Live storytelling is all about inventive one-off moments and memorable experiences that entertain and create a connection, move you, make you laugh or inspire you to see things differently.
Here you can find out about last year's programme to give you a flavour of what's to come in October 2013.
About the programme
We’ve categorised our events to help you decide which to book, ensuring your storytelling experience is exactly what you’re looking for, be it an evening gathering in jovial company or daytime events for the whole family
Live evening performances in the Scottish Storytelling Centre’s stunning, intimate Netherbow Theatre, at the Queen’s Hall, and in the Old Sherriff Court in Glasgow. These events feature international guest artists representing their own cultures and traditions, alongside the best of Scotland’s storytellers.
Meet the Storyteller
A highlight of the Festival programme, these informal taster sessions provide a wonderful opportunity to get to know our visiting guest storytellers as they share stories about the culture and traditions of their homeland, and what inspired them to become a storyteller.
Talks & Lectures
This year’s Festival links Scotland with Europe, as we celebrate
the enduring fascination of folk and fairy tale. Deepen your knowledge and understanding of the Festival’s themes as experts from the arts and academic world share their knowledge about folklore.
Because our passion for fairy tales starts at a young age, we present a programme of engaging live storytelling events, often involving craft and storymaking activities, specifically designed for children and families. Each event listing carries information on age suitability to ensure all members of the family can enjoy the festivities.
A special storytelling club evening in the nearby Waverley Bar. Experience a true Scottish storytelling ceilidh! A great way to relax, join in and enjoy fine tales plus Guid Crack.
Training & Development
The Festival is the perfect opportunity to develop your storytelling skills, explore a specific area of storytelling or share ideas, approaches and good practice. Come along to one of our Festival training and CPD events at the Scottish Storytelling Centre and fire your imagination!
Edinburgh Partner Events
An array of family and adult events involving visiting and Scottish storytellers are programmed by the SISF together with local partners to complement the main Festival themes.
Glasgow Partner Events
The Storytelling Festival explodes into Glasgow for a week of family and adult events involving local and international storytellers! Venues include Scottish Youth Theatre’s home in the Old Sherriff Court and the Goethe Institut.
Tell-A-Story: Education & Communities Programme
Alongside the public programme, the Festival delivers a popular outreach programme to schools, libraries and community groups, culminating with Tell-a-Story Day. Contact Davide via email or on 0131 652 3272 for more information.
Festival On Tour
Tales on the Move. A programme of locally hosted events across Scotland.
Illustrations from A Treasury of Scottish Folk and Fairy Tales by Theresa Breslin and Kate Leiper
are reproduced by kind permission of Floris Books. ©Kate Leiper 2012