Dreadnought Shanty Crew – Come all ye!

Thanks to traditional arts award from Tasgadh storyteller Jan Bee Brown and musician Toby Hawks are sharing sea shanties with locals in Leith this spring 2020. Meeting in the relaxed atmosphere of The Dreadnought Pub in Leith every Tuesday evening from 6-7pm.

Jan sailed with The Tall Ships Race in Norway last summer and was inspired by hearing The Storm Weather Shanty Choir sing in Bergen. As a keen sailor and a coastal rower Jan was ‘Telling Tales on Ten Tall Ships’ in Norway whilst gathering stories that link Scottish coasts and waters with our friends in Scandinavia.

Jan also collaborated with Citizen Curator in 2019 to deliver a series of story walks around Leith with a focus on Leith’s unsung women. The response to these walks and the diversity of the stories made Jan want to hear and share more stories and songs linked to Leith’s maritime history in 2020 – The Year of Scottish Coasts & Waters.

Jan would like to thank Tasgadh for their vital contribution to fund this project that will run for 3 months leading up to The Leith Festival. The spirit of the project is Come All Ye! Whilst there is no charge for the shanty sessions donations will be welcomed towards song-sheets and the hope is that the Dreadnought Shanty Crew become eventually become self-supporting.

As curator of The Thrive Archive Jan is keen to work with and learn from local musicians and singers during this project so bring a story of the sea, share a shanty and Come All Ye!


Port Bàn – New Album by Maggie MacInnes

Scottish singer and harp player, Maggie MacInnes, has just released her sixth solo album called Port Bàn (MARCD06) on the Marram Music record label. The album was launched at the prestigious Celtic Connections Festival in Glasgow, January 2020.

This album is dedicated to Maggie’s mother, the internationally acclaimed traditional singer, Flora MacNeil from the island of Barra in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland, who passed away in 2015. Flora taught Maggie all of the Gaelic songs on the album and she has always been Maggie’s main musical inspiration. Many of the songs have been in Maggie’s family for generations and on this recording the family tradition is taking in the next generation with Maggie’s two sons, Ruaraidh and Calum, performing alongside her, on fiddle, guitar and backing vocals.

Maggie has chosen to record some of the Gaelic songs, such as Craobh nan Ùbhal, Bheir moShoraidh thar Ghuanaidh, Graidh Geal mo Chridh and Gur Muladach sgith mi, which her mother was well-known for singing and which in the 1950s Flora first brought to the stage and to international attention. Maggie puts her own stamp on these songs for which she has the utmost love and respect.

As a singer of both Gaelic and Scots songs for many years, Maggie has included a couple of her favourite songs by Robert Burns with a particular connection to the Highlands of Scotland (The Highland Widow’s Lament and The Bonny Lass of Albany).

Joining Maggie and her sons on the album are two of Scotland’s finest musicians, Brian McAlpine (Piano and Accordion) and Anna Massie (Guitar) with whom Maggie has worked with for many years.

The album has been co-produced and engineered by musician and producer, Angus Lyon and mastered by Chris Waite at Gran’s House Studio, Lamington, South Lanarkshire. It has been made with the support of The National Lottery through Creative Scotland.

The name “Port Bàn” has the double meaning of Fair Port or Fair Tune and is the name of the little bay beside Maggie’s family house on Barra. The house is full of the happiest of memories of family fun and music.

More info available at


Catch Maggie performing live at Edinburgh Folk Club with Calum Park and Brian McAlpine, 4th March 2020



Scots Music Group (SMG) is an Edinburgh-based charitable organisation providing a programme of traditional music classes and events for adults.

Location: SMG’s office is located at Holy Corner, Edinburgh

Working Hours: 18 hours per week, core days Tuesday – Thursday, flexitime, some evening and weekend working

Contract Type: Permanent Part-time

Salary: £26,265 per annum (pro rata)

Benefits: Pension and 31 days holiday (pro rata)

Job Purpose:

The Development Worker will manage, develop and sustain SMG’s charitable operations in line with board requirements and organisational aims.

Core Responsibilities include:

  • Manage, organise & develop SMG’s successful traditional music programme of classes and events (e.g. ceilidhs, concerts, stramashes.)
  • Manage office staff, tutors & volunteers as required
  • Manage the day to day operation of the accounting, financial & IT systems
  • Provide input into SMG strategy and policies
  • Maintain close liaison with SMG board, including preparing regular reports and attending SMG Board meetings.

