The Scottish Storytelling Centre
Based at the Netherbow in Edinburgh, The Scottish Storytelling Centre is Scotland's national charity for storytelling. Founded in 1992 as a volunteer run organisation, it’s purpose is to encourage and support the telling of stories across all sectors of society, and throughout all age groups.
In 1997, a training and resource centre was opened on the Royal Mile, allowing the traditional Scottish artform of storytelling to thrive, with a network of more than 120 professional storytellers who entertain and educate people from all walks of life throughout the country.
With lots of events taking place in a variety of venues, there is something for everyone, whatever their age – including fun days out for all the family, workshops to improve your storytelling skills, story-tours and much more.
The Storytelling Centre holds regular storytelling sessions for all age-groups such as:
- Storytelling Café
- Guid Crack Club
- Story Space
- Tiny Tales
To find out more about these and other events, please visit the Scottish Storytelling Centre website.
Photos: Ian MacKenzie
The Scottish International Storytelling Festival takes place every year in October and celebrates Scottish traditions as well as offering opportunities to discover international customs. Each year the Festival picks a theme and International and Scottish storytellers join together to rejoice in live oral storytelling, sharing a variety of myths, legends, folklore and fairytales.
AUTHENTIC VOICES: EASTERN ROUTES
FRIDAY 22nd TO SUNDAY 31st October 2010
For centuries live oral storytelling, blended with music and song, has carried Scotland's voices from generation to generation – and round the world.
The Scottish International Storytelling Festival carries this ancient tradition into the future with the stories of Highland and Lowland Scotland, and of the Scots who travelled across the globe. In 2010 international guest storytellers will come from India, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, China and Japan to perform alongside their Scottish cousins.
Festival events host authentic voices from home and abroad at the hearth of Scotland. Storytelling performance events are complemented by talks and discussions, film screenings, participative workshops, 'Meet the Storyteller' sessions and an international networking day for storytellers and network members.
National Tell a Story Day gives people from all walks of life a chance to take part in or organize storytelling events. This celebration takes place every October, with stories being told in a huge variety of different venues, from hospitals and care homes to caves and forests – even in people's own homes!
If you would like to get involved and organise an event yourself, you will find more information on the Scottish Storytelling Centre website. They will also give you advice on how to arrange your event, plus tips on getting started, finding a suitable venue and discovering a theme to inspire you.