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30th Storytelling Festival Now On Sale

Growing Stories – the 30th Scottish International Storytelling Festival – will open in the Great Hall of Stirling Castle on Thursday 18 October at 7.30pm, heralding a wave of events across Scotland and an intensive programme in the capital city from Friday 19 October.

The 2018 Festival looks to the future of storytelling in Scotland, nurturing local roots, reaching out globally, and celebrating Celtic traditions that are shared by Scotland and Ireland.

Taking place each year as the dark nights close in, reflecting how communities would gather to entertain each other as the days got shorter and nights grew longer, the Festival ensures traditions are steeped in events for young and old.

Discover the magic of tradition radiating today with 66 events in Edinburgh and 27 throughout Scotland, from conferences to taster sessions, walking tours to informal family gatherings.

Festival on Tour events will be held throughout Scotland, from Orkney to Dumfries & Galloway, Bute to Fife. 96 Scottish storytellers will have their talent on display, along with 18 global guests from Ireland, France, Wales, Iceland, India, Belgium, Jordan and Sierra Leone.

In addition, the Festival’s Local Campaign will support 100 events in schools and community centres across the country, enriching local neighbourhoods through storytelling.

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‘Blending our rich Celtic roots with contemporary narratives, this year’s edition of the festival welcomes an excellent line-up of storytellers from across the world and emphasises our links with our Irish and international friends, confirming Scotland’s global and open outlook.
‘Since its launch, the festival has continued to explore stories that shape and inform us through storytelling and music on a national and international stage.’
                                                                                                                                 (Fiona Hyslop, Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism & External Affairs)

Programme Highlights & Themes

Scottish Storytelling Projects & Talents Showcased

  • Ruth Kirkpatrick opens the Edinburgh programme with a showcase on her family’s history with a trip to the misty North populated by selkies, stoorworms and sorcerers, on Fri 19 Oct6pm.
  • Nicola Wright and Lea Taylor present The Purple, White & Green – a history of the Scottish Suffragette movement on Sun 21 Oct3pm.
  • Heather Yule pays tribute to the late, great storyteller Stanley Robertson on Sun 21 Oct5pm.
  • Alette Willis and Allison Galbraith, as recipients of the Andy Hunter Bursary, showcase their fabulous storytelling and horticultural combinations, with Re-Storying the Earth on Sun 21 Oct (time to be confirmed) and hands-on workshop complete with besom making at The Bountiful Birch Tree on Mon 22 Oct1.30pm.
  • A younger storyteller – Daniel Allison – hosts Open Hearth with guest young Scottish storytellers Shona Cowie and Ailsa Dixon in support of the next wave of storytelling talent on Mon 22 Oct8pm.
  • Amanda Edmiston leads an event with fascinating insights on Scottish folklorist Florence Marian McNeill on Fri 26 Oct2pm.
  • Martin MacIntyre joins pipers John Mulhearn and Calum MacCrimmon for The Lost Pibroch – set in the heartland of Argyll – uniting memory, piping and mystery on Tue 30 Oct8pm.

Scotland & Ireland Series

12 events exploring the shared traditions of Scotland & Ireland, particularly the legends Ossian, Fionn Mac Cumhaill & Cú Chulainn.

Literature Connections & Story Collections

And there’s more…

There is so much more to the programme, and we’ll be keeping you updated in the coming weeks.

Kids – There’s 12 fantastic events, catering specifically for families looking for a bit more authentic folklore in their Halloween celebrations, including:

Workshops – Enrich your storytelling journey with experts in the field, with insights to inspire and networking to unite. 11 workshops are programmed, including:

  • Storytelling in Schools – Approaches and Resources – a fantastic CPD opportunity for teachers to explore the value of storytelling in the classroom, with Storytelling Network Coordinator Miriam Morris, and storytellers Fiona MacleodGeeta Ramanujam and Bea Ferguson.

Festival on Tour

With 27 scheduled events across Scotland, including micro-storytelling festivals in Orkney and Portskerra, everyone in Scotland can connect with stories on a local level.

Feeling Inspired? 
Organise your own event with the Local Campaign

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