Desirable Skills & Experience:

  • Good knowledge of and links with traditional music & music education
  • Good oral and written communication skills, and excellent interpersonal skills
  • Good IT awareness and knowledge of online event booking/finance systems
  • Team player, with experience of managing a team
  • Current Driving Licence.

For more information, please contact Edna Wilson (SMG chair) at

For applications, please send your CV and a covering email to Edna Wilson.

Closing Date for applications is 28 February 2020


Lively Tradition and New Perspectives – Celebrating Burns Night 

The Scottish Storytelling Centre, supported by Scotland’s Winter Festivals event fund, honours the legacy of Robert Burns through a series of cross-generational celebrations, bringing people together home and away.

Whether it’s ringing in the New Year with “Auld Lang Syne”, book titles, pop music, or featuring on banknotes – the ploughman’s poet as he’s often referred to, still plays an intrinsic part in everyday life.

From 18-25 January, the Scottish Storytelling Centre will pay homage to Robert Burns with a feast of storytelling, music, a workshop, dance and family events, celebrating his life and legacy in the heart of Edinburgh’s Old Town.

The Scottish Storytelling Centre’s Programme Manager Daniel Abercrombie, explains:

“Our Burnsfest season welcomes the bard to modern day Edinburgh through theatre performances and interactive ceilidhs of story, music, song and dance, held in the truest of spirits. There are opportunities to be entertained, to learn and to participate in this varied selection of events, which celebrate the sparks in the words of Scotland’s national poet.”

Paula Ward, Regional Leadership Director – South Scotland at VisitScotland, says:

‘Scotland offers the perfect stage to celebrate our national bard and we are pleased to be supporting Burnsfest as part of Scotland’s Winter Festivals. This year’s programme at the Scottish Storytelling Centre will bring locals and visitors together to enjoy Burns’ work in Edinburgh’s atmospheric Old Town.’

Burns for Brunch

It’s 2020, and the Bard is back! Though a little worse for wear, Rabbie wakes up in Auld Reekie and he’s not holding back with his take on current affairs.

2019 Fringe success Burns for Brunch is an intimate one-man show, featuring poems, songs, sharp wit humour and a wee dram of sarcasm, which promises a thoroughly entertaining Burns experience, as fresh as a close shave.

Actor Gavin Paul states:

“I’ve played the serious side of him a lot over the last few years so it is refreshing to play him in a more satirical light, and you can’t go wrong with a bit of audience participation, or can you?  Come sit near the front and we will find out!”

Burns Traditions for Young and Old

Kicking off the Burns entertainment on Tue 21 Jan, all ages are invited to join the Scots Music Group in the Storytelling Court for a Café Ceilidh, promising a relaxed afternoon session of the Bard’s songs, poems and stories.

Of course, Burns Night wouldn’t be the same without a traditional Burns Supper, which dates back to 1801 when on the 5th anniversary of his death, friends gathered to remember their dear fellow and his work. For those unacquainted with the long-standing tradition or wanting to discover more about Burns, the SSC’s Supper with Burns on Thu 24 and Fri 25 Jan is the perfect opportunity to experience a traditional Burns Supper with a storytelling twist.

This annual sell-out offers a chance to discover the real, radical spirit behind Burns’ humour, as host and creator of the event David Campbell states:

Burns had a sense of egalitarianism and believed in freedom. His humanity was incredible and that really captures people’s imagination. Plus, his wry humour is also incisive, even today. Our Supper celebrates all this, with a welcome unparalleled for those wanting more with their haggis.”

Along with a delicious three-course meal of Scottish delicacies, guests will enjoy a generous helping of Burns stories, songs and lore from storytellers David Campbell and Ruth Kirkpatrick, with music from clarsach player Katie Harrigan and a lively rendition of ‘Tam O’ Shanter’ by Daniel Allison.

Ceilidh House Burns Special

With a strong sense of community in mind, the SSC’s Ceilidh House, in collaboration with TRACS Traditional Arts and Culture Scotland, looks to older traditions and incorporates music and storytelling in addition to dance, reviving the traditional meaning of the Scottish word ‘ceilidh’ for a modern audience.

David Francis, Director of TRACS Traditional Arts and Culture Scotland explains:

“The Ceilidh House brings music, dance and storytelling together for contemporary audiences, with resonances of the way these art forms were all part of the same convivial, social experience for our forebears. It’s a great way to participate and experience some of the best performers.”

Wee ones get the chance to enjoy their own Family Ceilidh in the early afternoon, with live music and tunes for dancing, peppered with the occasional Burns story if there’s time around all the merry movement!

