and love; all from the heart. Wendy facilitates workshops on many topics; for those starting out in storytelling to those looking to deepen their practice and confidence, and sessions to explore and develop understanding of the therapeutic value within the stories. Heather Yule Traditional Scottish folktales and Traveller tales form the basis of Heather Yule’s repertoire. A fine musician, her storytelling is often enriched by music from the clarsach (Scottish traditional harp). She has performed and led workshops all over Scotland and abroad, including Iceland, Norway and the USA. A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings.If you are a Storytelling Centre or Storytelling Festival Supporter, please add a full price ticket to the basket. Your discount will be automatically added at checkout.

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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Folk Tales from the Garden

All events are free, starting at 11am, just come along and drop in. Enjoy family and adult sessions of stories in some of Edinburgh's community gardens. Suitable for accompanied children 3-7, or for adults interested in garden settings and lore. All events are hosted by Donald Smith to mark his classic Folk Tales from the Garden, illustrated by Annalisa Salis. With contributions from guest storytellers. Tue 19 Oct Redhall Walled Garden, with Jane Mather. More Information Wed 20 Oct Hopetoun Crescent Garden, with Michael Kerins. More Information Thu 21 Oct Leith Community Croft, with Allison Galbraith. More Information Fri 22 Oct Dr Neil’s Garden, with James Spence. More Information

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue External Venue

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Live Indoor

Imagine Utopia: Kamishibai Workshop

Experience the art of Kamishibai storyboard with renowned storyteller, harpist and Urasenke Japanese Tea Master Mio Shudo. Along with enchanting harp music, Mio will welcome you to the world of original Japanese storytelling and show you how to create Kamishibai and some secret tricks! You will also learn manga drawing techniques, story composition and performing skills. This event is now sold out. A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings.

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue Storytelling Court

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Online Workshop

Global Lab: Talking Story

Storyteller Kelly Kanayama connects between Hawaii and Scotland, exploring identity in the diaspora of cultures, recontextualising folktales through different cultural lenses and looking beyond Western and writing-heavy cultures. She strives to bring Hawaiian cultural perspective to everyday life, where ‘Talking Story’ means more than 'Storytelling'. Global Lab is an open community of creativity and co-learning, hosted by the Scottish International Storytelling Festival in partnership with The Earth Stories Collection and The Earth Charter movement. Each session involves presentations, discussion and a short interval. Hosted by Festival Director Donald Smith. Week 1: Connecting Stories Join a conversation round the globe between stories and storytellers of all kinds. Disconnection brings repressed memories and partial vision that divide and deplete our humanity. Connection brings understanding and wellbeing. All of this week's topics are growing in the hands of the contributing storytellers. Listen to the sharing and then grow the conversation. A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings.

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue Online SISF

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Talking Statues: Uncovering Stories of Inspirational Women in the Archives

Join the National Library of Scotland, Glasgow Women’s Library and storyteller Jan Bee Brown for an afternoon exploring storytelling and archives. We hope to inspire you to take part in Talking Statues’ The Big Scottish Story Ripple, as part of the Scottish International Storytelling Festival. Storyteller Jan Bee Brown will share a story researched from the National Library of Scotland’s collections and will give some helpful tips for finding and telling your own stories of inspirational women. National Library of Scotland curator Paula Williams, creator of the Petticoats & Pinnacles exhibition, will discuss her process for finding stories from the archives for the exhibition, what the archives can offer, and engaging ways of communicating stories to an audience. Glasgow Women's Library will share images from its archive to explore how to creatively engage with archives and tell unheard and hidden stories. This session will be delivered via a zoom webinar – which means you will be able to see the speakers, but the speakers and other audience members won’t be able to see you, though you can still utilise the chat box to share thoughts, ideas and questions. Perfect if don’t want anyone else to see you on screen while you make a cup of tea as you settle down for an hour devoted to archives and stories. Sign up on Eventbrite

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue External Venue

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Imagine the Best Musician

Born in Kamakwie in northern Sierra Leone, storyteller Usifu Jalloh is a highly experienced, talented, and award-winning performer and educator whose storytelling style encompasses international languages, music, dance and themes. Join Usifu as he tells a tale he learned when he was only seven years old, which still inspires him today. Free (ticketed) | Sign up via Eventbrite Book Your Ticket

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue External Venue

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Ladies Who Like It...

Imagine a space where women could tell and hear each other’s joyful, life-affirming stories about sexuality, shared with warmth, compassion and knowing laughter. An evening of humorous, inspiring and informative contemporary collected tales about sex, presented for the wellbeing and inspiration of other women, and for those who care about them. Performed by Marie Louise Cochrane and Heidi Docherty, with musical accompaniment from Suzanne Fivey. Dip into dreams and desires, lost worlds and worlds yet unimagined. Imagine from the outside in, and the inside out. Created for this year’s festival and performed live at the Scottish Storytelling Centre (unless noted), all events in the Imagine series will be available online post-Festival. A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings.If you are a Storytelling Centre or Storytelling Festival Supporter, please add a full price ticket to the basket. Your discount will be automatically added at checkout.

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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Online Live

Global Hearth: Daniel Allison with David Heathfield, Sheena Khalid & Polina Tšerkassova

Scottish hosts invite international storytellers to gather round the digital hearth for relaxed sessions of stories from home and abroad. The perfect way to end (or begin) your day! Hosted by Daniel Allison, with David Heathfield (England), Sheena Khalid (India) and Polina Tšerkassova (Estonia/Russia). Daniel Allison Daniel is a bestselling storyteller and author from East Lothian, Scotland and his podcast House of Legends attracts thousands of listeners every month. He is travelled the world sharing stories, developing a huge range of influences. David Heathfield David Heathfield is an international storyteller based in Exeter, UK and runs online Creative and Engaging Storytelling for Teachers (CrEST) courses. He loves to tell stories from the world’s oral cultures with a belief in the power of storytelling to bring people together. You can get involved for free in David’s current global storytelling project Around the World in 88 Tales, delivered in partnership with RAMM, Exeter. Sheena Khalid Sheena Khalid is a theatre director, storyteller and actor based in Mumbai where she works at Kommune as part of the curatorial team of Spoken Fest (Indian’s largest storytelling, spoken word and poetry festival). Sheena continues to deepen her exploration into performances and stories about and by women. She strives to create content that is relevant, engaging and humorous. Polina Tšerkassova Polina is a storyteller, multi instrumentalist and composer who refers to her genre of storytelling as soul-centered. She tells both traditional and modern real-life stories, as well as the stories she wrote herself and the ones she collected during her extensive travels and fieldworks. Polina combines her storytelling with the music of her rare instruments that she plays, such as birbyne, rebab, setar, kalimba, santur, lyra, hurdy-gurdy, bagpipes, flutes, percussions and many others. A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings.

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue Online SISF

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Online Workshop

Global Lab: Foremothers' Stories – Finding Treasures

Sigurborg Kr. Hannesdóttir and Sigurbjörg Karlsdóttir connect the generations through female ancestors. Exploring ourselves as the link in a line of generations through storytelling is a rich and healing practice. In Iceland, where family connections are highly valued, Sigurborg and Sibba have pioneered work dedicated to female ancestors. Hear some of their stories and share the process of building such personal tales, learning from our foremothers´ journeys. Global Lab is an open community of creativity and co-learning, hosted by the Scottish International Storytelling Festival in partnership with The Earth Stories Collection and The Earth Charter movement. Each session involves presentations, discussion and a short interval. Hosted by Festival Director Donald Smith. Week 1: Connecting Stories Join a conversation round the globe between stories and storytellers of all kinds. Disconnection brings repressed memories and partial vision that divide and deplete our humanity. Connection brings understanding and wellbeing. All of this week's topics are growing in the hands of the contributing storytellers. Listen to the sharing and then grow the conversation. A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings.

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue Online SISF

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Live Indoor

Three Rivers Rising

The Water of Leith, the River Tay and the Firth of Forth are a constant source of inspiration for storytellers Svend-Erik Engh, Claire Hewitt and musician Neil Sutcliffe. Three Rivers Rising celebrates the stories, songs, music and lore of these waters that weave through the communities and land we live in. Book Your Ticket Free (ticketed)

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue Water of Leith Visitor Centre

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Online Workshop

Talking Statues Online Storytelling Skills Workshop

Take part in the Talking Statues storytelling skills workshop to get all the top tips on how to tell a good story. If you could honour someone with a statue or tell the unheard narrative of a monument that exists -- Who would it be and what story would you tell? Bring along a story you have researched in relation to the above statement and learn how to perfect telling it before ahead of the Talking Statues Story Exchange on 27 October. Tickets here. Join professional storyteller Mara Menzies as she teaches us how to engage an audience, how to use voice, dramatic gesture and animation to tell a captivating story and to bring your statue to life.

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue Online SISF

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Live Indoor

Open Hearth: Heart of the Cosmos - Our Moon

The full moon brings forth a flood of romance. When the full moon rises in the east facing the setting sun in the west, there is a sacred marriage of lunar and solar awareness filling the hearts and minds of all in wonder. Hosted by Linda Williamson, with David Campbell, Claire Hewitt and Mio Shudo. Storytellers and musicians gather round the hearth for a relaxed traditional session of stories and music as we welcome friends back into the Netherbow Theatre. As the darkness closes in and we gather around the symbolic fire this is the perfect way to end your day! A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings.If you are a Storytelling Centre or Storytelling Festival Supporter, please add a full price ticket to the basket. Your discount will be automatically added at checkout.

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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Story Tours: Heart of Midlothian

Join storyteller James Spence and National Library of Scotland curator Ralph McLean on a journey around the closes and wynds of Edinburgh’s Old Town. The tour will focus on the stories, locations, and historical background of Walter Scott’s 1818 novel Heart of Midlothian and marks the 250th anniversary of the author’s birth. Meet at National Library of Scotland. Book Your Ticket Free (ticketed)

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue National Library of Scotland

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Rainbow Dolphin

Rainbow Dolphin loved to swim and play, diving in and out of the waves in the deep water. They felt so happy, jumping towards the sky, higher and higher until one day Rainbow Dolphin could not see the sky! No clouds. No colours. Will they find their magic powers to put colour back into the sky? Come along and join in this colourful, fun, magical, musical journey with fiddler Marie Fielding. A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings.

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue Storytelling Court

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Online Workshop

Global Lab: Wingless

What happens to a butterfly when your tear off its wings? What happens to a mother's heart when her child is torn from her arms? Does the loss of a language mean the taming of a tongue? Who remains to bear witness when the truth lies buried? What is our responsibility when the lies are irrevocably revealed? Join Scottish Traveller Jess Smith and Canadian storyteller Leah Stinson in a workshop exploring contrasts and parallels between Scotland's policy of "Taking the Tinker out of the tent" and Canada’s residential school commitment to "Take the Indian out of the child." Global Lab is an open community of creativity and co-learning, hosted by the Scottish International Storytelling Festival in partnership with The Earth Stories Collection and The Earth Charter movement. Each session involves presentations, discussion and a short interval. Hosted by Festival Director Donald Smith. Week 1: Connecting Stories Join a conversation round the globe between stories and storytellers of all kinds. Disconnection brings repressed memories and partial vision that divide and deplete our humanity. Connection brings understanding and wellbeing. All of this week's topics are growing in the hands of the contributing storytellers. Listen to the sharing and then grow the conversation. A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings.

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue Online SISF

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The Gruagach Solais

Come gather round the fire of inspiration where stories of wise blacksmiths and brave bellows makers will warm the dark night. Songs and local tunes collected by Munro Gauld will weave their magic around the tales in celebration of Perthshire Traveller Willie MacPhee - Piper, Tradition Bearer and the last of the tinsmiths. With local storyteller Claire Hewitt and musician Munro Gauld. Event hosted by Scottish Crannog Centre. Book Your Ticket Venue: Loch Tay, Aberfeldy, PH15 2HY

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue External Venue

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Into the Furrows of the World

Newbattle Abbey College is delighted to present an exclusive centennial celebration of the birth of Orkney writer George Mackay Brown, also marking the 70th anniversary of his arrival to study at the College in 1951, under fellow Orcadian poet, critic and novelist Edwin Muir. For this shy writer with precarious health, Newbattle was a redemptive place, and represented his first steps towards maturity as a writer of poems, novels, short stories and plays. Join Barbara McLean, David Campbell and Wendy Weatherby as they share their affectionate portrait of George in this collage of recordings, story, music, and song. Tickets on Eventbrite | £7 Book Your Ticket Venue: Newbattle Abbey College, Newbattle Road, Dalkeith, EH22 3LL

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue External Venue

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Live Storytelling

Wild Hillfoots Storytelling Festival

Hillfoots Tales welcome a host of guest storytellers for a special week of events celebrating the stories and legends of our people and landscape including: Thu 21 Oct (7pm): Legends at Legends Sat 23 Oct (2pm): Story Fest Folklore Tue 26 Oct (7pm): Three Rivers Rising Thu 28 Oct (7pm): Wild Hillfoots’ Storytelling Workshop Join storytellers Eleanor Bell, Joanne Dowd, Svend-Erik Engh, Laura Fyall, Claire Hewitt, Paraig MacNeil and Neil Sutcliffe for a lively afternoon and cosy evenings of storytelling, good company and a little music. Come along and brighten up your Autumn with ‘Wild Hillfoots’.

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue External Venue

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Mohan: A Partition Story

A moving, visceral and emotive storytelling performance by Niall Moorjani, which retells their Grampa’s experiences of the Partitioning of India. With first-person telling from ‘Mohan’s’ perspective, the story is interwoven with fascinating and, at times, haunting historical insight. An evocative and thought-provoking evening of oral storytelling, with accompanying live music from Sodhi. Dip into dreams and desires, lost worlds and worlds yet unimagined. Imagine from the outside in, and the inside out. Created for this year’s festival and performed live at the Scottish Storytelling Centre (unless noted), all events in the Imagine series will be available online post-Festival. A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings.If you are a Storytelling Centre or Storytelling Festival Supporter, please add a full price ticket to the basket. Your discount will be automatically added at checkout.

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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Online Live

Global Hearth: Walter Scott and City Writers

Throughout 2021 Scotland has been celebrating the 250th anniversary of one of its most famous sons, Sir Walter Scott. Through the mines of his imagination and the magic of his pen, he celebrated the history and landscapes of Scotland in a string of best-selling books, such as Heart of Midlothian and Waverley, making him synonymous worldwide with Edinburgh. This special event, held in collaboration with the UNESCO Cities of Literature Network, presents two of Walter Scott’s stories told live, alongside contributions from Seattle, Dublin and Beirut based storytellers, each exploring writers associated with their own City of Literature. Hosted by Anna Fancett (Edinburgh), with Marcus Green (Seattle), Nuala Hayes (Dublin) and Dima Matta (Beirut). Anna Fancett Anna Fancett began storytelling in 2005, although, as with most storytellers, she has been telling stories her entire life. She specialises in the novels of Walter Scott and Jane Austen and dabbles in literary theory and pedagogy. Since 2015 she has been spending the majority of her time overseas, in Saudi Arabia, Japan, China and Oman. Marcus Green Marcus Green is the founder of the South Seattle Emerald, which focuses on telling the stories of South Seattle and its residents. He also writes a monthly column co-published by the Emerald and The Seattle Times and in 2020 was awarded the Seattle Human Rights Commissions’ Individual Human Rights Leader Award. Nuala Hayes Nuala Hayes is a storyteller, actor, and professional radio producer who has been collecting and telling folk tales for the last 20 years. She organised Dublin’s first Storytelling Festival and has appeared at all the major storytelling festivals in Ireland and abroad. Her special interests are in Irish Folklore, Legends and Myths and she is convinced of the importance of oral storytelling in children's education Dima Matta Dima Matta is a Beirut-based writer and actress. In 2014 she founded Cliffhangers, a non-profit initiative and the first bilingual storytelling platform in Lebanon that serves as a safe space for people to share their stories. Her first play 'This is not a memorized script, this is a well-rehearsed story', an autobiographical play on queerness and her relationship with the city, premiered in Beirut in February 2020 and has toured in London, New York, and Belfast. She is currently working on her second play. This event is a partnership project by Edinburgh UNESCO City of Literature Trust and the Scottish International Storytelling Festival, and supported by the Consulate General of Ireland in Edinburgh. A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings.

