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.

2019 sees events in Orkney, Highlands, Angus, Moray, North East, Argyll & Bute, Dundee, Fife, Clackmannanshire, Glasgow, Dumfries & Galloway, Scottish Borders, Perthshire & beyond.

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Angus

Sunday 27 October

Stories from the Yukon

Glenesk Folk Museum, The Retreat, Glenesk, Brechin DD9 7YT

Live Storytelling

7.30pm (1hr 30) | £5

​Nacho Nyak Dan First Nation storyteller Louise Profeit-LeBlanc was nurtured by the traditional stories of her grandmother and has dedicated her life to collecting tales from elders in northern Yukon. Let her take you to the outskirts of the Arctic Circle as she shares these treasures. On this special night of stories and music, local storyteller Maria MacDonell will also introduce you to the extraordinary letters from the Yukon discovered in Glenesk. Tickets available on the door, cash only. Museum opens from 6pm (free entry). For more information please email maria.macdonell@btinternet.com.

 

Argylle & Bute

Tuesday 22 October

Stories from the Caribbean and Beyond

Rothesay Library, Moat Centre, Stuart Street, Rothesay PA20 0BX

Live Storytelling

7.30pm (1hr 30) | Free (ticketed)

Storyteller Jan Blake creates a vibrant world of Afro-Caribbean colour, energy, comedy and wicked wit. She is one of our truly great yarn spinners, a force of nature and a delight to hear. Pre-booking required – please contact the library to reserve a seat: rothesaylibrary@liveargyll.co.uk or 01700 503 266.

Wednesday 23 October

Stories from the Caribbean and Beyond

Dunoon Library, Queen’s Hall, Argyll Street, Dunoon PA23 7HH

Live Storytelling

2pm (1hr 30) | Free (ticketed)

Storyteller Jan Blake creates a vibrant world of Afro-Caribbean colour, energy, comedy and wicked wit. She is one of our truly great yarn spinners, a force of nature and a delight to hear. Pre-booking required – please contact the library to reserve a seat: dunoonlibrary@liveargyll.co.uk or 01369 708 682.

Thursday 24 October

Stories from the Caribbean and Beyond

Campbeltown Library, Aqualibrium, Kinloch Road, Campbeltown PA28 6EG

Live Storytelling

2.30pm (1hr 30) | Free (ticketed)

Storyteller Jan Blake creates a vibrant world of Afro-Caribbean colour, energy, comedy and wicked wit. She is one of our truly great yarn spinners, a force of nature and a delight to hear. Pre-booking required – please contact the library to reserve a seat: campbeltownlibrary@liveargyll.co.uk or 01586 555 435.

Monday 28 October

Stories from Newfoundland and Labrador

Helensburgh Library, West King Street, Helensburgh G84 8EB

Live Storytelling

7pm (1hr 30) | Free (ticketed)

Born and bred in Newfoundland and Labrador, Gary Green was raised on stories of life in province prior to it becoming part of Canada.  Join him for an evening rich with North Atlantic lore, where the boundary between folktales and early settlers’ life stories may blur. Pre-booking required – please contact the library to reserve a seat: helensburghlibrary@liveargyll.co.uk or 01436 658 833.

Tuesday 29 October

Stories from Newfoundland and Labrador

Corran Halls, 54 Corran Esplanade, Oban PA34 5AB

Live Storytelling

2.30pm (1hr 30) | Free (ticketed)

Born and bred in Newfoundland and Labrador, Gary Green was raised on stories of life in province prior to it becoming part of Canada.  Join him for an evening rich with North Atlantic lore, where the boundary between folktales and early settlers’ life stories may blur. Pre-booking required – please contact the Oban library to reserve a seat: obanlibrary@liveargyll.co.uk or 01631 571 444.

Wednesday 30 October

Stories from Newfoundland and Labrador

Lochgilphead Library, Manse Brae, Lochgilphead PA31 8QZ

Live Storytelling

7pm (1hr 30) | Free (ticketed)

Born and bred in Newfoundland and Labrador, Gary Green was raised on stories of life in province prior to it becoming part of Canada.  Join him for an evening rich with North Atlantic lore, where the boundary between folktales and early settlers’ life stories may blur. Pre-booking required – please contact the library to reserve a seat: lochgilpheadlibrary@liveargyll.co.uk or 01546 602 072.