Taking Burns Further

Burns Night is a time to not only enjoy hearing the Bard’s poems and songs, but to try performing yourself.

Donald Smith is running a workshop Tam O’ Shanter: Telling the Big Tale, sharing his life’s journey with Burns, looking at the meaning and interpretation of his poetry, as well as performance and artistic challenges when trying to do Burn’s justice.

Speaking about the afternoon, Smith explains:

“Burns is a dramatist as well as a lyrical genius. Tam O’ Shanter is his masterpiece, but actually everything he wrote cries out to be performed!”

“He’s a much richer, broader topic than assumed and exploring Burns’ themes through one of his seminal works will showcase the genius of Scotland’s Bard, as well as inform participants in the subtleties of this classic.”

Tam O’ Shanter is an old Scottish legend that Robert Burns turned into his popular narrative poem. It follows Tam, a man who never follows his wife’s advice and stays out all hours drinking, who one night chances on witches, gathered to dance to the devil’s bagpipes and he must flee for his life! A fantastic epic that lends itself to performance, interpretation and entertainment.

Both at home and abroad, Robert Burns remains a celebrated and influential figure and the SSC’s Burns Night festivities have become an intrinsic part of Scotland’s Winter Festivals, reflecting the true essence of Scottish cultural identity – creativity, pride and confidence – for a fun January.

Tam O’SHANTER: Telling the Big Tale
Sat 18 Jan at 2pm (2hrs 30) | £16 (£12 FM)
Café Ceilidh: Burns Celebration
Tue 21 Jan at 2pm (2hrs) | Free
SUpper with burns (sold out friday)
Thu 23 & FrI 24 Jan at 7pm (2hrs 30) | £30
Burns for brunch
Sat 25 Jan at 12pm & 3.30pm (1hr) | £10 (£8) (£7.50 SCS) | 14+
Family ceilidh (sold out) 
sat 25 Jan at 1.30pm (1hr 30) | £5 (£4.50 SCS) | all ages
The Ceilidh House: TAM o’Shanter
sat 25 Jan at 7.30pm (2hrs) | £10 (£8) (£7.50 SCS)

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New TMF workshops announced

The Traditional Music Forum is presenting workshops in response to some of the points that came out in the report ‘Working as A Traditional Musician in Scotland’.  The topics covered are Rights and Publishing, with Stuart Fleming, Negotiating Skills with Chris Grady, and Stage Presence with Kath Burlinson. (Details on workshop leaders below.)

Maximising your income as a musician means getting the most out of your songs and tunes. In this workshop Stuart Fleming keeps you right on the ins and outs of music publishing (including self-publishing) and explains the rights you have as a music creator.

Negotiating with promoters, negotiating with your agent, negotiating with fellow band-members – the skills of negotiation, arriving at a solution that suits all parties, are an essential part of the musician’s life. In this hands-on workshop you’ll work with real life situations, exploring the options that ensure everyone gets what they need.

Skill as a musician is only part of the job. Almost as important is the ability to command the stage and connect with your audience. In this workshop you will explore how to acquire these skills, complementing your musical message with a confident, attractive stage presence.

Workshops are free. You can sign up for as many as you wish, but they must be pre-booked as space is limited. You can book by following the links below.

Feb 11 Edinburgh Stage Presence Scottish Storytelling Centre 10.30 – 1.30

Feb 19 Edinburgh Rights and Publishing  Scottish Storytelling Centre, 11.30 – 1.30

Feb 19 Edinburgh Negotiating Skills Scottish Storytelling Centre, 2.00 – 4.00

Feb 26 Glasgow Rights and Publishing Scottish Music Centre, 11.30 – 1.30

Feb 26 Glasgow Negotiating Skills Scottish Music Centre, 2.00 – 4.00

Mar 11 Glasgow Stage Presence Scottish Music Centre, 2.00 – 5.00

Apr 29 Inverness Rights and Publishing MacGregor’s, 11.30 – 1.30

Apr 29 Inverness Negotiating Skills MacGregor’s, 2.00 – 4.00

Stuart Fleming is the Senior Membership Manager in Scotland & Northern Ireland for PRS for Music, With a background as a songwriter & producer, Stuart has worked in both the creative and business side of the music industry. Having worked for both major and independent record labels, he moved to the management and touring side of the industry whilst continuing to be a published songwriter in his own right. His role at PRS sees him work with many of the most successful Scottish and Northern Irish songwriters and composers of the modern era, whilst creating wider industry partnerships and career development opportunities for emerging writers.