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue Online SISF

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Online Workshop

Global Lab: Odin's Eye

Storyteller Alice Fernbank connects traditional tales of wisdom holders and seers with a personal journey through illness and wellbeing. Explore seeing and sight with an invitation to look within, and envision a future, as seen perhaps through Odin's Eye. How are such myths re-inhabited by our contemporary selves? Global Lab is an open community of creativity and co-learning, hosted by the Scottish International Storytelling Festival in partnership with The Earth Stories Collection and The Earth Charter movement. Each session involves presentations, discussion and a short interval. Hosted by Festival Director Donald Smith. Week 1: Connecting Stories Join a conversation round the globe between stories and storytellers of all kinds. Disconnection brings repressed memories and partial vision that divide and deplete our humanity. Connection brings understanding and wellbeing. All of this week's topics are growing in the hands of the contributing storytellers. Listen to the sharing and then grow the conversation. A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings.

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue Online SISF

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Live Indoor

Oracles

Millennial woman, Sarah Grant, struggles to live up to the legacy of her Grandmother, the “Oracle of Glasgow”: she who sees all, hears all, tells all. As a modern storyteller, Sarah tries (and fails) to translate traditional storytelling onto platforms like the family WhatsApp group chat, TikTok, marketing adverts and many more. How can the lessons learned at our ancestors’ knees survive in the digital world? Does the legacy of women passing down stories end with the current generation? Oracles is a story about family, legacy, womanhood and traditional storytelling, grounded in a mix of traditional storytelling and spoken word. Dip into dreams and desires, lost worlds and worlds yet unimagined. Imagine from the outside in, and the inside out. Created for this year’s festival and performed live at the Scottish Storytelling Centre (unless noted), all events in the Imagine series will be available online post-Festival. A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings.If you are a Storytelling Centre or Storytelling Festival Supporter, please add a full price ticket to the basket. Your discount will be automatically added at checkout.

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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Online Open-floor

Guid Crack: You Won’t Believe What Happened Next!

Join us online for the first of three 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. You Won’t Believe What Happened Next! With guest storyteller Michael Williams Life is full of surprises – twists and turns, ups and downs, ins and outs. Our stories attempt to describe these unexpected events and express the confusion, astonishment, and wonder that so often accompanies them. Come and tell a story – a life experience, a folktale, myth, or legend – that takes your audience on a journey into the realm of the unanticipated. A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings.

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue Online SISF

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Live Indoor, Family Event

Baldylocks and the Three Chairs

Come on in, pull up a pew, take a load off and choose the right chair for you in this storytelling experience from Baldylocks storyteller Daniel Serridge. Based around three chairs built specifically for the Museum of Childhood, an intimate audience will be invited to hear a story on the chair that fits just right. Whether you’re sitting pretty or a sitting duck depends on you, so choose wisely and try to do it before the bears come home! Designed for max 3 groups at a time. A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings.

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue Storytelling Bothy

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Live Outdoor

A Necklace of Stories from the Highlands and Islands

Be transported to the magical Hebridean Islands and the Highlands of Scotland through stories and legends collected by folklorist Otta Swire, who captured the spirit and traditions of a bygone era. Through story, music and imagery, storytellers Bea Ferguson and Heather Yule will explore the captivating tales of these lands, and the people and strange creatures who dwelt there. pitlochryfestivaltheatre.com | +44 (0)1796 484 626 Book Your Ticket Venue: Port Na Craig, Pitlochry, PH16 5DR

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue External Venue

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Live Outdoor

Listening to the Land

Where do stories come from? How can deep listening and kinship with the natural world give insights and inspiration amid turbulent times? Which folk tales and myths remain relevant, and how do stories evolve? The people of Pilgrimage for Nature, nearing the climax of their walk from London to COP26 in Glasgow, join storyteller Douglas Mackay at the Three Hares Woodland for a day of story sharing, nature connection, dialogue and performance. Celebrating ancient and emerging stories that offer a ray of light in these turning times. Venue: Three Hares Community Woodland, Auchendinny/ Roslin Tickets & Info

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue External Venue

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Live Indoor

From Floor Sweeper to Climate Pioneer

Discover James Croll, the Scottish janitor born into poverty and dogged by ill health who became the self-taught father of climate science. Using storytelling, props and historical interpretation, storyteller Nicola Wright will present Croll’s theories - which inform today`s study of climate change - and tell the story of his remarkable life to a family audience. The event includes a Q&A session with the artist. Dip into dreams and desires, lost worlds and worlds yet unimagined. Imagine from the outside in, and the inside out. Created for this year’s festival and performed live at the Scottish Storytelling Centre (unless noted), all events in the Imagine series will be available online post-Festival. A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings.If you are a Storytelling Centre or Storytelling Festival Supporter, please add a full price ticket to the basket. Your discount will be automatically added at checkout.

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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Live Indoor

What Language Do Mermaids Speak?

Imagine the scene – a North-East fisherman encounters a mermaid. What will happen? How will they react? Will these two, from very different worlds, find a way to communicate? Join Khloud Ereksousi (Arabic), Craig McCulloch (BSL), Ailsa Dixon (English), Jackie Ross (Doric) and Alex Thomson (Visual) as they retell the family story of Fittie's Purse, in multiple languages. Dip into dreams and desires, lost worlds and worlds yet unimagined. Imagine from the outside in, and the inside out. Created for this year’s festival and performed live at the Scottish Storytelling Centre (unless noted), all events in the Imagine series will be available online post-Festival. A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings.If you are a Storytelling Centre or Storytelling Festival Supporter, please add a full price ticket to the basket. Your discount will be automatically added at checkout.

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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Online Live

Global Hearth: David Francis with Zahra Afsah, Peter Chand & Ana Lines

Scottish hosts invite international storytellers to gather round the digital hearth for relaxed sessions of stories from home and abroad. The perfect way to end (or begin) your day! Hosted by David Francis, with Zahra Afsah (Iran), Peter Chand (England) and Ana Lines (Brazil). David Francis David Francis has worked with storytelling in theatrical performances, primary schools and with young adults. He has written and performed long stories based on family history, which combine narrative and song, and likes to tell traditional Scottish stories, which he sometimes puts into contemporary settings. David is also a musician and dance caller, with wide experience of traditional music in Scotland. Zahra Afsah Zahra Afsah was born and grew up in Tehran. Her MA in Persian Painting and Transcultural Visuality examines the links between oral storytelling and Persian miniature painting, exploring the direct influences of the oral tradition in the Khamseh of Nizami of 1494-95. Zahra has run various workshops and performed in schools and museums, as well as informal settings. In June 2018, she finished the UK’s only national storytelling development program to transform the way stories are told, performing at Canada Water Theatre and Battersea Arts Centre. Peter Chand British Indian storyteller Peter Chand is one of Europe’s most renowned storytellers and is in constant demand for his colourful tales from the subcontinent. Peter regularly visits his family in the Punjab, India, collecting traditional stories and translating them into English. These stories keep the connection with his culture very much alive as he shares them in schools, festivals, libraries, theatres, and cultural events across Britain and further afield. Ana Lines Ana Maria Lines is a journalist and storyteller with an international reputation, vast repertoire and captivating style. She works in schools, festivals, clubs, libraries, theatre and galleries, where her performances and workshops have engaged and captivated both adults and children. Ana’s repertoire is wide: from folk tales and myths from Brazil, to stories from around the world and real life stories. A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings.

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue Online SISF

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Family Event, Live Outdoor

Imagine - Storytelling for Families

Blether Tay-Gither storytellers, including Sheila Kinninmonth and Owen Pilgrim, dive into the theme of Imagine through stories and tales for the Scottish International Storytelling Festival. This event coincides with the 50th anniversary of the Dundee Botanic Garden. Venue: Dundee Botanic Garden, Riverside Dr, Dundee, DD2 1QH

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue External Venue

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Live Indoor

Open Hearth: Rising Voices

Storytellers and musicians gather round the hearth for a relaxed traditional session of stories and music as we welcome friends back into the Netherbow Theatre. For this special afternoon session we are delighted to present some of the best new young voices in Scottish and Welsh storytelling. Hosted by Shona Cowie and introducing Taryam Boyd, Ailsa Dixon and Ffion Philips. A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings.If you are a Storytelling Centre or Storytelling Festival Supporter, please add a full price ticket to the basket. Your discount will be automatically added at checkout.

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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Live Indoor

Open Hearth: Ruth Kirkpatrick, with Shona Cowie, Marion Kenny & Niall Moorjani

Storytellers and musicians gather round the hearth for a relaxed traditional session of stories and music as we welcome friends back into the Netherbow Theatre. As the darkness closes in and we gather around the symbolic fire this is the perfect way to end your day! Hosted by Ruth Kirkpatrick, with Shona Cowie, Marion Kenny and Niall Moorjani. A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings.If you are a Storytelling Centre or Storytelling Festival Supporter, please add a full price ticket to the basket. Your discount will be automatically added at checkout.

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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Online Pre-recorded

The Stories of Life: Birth, Love and Death

With great warmth and precision, Johannes Geworkian Hellman and Tine Winther delve into some of life’s great events - birth, love and death – weaving story and music together. Johannes is Sweden’s foremost hurdygurdy player who constantly tests and moves boundaries with curiosity and respect. Tine is a storyteller at the Land of Legends in Sweden who tells stories from her own life, alongside her interpretation of an old legend in this performance. Enjoy a pre-recorded performance from Sweden, followed by a live Q&A with the performers. A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings.

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue Online SISF

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Online Live

Global Lab: Storytelling and Activism

Founder of The Earth Stories Collection Grian Cutanda is joined by Waverli Neuberger, Daniel Munduruku, Alette Willis, Malcolm Green and Mara Menzies to show how, in very different continents, indigenous tales can inspire and illuminate our feelings and actions for the future. Global Lab is an open community of creativity and co-learning, hosted by the Scottish International Storytelling Festival in partnership with The Earth Stories Collection and The Earth Charter movement. Each session involves presentations, discussion and a short interval. Hosted by Festival Director Donald Smith. Week 2: Regenerating Stories Green renewal is not just about protecting life on planet earth, it is essential for life continuing on planet earth - there is no Plan B. However, Plan A needs wisdom, creative play and joy, as well as knowledge and skill. Our collective actions must win hearts and minds for life-giving, regenerative change. This week’s topics are an invitation to join that process. A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings.

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue Online SISF

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Live Indoor

Open Hearth: Claire McNicol with Douglas Mackay, Jess Smith & Kath Campbell

Storytellers and musicians gather round the hearth for a relaxed traditional session of stories and music as we welcome friends back into the Netherbow Theatre. As the darkness closes in and we gather around the symbolic fire this is the perfect way to end your day! Hosted by Claire McNicol, with Douglas Mackay, Jess Smith and musician Kath Campbell. Claire McNicol Born in County Antrim, Northern Ireland, Claire McNicol enjoyed singing and telling stories from an early age and whilst living in Scotland has acquired the tales, melodies and dances of the sister kingdom. Her work in community storytelling with children and young people has established her as a pioneer in the renaissance of urban storytelling. Douglas Mackay Dougie Mackay blends the traditional, hearth-side style of storytelling that has warmed hearts and imaginations for centuries, and more dynamic, contemporary performance telling gaining popularity across Europe. His performances are intimate, yet crafted, suiting firesides, schools and theatres equally. Jess Smith A true tradition bearer of the Scottish Traveller culture, Jess is happy telling any kind of story, especially if she can get inside its character. From an early age Jess was privileged to sit round camp fires and be enthralled within a circle of ancient kings, dragons, witches, tramps and all manner of heroes. She loves to share the rich kist of these tales which she has gathered since childhood. Kath Campbell Kath Campbell is a Scottish folk singer, composer, arranger and university lecturer from Morayshire in North-East Scotland, now based in Edinburgh. She earned her PhD in Ethnomusicology from the University of Edinburgh. A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings.If you are a Storytelling Centre or Storytelling Festival Supporter, please add a full price ticket to the basket. Your discount will be automatically added at checkout.

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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Online Pre-recorded

Spàrr - Rivet

Several excellent artists come together to present an extended story based on several traditions from the Isle of Lewis and the oral history of Govan. A blind woman has known tragedy more than once in her life and does everything in her power to protect the youngest of her four sons from the sea. A collaborative performance devised by storyteller Ian Stephen alongside Laura Cameron Lewis, Anna Murray and Mike Vass, with illustrations by Christine Morrison. Dip into dreams and desires, lost worlds and worlds yet unimagined. Imagine from the outside in, and the inside out. Created for this year’s festival and performed live at the Scottish Storytelling Centre (unless noted), all events in the Imagine series will be available online post-Festival. A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings.

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue Online SISF

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Online Workshop

Global Lab: Greening the City

How can communities and creatives, with public services and private support, come together to re-birth our cities as places of wellbeing? As a small city set between hills and sea, Edinburgh should be able to come together. Join Morvern Cunningham, Andrew Crummy, Linda Fitzpatrick, Kate Wimpress, and Janis Mackay to help envision a different future. Global Lab is an open community of creativity and co-learning, hosted by the Scottish International Storytelling Festival in partnership with The Earth Stories Collection and The Earth Charter movement. Each session involves presentations, discussion and a short interval. Hosted by Festival Director Donald Smith. Week 2: Regenerating Stories Green renewal is not just about protecting life on planet earth, it is essential for life continuing on planet earth - there is no Plan B. However, Plan A needs wisdom, creative play and joy, as well as knowledge and skill. Our collective actions must win hearts and minds for life-giving, regenerative change. This week's topics are an invitation to join that process. A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings.

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue Online SISF

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Online Workshop

Handing On: Workshop

Mother and daughter Jean and Amanda Edmiston, storytellers, artists and plant people, lead an interactive online workshop offering insights into curating and combining familiar household treasures with inspiring stories, domestic folklore and family anecdotes to create a magical, personal collection, which offers real value beyond the clamour of gold. Bring along or have in mind a small everyday object you love and consider the story of why its significant! Book Your Ticket Free (ticketed)

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue National Library of Scotland

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Live Indoor

Imagine - with Mara Menzies

Join the Dundee storytelling group Blether Tay-Gither as we host a special live event aboard the always atmospheric HMS Unicorn, with our very special guest storyteller Mara Menzies and songs from local musician Lynne Martin. Mara, along with the Blether storytellers, will be exploring the theme of Imagine through stories. We wonder where your imagination will take you... Venue: HMS Unicorn, Victoria Dock, Dundee, DD1 3BP Tickets: £5, Available on Eventbrite Book Your Ticket

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue External Venue

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Online Live

Spooky an Sinister Tales fae the North-East

Five o oor brawest storytellers explore uncanny tales o e Nor-East o Scotland in a nicht o online collaboration. Jyne us tae learn aboot e Nor-East’s ghaisties an ghoulies, its witches an warlocks. Bit dinna jist listen – we wint ye tae share yer ain tales, inna. Iss event is open tae aa brave sowls! Five of our finest storytellers explore unsettling tales of the North-East of Scotland in a collaborative online evening. Join us to learn of the NorthEast’s ghosts and ghoulies, its witches and warlocks. But don’t just listen – we want you to share your own tales, too. The event is open to all brave souls! With Grace Banks, Sheena Blackhall, Jackie Ross, Pauline Cordiner and Diana Peers. Free (ticketed) | Sign up via Eventbrite Book Your Ticket

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue External Venue

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Live Indoor

Three Rivers Rising

The Water of Leith, the River Tay and the Firth of Forth are a constant source of inspiration for storytellers Svend-Erik Engh, Claire Hewitt and musician Neil Sutcliffe. ‘Three Rivers Rising’ celebrates the stories, songs, music and lore of these waters that weave through the communities and land we live in. Part of Wild Hillfoots Storytelling Festival at 7pm on Tue 26 Oct. Go to Event Event hosted by The Tolbooth at 7pm on Wed 27 Oct. Book Your Ticket Venue: The Tolbooth, Jail Wynd, Stirling, FK8 1DE Event hosted by Scottish Crannog Centre at 2pm Thur 28 Oct. Book Your Ticket Venue: Loch Tay, Aberfeldy, PH15 2HY Event hosted by Birks Cinema at 7.30pm Thu 28 Oct. Book Your Ticket Venue: 1 Dunkeld St, Aberfeldy, PH15 2DA

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue External Venue

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Live Indoor

Wolf Girl

Storyteller Daiva Ivanauskaitė and singer Agnė Čepaitytė present the true story of Ingrid Ramm from Königsberg, a city that no longer exists. After WWII thousands of orphans from East Prussia travelled to Lithuania in search of food and shelter. These children are known as Wolfskinder. Ingrid Ramm was one of them, a lonely young refugee who fought for survival with the help of imagination, determination and luck. Daiva’s family opened their doors to the Wolf Girl. This storytelling performance combines fragile memories, fantastic tales and classical German songs – the ones Ingrid’s mother used to sing. Dip into dreams and desires, lost worlds and worlds yet unimagined. Imagine from the outside in, and the inside out. Created for this year’s festival and performed live at the Scottish Storytelling Centre (unless noted), all events in the Imagine series will be available online post-Festival. A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings.If you are a Storytelling Centre or Storytelling Festival Supporter, please add a full price ticket to the basket. Your discount will be automatically added at checkout.

