Local Storytelling

Schools and communities are encouraged to take part in an initiative that celebrates the art of storytelling.

The SISF Community Programme highlights how stories help communities connect, grow together and preserve vital heritage and cultures for new generations.

Audiences across Scotland are invited to book storytellers to strike-up new community activity and engage with storytelling.

For 2018, we put together a Take 5 Toolkit for download: a 5-page resource for schools, communities and storytellers across Scotland with tips on how to take part and event ideas.

This is still available below, as well as some details of 2018 events that were hosted, to inspire all for 2019! 




Local Campaign - Take 5

Resource for schools, communities & storytellers across Scotland

Take 5 Toolkit 

Local Campaign Events

There were over 50 local events in communities across Scotland!

Below is just a taster of some the events featured across Scotland from 17 Sep – Fri 30 Nov, 2018.

Aberdeen City

Could It Be Magic? Tales of illusion, sorcery and the mystic

Join the Grampian Association of Storytellers for a Friday Fling!  The theme for the evening was “magic” – with tales of magicians, witches, sorcerers, illusionists and of course tricksters!

GRIMM TALES with the Grampian Association of Storytellers

So many of us grew up with the tales collected by the Grimm Brothers, Charles Perrault and Andrew Lang – so this was an evening for all that love a good story to bring a participate or just supply a pair of listening ears for a cosy evening of GRIMM inspired tales.


An Apple a Day  – Redhall Walled Garden

In celebration of Redhall’s community orchard, there were stories for wee ones, a chance to make your own apple juice with an apple press and a mindfulness and apple themed workshop for Redhall Trainees, finished with a community feast!

Growing Stories with Confidence

An evening of traditional supernatural tales, where ordinary lads and lassies found courage to face their fears and defeat monsters, with apple folklore and added fun from the Buckstone Youth Project.

A Night of Spooky Tales and Delicous Food at Bijou Bistro

Storyteller Marie Louise Cochrane held a night of spooky tales at Bijou Bistro. The menu was devilishly delicious Chicken Curry followed by Apple Strudel.

Digging Dynamic Stories 

Storyteller Jan Bee Brown worked with Victoria Primary School’s P2s & P3s on a workshop exploring how landscape and nature can help add colour and dynamism to stories.

The Forge’s Halloween Spooktacular 

A chance to put down your devices and enjoy some actual real world experiences. The Geodesic dome is covered which allowed for live storytelling of the undead by candlelight. There was also pumpkin carving and bonfires to warm the body and enliven the soul.

Storytelling with the Broomhouse Young Carers 

Storyteller Claire MacNicol visited Broomhouse Young Carers for an afternoon of tales.

Storytelling at The Garvald Centre 

Garvald Edinburgh is a creative community offering opportunities for adults with learning disabilities to learn arts, crafts and catering skills and to be engaged in meaningful work. Their storytelling afternoon as part of the Local Campaign has become a popular annual event and a great opportunity for members to gain confidence, share stories, songs, and creative skills, and to experience storytelling from the wider community. This year, storyteller Daiva Ivanauskaitė, provided a wonderful afternoon of storytelling.

Storytelling and Song – Links Through the Centuries

Celebrating the historic and cultural ties between Norway and Scotland was an evening of poetry, spoken word, storytelling and music featuring  one of the foremost contemporary poets in Scotland, Christine De Luca and Norwegian poet, translator and musician Odd Magne Goksøyr. They were joined by Norwegian folk musician, composer and writer Benedicte Maurseth and Norwegian jazz musician and composer, guitarist Stein Urheim.


A Story Journey Round Fife

Two storytelling sessions – one for primary children and one for adults! Local Fife storyteller, Sheila Kinninmonth shared tales set in the local Fife landscape and introduced some of the characters who inhabited that landscape in days gone by.

Macbeth – An Interplay of Music and Story

As Halloween approaches, the Hill of Tarvit Mansion hosted a spellbinding performance of Macbeth. International performers John Kenny and storyteller Marion Kenny powerfully retold the ghostly play with flutes, harps, percussion and captivating storytelling leading to a mesmerising and spine tingling evening.


Durness Highland Halloween Festival – Ghost Stories with Greg Allen

Family outdoor storytelling around the bonfire with marshmallows and roasted nuts. Stories and songs relating to ‘All Hallow’s Eve’ lore, ritual & practice.

Chilling Ghost Stories

A very late night of storytelling for adults only! This session explored the darker side of ‘All Hallow’s Eve’ and beyond! Not just witchcraft and Satan’s malice but other aspects of the supernatural including the Water Horse, Urisks and Evil Eye. 90% of the tales shared were local to Sutherland and Durness, with some never told locally before!

Stories and Woodland Crafts by the Fireside  – Get outdoors, Dementia Friendly Project 

Traditional Stories and tales with participants encouraged to add to an interactive heart display showcased in the woods. The Big Heart is made from willow collected in the woods, with further visitors to the woods continuing the story.

Storywalk with Cone Gathering in Evanton Community Woods 

Storyteller Lizzie McDougal took Kiltearn Primary on a nature story walk. Featuring tales of Tall Trees and The Great Caledonian Forest to inspire cone collecting and seed gathering.

A Celebration of Hugh Miller’s Storytelling Legacy

An eveningcelebrating Cromarty’s famous geologist, Hugh Miller, who collected many traditional tales as well as fossils from around the Moray Firth. To nurture this special legacy, The Friends of Hugh Miller also held a family storytelling afternoon with storyteller, Lizzie McDougall and her Story Quilt that illustrates many of Miller’s local tales.

Perth and Kinross 

Storytelling by the Fire, Wee Folk Tales 

Traditional Scots storytelling at the Watermill Bookshop and cafe for adults and young adults. Storyteller Donald Smith joined Perthshire storyteller and actor, Anna Hepburn for some fabulous tales of Scotland’s worlds of magic.

Fun by the Fire 

A fun event for parents, children and families of City of Perth Early Childhood Centre with songs and storytelling by Robbie Fotheringham around the bonfire.


Tasty Tree Tales 

A family friendly storytelling session with storyteller Dougie Mackay celebrated orchards, wild fruits and other tasty wild bounty through a selection of aptly chosen, natural wonder tales. Interaction with the local environment added a physical element to the stories shared.

North Lanarkshire 

Birthday Cards For All  – North Lanarkshire

Saint Barbara’s Primary School in Muirhead North Lanarkshire took part in a project led by local storyteller Michael Kerins entitled. Children of St. Barbara’s made birthday cards, as well shared stories live via SKYPE with children in Russia, as part of the Russian Street Children Project – Love’s Bridge, in collaboration with Slate Charity.