 

Clackmanshire

Saturday 19 October

Folklore Fusion

Coach House Theatre, W. Lodge Gardens, Alloa, FK10 2HX

Live Storytelling

2.30pm (1hr 30) | £5

‘She Said Storytellers’ Joanne Ross and Janet Crawford welcome guest storyteller Heidi Dahlsveen from Norway. Join them for a special afternoon of traditional storytelling and let your imagination span from the Hillfoots of Scotland to the Norwegian Fjords! Hosted by Hillfoots Tales. For tickets and information please contact 07980 655 906 or email hillfootstales@gmail.com.

 

Dumfries & Galloway

Monday 7 – Sunday 20 October

Scotland and the Arctic: A Conversation

Celebrating 20 Years of GU in Dumfries 

Dumfries

Live Storytelling

Storytelling, film, song, poetry, discussion, presentation, exhibits and 5,000 Barnacle Geese. The project would like to explore the narratives, history, representations (visual and literary), and ecology involved in artistic and environmental connections between Scotland and the Arctic. Celebrate the Wild Geese Weekend (12-13 October) with storytellers Tony Bonning and Anne Errington. Then on Saturday 19 October enjoy stories from home and abroad with Scottish storyteller Jean Edmiston and Canadian storytellers Louise Profeit-LeBlanc from the Yukon and Dawne McFarlane from Ontario. More information and full programme will be available on www.ayearofconversation.com.

 

Dundee

Tuesday 22 October

Stories from the Grasslands and Beyond

HMS Unicorn, South Victoria Dock Road, Victoria Dock, Dundee, DD1 3BP

Live Storytelling

7pm (2hrs) | £6

Coming from the immense Saskatchewan’s Great Plains, Cree néhiyaw First Nation storyteller Joseph Naytowhow joins Blether Tay-gither storytellers for an exceptional evening of timeless stories.  Please book tickets on 01334 474 836 or email sheila@blethertaygither.org.uk.

 

Fife

Wednesday 23 October

Scotland to Canada and Back

The Friary, Queen Street, Inverkeithing, KY11 1PA

Live Storytelling

7.45pm (1hr 45) | Free (ticketed) | Donations welcome

Canadian storytellers Deborah Dunleavy and Michael Williams gather with Fife’s redoubtable Lang Spoon Tales for a night of travel, adventure and family connections. Criss-cross the Atlantic from the Forth shore. Donations welcome. Tickets: kate.storyteller@hotmail.co.uk.

 

Glasgow 

Thursday 24 October

Sangs an’ Clatter: Connections

Pollokshaws Community Hub, 132 Shawbridge Street, Glasgow, G43 1NP

Live Storytelling

6pm (2hrs) | Free (ticketed) | Donations welcome

We’re delighted to be welcoming Italian storyteller Giovanna Conforto, for a cosy evening of stories, music, food and good company. We’ll be showcasing the best of Italian & Scottish storytelling to bring a bit of warmth to a chilly Autumn evening!  Hosted by The Village Storytelling Centre. For tickets and information 0141 882 3025 or info@villagestorytelling.org.uk.

 

Highland

Saturday 19 & Sunday 20 October

Inverness Story Fest

Inverness

Live Storytelling & Workshops

Come celebrate a feast of traditional and contemporary tales in the heart of the Scottish Highlands. A mixture of local and international tellers, including guest storyteller Jan Blake, Dougie Mackay and Ruiridh Mackintosh will regale with tales from long ago as the nights draw in. More information will be available at www.facebook.com/storyconnectionDM.

Friday 25 & Saturday 26 October

Portskerra International Storytelling Festival

Friday 25: Thurso | Saturday 26: Lyth

Live Storytelling

The annual traditional ceilidh and storytelling nights in the Far North of Scotland celebrates its 8th year with a warm welcome to guest storyteller from Norway, Heidi Dahlsveen. Traditional stories from the North Sea, with occasional trolls and other mysterious creatures, have never been so lively! Storyteller Alexandria Patience and musician Donald McNeill will join the story sharing on both nights, with other Gaelic and Scots story weavers, musicians & singers.

Full programme will be available at www.portskerrastorytellingfestival.weebly.com.

 

Moray

Wednesday 23 October

Spirit & Tradition

Universal Hall, The Park, Findhorn, IV36 3TZ

Dance & Storytelling

7.30pm (1hr) | £12 (£10), £8 for under 16

The Dancers of Damelahamid are an Indigenous dance company from British Columbia. Their rich history of masked dance inspires a compelling performance, celebrating the time depth and diversity of Indigenous cultures across Canada. Through dramatic dance, captivating narrative, intricately carved masks and elaborate regalia the Dancers of Damelahamid transform time and space, bridging the ancient with living tradition. Tickets: www.universalhall.co.uk or in person at Phoenix Stories, Findhorn.