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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Online Live

Cuideachd thar Chuain: Ceilidh eadar Alba is Alba Nuadh

Scottish hosts invite international storytellers to gather round the digital hearth for relaxed sessions of stories from home and abroad. The perfect way to end (or begin) your day! Le fear an taighe Màrtainn Mac an t-Saoir (Alba), Coinneach MacCoinnich (Canada), Emma NicLeòid (Alba) agus Hannah Krebs (Canada). Thèid an tachartas seo a chumail tro mheadhan na Gàidhlig. Fàilte ron a h-uile duine. Hosted by Martin MacIntyre (Scotland), with Kenneth MacKenzie (Canada), Emma MacLeod (Scotland) and Hannah Krebs (Canada). This ceilidh will be held in Gaelic. All welcome. A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings.

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue Online SISF

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Live Indoor

Faclan: The Hebridean Book Festival

Wed 27 - Sat 30 Oct “Islands: Worlds in Isolation” is the 2021 theme, partly inspired by the impact of the pandemic and partly by Faclan’s spectacular setting in the Outer Hebrides. As we continue to emerge from lockdown, Faclan 2021 is once again set to consist of four days of live events at An Lanntair, including film screenings, an exhibition and a fringe programme supported by Outer Hebrides LEADER. Full Programme and Tickets - lanntair.com/events/category/faclan/

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue External Venue

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Online Workshop

Global Lab: Freeing the Feminine

Storytellers Catriona Blanke and Kirsten Milliken explore female archetypes, often diminished and sometimes demonised, in myths, legends and folk and fairy tales worldwide. The dominant stories in our culture focus on the hero quest and the warrior archetype. It is time to redress this imbalance so that solutions to the dual environmental and social crises facing humanity can source feminine qualities. Workshop participants, whatever their gender, will delve into themselves to rediscover and reconnect with their unique feminine aspects, to nurture environmental and social change. Global Lab is an open community of creativity and co-learning, hosted by the Scottish International Storytelling Festival in partnership with The Earth Stories Collection and The Earth Charter movement. Each session involves presentations, discussion and a short interval. Hosted by Festival Director Donald Smith. Week 2: Regenerating Stories Green renewal is not just about protecting life on planet earth, it is essential for life continuing on planet earth - there is no Plan B. However, Plan A needs wisdom, creative play and joy, as well as knowledge and skill. Our collective actions must win hearts and minds for life-giving, regenerative change. This week's topics are an invitation to join that process. A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings.

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue Online SISF

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Online Open-floor

Talking Statues Story Exchange

If you could honour someone with a statue or tell the unheard narrative of a monument that exists -- Who would it be and what story would you tell? Is it your granny who did something great for the community and needs a bit of recognition or a person you feel has been unfairly written out of history? If you had the opportunity to tell the real story, fill an empty plinth, set the story straight…now is your time to imagine who should be on a plinth and tell their story. Join the Talking Statues story exchange by sharing a story or simply tuning into listen. Stories and discussions led by storytellers Mara Menzies and Ruth Kirkpatrick. Let’s get sharing, let’s get talking statues. Book for related Workshop on Sat 20 Oct.

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue Online SISF

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Live Indoor

Open Hearth: Queer Folks' Tales

Storytellers and musicians gather round the hearth for a relaxed traditional session of stories and music as we welcome friends back into the Netherbow Theatre. As the darkness closes in and we gather around the symbolic fire this is the perfect way to end your day! An evening of LGBT+ stories, hosted by Lauren Bianchi, with Turan Ali, Jo Clifford and James Ley. Lauren Bianchi Based at the Village Storytelling Centre in Glasgow, Lauren Bianchi is a an experienced storyteller who loves to tell real and imagined stories – myths, truths and somewhere in between. She has recently led a brilliant series of storytelling workshops and events with LGBT Youth Scotland. Turan Ali Turan Ali has been producing, directing and writing BBC Radio dramas and comedies for over 20 years. He has also been telling stories of queer lives and experiences on stage since 2012, including his Edinburgh Fringe one man show Don't Frighten the Straights (2019) which toured to Vienna, Amsterdam and the King's Head Theatre in London. His new show, An International Slut will be coming to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2022. Jo Clifford Jo Clifford is a proud father and grandmother, playwright and performer, based in Edinburgh. She is the author of over 100 plays, many of which have been performed all over the world, and is currently involved in the production of her translation of Life is a Dream at the Lyceum Theatre. She has also recently been awarded the Olwen Wymark award for “Exceptional encouragement of theatre writing”. James Ley James Ley is a playwright, screenwriter and dramaturg based in Edinburgh, currently developing work for theatre, film and television. He is best known for his stage play Love Song to a Lavender Menace, which premiered at Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh in 2017. He is also the founder of Village Pub Theatre, Leith. A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings.If you are a Storytelling Centre or Storytelling Festival Supporter, please add a full price ticket to the basket. Your discount will be automatically added at checkout.

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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Live Indoor, Film Screening

Spàrr | Rivet

Several artists come together to present an extended story based on several traditions from the Isle of Lewis and the oral history of Govan. A blind woman has known tragedy more than once in her life and does everything in her power to protect the youngest of her four sons from the sea. A collaborative performance devised by storyteller Ian Stephen alongside Laura Cameron Lewis and Mike Vass, with illustrations by Christine Morrison. The event includes a live introduction presented by the artists, followed by the film version of the show. In collaboration with An Lanntair. Part of the SISF Imagine series. Book Your Ticket Venue: An Lanntair, Kenneth St, Stornoway, HS1 2DS

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue External Venue

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Gaelic, Online Workshop

Global Lab: Revitalising Gaelic Storytelling in Scotland and Cape Breton

A bheil àite aig sgeulachdan is seanchas a thaobh ath-bheòthachadh mìon-chànain? Anns a’ bhùth-obrach seo a bheir sùil air an t- suidheachadh ann an Alba is Canada, cluinnidh sinn bho chuid de na daoine a tha air a bhith gu mòr an sàs ann a bhith ag innse is a’ leasachadh sgeulachdan sa Ghàidhlig: Màrtainn Mac an t-Saoir, Iain Seathach, Ruairidh MacIlleathain agus Seòras Mac a’ Phearsain. Bruidhnidh sinn mu dheidhinn sgeulachdan ann an nàdar agus anns an àrainneachd, a’ lorg seann sgeulachdan bho thasglainn is eile, ag innse sgeulachdan ann an dà chànain agus a’ togail na Gàidhlig tro sgeulachdan is seanchas. Bidh cothrom ceistean a chur is còmhradh mu dheidhinn nan cuspairean seo. Bidh an tachartas seo dà-chànanach. ~~~ Can storytelling help sustain a minority language? This workshop will look at Scotland and Canada with contributions from some of the main players in the renaissance of the Gaelic storytelling tradition: Martin MacIntyre, John Shaw, Ruairidh Maclean and George Macpherson. We will explore storytelling in the natural environment and landscape, the renewal of traditional repertoires, bi-lingual storytelling, and language acquisition through stories. This will be a bilingual event. Global Lab is an open community of creativity and co-learning, hosted by the Scottish International Storytelling Festival in partnership with The Earth Stories Collection and The Earth Charter movement. Each session involves presentations, discussion and a short interval. Hosted by Festival Director Donald Smith. Week 2: Regenerating Stories Green renewal is not just about protecting life on planet earth, it is essential for life continuing on planet earth - there is no Plan B. However, Plan A needs wisdom, creative play and joy, as well as knowledge and skill. Our collective actions must win hearts and minds for life-giving, regenerative change. This week's topics are an invitation to join that process. A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings.

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue Online SISF

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Live Indoor

Orkney Storytelling Festival

Join the 12th edition of the small festival with a big heart and enjoy a four-day programme of storytelling events. Orkney storytellers will gather with their special guests: the Japanese storyteller and Master of the Japanese Tea Ceremony Mio Shudo and storyteller and musician Anne Hunter, who tells traditional tales from Scotland and around the world. Young storyteller Ailsa Dixon will also share her stories, in celebration of her Orcadian heritage. Full programme, booking and info: orkneystorytellingfestival.co.uk

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue External Venue

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Live Indoor

Waves, Wirds & Wirset

Join us for a dementia friendly afternoon of tunes and tales of the sea, woven together with ‘wirds’ from local poets. Enjoy your afternoon tea whilst Yell singer and sailor Barry Nisbet, storyteller Jan Bee Brown and local poet James Sinclair share ‘wirds’ of wit and wisdom. All proceeds to go to Alzheimer Scotland to develop local creative projects for folk living with dementia and their carers. Venue: Hoswick Visitor Centre, Hoswick, Sandwick, ZE2 9HL

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue External Venue

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Online Live, Live Indoor

Tales of the Oak

Storyteller and author Paul Bristow shares his story map with us, and wanders through the folklore and urban legends of his hometown, searching for a different way to tell stories about Inverclyde. Tales of bogles, pirates, monsters and mermaids are reinterpreted and retold by voices from across the community, with accompanying comic art illustrations. Presented in association with The Beacon Arts Centre. Venue: The Beacon Arts Centre, Custom House Quay, Greenock, PA15 1HJ

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue External Venue

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Live Indoor

Cottongrass

Far to the North, an Elk watches over a Princess. This tale lies in the community of stories between our waking and sleeping mind, our hopes and fears, our imaginings and questions. Harriet Grindley and Maria MacDonell, with musician Kai Dudley use words, music, image and physicality to conjure a constellation of dreams from a momentous journey of life. Dip into dreams and desires, lost worlds and worlds yet unimagined. Imagine from the outside in, and the inside out. Created for this year’s festival and performed live at the Scottish Storytelling Centre (unless noted), all events in the Imagine series will be available online post-Festival. A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings.If you are a Storytelling Centre or Storytelling Festival Supporter, please add a full price ticket to the basket. Your discount will be automatically added at checkout.

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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Online Live

Global Hearth: Janis Mackay with Wangari Grace, Bil Lepp & Muhammed Jawhar Yasin

Scottish hosts invite international storytellers to gather round the digital hearth for relaxed sessions of stories from home and abroad. The perfect way to end (or begin) your day! Hosted by Janis Mackay, with Wangari Grace (Kenya), Bil Lepp (USA) and Muhammed Jawhar Yaseen (Kurdistan) Janis Mackay Janis Mackay tells traditional world stories and Scottish tales, with stories that include the physical or mental transformations of characters into other beings as a favourite theme. Her style is gentle and atmospheric, with poetry and singing often included. She is interested in storytelling with a therapeutic intent, as well as the art of spontaneous storytelling. Wangari Grace A passionate performer, Wangari infuses her stories with song, dance, chants and other performance delicacies to create an intimate interaction with her audiences. She has vast experience sharing stories to a variety of platforms in Kenya. She has toured India, Iran, Germany, Sweden, Tanzania and Somaliland telling stories and conducting workshops. Bil Lepp Bil Lepp is an award-winning storyteller, author, and recording artist from West Virginia. His humorous, family-friendly tall-tales and stories have earned the appreciation of listeners of all ages and from all walks of life. Though a five-time champion of the WV Liars’s Contest, Lepp’s stories often contain morsels of truth which present universal themes in clever and witty ways. He is the recipient of the Vandalia Award, West Virginia’s highest folk honour. Muhammed Jawhar Yasin Muhammed Jawhar Yasin from Kurdistan, Iraq is a new voice in the storytelling world who loves writing and telling a wide range of stories. He also runs storytelling podcasts with his local community to share more of his life experiences with the young people. A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings.

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue Online SISF

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Online Workshop

Global Lab: Regenerative Stories

What kind of stories and storytelling can reconnect us with the natural world? This workshop shows how new forms and settings are emerging and invites you to explore and develop your own approach for the future. With Jos Collins, Douglas Mackay, Adele Clark and other representatives from the Re-generate Network. Global Lab is an open community of creativity and co-learning, hosted by the Scottish International Storytelling Festival in partnership with The Earth Stories Collection and The Earth Charter movement. Each session involves presentations, discussion and a short interval. Hosted by Festival Director Donald Smith. Week 2: Regenerating Stories Green renewal is not just about protecting life on planet earth, it is essential for life continuing on planet earth - there is no Plan B. However, Plan A needs wisdom, creative play and joy, as well as knowledge and skill. Our collective actions must win hearts and minds for life-giving, regenerative change. This week's topics are an invitation to join that process. A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings.

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue Online SISF

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Online Live

Scary Fairy Stories

Join storyteller Pauline Cordiner to find out why Fairies are amongst the scariest creatures in Scotland! Irritating imps, plagues of pixies, killer kelpies, tragic tarrans, hot-headed heroines and much more. There will also be a Scary Fairy Lantern Competition judged on the night. So get yourself all dressed up and sit in the candle-light for an evening of Halloween tales for all the family! As we go deeper into the evening, the stories will get scarier. Pauline will begin with stories best for the wee ones before we all decide the best Scary Fairy Lantern – after which Pauline will give us scarier stories best suited for older children and adults.

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

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Live Indoor

Open Hearth: Sensing Stories

Storytellers and musicians gather round the hearth for a relaxed traditional session of stories and music as we welcome friends back into the Netherbow Theatre. As the darkness closes in and we gather around the symbolic fire this is the perfect way to end your day! Join Mara Menzies for an evening of live storytelling as she introduces five emerging tales from new storytellers. Featuring Zebib K. Abraham, Nasim Rebecca Asl, Tim Carlsen, Sanjay Lago, Raheema Sayed and Brenda Vengesa. Sensing Stories is a creative development project from the Scottish International Storytelling Festival and the Scottish BAME Writers Network. A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings.If you are a Storytelling Centre or Storytelling Festival Supporter, please add a full price ticket to the basket. Your discount will be automatically added at checkout.

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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Online Open-floor

Guid Crack: Lanarkshire Folk Tales - Our Ancestors’ Journeys

Join us online for the second of three 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. Lanarkshire Folk Tales - Our Ancestors’ Journeys with guest Allison Galbraith Allison Galbraith celebrates her book Lanarkshire Folk Tales (History Press), a collection of tales spanning fourteen centuries of Lanarkshire's history and happenings. Expect the usual feuding druids, totemic animals, warlocks, herb-wives and elfin trickery from Allison as she entertains with stories from this beguiling collection.

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue Online SISF

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Live Outdoor

Family Day at the Botanics

Join us for a day of family fun with storytellers popping up throughout the community garden in RBGE. The day will also feature the Botanics' popular Halloween Trail and a special appearance by STORM, Vision Mechanics' 10m tall goddess of the sea, created in response to the climate crisis. Full programme available online prior to the event. Tickets for the Super Duper Story Generators sessions are available in advance from here. The rest of the events are free, drop-in sessions.

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

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Live Outdoor

Super Duper Story Generators at the Botanics!

Join storyteller Beth Hamilton-Cardus from Good Yarns for an epically interactive story session that’s 100% powered by YOUR imagination. During each session Beth will work with one child/family at a time to create a tale that’s bespoke to them. Maybe you want astronaut princesses, haunted bus stops, badgers making ice-cream (!) or something completely different - wherever the adventure goes is totally up to you! These sessions are part of the Storytelling Festival's Family Day programme at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, running from 11am-4pm on Sat 30 Oct. The sessions will be held outside, but under cover.

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

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Live Outdoor

Stories at the Balm Well

Scottish waters possess many otherworldly secrets. Discover the Balm Well, where kings have bathed, and listen to tales of magical water creatures, Kelpies, Selkies and Nymphs. With storyteller Jane Mather. Event will be at The Balm Well, grounds of Toby Carvery Liberton. Further Information

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue External Venue

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Live Outdoor

From Floor Sweeper to Climate Pioneer

Discover James Croll, the Scottish janitor born into poverty and dogged by ill health who became the self-taught father of climate science. Using storytelling, props, film animation and historical interpretation, storyteller Nicola Wright will present Croll’s theories - which inform today`s study of climate change - and tell the story of his remarkable life to a family audience. pitlochryfestivaltheatre.com | +44 (0)1796 484 626 Book Your Ticket Venue: Port Na Craig, Pitlochry, PH16 5DR Part of the Festival's Imagine series. Dip into dreams and desires, lost worlds and worlds yet unimagined. Imagine from the outside in, and the inside out. Created for this year’s festival this version is performed outdoors at Pitlochry Festival Theatre.