Chris Grady has run, built, marketed, and created theatres and festivals over 30 years. Most recently heading marketing and fundraising for the Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds, after being General Manager for the Pleasance Theatres and Head of International Licensing for Cameron Mackintosh. He has worked for the Society of London Theatre and the BBC. Among other things he is currently preparing to run the Creative Production MA at the RCS, running his coaching and mentor service CGO, and marketing his new book “The Anatomy of your Creativity”.

Kath Burlinson is well known for her Authentic Artist Workshops, which she founded in 2007 and has been running in Scotland since 2010.  The intention is to offer artists from any disciplinary background a safe space to explore their work and the opportunity to be guided towards greater personal and artistic realisation. Recent work to have come out of Authentic Artists are Mairi Campbell’s one-woman shows and Rowan Rheingans’s ‘Tales of the Red Dress’. Prior to her work with the Authentic Artist Collective, Kath co-founded The Weird Sisters theatre company with Alison Goldie, winning 5 international Fringe Festival awards. Kath spent 8 years lecturing in English & Drama at the University of Southampton and has a PhD in Victorian poetry. She is a published writer and poet, has stage, TV, film and radio credits and won a Manchester Evening News Award for her solo show, ‘The Mother’s Bones.’

Supported by Creative Scotland



A new round of funding has been announced, to support talented young Scots traditional musicians and dancers.

Arts and cultural organisations across Scotland are invited to apply for a share of £150,000 from The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo Youth Development Fund to support traditional cultural activity. Organisations can apply for awards of between £5,000 and £20,000.

Administered by Creative Scotland, the fund aims to nurture the talent, skills and ambition of young people (aged 5-26) engaged in traditional Scottish music and dance, specifically in piping, drumming, Highland dance and traditional fiddle playing.

Rucelle Soutar, Chief Operating Officer, The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, said: “Now in its third year, we are proud to see The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo Youth Talent Development Fund, in partnership with Creative Scotland, continue to nurture excellence in traditional Scottish artforms.

“Since its inception in 1950, supporting the future of the arts has been at the heart of the Tattoo. We have been impressed by the incredible talent that exists around the country and are absolutely thrilled to be helping young people from a variety of backgrounds develop their creative skills.

“As we approach our 70th anniversary in 2020, we are very much looking forward to receiving applications for this year’s fund and helping arts groups around Scotland to develop exciting new work with the next generation of extraordinary talent.”

Joan Parr, Interim Director of Arts & Engagement, Creative Scotland said: “We are delighted to continue working in partnership with the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo (REMT) to deliver this fund, which supports and celebrates the talents of Scotland’s young traditional artists.

“For a third consecutive year, the Fund will provide young people from across Scotland with a wonderful opportunity to progress their skills in traditional Scottish arts, support organisations to create new and innovative work, and increase participation in piping, drumming Highland dance and traditional fiddle playing.”

Notes to Editors

Funding guidance and application forms are available on the Royal Military Tattoo Fund page.

The deadline for applications is midnight on Monday 3 February 2020. Proposed work from selected projects should be carried out between 1 April 2020 and 31 March 2021.

The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo first performed in 1950 and is 69 years old. The event has sold out for the last 21 consecutive years. The Tattoo is performed to a live audience of 220,000 annually on the Esplanade of Edinburgh Castle with a further global TV audience of over 100 million.

Performers from 50 countries have taken part.  In 2010, the event was renamed The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo after Her Majesty the Queen bestowed the Royal title in honour of its 60th birthday. HRH The Princess Royal, Princess Anne, is the Patron of The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, The Tattoo has donated over £11million to Services and Arts organisations since 1950 from The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo (Charities) Limited – its charitable company.

The Tattoo generates £77million annually for the Scottish economy with a further £30million GBP in FTE.

In 2018, the Tattoo revealed its intent to continue the company’s growth through an ambitious international expansion and doubling turn-over to £20million by 2025. The Tattoo has performed overseas on four occasions, most recently Australia in February 2019.

Find out more on the Tattoo website:

Creative Scotland is the public body that supports the arts, screen and creative industries across all parts of Scotland on behalf of everyone who lives, works or visits here. We enable people and organisations to work in and experience the arts, screen and creative industries in Scotland by helping others to develop great ideas and bring them to life. We distribute funding provided by the Scottish Government and the National Lottery.

