- Promote the study, practice and knowledge of storytelling in Scotland through the preservation and perpetuation of traditional storytelling
- Develop storytelling as a contemporary art through the fostering of storytelling skills among all age groups, and the telling of stories in schools, colleges, prisons, community centres, churches, libraries, hospitals, elderly care centres and festivals, throughout Scotland
- Advise on all aspects of storytelling development, and advocating the cause of storytelling and storytellers in all aspects of cultural and social life
- Assist in organising, managing and promoting storytelling programmes and events and other projects and will advance public education in the art and heritage of storytelling in all sections of the Scottish community
- Make arrangements, plans and programmes either in connection with national, cultural, artistic and educational societies and organisations, or on its own initiative
- Cooperate with local authorities, community groups and local cultural, artistic and educational societies and organisations for the promotion of the knowledge and practice of storytelling
The Scottish Storytelling Forum’s Vision Statement and Values:
The ethos of the Scottish storytelling family, defined by its spirit of generosity and openness, is imbued with the conviction that stories, above all, are gifts to be freely given and passed on: with this goes the consciousness of the great gratitude for the precious legacy of songs and stories left to us in this great carrying stream of Scottish lore, traditions of other cultures that have migrated to our land.
In the deepest sense, these stories, ballads and songs speak to the heart and are an education for living. In gathering and forging new stories, we should honour the conviction that we are passing on precious gifts and that in sharing these our art is to make them as beautiful as possible, fashioning them carefully for our listeners. It is inspiring to acknowledge that for peoples throughout the world, the importance of the storyteller, seanachie, chronicler, historian, bard, priest, entertainer; this is a high calling. Our stories tell us who we are, where we come from, our connection to one another, and to the land.
Above all, our art is inclusive: everyone shares and contributes in storytelling. Humans are storytelling beings; our stories are cultural expressions of the enormous diversity of humanity, whilst simultaneously being the thread connecting us.
Scottish Storytelling Forum
The Scottish Storytelling Forum is a membership organisation, and a Scottish charity, dedicated to keeping the arts of live oral storytelling alive and growing. The members elect the Committee and office bearers, with one third retiring or being re-appointed at each AGM.
The Forum is one of the three founders and members of TRACS (Traditional Arts and Culture Scotland) which recognises and supports storytelling, music, dance, and seasonal customs as part of Scotland’s evolving culture.
Promote connectivity and cooperation in the storytelling community
Develop effective support structures for storytelling
Widen access to, and participation in, storytelling
Support and nurture storytelling and illustrate its value in education, heritage, environment, health and well-being
Celebrate storytelling from the hearth-side to the international stage
The Forum itself does not function as an agency, but encourages offers of programmes and workshops. Its role is to advocate, advise and develop, so supporting the key delivery agencies, including Creative Scotland and other public funders, TRACS and the Scottish Storytelling Centre
Learning through peer support, workshops and mentoring
‘Without the story in which everyone living, unborn, and dead participates, we are no more than bits of paper blown on the cold wind … we never had so much need of storytelling and its healing powers.’ (George Mackay Brown, founding patron of the Scottish Storytelling Centre)