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

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Live Indoor

John Muir and the Missionary’s Dog

Join Richard Medrington and Rick Conte from 'The Man Who Planted Trees' and storyteller Andy Cannon, on the trail of the legendary John Muir. We follow Muir from a window ledge in Dunbar to the brink of a crevasse in Alaska to find out what connects this conservation pioneer, a remarkable dog and an indigenous tribe clinging on to their culture and their land. Dip into dreams and desires, lost worlds and worlds yet unimagined. Imagine from the outside in, and the inside out. Created for this year’s festival and performed live at the Scottish Storytelling Centre (unless noted), all events in the Imagine series will be available online post-Festival. A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings.If you are a Storytelling Centre or Storytelling Festival Supporter, please add a full price ticket to the basket. Your discount will be automatically added at checkout.

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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Live Indoor

Halloween Tales for Quines & Loons

The home of faeries and wisps, witches and spirits, Scotland’s rich folklore comes to life every Halloween night, as the bairns go guising and the adults coorie in with a wee dram. Join us for an evening of Halloween games and story time with Jackie Ross, before everyone heads out guising to ward off evil spirits for the coming year. The event will be in person, but the story time will also be accessible online via live broadcast. Venue: Mortlach Memorial Hall, 1, 6 Albert Pl, Dufftown, AB55 4AY

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

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Online Live

Stories of our Living Rivers and Glens

Come and join an online story ceilidh hosted by storyteller Grace Banks wi participants fae a ower - music, song, word and pictures inspired by oor livin rivers an glens. This ceilidh is a wee celebratory reflection of an on-going project led by the Dee and Don Ceilidh Collective - where folk have shared their personal touch of the land on a communal story map. Their contributions have provided the stimulus for composers to create new musical and song pieces which will then be shared with the community. A fine evenin o craic, wi tales an sangs fae Grace interspersed wi ‘cameos’ fae folk o a different kinds. Free | Sign up via Eventbrite Book Your Ticket

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue External Venue

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Live Indoor

Handing On

“I never thought I was leaving my children anything of value, I have no jewels or money, but you’ve made me realise the simple things are treasures in themselves. Treasures because of the stories, the words we hand on…” (Margaret, 92). Mother and daughter Jean and Amanda Edmiston, storytellers, artists and plant people come together to share a new performance offering a magical glimpse into a multidimensional project of curating familiar family objects and inspiring stories that create real value beyond the clamour of gold! Video by Bash Art Creative. Dip into dreams and desires, lost worlds and worlds yet unimagined. Imagine from the outside in, and the inside out. Created for this year’s festival and performed live at the Scottish Storytelling Centre (unless noted), all events in the Imagine series will be available online post-Festival. A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings.If you are a Storytelling Centre or Storytelling Festival Supporter, please add a full price ticket to the basket. Your discount will be automatically added at checkout.

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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Online Live

Global Hearth: Michael Kerins with Markus Luukkonen, Tamar Eluned Williams & Csenge Virág Zalka

Scottish hosts invite international storytellers to gather round the digital hearth for relaxed sessions of stories from home and abroad. The perfect way to end (or begin) your day! Hosted by Michael Kerins, with Markus Luukkonen (Finland), Tamar Eluned Williams (Wales) and Csenge Virág Zalka (Hungary). Michael Kerins Michael Kerins tells tall and fantastical stories, blending folktales and contemporary life. A self-confessed “wacky” storyteller, his style breathes the humour, cheek and survivor’s instinct of folktales through the centuries. He is currently enjoying writing about wee tom and sharing his tiny adventures in classrooms and community settings in Scotland and further afield. Markus Luukkonen Markus Luukkonen studied performing arts in Helsinki and tells stories in clubs, theatres, galleries and festivals. He performs predominantly for adults and in his work he likes to mix personal stories, folktales and myths. He is a founder member of the Finnish Storytelling Association, Samova Storytelling. Tamar Eluned Williams Tamar is a performance storyteller, writer and workshop leader who works bilingually in Welsh and English. In 2013 she won Young Storyteller of the Year and started gigging nationally as a storyteller, telling stories in story clubs, pubs, festivals and schools. Since then she has worked all over in the world including an internship with The Moth storytelling organisation in New York. Csenge Virág Zalka Also known as The Multicoloured Lady, Csenge is Hungary’s first international storyteller. She travels the world, sharing Hungarian folktales with her audiences (in English, Spanish and Hungarian), and takes all the stories she learns back home to Hungary. A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings.

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue Online SISF

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Live Outdoor

Gorge-ous Nature Stories

Join storyteller Cara Roberts through the Blue Door on this story walk beside the beautiful Gannochy Gorge. Come and find out some of the myths and stories associated with our native species and landscape. Hear folktales, and share celebrations of the rivers, trees, and birds that have shaped our understanding of the world. Be aware the path is uneven, for more info please contact the organisers. For tickets and further information: cara@onenatureeducation.com | onenatureeducation.com

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue External Venue

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Live Outdoor

Samhuinn Festival for Halloween

Join us for an evening of music, storytelling, magic and fire, as we celebrate the ancient Celtic festival of Samhuinn. Headline acts include The Leveneers, Dave Delph and Izzie Hanby, alongside the Hedgewitches, shadow puppet performances, Halloween games, and our famous Ram Burn! Event hosted by Scottish Crannog Centre. Book Your Ticket Venue: Loch Tay, Aberfeldy, PH15 2HY

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue External Venue

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Hallowe'en, Live Indoor

Open Hearth: Samhuinn Spirits

Storytellers and musicians gather round the hearth for a relaxed traditional session of stories and music as we welcome friends back into the Netherbow Theatre. As the darkness closes in and we gather around the symbolic fire this is the perfect way to end your day! Hosted by Bea Ferguson, with a coven of terrifying tellers including Giovanna Conforto, Fiona Herbert and more! A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings.If you are a Storytelling Centre or Storytelling Festival Supporter, please add a full price ticket to the basket. Your discount will be automatically added at checkout.

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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Online Open-floor

Guid Crack: Ghostly Tales

Join us online for the third of three 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. Ghostly Tales with guest Pauline Cordiner Pauline is a storyteller from the fishing and farming traditions of the North East of Scotland and enjoys telling a variety of traditional Scottish tales, fairy tales, folk tales creation myths and the occasional home-grown tale of her own. Tonight, however, is all about Hallowe'en as we invite you to join Pauline in sharing the most gruesome, gory and terrifying tales you know!

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue Online SISF

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Live Indoor

Dante in Edinburgh: Transformations of Love

When Dante first caught a glimpse of Beatrice a new spring surged up in human consciousness and culture. Dante became a poet and pilgrim of love, and many have followed him since, not least the Romantic and religious poets and artists of every century. In this performance, Italian storyteller Giovanna Conforto uncovers the earliest roots of Dante in love, while Donald Smith goes on pilgrimage to Florence in search of the true grail… With songs and music by Simone Caffari. Supported by the Italian Institute of Culture, in celebration of the 700th anniversary of Dante’s death.

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue St Columba's by the Castle Scottish Episcopal Church

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Live Indoor

Film & Storytelling

The Summer Walkers (53min) In this 1976 film Timothy Neat documents the lives of some of Scotland’s Highland Travellers. The Gruagach Solais (1hr) Come gather round the fire of inspiration where stories of wise blacksmiths and brave bellows makers will warm the dark night. Songs and local tunes collected by Munro Gauld will weave their magic around the tales in celebration of Perthshire Traveller Willie MacPhee - Piper, Tradition Bearer and the last of the tinsmiths. With local storyteller Claire Hewitt and musician Munro Gauld. Events hosted by Birks Cinema. Book Your Ticket Venue: 1 Dunkeld St, Aberfeldy, PH15 2DA

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue External Venue

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Live Indoor

People and the Sea

Join the cast of ‘People and the Sea’, founding members of Berwickshire Coastal Arts, and producer and musical director Ellie Logan for a premiere of the film ‘The First Wave’, accompanied by stories and reminiscences. ‘The First Wave’ is a short film by Kate Sweeney and Roma Yagnik, based on recordings, interviews and workshops undertaken by local people involved in the ‘People and the Sea’ project, featuring footage and stories from Eyemouth and surrounding coastal villages. The film is a legacy project from the Get up and Tie Your Fingers Theatre productions of 2016 and 2017, which told the story of the 1881 Fishing Disaster.

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue External Venue

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Live Indoor

A Woman Walks into a Bar...

A woman walks into the bar of an inn in a small West Highland fishing community. It’s a ceilidh house, and she is a wandering singer. For every story she has a song, and for every song there’s a story… With storyteller Bob Pegg, singer Christina Stewart and clarsair Bill Taylor. Tickets include tea and home-made scones after the performance. Suitable for adults and older children. Tickets available on Eventbrite | £10 (£8) Book Your Ticket Venue: Coul House Hotel, Contin, Strathpeffer, IV14 9ES

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue External Venue

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Live Indoor

Super Duper Story Generators!

Join storyteller Beth Hamilton-Cardus from Good Yarns for an epically interactive story session that’s 100% powered by YOUR imagination. During each session Beth will work with one child/family at a time to create a tale that’s bespoke to them. Maybe you want astronaut princesses, haunted bus stops, badgers making ice-cream (!) or something completely different - wherever the adventure goes is totally up to you! Delivered with Fife Libraries. Part of the Imagine series. Venue: Dunfermline Carnegie Library & Galleries, 1 Abbot Street, Dunfermline, KY12 7NL Booking and info: onfife.com Free (ticketed) | Pre-booking essential | 30min sessions

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue External Venue

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Online Pre-recorded

Super Duper Story Generators!

Join storyteller Beth Hamilton-Cardus from Good Yarns for an epically imaginative online story session that’s all about helping you create the tale for yourself! Maybe you want astronaut princesses, haunted bus stops, badgers making ice-cream or something completely different - wherever the adventure goes is totally up to you! Suitable for nursery and primary school aged kids and their grown-ups. The event is pre-recorded and available to watch any time for the whole week (Mon 15 - Sun 21 Nov). Delivered with Fife Libraries. Part of the Imagine series. To watch the event and for more info: onfife.com

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue External Venue

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Live Indoor

Exhibition: From Her Cave

The exhibition will be displayed at the Scottish Storytelling Centre from Fri 15 - Sun 31 Oct. No tickets required. Miren Asiain Lora is an award-winning illustrator, who has exhibited internationally at the Bologna Children’s Book Fair and the New York Society of Illustrators 2019. From her cave - Miren’s studio - she works on new commissions and personal projects as exciting new paths to be explored and wandered. Her festival exhibition includes a selection of some of her most remarkable works from 2015-2021, with illustrations, book-albums and film and record covers. Miren has been awarded the Ibero-American Illustration Catalogue Award 2015, the Cuatrogatos Foundation Award 2020 and the Euskadi Literature Award 2020 and we are delighted to host her work in the Scottish Storytelling Centre. All prints featured in the exhibition will be available for sale from the SSC Bookshop. For more information please go to Miren's website.

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue Storytelling Court

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In-person

Wild Goose Festival: Nature, Creativity & Place

Wild Goose Festival Sat 16 - Sat 23 Oct We are all naturalists now! And these are the stories we tell. 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. Supported by the Scottish International Storytelling Festival and produced by The Stove Network, the 2021 theme will be explored through storytelling performances and workshops, and by engaging a wide audience with all the many ways stories can be told. Full programme, booking and info.

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue External Venue

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Live Indoor

Super Duper Story Generators!

Join storyteller Beth Hamilton-Cardus from Good Yarns for an epically interactive story session that’s 100% powered by YOUR imagination. During each session Beth will work with one child/family at a time to create a tale that’s bespoke to them. Maybe you want astronaut princesses, haunted bus stops, badgers making ice-cream (!) or something completely different - wherever the adventure goes is totally up to you! Sun 17 Oct: priority booking to families with additional support needs. Please email reception@scottishstorytellingcentre.com or call 0131 556 9579 to enquire. Dip into dreams and desires, lost worlds and worlds yet unimagined. Imagine from the outside in, and the inside out. Created for this year’s festival and performed live at the Scottish Storytelling Centre (unless noted), all events in the Imagine series will be available online post-Festival. A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings.

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue Storytelling Bothy

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Live Outdoor

Talking Statues Walking Tours

Talking Statues storytelling walking tours of Edinburgh, in partnership with Mercat Tours. On this tour you will explore the stories of people from history, immortalised (in bronze), but murky in people’s memories – a fighter, surgeon, scientist, philosopher, an explorer and a politician. The story of the life behind a statue will help you to make up your mind about how ‘worthy’ a person is of its dedication. Do we look up to them and their success stories or do we look up at them and remember their failings, which can teach us as much as their successes? You’ll visit James Braidwood, hear about Elsie Inglis, James Barry, Joseph Knight amongst many others and we’ll finish at a statue of one of Scotland’s prominent politicians during the 1700s, which was recently the subject of much debate. Meet at the Mercat Cross. Book Your Ticket

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue Meet at Mercat Cross

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Live Outdoor

Brahan Storywalk

Meet storyteller Lizzie McDougall at the Hospice Stone at Brahan and join her on an enchanted storywalk through the Dell to The Seer Stone. We will stop under the trees for tales of the legendary Brahan Seer and his gift of Second Sight, and other Seer Stories including the Seer Standing Stones. The event is open air, please wear warm clothes and appropriate shoes. Suitable for adults and older children. Limited capacity, advance booking recommended. The event is by kind permission of Brahan Estates and in aid of Highland Hospice.

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue External Venue

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Live Indoor

Off the Map

Four tales of amazing women, real and imagined, retold in words by Áine King and music by Karen Tweed and Jennifer Wrigley. Four tales of love, courage and incredible journeys that shift between history and mystery, story and song. A shoal of stories, sometimes dark and often magical, storm-tossed from Orkney’s ancient shores across the Atlantic, splashing off the map into dreams… and drifting back again on the returning tide. Part of the Imagine series. Dip into dreams and desires, lost worlds and worlds yet unimagined. Imagine from the outside in, and the inside out. Created for this year’s festival and performed live at the Scottish Storytelling Centre (unless noted), all events in the Imagine series will be available online post-Festival. A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings. If you are a Storytelling Centre or Storytelling Festival Supporter, please add a full price ticket to the basket. Your discount will be automatically added at checkout.

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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Online Live

Global Hearth: Beverley Bryant with Shayna Jones, Hend Al Qattaa & Colin Urwin

Scottish hosts invite international storytellers to gather round the digital hearth for relaxed sessions of stories from home and abroad. The perfect way to end (or begin) your day! Hosted by Beverley Bryant, with Shayna Jones (Canada), Hend Al Qattaa (Palestine), and Colin Urwin (Northern Ireland). Beverley Bryant Beverley Bryant loves to tell traditional tales from Scotland, bringing to life the myths and legends of people, places and creatures from the Other World. Beverley credits her dad with her love of storytelling, as Sunday afternoon runs in the car were always accompanied by tall tales and life stories. She continues to enjoying learning from storytellers everywhere she goes. Shayna Jones Shayna Jones is an award winning professional performance artist specializing in the traditional oral storytelling of African and Afro-Diasporic folklore. Shayna has performed on stages across Canada and as a Folklorist, combines her passion for live, theatrical performance with the study of Traditional African and Afro-Diasporic Folklore and Contemporary Black Experience. Learn more about Shayna and her work at: www.wearestoryfolk.com Hend Al Qattaa Hend Al Qattaa is also a volunteering storyteller at the Hands Up Project in Palestine and works as a teacher of English as a second language for the UNRWA in Gaza. Telling stories has been a life-long passion for her and she makes the most of every opportunity to practise and research new methods and engage with other performers and audiences. Hend often accompanies her storytelling with Middle Eastern music and songs, adding a warm touch to her performances and making them even more powerful. Colin Urwin Colin Urwin is a folk singer, songwriter and storyteller from Co. Antrim in Northern Ireland. As well as his self-penned stories, mainly set in his beloved Glens of Antrim, Colin also tells many traditional Irish and Scottish folk tales. In March 2021 he released his first album, A Kind of Love Song, a beautiful collection of twelve songs and a poem. July 2021 saw the release of two story albums entitled The Madman's Window and The Swan Maiden. They are the first of a series of magical tales delicately entwined with beautiful harp, fiddle and pipe music. Colin has a unique repertoire of songs, stories and recitations not to be missed. A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings.

