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.

Some of the 2018 Festival on Tour event listings are below to inspire all for 2019! 

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Argyll & Bute

African Vibes: Stories from Sierra Leone

Usifu Jalloh

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.

Performed at Helensburgh Library, Oban Library & Campbeltown Library 

A Stroll with the Trolls: Stories from Iceland

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.

Performed at Rothesay Library, Dunoon Library & Lochgilphead Library

Clackmannanshire

In the Land of the Black Goddess

An afternoon of storytelling and portraiture with storytellers Joanne Ross and Kirsty Grant joined by artists Karen Strang and Sharee Currie

Performed at Marcelle House, Alloa 

In the Shadows of the Hillfoots

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

Performed at Coach House Theatre, Alloa 

Dumfries & Galloway

John Wheeler

Wonderous Circles

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.

Performed at Dalswinton House 

Dundee

Bonsoir Dundee: Stories from Brittany & Belgium

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.

Performed at HMS Unicorn

Fife

Geeta Ramanujam

Colourful Journeys: Stories from India

Be transported to a mesmerizing and colourful world where Scotland meets India. 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.

Performed at The Friary, Inverkeithing

Glasgow

Sangs an’ Clatter: Travelling Tales

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.

Performed at The Project Café

Highlands

Stories in the Landscape: Fionn Mac Cumhaill & other heroic figures

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.

The Whistling Women

Cairngorms Fireside Tales with the Whistling Women

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.

Both Events Performed at Highland Folk Museum

Portskerra International Storytelling Festival 

Storyteller Alexandria Patience and musician Donald McNeill present a weekend of activities, with local artists and international guests.

Based in the small traditional Melvich Village Hall amidst traditional fishing and crofting villages with a fabulous background of traditional stories and Gaelic/Norse culture and ceilidhs, music and song. Storytelling in an idyllic setting.

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Stories in the Landscape: Fionn Mac Cumhaill & other heroic figures

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.

Performed at Talla Nan Ros, Kingussie

Moray

Maryem Tollar

Clever Anaeet 

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.

Performed at Moray Art Centre

North East

A Castle of Stone & Sea: The Life, Songs & Stories of a 19th-century Breton Woman 

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.

Performed at King’s College, University of Aberdeen

Orkney

Tom Muir

Orkney Storytelling Festival

A long weekend of activities, organised by the Orcadian Story Trust, which has become an established annual event in the Orkney calendar since its re-emergence in 2010.

The Festival tales place in locations across Orkney, with 2018 sites including Rendall, Harray, South Ronaldsay and Hoy, Kirkwall and Stromness.

Alongside local storytellers, both beginners and experienced, the festival brings invited guests from all over the world.

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Perthshire

Enchanted Forest 2018 – Wild Woods 

Scotland’s premier sound and light event at Faskally Wood featured resident storytellers Claire Hewitt and Lindsey Gibb in the Storytelling Yurt to entertain with tales. They were joined by SISF international guest Marthe Vassallo, one of Brittany’s most acclaimed traditional singers for a special Sunday edition, with all dates selling out!

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Lizzie McDougall

Storytelling in the Gardens of Fingask Castle

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. In partnership with Scotland’s Gardens.

Performed at Fingask Castle

Feast of Celtic Folk & Fairy Tales

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.

Performed at Birks Cinema, Aberfeldy

A Castle of Stone & Sea: The Life, Songs & Stories of a 19th-century Breton Woman

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.

Performed at Birnam Arts Centre

Scottish Borders

Macastory

Duns Primary School Festival
Fri 19 Oct

Duns PS hosted 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 shared stories with Scottish storytellers and musicians – Macastory, Robert Howat, Donald Nelson, Tim Porteus, Margaret Christison and Marjorie Leithead.

Wild Little Stories

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.

Performed at St Ronan’s Wells, Innerleithen 

Mary Kenny

Wild Little Stories 

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.

Performed at Kailzie Gardens, Peebles