Events

Burns Night – Celebrating the Nation’s Favourite Scot

It’s that time of the year, when Scots and Scots-at-heart gather to celebrate one of the country’s lyrical sensations and national treasure, Robert Burns. Born on a stormy night in Alloway on the 25th of January 1759, the 18th Century poet continues to touch people with his timeless prose, illustrating topics such as injustice, hypocrisy … Continued

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Q&A: Nine Tales & Carols

Ahead of ‘Nine Tales and Carols’ on Saturday evening at the Storytelling Centre, we grabbed a few minutes with storytellers Beverley Bryant and Heather Yule to find out what to expect at their show, and where the inspiration came from. What has been your inspiration for ‘Nine Tales and Carols’? Beverley: ‘Over the years, Heather and … Continued

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Stories in a Time of Madness for Book Week Scotland

Where can storytelling go when reality outpaces fantasy? Storyteller Donald Smith rises to the bait with satiric glee with a special reading across three nights to launch Sham Stories as part of Book Week Scotland. Five linked subversive comedies provide Scotland’s untold Brexit chronicles. Treacherous times produce fake news and fake history, but also farce. … Continued

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Into the Unknown with Dougie Mackay: Fringe Q&A

How would you describe your show in one sentence? A wild storytelling adventure through Scotland’s mythic landscape Is this a new show or have you performed it elsewhere? This show was created for The Edge Festival 2017, but it has evolved a fair bit since then, gaining new stories and greater depth. Is this your first visit to … Continued

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Where I Stand: A New Conversation – Discussion, Q&A and Networking Event @ Scottish Storytelling Centre, 3rd May 2018

Collaborate and Listen: free discussion, Q&A and networking event at The Scottish Storytelling Centre What: A chance to hear about the collaborative storytelling residency and performance Where I Stand: A New Conversation before it’s Edinburgh debut within TradFest. (Followed by an open forum, Q&A and networking opportunity) Where I Stand: A New Conversation is a performance … Continued

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Guid Crack Returns to Waverley Bar

Edinburgh’s Guid Crack Storytelling sessions began at the Waverley in the late eighties. That was when the Scottish International Storytelling Festival was also starting up, and there was a need for a spot where local talent could develop and shine. The Waverley, in Edinburgh’s St Mary Street, was already a famous folk venue. Billy Connolly … Continued

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Scotland Live Awards 2018 – Now Open For Entries

This post was originally published here Scotland Live Awards 2018 are now open! After a successful first three years with 9 new clubs being set up we are now taking applications for the 4th year of this project. We are inviting applications from new Promoters who want to follow their love of music and set up a music club. We … Continued

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North Atlantic Fiddle Convention: Call for Presentations

North Atlantic Fiddle Convention 11-15 July 2018University of Aberdeen, Scotland www.abdn.ac.uk/nafco Confirmed keynote speakers: Jacqueline Codgell DjeDjeMark SlobinHeather Sparling As with all NAFCo Conferences, we welcome papers and panels on any aspect of current research into fiddle music and dancing. The 2018 theme will be Dialects and Dialogues: Fiddling and Dancing across Oceans and Continents. Fiddle and fiddle-dance … Continued

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Sisters Showcase Art of the Storyteller

On the 1st of July, storytelling sisters Mary and Marion Kenny come together to present the latest in the Art of the Storyteller workshop and performance series. Read on to learn more about their backgrounds and storytelling inspirations… How long have you been telling stories and where do you perform? Mary: I have been telling … Continued

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The Stories in our Ancestors Steps

The feet of our ancestors tell more than just where they tread… Scotland’s culture has evolved over millennia, and at its heart is a close relationship with our natural environment which is showcased at seasonal festivals, such as Samhuinn in winter and Beltane in summer. This Midsummer Saturday (24 June), discover more than just treads … Continued

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