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue Online SISF

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The Fairmer’s Ferret an Ither Tales

Join storytellers Sheena Blackhall and Jackie Ross as they take you on an interactive journey through stories and songs featuring the animals – both wild and domestic – that live on the farm. Lots of fun for all the family. Don’t worry, we will keep the ferrets under control! Venue: Aberdeenshire Farming Museum, Aden Country Park, Mintlaw, AB42 5FQ 1pm, 2pm & 3pm (45mins) | Free (ticketed)

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue External Venue

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The Storm Watchers

A chance to see the recently created film of George Mackay Brown’s early play The Storm Watchers, performed by a cast of Orcadian women filming in their homes on mobile phones during lockdown. A powerful and poetic piece, the drama presents the lives, anxieties, regrets, fears and memories of women as they deal with the waiting and the aftermath of a storm with all their men at sea. Followed by a short Q&A with director Gerda Stevenson and composer Alasdair Nicolson. Presented in association with the St Magnus International Festival. A special opening weekend of events celebrating the Orcadian poet, author and storyteller, and Founding Patron of the Scottish Storytelling Centre, George Mackay Brown on the 100th anniversary of his birth. A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings. If you are a Storytelling Centre or Storytelling Festival Supporter, please add a full price ticket to the basket. Your discount will be automatically added at checkout.

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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Raking Among the Treasures

Co-writers Barbara McLean and David Campbell begin with some memories of George Mackay Brown before taking us more deeply into his world. In a collage of recordings and readings, story, music and song, this affectionate portrait includes an exploration of the pain of his adolescence; the story of St Magnus; his celebration of society’s outcasts and of Orkney’s rich history - all seen through the prism of his poetry and prose. With music by Wendy Weatherby. A special opening weekend of events celebrating the Orcadian poet, author and storyteller, and Founding Patron of the Scottish Storytelling Centre, George Mackay Brown on the 100th anniversary of his birth. A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings.If you are a Storytelling Centre or Storytelling Festival Supporter, please add a full price ticket to the basket. Your discount will be automatically added at checkout.

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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Open Hearth: George Mackay Brown 100

Storytellers and musicians gather round the hearth for a relaxed traditional session of stories and music as we welcome friends back into the Netherbow Theatre. As the darkness closes in and we gather around the symbolic fire this is the perfect way to end your day! A special event celebrating Orcadian poet, author and storyteller George Mackay Brown on the 100th anniversary of his birth. Hosted by Tom Muir, with contributions from George Gunn, Áine King, Gerda Stevenson and introducing Ailsa Dixon, with music from Karen Tweed and Jennifer Wrigley. A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings.If you are a Storytelling Centre or Storytelling Festival Supporter, please add a full price ticket to the basket. Your discount will be automatically added at checkout.

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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Live Outdoor

Hip, Hop, Story, Stop!

Like to dance? Here's your chance! Like a rhyme? This is your time! Bust a move? Come and groove! Join Claire & Fergus McNicol for dancing, stories, rhymes and raps. Active fun for all the family, from 1 to 101. Remember, bring your dancing shoes and dress to impress (and for the weather)! Themes for the sessions: Mon: The Monster Mash Wed: Whirling & Twirling Autumn Leaves Fri: Wee Witches and Ghosties A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings.

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue Meet at Scottish Storytelling Centre

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Global Lab: Lost Stories

Storytellers Lily Asch and Csenge Zalka connect continents and traditions, exploring lost stories and tracing the movement between cultures, tradition and transformation. Intertwining their own cultural roots, they reveal how such stories are still active in and through our contemporary selves. Global Lab is an open community of creativity and co-learning, hosted by the Scottish International Storytelling Festival in partnership with The Earth Stories Collection and The Earth Charter movement. Each session involves presentations, discussion and a short interval. Hosted by Festival Director Donald Smith. Week 1: Connecting Stories Join a conversation round the globe between stories and storytellers of all kinds. Disconnection brings repressed memories and partial vision that divide and deplete our humanity. Connection brings understanding and wellbeing. All of this week's topics are growing in the hands of the contributing storytellers. Listen to the sharing and then grow the conversation. A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings.

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue Online SISF

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Live Indoor

Open Hearth: Tim Porteus with Gauri Raje, Wendy Woolfson & Heather Yule

Storytellers and musicians gather round the hearth for a relaxed traditional session of stories and music as we welcome friends back into the Netherbow Theatre. As the darkness closes in and we gather around the symbolic fire this is the perfect way to end your day! Hosted by Tim Porteus with Gauri Raje, Wendy Woolfson and Heather Yule. Tim Porteus Tim Porteus loves sharing the wonderful world of folklore, mythology and legend, but he has also developed an interest in collecting and telling modern urban tales, as well as personal family stories and reminiscences. He is a very engaging character and tells stories with passion and humour, adaptable to all ages. Gauri Raje Gauri is a storyteller, educator and workshop facilitator working with adolescents and adults from multilingual, multicultural and disadvantaged backgrounds. She works with different genres: folk tales, fairy tales, epics and myths, mainly from non-European regions, and autobiographical storytelling. She is especially interested in the concepts of witnessing in storytelling, translation, multilingualism and embodied nature of creating stories. Wendy Woolfson Wendy Woolfson is a warm and engaging storyteller who creates nurturing environments in which to share her stories. She tells stories of wonder, journeys, fairies, magic, healing and love; all from the heart. Wendy facilitates workshops on many topics; for those starting out in storytelling to those looking to deepen their practice and confidence, and sessions to explore and develop understanding of the therapeutic value within the stories. Heather Yule Traditional Scottish folktales and Traveller tales form the basis of Heather Yule’s repertoire. A fine musician, her storytelling is often enriched by music from the clarsach (Scottish traditional harp). She has performed and led workshops all over Scotland and abroad, including Iceland, Norway and the USA. A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings.If you are a Storytelling Centre or Storytelling Festival Supporter, please add a full price ticket to the basket. Your discount will be automatically added at checkout.

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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Live Outdoor

Folk Tales from the Garden

All events are free, starting at 11am, just come along and drop in. Enjoy family and adult sessions of stories in some of Edinburgh's community gardens. Suitable for accompanied children 3-7, or for adults interested in garden settings and lore. All events are hosted by Donald Smith to mark his classic Folk Tales from the Garden, illustrated by Annalisa Salis. With contributions from guest storytellers. Tue 19 Oct Redhall Walled Garden, with Jane Mather. More Information Wed 20 Oct Hopetoun Crescent Garden, with Michael Kerins. More Information Thu 21 Oct Leith Community Croft, with Allison Galbraith. More Information Fri 22 Oct Dr Neil’s Garden, with James Spence. More Information

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue External Venue

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Live Indoor

Imagine Utopia: Kamishibai Workshop

Experience the art of Kamishibai storyboard with renowned storyteller, harpist and Urasenke Japanese Tea Master Mio Shudo. Along with enchanting harp music, Mio will welcome you to the world of original Japanese storytelling and show you how to create Kamishibai and some secret tricks! You will also learn manga drawing techniques, story composition and performing skills. This event is now sold out. A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings.

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue Storytelling Court

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Online Workshop

Global Lab: Talking Story

Storyteller Kelly Kanayama connects between Hawaii and Scotland, exploring identity in the diaspora of cultures, recontextualising folktales through different cultural lenses and looking beyond Western and writing-heavy cultures. She strives to bring Hawaiian cultural perspective to everyday life, where ‘Talking Story’ means more than 'Storytelling'. Global Lab is an open community of creativity and co-learning, hosted by the Scottish International Storytelling Festival in partnership with The Earth Stories Collection and The Earth Charter movement. Each session involves presentations, discussion and a short interval. Hosted by Festival Director Donald Smith. Week 1: Connecting Stories Join a conversation round the globe between stories and storytellers of all kinds. Disconnection brings repressed memories and partial vision that divide and deplete our humanity. Connection brings understanding and wellbeing. All of this week's topics are growing in the hands of the contributing storytellers. Listen to the sharing and then grow the conversation. A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings.

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue Online SISF

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Online Live

Talking Statues: Uncovering Stories of Inspirational Women in the Archives

Join the National Library of Scotland, Glasgow Women’s Library and storyteller Jan Bee Brown for an afternoon exploring storytelling and archives. We hope to inspire you to take part in Talking Statues’ The Big Scottish Story Ripple, as part of the Scottish International Storytelling Festival. Storyteller Jan Bee Brown will share a story researched from the National Library of Scotland’s collections and will give some helpful tips for finding and telling your own stories of inspirational women. National Library of Scotland curator Paula Williams, creator of the Petticoats & Pinnacles exhibition, will discuss her process for finding stories from the archives for the exhibition, what the archives can offer, and engaging ways of communicating stories to an audience. Glasgow Women's Library will share images from its archive to explore how to creatively engage with archives and tell unheard and hidden stories. This session will be delivered via a zoom webinar – which means you will be able to see the speakers, but the speakers and other audience members won’t be able to see you, though you can still utilise the chat box to share thoughts, ideas and questions. Perfect if don’t want anyone else to see you on screen while you make a cup of tea as you settle down for an hour devoted to archives and stories. Sign up on Eventbrite

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue External Venue

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Online Live

Imagine the Best Musician

Born in Kamakwie in northern Sierra Leone, storyteller Usifu Jalloh is a highly experienced, talented, and award-winning performer and educator whose storytelling style encompasses international languages, music, dance and themes. Join Usifu as he tells a tale he learned when he was only seven years old, which still inspires him today. Free (ticketed) | Sign up via Eventbrite Book Your Ticket

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue External Venue

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Live Indoor

Ladies Who Like It...

Imagine a space where women could tell and hear each other’s joyful, life-affirming stories about sexuality, shared with warmth, compassion and knowing laughter. An evening of humorous, inspiring and informative contemporary collected tales about sex, presented for the wellbeing and inspiration of other women, and for those who care about them. Performed by Marie Louise Cochrane and Heidi Docherty, with musical accompaniment from Suzanne Fivey. Dip into dreams and desires, lost worlds and worlds yet unimagined. Imagine from the outside in, and the inside out. Created for this year’s festival and performed live at the Scottish Storytelling Centre (unless noted), all events in the Imagine series will be available online post-Festival. A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings.If you are a Storytelling Centre or Storytelling Festival Supporter, please add a full price ticket to the basket. Your discount will be automatically added at checkout.

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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Online Live

Global Hearth: Daniel Allison with David Heathfield, Sheena Khalid & Polina Tšerkassova

Scottish hosts invite international storytellers to gather round the digital hearth for relaxed sessions of stories from home and abroad. The perfect way to end (or begin) your day! Hosted by Daniel Allison, with David Heathfield (England), Sheena Khalid (India) and Polina Tšerkassova (Estonia/Russia). Daniel Allison Daniel is a bestselling storyteller and author from East Lothian, Scotland and his podcast House of Legends attracts thousands of listeners every month. He is travelled the world sharing stories, developing a huge range of influences. David Heathfield David Heathfield is an international storyteller based in Exeter, UK and runs online Creative and Engaging Storytelling for Teachers (CrEST) courses. He loves to tell stories from the world’s oral cultures with a belief in the power of storytelling to bring people together. You can get involved for free in David’s current global storytelling project Around the World in 88 Tales, delivered in partnership with RAMM, Exeter. Sheena Khalid Sheena Khalid is a theatre director, storyteller and actor based in Mumbai where she works at Kommune as part of the curatorial team of Spoken Fest (Indian’s largest storytelling, spoken word and poetry festival). Sheena continues to deepen her exploration into performances and stories about and by women. She strives to create content that is relevant, engaging and humorous. Polina Tšerkassova Polina is a storyteller, multi instrumentalist and composer who refers to her genre of storytelling as soul-centered. She tells both traditional and modern real-life stories, as well as the stories she wrote herself and the ones she collected during her extensive travels and fieldworks. Polina combines her storytelling with the music of her rare instruments that she plays, such as birbyne, rebab, setar, kalimba, santur, lyra, hurdy-gurdy, bagpipes, flutes, percussions and many others. A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings.

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue Online SISF

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Online Workshop

Global Lab: Foremothers' Stories – Finding Treasures

Sigurborg Kr. Hannesdóttir and Sigurbjörg Karlsdóttir connect the generations through female ancestors. Exploring ourselves as the link in a line of generations through storytelling is a rich and healing practice. In Iceland, where family connections are highly valued, Sigurborg and Sibba have pioneered work dedicated to female ancestors. Hear some of their stories and share the process of building such personal tales, learning from our foremothers´ journeys. Global Lab is an open community of creativity and co-learning, hosted by the Scottish International Storytelling Festival in partnership with The Earth Stories Collection and The Earth Charter movement. Each session involves presentations, discussion and a short interval. Hosted by Festival Director Donald Smith. Week 1: Connecting Stories Join a conversation round the globe between stories and storytellers of all kinds. Disconnection brings repressed memories and partial vision that divide and deplete our humanity. Connection brings understanding and wellbeing. All of this week's topics are growing in the hands of the contributing storytellers. Listen to the sharing and then grow the conversation. A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings.

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue Online SISF

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Live Indoor

Three Rivers Rising

The Water of Leith, the River Tay and the Firth of Forth are a constant source of inspiration for storytellers Svend-Erik Engh, Claire Hewitt and musician Neil Sutcliffe. Three Rivers Rising celebrates the stories, songs, music and lore of these waters that weave through the communities and land we live in. Book Your Ticket Free (ticketed)

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue Water of Leith Visitor Centre

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Online Workshop

Talking Statues Online Storytelling Skills Workshop

Take part in the Talking Statues storytelling skills workshop to get all the top tips on how to tell a good story. If you could honour someone with a statue or tell the unheard narrative of a monument that exists -- Who would it be and what story would you tell? Bring along a story you have researched in relation to the above statement and learn how to perfect telling it before ahead of the Talking Statues Story Exchange on 27 October. Tickets here. Join professional storyteller Mara Menzies as she teaches us how to engage an audience, how to use voice, dramatic gesture and animation to tell a captivating story and to bring your statue to life.

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue Online SISF

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Live Indoor

Open Hearth: Heart of the Cosmos - Our Moon

The full moon brings forth a flood of romance. When the full moon rises in the east facing the setting sun in the west, there is a sacred marriage of lunar and solar awareness filling the hearts and minds of all in wonder. Hosted by Linda Williamson, with David Campbell, Claire Hewitt and Mio Shudo. Storytellers and musicians gather round the hearth for a relaxed traditional session of stories and music as we welcome friends back into the Netherbow Theatre. As the darkness closes in and we gather around the symbolic fire this is the perfect way to end your day! A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings.If you are a Storytelling Centre or Storytelling Festival Supporter, please add a full price ticket to the basket. Your discount will be automatically added at checkout.

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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Live Outdoor

Story Tours: Heart of Midlothian

Join storyteller James Spence and National Library of Scotland curator Ralph McLean on a journey around the closes and wynds of Edinburgh’s Old Town. The tour will focus on the stories, locations, and historical background of Walter Scott’s 1818 novel Heart of Midlothian and marks the 250th anniversary of the author’s birth. Meet at National Library of Scotland. Book Your Ticket Free (ticketed)

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue National Library of Scotland

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Live Indoor

Rainbow Dolphin

Rainbow Dolphin loved to swim and play, diving in and out of the waves in the deep water. They felt so happy, jumping towards the sky, higher and higher until one day Rainbow Dolphin could not see the sky! No clouds. No colours. Will they find their magic powers to put colour back into the sky? Come along and join in this colourful, fun, magical, musical journey with fiddler Marie Fielding. A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings.

