We support professional and community storytellers all over Scotland, and work with partner organisations to provide an extensive year-round programme of inclusive storytelling activities to people of all ages and backgrounds. Working across all sectors, we coordinate and support projects and events in education, health and social care, faith communities, arts and heritage and business settings across the country.
The work of the Scottish Storytelling Centre and Network is at all times people centred, and all outreach events and projects are tailored to the needs, abilities and interests of the participants.
Our work affirms the contribution of children and young people, of older community members and of people whose disabilities should not prevent their access to storytelling experiences; and celebrates the stories and experiences of those with diverse cultural backgrounds.
Visit the Storytellers in Scotland area of the website for booking advice, recommended storyteller rates and information on professional storytellers in your area.
We provide resources, information and advice on all aspects of storytelling - please email Gica Loening at or call Gica on +44 (0)131 652 3272 to discuss your ideas or requirements.
Some recent outreach activity:
In August and September 2011, the Scottish Storytelling Centre organised participative BSL storytelling sessions at HMP Greenock and at the Deaf support base at Carlogie Primary School in Angus. Part of the Centre’s wider work around BSL storytelling, with Nancy and Hamish Turner bursary award-winning storyteller Mark MacQueen, the sessions used signed storytelling to demonstrate the richness and creative potential of BSL as a language, to break down barriers between signers and non-signers and to encourage participants to be imaginative and creative with their own signing.
Edinburgh Beltane: Beacons for Public Engagement
Early in 2012 the Scottish Storytelling Centre delivers tailor-made training for researchers and academics, in partnership with Edinburgh Beltane. The course has been especially designed to help participants explore the potential of using narrative structures and techniques in their thinking and planning, and in finding creative ways to engage others with their work.
In April-May 2012 the Scottish Storytelling Centre works with Support in Mind Scotland on an 8-week course of hands-on storytelling and craft activity sessions specifically for people who care about or support a family member or friend who have a mental illness or a serious mental health problem. The ‘Handmade Tales’ sessions provide a creative and expressive outlet, and use storytelling to help participants reflect ion their experiences and look to the future, in a fun and supportive environment.