Scottish International Storytelling Festival 2022

Keep It Lit

KEEP IT LIT in Scotland’s Year of Stories

Welcome to the world’s largest celebration of storytelling, anchored in Scotland, a nation of storytellers. At the core of Scotland’s culture and identity is the hospitable hearth – a place of solidarity and welcome for friend and stranger alike. Round that symbolic fire, experiences and
memories are shared, and the torch of oral storytelling is passed on.

This year, people’s everyday lives are under pressure on all sides. Yet a story shared is a trouble eased. In Scotland’s Year of Stories, the Scottish International Storytelling Festival invites everyone to the ceilidh; locally, nationally and globally.

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Enjoy live storytelling in Scotland’s Year of Stories 2022!

Figures of Speech

Figures of Speech is a series of events bringing together writers and artists to take us on a road trip through Scottish literature for Scotland’s Year of Stories 2022. Covering six universal themes (Music, Friendship, Future, Love, Place, Big Ideas), each event explores literary blockbusters, hidden gems and modern classics.

Our expert guides will take us on a journey through Scotland’s iconic books and stories, navigating the dazzling array of new voices, and presenting newly commissioned work by artists responding to each theme. Let us take you on a journey across the curious contrasts and contradictions that define Scottish literature.

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Open Call: Big Ideas

Scottish Storytelling Centre | Ionad Sgeulachdan na h-Alba


A vibrant arts venue with a seasonal programme of live storytelling, theatre, music, exhibitions, workshops, family events and festivals.

The venue and its staff have a welcoming spirit, inclusive nature and talent and creative skill to boot.

What makes the Centre special is its unique approach to collaboration and the welcome it affords performers, customers and audiences.

The Centre's ethos is summed up nicely by the old Scottish proverb, “The story is told eye to eye, mind to mind and heart to heart”.

‘A fitting tribute to Scotland’s oral tradition, housed in a marvel of modern-meets-medieval architecture.’
(Nikki Boyle, Time Out)

'a place dedicated to the fine art of telling stories. And it is fabulous.' (Edd McCracken, Book Riot)

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Step Inside History

John Knox House

A-listed building dating back to 1470 which houses an exhibition exploring the Scottish Reformation.

A very unique and historic setting for small-scale events, like wine-tastings or intimate wedding blessings.

A guided tour of the house can also be arranged as part of your event, plus Story Tours for those wanting further insight into Old Edinburgh and its characters.

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Arguably the most picturesque dwelling house in Edinburgh’s Old Town” (Frommer’s)

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We’ve had parties, conferences, ceilidhs, workshops, wine tastings, book launches, exhibitions and small weddings taking place in our venue.

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Opening Times

We are currently open Monday – Sunday, 10am-6pm.

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