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue Storytelling Court

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Online Workshop

Global Lab: Wingless

What happens to a butterfly when your tear off its wings? What happens to a mother's heart when her child is torn from her arms? Does the loss of a language mean the taming of a tongue? Who remains to bear witness when the truth lies buried? What is our responsibility when the lies are irrevocably revealed? Join Scottish Traveller Jess Smith and Canadian storyteller Leah Stinson in a workshop exploring contrasts and parallels between Scotland's policy of "Taking the Tinker out of the tent" and Canada’s residential school commitment to "Take the Indian out of the child." Global Lab is an open community of creativity and co-learning, hosted by the Scottish International Storytelling Festival in partnership with The Earth Stories Collection and The Earth Charter movement. Each session involves presentations, discussion and a short interval. Hosted by Festival Director Donald Smith. Week 1: Connecting Stories Join a conversation round the globe between stories and storytellers of all kinds. Disconnection brings repressed memories and partial vision that divide and deplete our humanity. Connection brings understanding and wellbeing. All of this week's topics are growing in the hands of the contributing storytellers. Listen to the sharing and then grow the conversation. A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings.

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue Online SISF

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Live Outdoor

The Gruagach Solais

Come gather round the fire of inspiration where stories of wise blacksmiths and brave bellows makers will warm the dark night. Songs and local tunes collected by Munro Gauld will weave their magic around the tales in celebration of Perthshire Traveller Willie MacPhee - Piper, Tradition Bearer and the last of the tinsmiths. With local storyteller Claire Hewitt and musician Munro Gauld. Event hosted by Scottish Crannog Centre. Book Your Ticket Venue: Loch Tay, Aberfeldy, PH15 2HY

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue External Venue

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Live Indoor

Into the Furrows of the World

Newbattle Abbey College is delighted to present an exclusive centennial celebration of the birth of Orkney writer George Mackay Brown, also marking the 70th anniversary of his arrival to study at the College in 1951, under fellow Orcadian poet, critic and novelist Edwin Muir. For this shy writer with precarious health, Newbattle was a redemptive place, and represented his first steps towards maturity as a writer of poems, novels, short stories and plays. Join Barbara McLean, David Campbell and Wendy Weatherby as they share their affectionate portrait of George in this collage of recordings, story, music, and song. Tickets on Eventbrite | £7 Book Your Ticket Venue: Newbattle Abbey College, Newbattle Road, Dalkeith, EH22 3LL

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue External Venue

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Live Storytelling

Wild Hillfoots Storytelling Festival

Hillfoots Tales welcome a host of guest storytellers for a special week of events celebrating the stories and legends of our people and landscape including: Thu 21 Oct (7pm): Legends at Legends Sat 23 Oct (2pm): Story Fest Folklore Tue 26 Oct (7pm): Three Rivers Rising Thu 28 Oct (7pm): Wild Hillfoots’ Storytelling Workshop Join storytellers Eleanor Bell, Joanne Dowd, Svend-Erik Engh, Laura Fyall, Claire Hewitt, Paraig MacNeil and Neil Sutcliffe for a lively afternoon and cosy evenings of storytelling, good company and a little music. Come along and brighten up your Autumn with ‘Wild Hillfoots’.

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue External Venue

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Live Indoor

Mohan: A Partition Story

A moving, visceral and emotive storytelling performance by Niall Moorjani, which retells their Grampa’s experiences of the Partitioning of India. With first-person telling from ‘Mohan’s’ perspective, the story is interwoven with fascinating and, at times, haunting historical insight. An evocative and thought-provoking evening of oral storytelling, with accompanying live music from Sodhi. Dip into dreams and desires, lost worlds and worlds yet unimagined. Imagine from the outside in, and the inside out. Created for this year’s festival and performed live at the Scottish Storytelling Centre (unless noted), all events in the Imagine series will be available online post-Festival. A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings.If you are a Storytelling Centre or Storytelling Festival Supporter, please add a full price ticket to the basket. Your discount will be automatically added at checkout.

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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Online Live

Global Hearth: Walter Scott and City Writers

Throughout 2021 Scotland has been celebrating the 250th anniversary of one of its most famous sons, Sir Walter Scott. Through the mines of his imagination and the magic of his pen, he celebrated the history and landscapes of Scotland in a string of best-selling books, such as Heart of Midlothian and Waverley, making him synonymous worldwide with Edinburgh. This special event, held in collaboration with the UNESCO Cities of Literature Network, presents two of Walter Scott’s stories told live, alongside contributions from Seattle, Dublin and Beirut based storytellers, each exploring writers associated with their own City of Literature. Hosted by Anna Fancett (Edinburgh), with Marcus Green (Seattle), Nuala Hayes (Dublin) and Dima Matta (Beirut). Anna Fancett Anna Fancett began storytelling in 2005, although, as with most storytellers, she has been telling stories her entire life. She specialises in the novels of Walter Scott and Jane Austen and dabbles in literary theory and pedagogy. Since 2015 she has been spending the majority of her time overseas, in Saudi Arabia, Japan, China and Oman. Marcus Green Marcus Green is the founder of the South Seattle Emerald, which focuses on telling the stories of South Seattle and its residents. He also writes a monthly column co-published by the Emerald and The Seattle Times and in 2020 was awarded the Seattle Human Rights Commissions’ Individual Human Rights Leader Award. Nuala Hayes Nuala Hayes is a storyteller, actor, and professional radio producer who has been collecting and telling folk tales for the last 20 years. She organised Dublin’s first Storytelling Festival and has appeared at all the major storytelling festivals in Ireland and abroad. Her special interests are in Irish Folklore, Legends and Myths and she is convinced of the importance of oral storytelling in children's education Dima Matta Dima Matta is a Beirut-based writer and actress. In 2014 she founded Cliffhangers, a non-profit initiative and the first bilingual storytelling platform in Lebanon that serves as a safe space for people to share their stories. Her first play 'This is not a memorized script, this is a well-rehearsed story', an autobiographical play on queerness and her relationship with the city, premiered in Beirut in February 2020 and has toured in London, New York, and Belfast. She is currently working on her second play. This event is a partnership project by Edinburgh UNESCO City of Literature Trust and the Scottish International Storytelling Festival, and supported by the Consulate General of Ireland in Edinburgh. A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings.

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue Online SISF

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Online Workshop

Global Lab: Odin's Eye

Storyteller Alice Fernbank connects traditional tales of wisdom holders and seers with a personal journey through illness and wellbeing. Explore seeing and sight with an invitation to look within, and envision a future, as seen perhaps through Odin's Eye. How are such myths re-inhabited by our contemporary selves? Global Lab is an open community of creativity and co-learning, hosted by the Scottish International Storytelling Festival in partnership with The Earth Stories Collection and The Earth Charter movement. Each session involves presentations, discussion and a short interval. Hosted by Festival Director Donald Smith. Week 1: Connecting Stories Join a conversation round the globe between stories and storytellers of all kinds. Disconnection brings repressed memories and partial vision that divide and deplete our humanity. Connection brings understanding and wellbeing. All of this week's topics are growing in the hands of the contributing storytellers. Listen to the sharing and then grow the conversation. A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings.

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue Online SISF

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Live Indoor

Oracles

Millennial woman, Sarah Grant, struggles to live up to the legacy of her Grandmother, the “Oracle of Glasgow”: she who sees all, hears all, tells all. As a modern storyteller, Sarah tries (and fails) to translate traditional storytelling onto platforms like the family WhatsApp group chat, TikTok, marketing adverts and many more. How can the lessons learned at our ancestors’ knees survive in the digital world? Does the legacy of women passing down stories end with the current generation? Oracles is a story about family, legacy, womanhood and traditional storytelling, grounded in a mix of traditional storytelling and spoken word. Dip into dreams and desires, lost worlds and worlds yet unimagined. Imagine from the outside in, and the inside out. Created for this year’s festival and performed live at the Scottish Storytelling Centre (unless noted), all events in the Imagine series will be available online post-Festival. A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings.If you are a Storytelling Centre or Storytelling Festival Supporter, please add a full price ticket to the basket. Your discount will be automatically added at checkout.

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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Online Open-floor

Guid Crack: You Won’t Believe What Happened Next!

Join us online for the first of three 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. You Won’t Believe What Happened Next! With guest storyteller Michael Williams Life is full of surprises – twists and turns, ups and downs, ins and outs. Our stories attempt to describe these unexpected events and express the confusion, astonishment, and wonder that so often accompanies them. Come and tell a story – a life experience, a folktale, myth, or legend – that takes your audience on a journey into the realm of the unanticipated. A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings.

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue Online SISF

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Live Indoor, Family Event

Baldylocks and the Three Chairs

Come on in, pull up a pew, take a load off and choose the right chair for you in this storytelling experience from Baldylocks storyteller Daniel Serridge. Based around three chairs built specifically for the Museum of Childhood, an intimate audience will be invited to hear a story on the chair that fits just right. Whether you’re sitting pretty or a sitting duck depends on you, so choose wisely and try to do it before the bears come home! Designed for max 3 groups at a time. A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings.

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue Storytelling Bothy

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Live Outdoor

A Necklace of Stories from the Highlands and Islands

Be transported to the magical Hebridean Islands and the Highlands of Scotland through stories and legends collected by folklorist Otta Swire, who captured the spirit and traditions of a bygone era. Through story, music and imagery, storytellers Bea Ferguson and Heather Yule will explore the captivating tales of these lands, and the people and strange creatures who dwelt there. pitlochryfestivaltheatre.com | +44 (0)1796 484 626 Book Your Ticket Venue: Port Na Craig, Pitlochry, PH16 5DR

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue External Venue

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Live Outdoor

Listening to the Land

Where do stories come from? How can deep listening and kinship with the natural world give insights and inspiration amid turbulent times? Which folk tales and myths remain relevant, and how do stories evolve? The people of Pilgrimage for Nature, nearing the climax of their walk from London to COP26 in Glasgow, join storyteller Douglas Mackay at the Three Hares Woodland for a day of story sharing, nature connection, dialogue and performance. Celebrating ancient and emerging stories that offer a ray of light in these turning times. Venue: Three Hares Community Woodland, Auchendinny/ Roslin Tickets & Info

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue External Venue

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Live Indoor

From Floor Sweeper to Climate Pioneer

Discover James Croll, the Scottish janitor born into poverty and dogged by ill health who became the self-taught father of climate science. Using storytelling, props and historical interpretation, storyteller Nicola Wright will present Croll’s theories - which inform today`s study of climate change - and tell the story of his remarkable life to a family audience. The event includes a Q&A session with the artist. Dip into dreams and desires, lost worlds and worlds yet unimagined. Imagine from the outside in, and the inside out. Created for this year’s festival and performed live at the Scottish Storytelling Centre (unless noted), all events in the Imagine series will be available online post-Festival. A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings.If you are a Storytelling Centre or Storytelling Festival Supporter, please add a full price ticket to the basket. Your discount will be automatically added at checkout.

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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Live Indoor

What Language Do Mermaids Speak?

Imagine the scene – a North-East fisherman encounters a mermaid. What will happen? How will they react? Will these two, from very different worlds, find a way to communicate? Join Khloud Ereksousi (Arabic), Craig McCulloch (BSL), Ailsa Dixon (English), Jackie Ross (Doric) and Alex Thomson (Visual) as they retell the family story of Fittie's Purse, in multiple languages. Dip into dreams and desires, lost worlds and worlds yet unimagined. Imagine from the outside in, and the inside out. Created for this year’s festival and performed live at the Scottish Storytelling Centre (unless noted), all events in the Imagine series will be available online post-Festival. A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings.If you are a Storytelling Centre or Storytelling Festival Supporter, please add a full price ticket to the basket. Your discount will be automatically added at checkout.

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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Online Live

Global Hearth: David Francis with Zahra Afsah, Peter Chand & Ana Lines

Scottish hosts invite international storytellers to gather round the digital hearth for relaxed sessions of stories from home and abroad. The perfect way to end (or begin) your day! Hosted by David Francis, with Zahra Afsah (Iran), Peter Chand (England) and Ana Lines (Brazil). David Francis David Francis has worked with storytelling in theatrical performances, primary schools and with young adults. He has written and performed long stories based on family history, which combine narrative and song, and likes to tell traditional Scottish stories, which he sometimes puts into contemporary settings. David is also a musician and dance caller, with wide experience of traditional music in Scotland. Zahra Afsah Zahra Afsah was born and grew up in Tehran. Her MA in Persian Painting and Transcultural Visuality examines the links between oral storytelling and Persian miniature painting, exploring the direct influences of the oral tradition in the Khamseh of Nizami of 1494-95. Zahra has run various workshops and performed in schools and museums, as well as informal settings. In June 2018, she finished the UK’s only national storytelling development program to transform the way stories are told, performing at Canada Water Theatre and Battersea Arts Centre. Peter Chand British Indian storyteller Peter Chand is one of Europe’s most renowned storytellers and is in constant demand for his colourful tales from the subcontinent. Peter regularly visits his family in the Punjab, India, collecting traditional stories and translating them into English. These stories keep the connection with his culture very much alive as he shares them in schools, festivals, libraries, theatres, and cultural events across Britain and further afield. Ana Lines Ana Maria Lines is a journalist and storyteller with an international reputation, vast repertoire and captivating style. She works in schools, festivals, clubs, libraries, theatre and galleries, where her performances and workshops have engaged and captivated both adults and children. Ana’s repertoire is wide: from folk tales and myths from Brazil, to stories from around the world and real life stories. A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings.

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue Online SISF

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Family Event, Live Outdoor

Imagine - Storytelling for Families

Blether Tay-Gither storytellers, including Sheila Kinninmonth and Owen Pilgrim, dive into the theme of Imagine through stories and tales for the Scottish International Storytelling Festival. This event coincides with the 50th anniversary of the Dundee Botanic Garden. Venue: Dundee Botanic Garden, Riverside Dr, Dundee, DD2 1QH

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue External Venue

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Live Indoor

Open Hearth: Rising Voices

Storytellers and musicians gather round the hearth for a relaxed traditional session of stories and music as we welcome friends back into the Netherbow Theatre. For this special afternoon session we are delighted to present some of the best new young voices in Scottish and Welsh storytelling. Hosted by Shona Cowie and introducing Taryam Boyd, Ailsa Dixon and Ffion Philips. A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings.If you are a Storytelling Centre or Storytelling Festival Supporter, please add a full price ticket to the basket. Your discount will be automatically added at checkout.

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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Live Indoor

Open Hearth: Ruth Kirkpatrick, with Shona Cowie, Marion Kenny & Niall Moorjani

Storytellers and musicians gather round the hearth for a relaxed traditional session of stories and music as we welcome friends back into the Netherbow Theatre. As the darkness closes in and we gather around the symbolic fire this is the perfect way to end your day! Hosted by Ruth Kirkpatrick, with Shona Cowie, Marion Kenny and Niall Moorjani. A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings.If you are a Storytelling Centre or Storytelling Festival Supporter, please add a full price ticket to the basket. Your discount will be automatically added at checkout.

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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Online Pre-recorded

The Stories of Life: Birth, Love and Death

With great warmth and precision, Johannes Geworkian Hellman and Tine Winther delve into some of life’s great events - birth, love and death – weaving story and music together. Johannes is Sweden’s foremost hurdygurdy player who constantly tests and moves boundaries with curiosity and respect. Tine is a storyteller at the Land of Legends in Sweden who tells stories from her own life, alongside her interpretation of an old legend in this performance. Enjoy a pre-recorded performance from Sweden, followed by a live Q&A with the performers. A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings.

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue Online SISF

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Online Live

Global Lab: Storytelling and Activism

Founder of The Earth Stories Collection Grian Cutanda is joined by Waverli Neuberger, Daniel Munduruku, Alette Willis, Malcolm Green and Mara Menzies to show how, in very different continents, indigenous tales can inspire and illuminate our feelings and actions for the future. Global Lab is an open community of creativity and co-learning, hosted by the Scottish International Storytelling Festival in partnership with The Earth Stories Collection and The Earth Charter movement. Each session involves presentations, discussion and a short interval. Hosted by Festival Director Donald Smith. Week 2: Regenerating Stories Green renewal is not just about protecting life on planet earth, it is essential for life continuing on planet earth - there is no Plan B. However, Plan A needs wisdom, creative play and joy, as well as knowledge and skill. Our collective actions must win hearts and minds for life-giving, regenerative change. This week’s topics are an invitation to join that process. A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings.