 

North East

Thursday 24 October

Stories from the Yukon

Seminar Room 224, Fl. 2, Sir Duncan Rice Library

King’s College, University of Aberdeen, AB24 3FX

Live Storytelling

6.30pm (1hr) | Free

​Nacho Nyak Dan First Nation storyteller Louise Profeit-LeBlanc was nurtured by the traditional stories of her grandmother and has dedicated her life to collecting the elders’ tales in northern Yukon. Let her share this treasure with you, while she takes you to the outskirts of the Arctic Circle.Hosted by the Elphinstone Institute. Further information: elphinstone@abdn.ac.uk.

Friday 25 October

Stories from the Yukon

Logie Coldstone Village Hall, Aboyne, AB34 5PQ

Live Storytelling

7.30pm (1hr) | By donation £5 adults, £3 children

​Nacho Nyak Dan First Nation storyteller Louise Profeit-LeBlanc was nurtured by the traditional stories of her grandmother and has dedicated her life to collecting the elders’ tales in northern Yukon. Let her share this treasure with you, while she takes you to the outskirts of the Arctic Circle. For more information email LCTrust2012@gmail.com.

Saturday 26 October

Stories from The Cabrach & Beyond

Acorn Centre, The Cabrach Trust, Huntly, AB54 4EU

Live Storytelling

2pm (2hrs)

The Cabrach Trust invites you to an afternoon of captivating stories for all ages, with special guest storyteller Louise Profeit-LeBlanc from Canada. Louise has ancestors in Towie, just south of Cabrach and will join our house-storyteller Jackie Ross for local stories with a folklore twist. Further information will be available at www.cabrachtrust.org.

 

Orkney

Thursday 24 – Sunday 27 October

Orkney Storytelling Festival

Enjoy four days of storytelling events throughout Orkney! On this special 10th anniversary we welcome metis Mi’kmaq and Acadian storyteller Robert Seven Crows Bourdon from Quebec and visiting Scottish storytellers Mara Menzies and Gordon MacLellan, joined by Orkney regulars Tom Muir and Fran Flett Hollinrake. The little festival with the big hearth will keep you warm on those chilly autumn nights! Full programme will be available at www.orkneystorytellingfestival.co.uk.

 

Perthshire

Saturday 26 October

Lore and Land

Birks Cinema, 1 Dunkeld St, Aberfeldy, PH15 2DA

Live Storytelling

10am (2hrs 30) & 1pm (2hrs) | £5 per session, free for under 18s

Cree néhiyaw First Nation storyteller Joseph Naytowhow joins Claire Hewitt and a gathering of storytellers, writers, poets, singers and artists to share a day ‘Giving Voice to the Voiceless’ and celebrating the Carrying Stream in our traditions with a lively house ceilidh.

The storytelling event will be followed by:

Neither Wolf Nor Dog 

Film Screening 

3.15pm (1hr 50)

Standard cinema ticket prices apply

Scottish director Steven Lewis Simpson presents a beautiful adaptation of Kent Nerburn‘s acclaimed bestseller, of an author’s road trip deep into the native American country. Information and tickets for both events: Birks Cinema – 01887 822 845 or birksconema.co.uk.

Sunday 27 October

Samhuinn – Winter is Coming

Loch of the Lowes Wildlife Reserve, Dunkeld PH8 0HH

Film Screening 

2.30pm (2hrs 30) procession starts at 2.30pm | Ticketed

Samhuinn (the Celtic New Year) marks the beginning of the journey into winter. Make masks and willow lanterns, carve pumpkins and join the twilight procession to meet Nicneven, Goddess of Samhuinn, for mystical storytelling. There will be fire plus hot drinks and marshmallow toasting (weather permitting). With the special participation of Cree néhiyaw First Nation storyteller Joseph Naytowhow and our own Lindsey Gibb. Hosted by the Scottish Wildlife Trust. 

Information and tickets: Loch of the Lowes Visitor Centre – 01350 727 337 or scottishwildlifetrust.org.uk/events.

 

Scottish Borders 

Friday 18 & Saturday 19 October

Duns Storytelling Festival

This new and exciting Duns Storytelling Festival will showcase four events over two days! Enjoy family storytelling and a pop-up event on Friday, then Macastory and ‘The Purple, White and Green’ on the Saturday. Our special guest storyteller from Canada Deborah Dunleavy joins local tellers Macastory, Donald Nelson, Robert Howat, Kate Hibbert, Michael Kerins, Margaret Christison, Lea Taylor, Nicola Wright and Marjorie Leithead. More information will be available on www.aheartforduns.org.