Festival on Tour
Showcasing local talent throughout Scotland

Beyond Edinburgh

Coordinated by regional storytelling teams with the support of Scottish International Storytelling Festival.

Guest storytellers meet with local performers and audiences for a fantastic opportunity to experience in-situ storytelling across the country, highlighting the close links stories have with local tradition, landscape and history.

The 2018 Festival on Tour event details are below to inspire all for 2019! 

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Argyll & Bute

African vibes: Stories from Sierra Leone

Tue 23 Oct, 7pm (1hr 30) | Free (ticketed) – call 01436 674 626
Helensburgh Library, West King Street, Helensburgh, G84 8EB

Wed 24 Oct, 7.30pm (1hr 30) | Free (ticketed) – call 01631 571 444
Oban Library, 77 Albany Street, Oban, PA34 4AL

Thu 25 Oct, 7pm (1hr 30) | Free (ticketed) – call 01586 555 435
Campbeltown Library, Aqualibrium, Kinloch Park, Kinloch Road, Campbeltown, PA28 6EG

Rooted in multicultural Sierra Leone and treasuring the memories of the storytelling nights with his grans and uncles in his village, storyteller Usifu Jalloh – The Cowfoot Prince has been an activist for the oral heritage of his ancestry for the last 20 years. Let him take you to the vibrant, colourful and mystical world of Africa.

  • Pre-booking required – please contact the library of your choice to reserve your space

 

A Stroll with the Trolls: Stories from Iceland

Tue 23 Oct, 7pm (1hr 30) | Free (ticketed) – call 01700 503 266
Rothesay Library, Moat Centre, Stuart Street, Isle of Bute, PA20 0BX

Wed 24 Oct, 7pm (1hr 30) | Free (ticketed) – call 01369 708 682
Dunoon Library, Queen’s Hall, Dunoon, PA23 7HH

Thu 25 Oct, 7pm (1hr 30) | Free (ticketed) – call 01546 602 072
Lochgilphead Library, Manse Brae, Lochgilphead, PA31 8QZ

Storyteller Hjörleifur Stefánsson was served stories of old Iceland along with his porridge for years, his grandparents being storytellers by nature. Let him introduce you to the old country lore, where giants, trolls and ghosts would populate the vast Icelandic landscapes.

  • Pre-booking required – please contact the library of your choice to reserve your space

Ayrshire

TamFest
Sun 28 Oct, 12pm-7pm

Ayr Town Centre comes alive with street entertainers, market place, songs, stories and dance in celebration of Burns’ world famous poem Tam O’Shanter. The day ends with a Day o’ the Deid Burns/Mexican community parade and a glow in the dark family ceilidh.

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Clackmannanshire

In the Land of the Black Goddess
Sat 20 Oct, 2pm (1hr 30) | Free (ticketed)
Marcelle House, 6 Mars Hill, Alloa FK10 1AB

An afternoon of storytelling and portraiture with storytellers Joanne Ross and Kirsty Grant joined by artists Karen Strang and Sharee Currie. These dark tales are not for children.

  • Pre-booking required, limited numbers & limited access: please contact 07980 655 906 or hillfootstales@gmail.com

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In the Shadows of the Hillfoots
Fri 26 Oct, 7.30pm (1hr 30) | Free (ticketed)
Coach House Theatre, W. Lodge Gardens, Alloa FK10 2HX

An evening of storytelling with Joanne Ross, Janet Crawford and Kirsty Grant. Followed by a Q&A session.

  • Pre-booking required, limited numbers & limited access: please contact 07980 655 906 or hillfootstales@gmail.com

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Dumfries & Galloway

Wonderous Circles
Sun 21 Oct, 2.15pm (45mins family friendly storywalk) & 3.45pm (30mins for 7-17years, and families) | £5 (children free)
Dalswinton House, DG2 0XZ

At the site of the maiden voyage of Britain’s first steamboat, hear tales of the brave Red Comyn, who lived at Dalswinton and was killed by Robert the Bruce in 1306, and step back in time with tales of Bairds and Romans who encamped upon the hills nearby. With storyteller John Wheeler. In partnership with Scotland’s Gardens.

  • Phone: 01387 740 220, tickets can be bought at the garden’s gate

Dundee

Bonsoir Dundee: Stories from Brittany & Belgium
Tue 23 Oct, 7pm (2hrs) | £6
HMS Unicorn, South Victoria Dock Road, Victoria Dock, Dundee, DD1 3BP

Enjoy the lively company of storytellers Fiona Macleod from Brittany and Chantal Dejardin from Belgium, joining Blether Tay-gither storytellers for an evening of stories/contes to treasure in your memories.