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Scottish Traditional Boat Festival Celebrates Wave of Success

The Scottish Traditional Boat Festival has been crowned winner of the Best Cultural Event / Festival category at the Aberdeen City & Shire Tourism Awards (ACSTA).

The accolade was presented to Festival Co-Chairs Vivien Rae and Myles Murray at the awards evening in Aberdeen on Friday 22 November by BBC presenter Judith Ralston, and Claire Bruce, Chair of Visit Aberdeenshire, company sponsor of the award category.

Festival Co-Chair, Vivien Rae said, “We’re absolutely delighted to be taking this award back to Portsoy. It’s a great achievement for the Festival to be recognised as the best in the region and a firm acknowledgement of the dedication and hard work of the volunteers who make it happen each year. It’s also in recognition of our many sponsors, supporters and funders for their continuous support and investment, which we are very grateful for.”

Myles Murray, Co-Chair, added “The Boat Festival is a major event in the North East of Scotland and it’s great that all the hard work by the volunteer team has been recognised with the presentation of this prestigious award. The Festival attracts visitors from near and far, and as a team we will continue to develop the event for the enjoyment of those visiting Portsoy.”

As regional winners, the Boat Festival has earned its place at the prestigious National Final in March, where it will join the country’s tourism elite to be honoured with the highest accolade in the Scottish hospitality and tourism sector.

The award comes a week after it was announced that the Festival has been selected as one of the organisations to be supported by the Year of Coasts and Waters 2020 events fund, managed by EventScotland. The additional funding will support an enhanced programme of marine and coastal activities to be added to next year’s event on 20 & 21 June 2020.


One of the most popular events in Scotland’s tourism calendar, the Scottish Traditional Boat Festival attracts up to 16,000 people to the town of Portsoy every year.

The next Boat Festival takes place on 20 & 21 June 2020 in Portsoy, Aberdeenshire, when it will showcase the best in Scotland’s maritime, crafts, food, drink, music and dance.

In 2020, Scotland celebrates its coasts and waters with a year long programme of events and activities which will shine a spotlight on these vital elements of our landscape. From our beautiful natural features including coasts, lochs and rivers to our industrial heritage such as our canals, mills, and the creation of our national drink – whisky, Scotland’s coasts and waters have shaped our culture, our stories and our way of life. The Scottish Traditional Boat Festival has been selected as one of the organisations to be supported by the Year of Coasts and Waters 2020 events fund, managed by EventScotland.

More information and tickets for the 2020 event can be found at:



Solas Festival, the annual multi-arts midsummer festival which features music, performance, workshops, talks, literature, children’s activities and more as part of its programme will return in 2020 for the second year at its new location of Errol Park, Perthshire. Recognising the need for change in the face of climate crisis, this 11th edition will take an environmental theme, and strive to create a make//shift world over the course of the weekend.

Speaking on the theme choice, Festival Co-ordinator Debs Hahn states:

‘We are more aware than ever of a need for change in the face of Climate Emergency. In 2020 we will create a make//shift world, where we explore what this change might look like, and start enacting it together.

We will explore the natural world and think about our own connection to the land and the planet. The Climate Emergency is the number one issue facing all of us at Solas, whether you join us from Dundee or Dhaka, and we will confront it by inviting our temporary community to live and dream together to create a new imagined reality. We want to use our time and space with you to listen to experiences of the climate crisis, explore solutions from waste to wind, commons to communes, and enact a micro-version of the society we want to live in, moving beyond growth and waste to a new commons based on long-term ecological thought. As always, we will strive to be particularly welcoming to children and families, in recognition of the fact that the climate emergency will impact on our future generations, and we will create an intergenerational space of sharing and collectivity in the face of this.

Solas Festival is also hopeful – we believe a new reality must have art and music at its core and will bring you the most inspiring, engaging music and performance we can to take us forward together. We are looking into ways we can make our temporary community more sustainable and environmentally sound from 2020 into the future, and are investigating options including renewable energy, composting toilets and much more.’

Solas Festival will take place from the 19th to the 21st of June next year at Errol Park. Early bird tickets are currently on sale, with significant concessionary discounts as well as group discounts for groups of 10 or more, and free tickets for children under 12. Line up and programme announcements will be announced in the new year, with previous festivals featuring the likes of Karine Polwart, Niteworks, Kobi Onyame, 47Soul, Jackie Kay, Josie Long, Honeyblood, The Vaselines and many more.



