The Scottish Storytelling Forum (SSF) is a membership organisation, dedicated to keeping the art of live oral storytelling alive and growing in Scotland through a diverse network of storytellers and individuals supporting Scotland’s vibrant storytelling community. 

Facilitated by Traditional Arts and Culture Scotland (TRACS) and based at the Scottish Storytelling Centre.

The SSF blog series hopes to introduce you to the many different strands within the storytelling scene in Scotland and Beyond.

Rebecca Wojturska

Digital Ghosts: New Gothic Storytelling in Scotland

Lover of all things gothic, founder of Haunt Publishing and creator of a new audio book celebrating oral storytelling throughout Scotland, Rebecca shares her journey of making her idea a reality, with the help of the wonderful world of storytellers! 

Alongside the preservation of traditional storytelling, new forms are emerging; new ways of orally transmitting stories that reach new audiences further afield. It has been interesting to see the development of digital storytelling, podcasts and spoken word events, all of which serve to communicate new stories that will hopefully be passed along and down through time.

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Voice of Youth: The Next Generation of Storytelling

Ailsa Dixon is a teenager whose found expression through storytelling and is keen to encourage other young people to embrace their stories to find their voice.

‘I spent two days in Inverness at Moniack Mhor where I got my first taste of how effective well honed, polished storytelling could be. Its wild, fluid, iridescent, and feels like breathing. Good storytelling is planned and practiced, with an almost imperceptible rhythm, but feels both to the teller and the listener like something brand new being born out of thin air.’

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Marie Louise Cochrane

Raspberry Ripple: Giving a Voice to Women's Stories around Sexuality

Marie Louise lives in Edinburgh and loves telling stories, writing and singing songs. She is best known for her well loved character “Mrs. Mash the Storytelling Cook”. Mrs. Mash promotes health and well-being through songs, stories and joining in fun for wee ones, all about food.
Her new project is also about health and well-being with a focus on work with women.

‘After some reflection and a few exploratory conversations with fellow females – and one man – I decided that perhaps there might be a place for a new project. A project around hearing, witnessing and telling women’s stories, related to sexuality, in a way that could help other women process, explore and even celebrate that aspect of our lives.’

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Ruairidh Maclean - Ruairidh Mac'illeEathain

Storytelling in the Gaelic Tradition - Sgeulachdan à dualchas na Gàidhlig

This month we hear from Inverness-based Ruairidh Maclean who tells stories from the Gaelic tradition in both Gaelic and English.  Cluinnidh sinn bho Ruairidh Mac’illeEathain à Inbhir Nis am mìos seo.  Bidh Ruairidh ag innse sgeulachdan à dualchas na Gàidhlig ann an Gàidhlig is ann am Beurla.

‘I recall sitting with the late Donald Angie Maclean of Scarp in his home in Sleat in front of a crackling fire when he recounted historical figures as if he had known them. In the storyteller’s way, of course, he had.’

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Jan Bee Brown

Telling Tales on Ten Tall Ships

This month, we have a blog post from Edinburgh based storyteller, Jan Bee Brown, about her adventures on the high seas and her challenge to ‘tell ten tales on ten tall ships’

‘However, for me the stories that were the most important were the true tales of tenacity at sea from the volunteer crew as we sailed. I listened with a storyteller’s ear to the personal stories as a random group of international strangers became a crew and folk shared their hopes, fears and their relationship to the sea.’

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