Please book tickets on 01334 474 836 or email sheila@blethertaygither.org.uk

Fife

Colourful Journeys: Stories from India
The Friary, Queen Street, Inverkeithing, KY11 1PA
Wed 24 Oct, 7.45pm (1hr 45) | Free (ticketed)

After travelling all nooks & crannies of India and beyond, storyteller Geeta Ramanujam joins local storytellers of Lang Spoon Tales for an evening of story sharing. Be transported to a mesmerizing and colourful world where Scotland meets India. Donations welcome.

Glasgow

Sangs an’ Clatter: Travelling Tales
Thu 25 Oct, 7pm (1hr 30) | £8
The Project Café, 134 Renfrew Street, Glasgow, G3 6ST

Words wander across borders in this unique opportunity to see two great international storytellers in action. Fiona Macleod from Brittany and Geeta Ramanujam from India share traditional tales that reach across continents and put some heat in the belly for these darkening days. Hosted by The Village Storytelling Centre.

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Highlands

Stories in the Landscape: Fionn Mac Cumhaill & other heroic figures
Sat 20 Oct, 2pm (2hrs) | Free (ticketed)
Highland Folk Museum, Newtonmore, Cairngorms National Park

Join storyteller Roddy Maclean to explore the exciting legends of the Fianna and other heroic figures of the Gàidhealtachd amidst atmospheric settings in the Baile Gean Township. Roddy is a fluent Gaelic speaker and will interpret traditional tales in English linked to places throughout Scotland. Sponsored by Badenoch Heritage Project and Heritage Lottery Fund.

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Cairngorms Fireside Tales with the Whistling Women
Thu 25 Oct, 2pm (2hrs) | Free (unticketed)
Highland Folk Museum, Newtonmore, Cairngorms National Park

A small group of women spent an evening by storyteller Margaret Bennett’s fireside sharing stories and traditional folklore. The group turned into the Whistling Women, with even more stories to tell. You are invited to join them around the hearth, listen to stories and find out about Halloween in bygone days.

Sponsored by Badenoch Heritage Project and Heritage Lottery Fund.

 

Portskerra International Storytelling Festival
Fri 26 & Sat 27 Oct
Pentland Hotel, KW14 7AA & Melvich Village Hall, KW14 7YL

Alex Patience

The annual ceilidh kicks-off this year’s Portskerra Storytelling Festival at the Pentland Hotel, Thurso on Friday night with trad musicians Clapshot, alongside French speaking Belgian musician and storyteller Chantal Dejardin. Lots of music, stories and dancing. Spinning and weaving for Saturday night at Melvich Village Hall with an old school storytelling circle and social, while Chantal spins wool as well as tales, sharing the music from her community to build a bridge to the far North Coast of Scotland.

Storyteller Alexandria Patience and musician Donald McNeill will add to the rich mix on both nights, with other local storytellers and musicians. Get in touch and join in.

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Stories in the Landscape: Fionn Mac Cumhaill & other heroic figures
Sat 27 Oct, 7pm (2hrs) | Free (ticketed)
Talla Nan Ros, Kingussie, Cairngorms National Park

Join storyteller Roddy Maclean for an evening of stories about the legendary Fianna and other heroic figures of the Gàidhealtachd with traditional music. Roddy is a fluent Gaelic speaker and will interpret traditional tales in English linked to places throughout Scotland.

Sponsored by Badenoch Heritage Project and Heritage Lottery Fund.

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Moray

Clever Anaeet
Moray Art Centre, The Park, Findhorn, IV36 3TA
Fri 26 Oct, 8pm (1hr 45) | £10 (£8), £6 (under 16)

Maryem Tollar

Arabic songs transport us to the time and place of Anaeet, daughter of a shepherd. Music and story bring us to the shimmering heat of the moment when Anaeet gave a pitcher of water to a hot dusty traveller who fell in love with her. Her practical wisdom is needed to save her husband and their people more than once. With singer Maryem Tollar, playing the Riqq, and storyteller Dawne McFarlane.

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We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, which last year invested $153 million to bring the arts to Canadians throughout the country.
Nous remercions le Conseil des arts du Canada de son soutien. L’an dernier, le Conseil a investi 153 millions de dollars pour mettre de l’art dans la vie des Canadiennes et des Canadiens de tout le pays.

North East

A Castle of Stone & Sea: The Life, Songs & Stories of a 19th-century Breton Woman
Thu 25 Oct, 6.30pm (1hr 30) | Free (unticketed)
Linklater Room, King’s College, University of Aberdeen, AB24 3FX

One of Brittany’s most acclaimed voices, Marthe Vassallo, shares emotions and awe as she retraces, via a treasure trove of documents, the life, song and personality of an obscure 19th-century woman, Maryvonne Le Flem. A story of poverty, pride and mysterious islands, celebrating the power of story and song to articulate our innermost passions.