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue Online SISF

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Live Indoor

Open Hearth: Claire McNicol with Douglas Mackay, Jess Smith & Kath Campbell

Storytellers and musicians gather round the hearth for a relaxed traditional session of stories and music as we welcome friends back into the Netherbow Theatre. As the darkness closes in and we gather around the symbolic fire this is the perfect way to end your day! Hosted by Claire McNicol, with Douglas Mackay, Jess Smith and musician Kath Campbell. Claire McNicol Born in County Antrim, Northern Ireland, Claire McNicol enjoyed singing and telling stories from an early age and whilst living in Scotland has acquired the tales, melodies and dances of the sister kingdom. Her work in community storytelling with children and young people has established her as a pioneer in the renaissance of urban storytelling. Douglas Mackay Dougie Mackay blends the traditional, hearth-side style of storytelling that has warmed hearts and imaginations for centuries, and more dynamic, contemporary performance telling gaining popularity across Europe. His performances are intimate, yet crafted, suiting firesides, schools and theatres equally. Jess Smith A true tradition bearer of the Scottish Traveller culture, Jess is happy telling any kind of story, especially if she can get inside its character. From an early age Jess was privileged to sit round camp fires and be enthralled within a circle of ancient kings, dragons, witches, tramps and all manner of heroes. She loves to share the rich kist of these tales which she has gathered since childhood. Kath Campbell Kath Campbell is a Scottish folk singer, composer, arranger and university lecturer from Morayshire in North-East Scotland, now based in Edinburgh. She earned her PhD in Ethnomusicology from the University of Edinburgh. A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings.If you are a Storytelling Centre or Storytelling Festival Supporter, please add a full price ticket to the basket. Your discount will be automatically added at checkout.

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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Online Pre-recorded

Spàrr - Rivet

Several excellent artists come together to present an extended story based on several traditions from the Isle of Lewis and the oral history of Govan. A blind woman has known tragedy more than once in her life and does everything in her power to protect the youngest of her four sons from the sea. A collaborative performance devised by storyteller Ian Stephen alongside Laura Cameron Lewis, Anna Murray and Mike Vass, with illustrations by Christine Morrison. Dip into dreams and desires, lost worlds and worlds yet unimagined. Imagine from the outside in, and the inside out. Created for this year’s festival and performed live at the Scottish Storytelling Centre (unless noted), all events in the Imagine series will be available online post-Festival. A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings.

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue Online SISF

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Online Workshop

Global Lab: Greening the City

How can communities and creatives, with public services and private support, come together to re-birth our cities as places of wellbeing? As a small city set between hills and sea, Edinburgh should be able to come together. Join Morvern Cunningham, Andrew Crummy, Linda Fitzpatrick, Kate Wimpress, and Janis Mackay to help envision a different future. Global Lab is an open community of creativity and co-learning, hosted by the Scottish International Storytelling Festival in partnership with The Earth Stories Collection and The Earth Charter movement. Each session involves presentations, discussion and a short interval. Hosted by Festival Director Donald Smith. Week 2: Regenerating Stories Green renewal is not just about protecting life on planet earth, it is essential for life continuing on planet earth - there is no Plan B. However, Plan A needs wisdom, creative play and joy, as well as knowledge and skill. Our collective actions must win hearts and minds for life-giving, regenerative change. This week's topics are an invitation to join that process. A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings.

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue Online SISF

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Online Workshop

Handing On: Workshop

Mother and daughter Jean and Amanda Edmiston, storytellers, artists and plant people, lead an interactive online workshop offering insights into curating and combining familiar household treasures with inspiring stories, domestic folklore and family anecdotes to create a magical, personal collection, which offers real value beyond the clamour of gold. Bring along or have in mind a small everyday object you love and consider the story of why its significant! Book Your Ticket Free (ticketed)

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue National Library of Scotland

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Live Indoor

Imagine - with Mara Menzies

Join the Dundee storytelling group Blether Tay-Gither as we host a special live event aboard the always atmospheric HMS Unicorn, with our very special guest storyteller Mara Menzies and songs from local musician Lynne Martin. Mara, along with the Blether storytellers, will be exploring the theme of Imagine through stories. We wonder where your imagination will take you... Venue: HMS Unicorn, Victoria Dock, Dundee, DD1 3BP Tickets: £5, Available on Eventbrite Book Your Ticket

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue External Venue

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Online Live

Spooky an Sinister Tales fae the North-East

Five o oor brawest storytellers explore uncanny tales o e Nor-East o Scotland in a nicht o online collaboration. Jyne us tae learn aboot e Nor-East’s ghaisties an ghoulies, its witches an warlocks. Bit dinna jist listen – we wint ye tae share yer ain tales, inna. Iss event is open tae aa brave sowls! Five of our finest storytellers explore unsettling tales of the North-East of Scotland in a collaborative online evening. Join us to learn of the NorthEast’s ghosts and ghoulies, its witches and warlocks. But don’t just listen – we want you to share your own tales, too. The event is open to all brave souls! With Grace Banks, Sheena Blackhall, Jackie Ross, Pauline Cordiner and Diana Peers. Free (ticketed) | Sign up via Eventbrite Book Your Ticket

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue External Venue

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Live Indoor

Three Rivers Rising

The Water of Leith, the River Tay and the Firth of Forth are a constant source of inspiration for storytellers Svend-Erik Engh, Claire Hewitt and musician Neil Sutcliffe. ‘Three Rivers Rising’ celebrates the stories, songs, music and lore of these waters that weave through the communities and land we live in. Part of Wild Hillfoots Storytelling Festival at 7pm on Tue 26 Oct. Go to Event Event hosted by The Tolbooth at 7pm on Wed 27 Oct. Book Your Ticket Venue: The Tolbooth, Jail Wynd, Stirling, FK8 1DE Event hosted by Scottish Crannog Centre at 2pm Thur 28 Oct. Book Your Ticket Venue: Loch Tay, Aberfeldy, PH15 2HY Event hosted by Birks Cinema at 7.30pm Thu 28 Oct. Book Your Ticket Venue: 1 Dunkeld St, Aberfeldy, PH15 2DA

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue External Venue

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Live Indoor

Wolf Girl

Storyteller Daiva Ivanauskaitė and singer Agnė Čepaitytė present the true story of Ingrid Ramm from Königsberg, a city that no longer exists. After WWII thousands of orphans from East Prussia travelled to Lithuania in search of food and shelter. These children are known as Wolfskinder. Ingrid Ramm was one of them, a lonely young refugee who fought for survival with the help of imagination, determination and luck. Daiva’s family opened their doors to the Wolf Girl. This storytelling performance combines fragile memories, fantastic tales and classical German songs – the ones Ingrid’s mother used to sing. Dip into dreams and desires, lost worlds and worlds yet unimagined. Imagine from the outside in, and the inside out. Created for this year’s festival and performed live at the Scottish Storytelling Centre (unless noted), all events in the Imagine series will be available online post-Festival. A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings.If you are a Storytelling Centre or Storytelling Festival Supporter, please add a full price ticket to the basket. Your discount will be automatically added at checkout.

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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Online Live

Cuideachd thar Chuain: Ceilidh eadar Alba is Alba Nuadh

Scottish hosts invite international storytellers to gather round the digital hearth for relaxed sessions of stories from home and abroad. The perfect way to end (or begin) your day! Le fear an taighe Màrtainn Mac an t-Saoir (Alba), Coinneach MacCoinnich (Canada), Emma NicLeòid (Alba) agus Hannah Krebs (Canada). Thèid an tachartas seo a chumail tro mheadhan na Gàidhlig. Fàilte ron a h-uile duine. Hosted by Martin MacIntyre (Scotland), with Kenneth MacKenzie (Canada), Emma MacLeod (Scotland) and Hannah Krebs (Canada). This ceilidh will be held in Gaelic. All welcome. A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings.

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue Online SISF

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Live Indoor

Faclan: The Hebridean Book Festival

Wed 27 - Sat 30 Oct “Islands: Worlds in Isolation” is the 2021 theme, partly inspired by the impact of the pandemic and partly by Faclan’s spectacular setting in the Outer Hebrides. As we continue to emerge from lockdown, Faclan 2021 is once again set to consist of four days of live events at An Lanntair, including film screenings, an exhibition and a fringe programme supported by Outer Hebrides LEADER. Full Programme and Tickets - lanntair.com/events/category/faclan/

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue External Venue

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Online Workshop

Global Lab: Freeing the Feminine

Storytellers Catriona Blanke and Kirsten Milliken explore female archetypes, often diminished and sometimes demonised, in myths, legends and folk and fairy tales worldwide. The dominant stories in our culture focus on the hero quest and the warrior archetype. It is time to redress this imbalance so that solutions to the dual environmental and social crises facing humanity can source feminine qualities. Workshop participants, whatever their gender, will delve into themselves to rediscover and reconnect with their unique feminine aspects, to nurture environmental and social change. Global Lab is an open community of creativity and co-learning, hosted by the Scottish International Storytelling Festival in partnership with The Earth Stories Collection and The Earth Charter movement. Each session involves presentations, discussion and a short interval. Hosted by Festival Director Donald Smith. Week 2: Regenerating Stories Green renewal is not just about protecting life on planet earth, it is essential for life continuing on planet earth - there is no Plan B. However, Plan A needs wisdom, creative play and joy, as well as knowledge and skill. Our collective actions must win hearts and minds for life-giving, regenerative change. This week's topics are an invitation to join that process. A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings.

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue Online SISF

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Online Open-floor

Talking Statues Story Exchange

If you could honour someone with a statue or tell the unheard narrative of a monument that exists -- Who would it be and what story would you tell? Is it your granny who did something great for the community and needs a bit of recognition or a person you feel has been unfairly written out of history? If you had the opportunity to tell the real story, fill an empty plinth, set the story straight…now is your time to imagine who should be on a plinth and tell their story. Join the Talking Statues story exchange by sharing a story or simply tuning into listen. Stories and discussions led by storytellers Mara Menzies and Ruth Kirkpatrick. Let’s get sharing, let’s get talking statues. Book for related Workshop on Sat 20 Oct.

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue Online SISF

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Live Indoor

Open Hearth: Queer Folks' Tales

Storytellers and musicians gather round the hearth for a relaxed traditional session of stories and music as we welcome friends back into the Netherbow Theatre. As the darkness closes in and we gather around the symbolic fire this is the perfect way to end your day! An evening of LGBT+ stories, hosted by Lauren Bianchi, with Turan Ali, Jo Clifford and James Ley. Lauren Bianchi Based at the Village Storytelling Centre in Glasgow, Lauren Bianchi is a an experienced storyteller who loves to tell real and imagined stories – myths, truths and somewhere in between. She has recently led a brilliant series of storytelling workshops and events with LGBT Youth Scotland. Turan Ali Turan Ali has been producing, directing and writing BBC Radio dramas and comedies for over 20 years. He has also been telling stories of queer lives and experiences on stage since 2012, including his Edinburgh Fringe one man show Don't Frighten the Straights (2019) which toured to Vienna, Amsterdam and the King's Head Theatre in London. His new show, An International Slut will be coming to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2022. Jo Clifford Jo Clifford is a proud father and grandmother, playwright and performer, based in Edinburgh. She is the author of over 100 plays, many of which have been performed all over the world, and is currently involved in the production of her translation of Life is a Dream at the Lyceum Theatre. She has also recently been awarded the Olwen Wymark award for “Exceptional encouragement of theatre writing”. James Ley James Ley is a playwright, screenwriter and dramaturg based in Edinburgh, currently developing work for theatre, film and television. He is best known for his stage play Love Song to a Lavender Menace, which premiered at Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh in 2017. He is also the founder of Village Pub Theatre, Leith. A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings.If you are a Storytelling Centre or Storytelling Festival Supporter, please add a full price ticket to the basket. Your discount will be automatically added at checkout.

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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Live Indoor, Film Screening

Spàrr | Rivet

Several artists come together to present an extended story based on several traditions from the Isle of Lewis and the oral history of Govan. A blind woman has known tragedy more than once in her life and does everything in her power to protect the youngest of her four sons from the sea. A collaborative performance devised by storyteller Ian Stephen alongside Laura Cameron Lewis and Mike Vass, with illustrations by Christine Morrison. The event includes a live introduction presented by the artists, followed by the film version of the show. In collaboration with An Lanntair. Part of the SISF Imagine series. Book Your Ticket Venue: An Lanntair, Kenneth St, Stornoway, HS1 2DS

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue External Venue

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Gaelic, Online Workshop

Global Lab: Revitalising Gaelic Storytelling in Scotland and Cape Breton

A bheil àite aig sgeulachdan is seanchas a thaobh ath-bheòthachadh mìon-chànain? Anns a’ bhùth-obrach seo a bheir sùil air an t- suidheachadh ann an Alba is Canada, cluinnidh sinn bho chuid de na daoine a tha air a bhith gu mòr an sàs ann a bhith ag innse is a’ leasachadh sgeulachdan sa Ghàidhlig: Màrtainn Mac an t-Saoir, Iain Seathach, Ruairidh MacIlleathain agus Seòras Mac a’ Phearsain. Bruidhnidh sinn mu dheidhinn sgeulachdan ann an nàdar agus anns an àrainneachd, a’ lorg seann sgeulachdan bho thasglainn is eile, ag innse sgeulachdan ann an dà chànain agus a’ togail na Gàidhlig tro sgeulachdan is seanchas. Bidh cothrom ceistean a chur is còmhradh mu dheidhinn nan cuspairean seo. Bidh an tachartas seo dà-chànanach. ~~~ Can storytelling help sustain a minority language? This workshop will look at Scotland and Canada with contributions from some of the main players in the renaissance of the Gaelic storytelling tradition: Martin MacIntyre, John Shaw, Ruairidh Maclean and George Macpherson. We will explore storytelling in the natural environment and landscape, the renewal of traditional repertoires, bi-lingual storytelling, and language acquisition through stories. This will be a bilingual event. Global Lab is an open community of creativity and co-learning, hosted by the Scottish International Storytelling Festival in partnership with The Earth Stories Collection and The Earth Charter movement. Each session involves presentations, discussion and a short interval. Hosted by Festival Director Donald Smith. Week 2: Regenerating Stories Green renewal is not just about protecting life on planet earth, it is essential for life continuing on planet earth - there is no Plan B. However, Plan A needs wisdom, creative play and joy, as well as knowledge and skill. Our collective actions must win hearts and minds for life-giving, regenerative change. This week's topics are an invitation to join that process. A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings.

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue Online SISF

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Live Indoor

Orkney Storytelling Festival

Join the 12th edition of the small festival with a big heart and enjoy a four-day programme of storytelling events. Orkney storytellers will gather with their special guests: the Japanese storyteller and Master of the Japanese Tea Ceremony Mio Shudo and storyteller and musician Anne Hunter, who tells traditional tales from Scotland and around the world. Young storyteller Ailsa Dixon will also share her stories, in celebration of her Orcadian heritage. Full programme, booking and info: orkneystorytellingfestival.co.uk

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue External Venue

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Live Indoor

Waves, Wirds & Wirset

Join us for a dementia friendly afternoon of tunes and tales of the sea, woven together with ‘wirds’ from local poets. Enjoy your afternoon tea whilst Yell singer and sailor Barry Nisbet, storyteller Jan Bee Brown and local poet James Sinclair share ‘wirds’ of wit and wisdom. All proceeds to go to Alzheimer Scotland to develop local creative projects for folk living with dementia and their carers. Venue: Hoswick Visitor Centre, Hoswick, Sandwick, ZE2 9HL

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue External Venue

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Online Live, Live Indoor

Tales of the Oak

Storyteller and author Paul Bristow shares his story map with us, and wanders through the folklore and urban legends of his hometown, searching for a different way to tell stories about Inverclyde. Tales of bogles, pirates, monsters and mermaids are reinterpreted and retold by voices from across the community, with accompanying comic art illustrations. Presented in association with The Beacon Arts Centre. Venue: The Beacon Arts Centre, Custom House Quay, Greenock, PA15 1HJ

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue External Venue

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Live Indoor

Cottongrass

Far to the North, an Elk watches over a Princess. This tale lies in the community of stories between our waking and sleeping mind, our hopes and fears, our imaginings and questions. Harriet Grindley and Maria MacDonell, with musician Kai Dudley use words, music, image and physicality to conjure a constellation of dreams from a momentous journey of life. Dip into dreams and desires, lost worlds and worlds yet unimagined. Imagine from the outside in, and the inside out. Created for this year’s festival and performed live at the Scottish Storytelling Centre (unless noted), all events in the Imagine series will be available online post-Festival. A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings.If you are a Storytelling Centre or Storytelling Festival Supporter, please add a full price ticket to the basket. Your discount will be automatically added at checkout.