Enrolment for Fun Fiddle adult classes starting Thursday January 16th 2020 is now open. Based at The Wash House, Portobello, here’s what’s on offer January to March, and all the info you need on how to enrol.

Intermediate Fiddle with Rona Wilkie 6.45 – 8pm
Improving Beginners Fiddle with Ros Gasson  8 – 9.15pm
Advanced Fiddle with Rona Wilkie 8 – 9.15pm

For information on each class and how to choose your level CLICK HERE

You can sign up for a fiddle class HERE


Give the Gift of Stories this Holiday Season

Happy St Nicholas Day!

Ho Ho Ho! Let us take you away from the stress of the holiday season with a carefully curated list of gift ideas that even the Grinch would like. After all, who doesn’t love a good story?

Storytelling Centre Supporter Pass

Do you know someone who loves (or would learn to love!) the Scottish Storytelling Centre? Why not gift a Storytelling Centre Supporter membership this Christmas? Purchase a membership before Thursday 19 December, and we will send you a SCS membership card in the mail just in time for Christmas.

Click here to purchase a pass.

What’s included:

    • Discounts on many Centre events, including the Scottish International Storytelling Festival and Edinburgh Festival Fringe
    • 10% discount in our bookshop
    • 10% discount in the Storytelling Café
    • Invites to special events
    • A quarterly mailing of our What’s On guide (by post if desired)
    • Contributing to the development and work of the SSC
    • Once you have purchased the membership we will be in touch with further information

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to call on 0131 556 9579 or email

Membership active from the 1/01/2020

Festive Picks from the Bookshop

Our independent bookshop, located in the medieval luckenbooths of the John Knox House, is a haven for classic tales for young and old, Scottish folklore, graphic novels and books on Scottish history. We have an eclectic collection, and with no online store, it’s back to shopping the old fashioned way! Our lovely staff is always happy to help with recommendations – just ask!

We’re open:

    • Mon – Sat: 10am – 6pm
    • Evenings during performances

Come in and enjoy a browse!

Counting Blessings
£7.99 | Ages 2-5
Counting Blessings is a delightful book that reminds us to appreciate and be grateful for what we have, from a happy family to the blue sky above. This book is charmingly illustrated and beautifully written, and it is a perfect bedtime story for your wee ones.
An absolutely spellbinding series of vignettes about exploration and the natural world. The reader uncovers eccentric characters, distant lands and an infinite sense of wonder. The stories are complimented by stunning illustrations from Mary-Alice Harel.
The Sleeper and the Spindle
£12.99 | 9+
Effortlessly charming and delightfully twisted, this collaboration from winning duo Neil Gaiman and Chris Riddell subverts well-known fairy-tales, rewriting them in a poignant, witty way. Gaiman’s love for the stories we tell each other shines through on every page, making this book perfect for both reading to young ones and enjoying yourself on a cold winter’s evening.
The Book of Beasties
£8 | 9+
Designed to mimic an old-fashioned textbook that could have been plucked straight out of the classes of Harry Potter, this wickedly weird book examines a wide range of Scottish beasts and creatures. The sketches and typography evoke the sense that the book has been handwritten, and you can spend ages pouring over every entry, each stranger than the last.

Supper with Burns

Show someone the power of stories with a taster of one of our events, our ever popular Supper with Burns.

Thu 23 & Fri 24 Jan | 7pm (2hrs 30) | £30

A seasonal favourite! Join us for an alternative Burns Supper in the beautiful setting of the Storytelling Court, serving up a delicious 3-course Scottish dinner – with the centre piece Haggis – and a generous helping of Burns’ stories, song and lore. Hosted by storytellers David Campbell and Ruth Kirkpatrick, with clarsach player Katie Harrigan. Also featuring Daniel Allison’s wonderful rendition of Tam O’Shanter!

Book early to avoid disappointment!

Part of Scotland’s Winter Festivals.

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Holiday Events at the Centre

We’re feeling festive at the Centre, and our December programme is chock full of events to get you in the holiday spirit! Strange Town is back with three pantos with a twist: CindySno Wite & The 7 Dickensians and Jaq & The Beanstalk, and you can catch holiday favourite It’s a Wonderful Life starting next Sunday.

Storyteller Daniel Serridge is makes his epic return with a festive edition of his popular Fringe show, Feast of Fools: Christmas Special, and if you’re looking for a little bit of magic after Christmas Day, check out our Magic Festival events, A Matter of Perspective – An Exhibition on Photographic IllusionsMagic School and Tricky Ricky Christmas Madness!

Check out our full programme.