Hosted by the Elphinstone Institute – for details email elphinstone@abdn.ac.uk

Orkney

Orkney Storytelling Festival
Thu 25 – Sun 28 Oct

Heather Yule

The 2018 Orkney Storytelling Festival kicks off on Thursday 25 October, as the nights draw in and the old year ends. Enjoy four days of events throughout Orkney, including a boat trip to North Walls for a show in the famous Gable End Theatre and a special showcase of new storytelling talent from Orkney.

2018’s visiting storyteller is Scotland’s Heather Yule, a superb musician and magical teller of tales. She will be joined by Orkney regulars Tom Muir and Fran Flett Hollinrake and maybe a special guest or two, including the Claire McNicol.

The loose theme of the festival is “little helpers”, with tellers sharing stories of fairies, trowies, hogboons and other small folk who can help or hinder. A talk by Nela Scholma-Mason will explore these themes, accompanied by Tom’s tales. Now in its 9th consecutive year, ‘the little festival with the big heart’ is enjoying a fantastic reputation throughout Scotland and beyond. Come and join us!

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Perthshire

Enchanted Forest 2018 – Wild Woods
Thu 4 Oct –Sun 4 Nov
Faskally Wood, Pitlochry, PH16 5JZ

Scotland’s premier sound and light event. Current winner of the UK’s Best Cultural Event, the Scottish Outdoor Leisure Award for Best Outdoor Festival and Scotland’s Best Large Event, it’s a guaranteed warm welcome at this woodland wonderland that dazzles and delights.

On Sunday 28 October resident storytellers Claire Hewitt and Lindsey Gibb will be joined by Marthe Vassallo, one of Brittany’s most acclaimed traditional singers. This day amongst others is now sold out, but you can enjoy a cosy night in the Yurt, with stories, daily!

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Storytelling in the Gardens of Fingask Castle
Thu 11 Oct, 2.30pm & 4pm | £5 (children free) 
Fingask Castle, Rait, PH2 7SA

Lizzie McDougall

There is many a tale to be told at this garden with a sense of humour. Alice in Wonderland topiary staggers across the lawn, whilst historical and literary figures are scattered among the 18th-century pleasure gardens. Both Bonnie Prince Charlie and his father are said to have approached the castle from the longer yew parade, aptly named ‘King’s Walk’. With storyteller Lizzie McDougall.

Throughout the day, there is also drop-in story sessions and art making in the Studio.

In partnership with Scotland’s Gardens.

  • Phone: 01821 670 777, tickets bought at the garden’s gate

Feast of Celtic Folk & Fairy Tales
Fri 26 Oct, 5.30pm (3hrs 30) By donation (except entry to film)
Birks Cinema, 1 Dunkeld St, Aberfeldy, PH15 2DA

Enjoy a film followed by a feast of Celtic stories. Hosted by local storyteller Claire Hewitt, with guest singer from Brittany, Marthe Vassallo and other local artists.

  • Further information: Call Claire on 07500 118 047 or email clairsach@btinternet.com

A Castle of Stone & Sea: The Life, Songs & Stories of a 19th-century Breton Woman
Sat 27 Oct, 7.30pm (1hr 30) | 12 (£10), £5 (under 26s)
Birnam Arts Centre, Station Road, Dunkeld, PH8 0DS

One of Brittany’s most acclaimed voices, Marthe Vassallo, shares emotions and awe as she retraces, via a treasure trove of documents, the life, song and personality of an “obscure” 19th-century woman, Maryvonne Le Flem. A story of poverty, pride and mysterious islands, celebrating the power of speech and song.

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Scottish Borders

Duns Primary School Festival
Fri 19 Oct

Eddie Lenihan

Duns PS will be hosting the first of several exciting storytelling events as part of the Borders Winter Tales Festival 2018-2019 with guests from nearby primary schools. Guest storyteller Eddie Lenihan from Ireland will share stories with Scottish storytellers and musicians – Macastory, Robert Howat, Donald Nelson, Tim Porteus, Margaret Christison and Marjorie Leithead.

  • Please note: Event is not open to members of the public.


Wild Little Stories

Fri 19 Oct, 2pm (2hrs) | £8, (£6), £25 (family)
St. Ronan’s Wells, Wells Brae, Innerleithen, EH44 6RB

Enjoy listening to storyteller Heather Yule weave stories and music into a fun family event at this historic venue, which reflects on our fascination with water. Heather then leads a workshop to create new stories inspired by St Ronan’s Wells, and the plants and animals that live beside it. Ticket price includes afternoon tea.

  • Book Tickets on 01721 725 777

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Wild Little Stories
Kailzie Gardens, Kailize, Peebles EH45 9HT
Sat 27 Oct, 2pm (2hrs) | £8, (£6), £25 (family)

Join storyteller Mary Kenny for intriguing stories as you walk through these beautiful gardens. Expect stories of wonder, creation and the natural world, tales of the fairy realm, selkies, giants, and ghosts; the funny and the gruesome! There may be riddles, could be ballads and songs. Ticket price includes afternoon tea.

  • Book Tickets on 01721 725 777

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