SISF Community & Family Programme

The SISF Community and Family Programme bookends and runs alongside the main Scottish International Storytelling Festival and is taking place between Monday 12 October – Monday 30 November.

This year, we will pair local storytellers with schools and community groups in digital and small-scale live settings – keeping things safe and slow with a varied and enjoyable programme for all.


Take Part in The Big Scottish Story Ripple

Community groups and schools can take part in The Big Scottish Story Ripple (#StoryRipple) by holding a storytelling event led by a professional storyteller from our Storytelling Directory.


Groups can apply for a subsidy that will cover the cost of their storyteller’s fees.  In return, successful applicants must offer a good deed back to their local community on or before St Andrew’s Day – continuing the ripple of kindness.

 Schools apply hereCommunity Groups/Orgs apply here


If you are a Directory Storyteller and would like to hold an event Contact Us

Scotland's Greatest Ghost Stories

As part of the SISF’s In the Flow programme, we’re casting a net across the nation to catch ghost stories haunting each local area and to celebrate these tales with an online discussion, a free workshop and a sharing event on the last day of SISF … Saturday 31 October, Hallowe’en!

Do you know of a White Lady specter that haunts a derelict castle, a local railway line haunted by a ghost train or tales of local witches and warlocks? Then take part in Scotland’s Great Ghost Stories

How to get involved: 

  • Research ghoststories linked to your local area
  • Take part in an online social media discussion on Mon 19 Oct – #SISFSaysBoo
  • Attend a ‘How to Tell a Good Ghost Story’ workshop with storyteller Fiona Herbert on Mon 19 Oct, 6.30-7.30pm
  • Share and listen to all the ghostly tales via an online sharing event on Sat 31 Oct at 4-6pm – Hallowe’en!

If you’re not sure of a tale but would love to unearth something ghoulish, fear not, we have partnered with The School of Scottish Archives and they’ve got some great tools to help you research.

Book Tickets for Event and Workshop 

Please note that the workshop and event is suitable for an adult audience and is not recommended for children under 14 years of age.

PR and Social Media Guide

Social Media and PR Guide: How to promote your event


The Big Scottish Story Ripple

15 Good Deed Examples

Scotland's Greatest Ghost Stories Research Pack

Scotland’s Greatest Ghost Stories Resource Pack