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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Online Live

Global Hearth: Janis Mackay with Wangari Grace, Bil Lepp & Muhammed Jawhar Yasin

Scottish hosts invite international storytellers to gather round the digital hearth for relaxed sessions of stories from home and abroad. The perfect way to end (or begin) your day! Hosted by Janis Mackay, with Wangari Grace (Kenya), Bil Lepp (USA) and Muhammed Jawhar Yaseen (Kurdistan) Janis Mackay Janis Mackay tells traditional world stories and Scottish tales, with stories that include the physical or mental transformations of characters into other beings as a favourite theme. Her style is gentle and atmospheric, with poetry and singing often included. She is interested in storytelling with a therapeutic intent, as well as the art of spontaneous storytelling. Wangari Grace A passionate performer, Wangari infuses her stories with song, dance, chants and other performance delicacies to create an intimate interaction with her audiences. She has vast experience sharing stories to a variety of platforms in Kenya. She has toured India, Iran, Germany, Sweden, Tanzania and Somaliland telling stories and conducting workshops. Bil Lepp Bil Lepp is an award-winning storyteller, author, and recording artist from West Virginia. His humorous, family-friendly tall-tales and stories have earned the appreciation of listeners of all ages and from all walks of life. Though a five-time champion of the WV Liars’s Contest, Lepp’s stories often contain morsels of truth which present universal themes in clever and witty ways. He is the recipient of the Vandalia Award, West Virginia’s highest folk honour. Muhammed Jawhar Yasin Muhammed Jawhar Yasin from Kurdistan, Iraq is a new voice in the storytelling world who loves writing and telling a wide range of stories. He also runs storytelling podcasts with his local community to share more of his life experiences with the young people. A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings.

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue Online SISF

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Online Workshop

Global Lab: Regenerative Stories

What kind of stories and storytelling can reconnect us with the natural world? This workshop shows how new forms and settings are emerging and invites you to explore and develop your own approach for the future. With Jos Collins, Douglas Mackay, Adele Clark and other representatives from the Re-generate Network. Global Lab is an open community of creativity and co-learning, hosted by the Scottish International Storytelling Festival in partnership with The Earth Stories Collection and The Earth Charter movement. Each session involves presentations, discussion and a short interval. Hosted by Festival Director Donald Smith. Week 2: Regenerating Stories Green renewal is not just about protecting life on planet earth, it is essential for life continuing on planet earth - there is no Plan B. However, Plan A needs wisdom, creative play and joy, as well as knowledge and skill. Our collective actions must win hearts and minds for life-giving, regenerative change. This week's topics are an invitation to join that process. A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings.

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue Online SISF

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Online Live

Scary Fairy Stories

Join storyteller Pauline Cordiner to find out why Fairies are amongst the scariest creatures in Scotland! Irritating imps, plagues of pixies, killer kelpies, tragic tarrans, hot-headed heroines and much more. There will also be a Scary Fairy Lantern Competition judged on the night. So get yourself all dressed up and sit in the candle-light for an evening of Halloween tales for all the family! As we go deeper into the evening, the stories will get scarier. Pauline will begin with stories best for the wee ones before we all decide the best Scary Fairy Lantern – after which Pauline will give us scarier stories best suited for older children and adults.

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue External Venue

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Live Indoor

Open Hearth: Sensing Stories

Storytellers and musicians gather round the hearth for a relaxed traditional session of stories and music as we welcome friends back into the Netherbow Theatre. As the darkness closes in and we gather around the symbolic fire this is the perfect way to end your day! Join Mara Menzies for an evening of live storytelling as she introduces five emerging tales from new storytellers. Featuring Zebib K. Abraham, Nasim Rebecca Asl, Tim Carlsen, Sanjay Lago, Raheema Sayed and Brenda Vengesa. Sensing Stories is a creative development project from the Scottish International Storytelling Festival and the Scottish BAME Writers Network. A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings.If you are a Storytelling Centre or Storytelling Festival Supporter, please add a full price ticket to the basket. Your discount will be automatically added at checkout.

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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Online Open-floor

Guid Crack: Lanarkshire Folk Tales - Our Ancestors’ Journeys

Join us online for the second of three 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. Lanarkshire Folk Tales - Our Ancestors’ Journeys with guest Allison Galbraith Allison Galbraith celebrates her book Lanarkshire Folk Tales (History Press), a collection of tales spanning fourteen centuries of Lanarkshire's history and happenings. Expect the usual feuding druids, totemic animals, warlocks, herb-wives and elfin trickery from Allison as she entertains with stories from this beguiling collection.

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue Online SISF

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Live Outdoor

Family Day at the Botanics

Join us for a day of family fun with storytellers popping up throughout the community garden in RBGE. The day will also feature the Botanics' popular Halloween Trail and a special appearance by STORM, Vision Mechanics' 10m tall goddess of the sea, created in response to the climate crisis. Full programme available online prior to the event. Tickets for the Super Duper Story Generators sessions are available in advance from here. The rest of the events are free, drop-in sessions.

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

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Live Outdoor

Super Duper Story Generators at the Botanics!

Join storyteller Beth Hamilton-Cardus from Good Yarns for an epically interactive story session that’s 100% powered by YOUR imagination. During each session Beth will work with one child/family at a time to create a tale that’s bespoke to them. Maybe you want astronaut princesses, haunted bus stops, badgers making ice-cream (!) or something completely different - wherever the adventure goes is totally up to you! These sessions are part of the Storytelling Festival's Family Day programme at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, running from 11am-4pm on Sat 30 Oct. The sessions will be held outside, but under cover.

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

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Live Outdoor

Stories at the Balm Well

Scottish waters possess many otherworldly secrets. Discover the Balm Well, where kings have bathed, and listen to tales of magical water creatures, Kelpies, Selkies and Nymphs. With storyteller Jane Mather. Event will be at The Balm Well, grounds of Toby Carvery Liberton. Further Information

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue External Venue

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Live Outdoor

From Floor Sweeper to Climate Pioneer

Discover James Croll, the Scottish janitor born into poverty and dogged by ill health who became the self-taught father of climate science. Using storytelling, props, film animation and historical interpretation, storyteller Nicola Wright will present Croll’s theories - which inform today`s study of climate change - and tell the story of his remarkable life to a family audience. pitlochryfestivaltheatre.com | +44 (0)1796 484 626 Book Your Ticket Venue: Port Na Craig, Pitlochry, PH16 5DR Part of the Festival's Imagine series. Dip into dreams and desires, lost worlds and worlds yet unimagined. Imagine from the outside in, and the inside out. Created for this year’s festival this version is performed outdoors at Pitlochry Festival Theatre.

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue External Venue

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Live Indoor

John Muir and the Missionary’s Dog

Join Richard Medrington and Rick Conte from 'The Man Who Planted Trees' and storyteller Andy Cannon, on the trail of the legendary John Muir. We follow Muir from a window ledge in Dunbar to the brink of a crevasse in Alaska to find out what connects this conservation pioneer, a remarkable dog and an indigenous tribe clinging on to their culture and their land. Dip into dreams and desires, lost worlds and worlds yet unimagined. Imagine from the outside in, and the inside out. Created for this year’s festival and performed live at the Scottish Storytelling Centre (unless noted), all events in the Imagine series will be available online post-Festival. A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings.If you are a Storytelling Centre or Storytelling Festival Supporter, please add a full price ticket to the basket. Your discount will be automatically added at checkout.

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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Live Indoor

Halloween Tales for Quines & Loons

The home of faeries and wisps, witches and spirits, Scotland’s rich folklore comes to life every Halloween night, as the bairns go guising and the adults coorie in with a wee dram. Join us for an evening of Halloween games and story time with Jackie Ross, before everyone heads out guising to ward off evil spirits for the coming year. The event will be in person, but the story time will also be accessible online via live broadcast. Venue: Mortlach Memorial Hall, 1, 6 Albert Pl, Dufftown, AB55 4AY

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue External Venue

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Online Live

Stories of our Living Rivers and Glens

Come and join an online story ceilidh hosted by storyteller Grace Banks wi participants fae a ower - music, song, word and pictures inspired by oor livin rivers an glens. This ceilidh is a wee celebratory reflection of an on-going project led by the Dee and Don Ceilidh Collective - where folk have shared their personal touch of the land on a communal story map. Their contributions have provided the stimulus for composers to create new musical and song pieces which will then be shared with the community. A fine evenin o craic, wi tales an sangs fae Grace interspersed wi ‘cameos’ fae folk o a different kinds. Free | Sign up via Eventbrite Book Your Ticket

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue External Venue

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Handing On

“I never thought I was leaving my children anything of value, I have no jewels or money, but you’ve made me realise the simple things are treasures in themselves. Treasures because of the stories, the words we hand on…” (Margaret, 92). Mother and daughter Jean and Amanda Edmiston, storytellers, artists and plant people come together to share a new performance offering a magical glimpse into a multidimensional project of curating familiar family objects and inspiring stories that create real value beyond the clamour of gold! Video by Bash Art Creative. Dip into dreams and desires, lost worlds and worlds yet unimagined. Imagine from the outside in, and the inside out. Created for this year’s festival and performed live at the Scottish Storytelling Centre (unless noted), all events in the Imagine series will be available online post-Festival. A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings.If you are a Storytelling Centre or Storytelling Festival Supporter, please add a full price ticket to the basket. Your discount will be automatically added at checkout.

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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Online Live

Global Hearth: Michael Kerins with Markus Luukkonen, Tamar Eluned Williams & Csenge Virág Zalka

Scottish hosts invite international storytellers to gather round the digital hearth for relaxed sessions of stories from home and abroad. The perfect way to end (or begin) your day! Hosted by Michael Kerins, with Markus Luukkonen (Finland), Tamar Eluned Williams (Wales) and Csenge Virág Zalka (Hungary). Michael Kerins Michael Kerins tells tall and fantastical stories, blending folktales and contemporary life. A self-confessed “wacky” storyteller, his style breathes the humour, cheek and survivor’s instinct of folktales through the centuries. He is currently enjoying writing about wee tom and sharing his tiny adventures in classrooms and community settings in Scotland and further afield. Markus Luukkonen Markus Luukkonen studied performing arts in Helsinki and tells stories in clubs, theatres, galleries and festivals. He performs predominantly for adults and in his work he likes to mix personal stories, folktales and myths. He is a founder member of the Finnish Storytelling Association, Samova Storytelling. Tamar Eluned Williams Tamar is a performance storyteller, writer and workshop leader who works bilingually in Welsh and English. In 2013 she won Young Storyteller of the Year and started gigging nationally as a storyteller, telling stories in story clubs, pubs, festivals and schools. Since then she has worked all over in the world including an internship with The Moth storytelling organisation in New York. Csenge Virág Zalka Also known as The Multicoloured Lady, Csenge is Hungary’s first international storyteller. She travels the world, sharing Hungarian folktales with her audiences (in English, Spanish and Hungarian), and takes all the stories she learns back home to Hungary. A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings.

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue Online SISF

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Live Outdoor

Gorge-ous Nature Stories

Join storyteller Cara Roberts through the Blue Door on this story walk beside the beautiful Gannochy Gorge. Come and find out some of the myths and stories associated with our native species and landscape. Hear folktales, and share celebrations of the rivers, trees, and birds that have shaped our understanding of the world. Be aware the path is uneven, for more info please contact the organisers. For tickets and further information: cara@onenatureeducation.com | onenatureeducation.com

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue External Venue

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Live Outdoor

Samhuinn Festival for Halloween

Join us for an evening of music, storytelling, magic and fire, as we celebrate the ancient Celtic festival of Samhuinn. Headline acts include The Leveneers, Dave Delph and Izzie Hanby, alongside the Hedgewitches, shadow puppet performances, Halloween games, and our famous Ram Burn! Event hosted by Scottish Crannog Centre. Book Your Ticket Venue: Loch Tay, Aberfeldy, PH15 2HY

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue External Venue

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Hallowe'en, Live Indoor

Open Hearth: Samhuinn Spirits

Storytellers and musicians gather round the hearth for a relaxed traditional session of stories and music as we welcome friends back into the Netherbow Theatre. As the darkness closes in and we gather around the symbolic fire this is the perfect way to end your day! Hosted by Bea Ferguson, with a coven of terrifying tellers including Giovanna Conforto, Fiona Herbert and more! A booking fee of £1.25 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings.If you are a Storytelling Centre or Storytelling Festival Supporter, please add a full price ticket to the basket. Your discount will be automatically added at checkout.

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue Netherbow Theatre

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Online Open-floor

Guid Crack: Ghostly Tales

Join us online for the third of three 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. Ghostly Tales with guest Pauline Cordiner Pauline is a storyteller from the fishing and farming traditions of the North East of Scotland and enjoys telling a variety of traditional Scottish tales, fairy tales, folk tales creation myths and the occasional home-grown tale of her own. Tonight, however, is all about Hallowe'en as we invite you to join Pauline in sharing the most gruesome, gory and terrifying tales you know!

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue Online SISF

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Live Indoor

Dante in Edinburgh: Transformations of Love

When Dante first caught a glimpse of Beatrice a new spring surged up in human consciousness and culture. Dante became a poet and pilgrim of love, and many have followed him since, not least the Romantic and religious poets and artists of every century. In this performance, Italian storyteller Giovanna Conforto uncovers the earliest roots of Dante in love, while Donald Smith goes on pilgrimage to Florence in search of the true grail… With songs and music by Simone Caffari. Supported by the Italian Institute of Culture, in celebration of the 700th anniversary of Dante’s death.

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue St Columba's by the Castle Scottish Episcopal Church

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Live Indoor

Film & Storytelling

The Summer Walkers (53min) In this 1976 film Timothy Neat documents the lives of some of Scotland’s Highland Travellers. The Gruagach Solais (1hr) Come gather round the fire of inspiration where stories of wise blacksmiths and brave bellows makers will warm the dark night. Songs and local tunes collected by Munro Gauld will weave their magic around the tales in celebration of Perthshire Traveller Willie MacPhee - Piper, Tradition Bearer and the last of the tinsmiths. With local storyteller Claire Hewitt and musician Munro Gauld. Events hosted by Birks Cinema. Book Your Ticket Venue: 1 Dunkeld St, Aberfeldy, PH15 2DA

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue External Venue

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Live Indoor

People and the Sea

Join the cast of ‘People and the Sea’, founding members of Berwickshire Coastal Arts, and producer and musical director Ellie Logan for a premiere of the film ‘The First Wave’, accompanied by stories and reminiscences. ‘The First Wave’ is a short film by Kate Sweeney and Roma Yagnik, based on recordings, interviews and workshops undertaken by local people involved in the ‘People and the Sea’ project, featuring footage and stories from Eyemouth and surrounding coastal villages. The film is a legacy project from the Get up and Tie Your Fingers Theatre productions of 2016 and 2017, which told the story of the 1881 Fishing Disaster.

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue External Venue

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Live Indoor

A Woman Walks into a Bar...

A woman walks into the bar of an inn in a small West Highland fishing community. It’s a ceilidh house, and she is a wandering singer. For every story she has a song, and for every song there’s a story… With storyteller Bob Pegg, singer Christina Stewart and clarsair Bill Taylor. Tickets include tea and home-made scones after the performance. Suitable for adults and older children. Tickets available on Eventbrite | £10 (£8) Book Your Ticket Venue: Coul House Hotel, Contin, Strathpeffer, IV14 9ES

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue External Venue

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Live Indoor

Super Duper Story Generators!

Join storyteller Beth Hamilton-Cardus from Good Yarns for an epically interactive story session that’s 100% powered by YOUR imagination. During each session Beth will work with one child/family at a time to create a tale that’s bespoke to them. Maybe you want astronaut princesses, haunted bus stops, badgers making ice-cream (!) or something completely different - wherever the adventure goes is totally up to you! Delivered with Fife Libraries. Part of the Imagine series. Venue: Dunfermline Carnegie Library & Galleries, 1 Abbot Street, Dunfermline, KY12 7NL Booking and info: onfife.com Free (ticketed) | Pre-booking essential | 30min sessions

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue External Venue

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Online Pre-recorded

Super Duper Story Generators!

Join storyteller Beth Hamilton-Cardus from Good Yarns for an epically imaginative online story session that’s all about helping you create the tale for yourself! Maybe you want astronaut princesses, haunted bus stops, badgers making ice-cream or something completely different - wherever the adventure goes is totally up to you! Suitable for nursery and primary school aged kids and their grown-ups. The event is pre-recorded and available to watch any time for the whole week (Mon 15 - Sun 21 Nov). Delivered with Fife Libraries. Part of the Imagine series. To watch the event and for more info: onfife.com

Location Scottish International Storytelling Festival

subvenue External Venue

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