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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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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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

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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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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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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

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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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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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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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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