Local Storytelling Campaign: Mon 17 Sep – Fri 30 Nov

Schools and communities are encouraged to take part in an initiative that celebrates the art of storytelling under the theme Growing Stories The Local Campaign aims to highlight how stories help communities connect, grow together and play a vital part in preserving heritage and cultures for new generations.

To celebrate, audiences across Scotland are invited to book storyteller for a local event, strike-up new community activity and engagement with storytelling.

Wednesday 7 November will be a designated showcase day. You may want to hold an event then and share all your news online with the hashtag #GrowingStories




Hands up who wants resources? 

Why not hold a Seed Swop, Story Swop? Convene in an allotment or lesser known green space and share stories and plant some greens? Book a storyteller for a school visit and share tales in the classroom?

We have a Growing Stories Take 5 Toolkit ready to download: a 5-page resource for schools, communities and storytellers across Scotland with tips on how to take part and some event ideas.

We also have a PR & Social Media Toolkit and promo materials, which are available below.

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Local Campaign Events

Details by location, with ticket & contact information below

Aberdeen City

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

Join the Grampian Association of Storytellers for an October Friday Fling! Everyone is welcome to come along and listen or to share a story, poem, song or anything else that takes your fancy!

This month the loose theme is “magic” – so get your tales of magicians, witches, sorcerers, illusionists and of course tricksters and come along for an evening of entertainment!

The event is open to the public, as well as storytellers. Donations welcome (suggested £3)

Where: Ruthrieston Community Centre, 532-536 Holburn Street, Aberdeen, AB10 7LL

When: Friday, 12 October 2018 | 7pm-9pm

Email Pauline

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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 here’s an evening for all of you that love a good story!

Bring a story, a poem, a song or just a pair of listening ears – we’ll make ourselves comfy and sit back to an evening of stories – whether they are grim or not!

Please note that this event is targeted at over 13’s. If you would like to bring children younger than 13, please contact us in advance so that our tellers can prepare something suitable for younger ears!

This event is free, but a voluntary donation of £3 per person towards the hiring of the room is appreciated.

Where: Ruthrieston Community Centre, 532-536 Holburn Street, Aberdeen, AB10 7LL

When: Friday, 16 November 2018 | 7pm-9pm

Email Pauline

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An Apple a Day  – Redhall Walled Garden

In celebration of Redhall’s community orchard. The day starts with stories for wee ones followed by a chance to make your own apple juice with an apple press and a mindfulness and apple themed workshop for Redhall Trainess and finished with a community feast.

When: Friday 5 October 10.30am – 11.30am (stories) 11.30am – 1pm (workshop)

Email Jane Mather

Growing Stories with Confidence

*closed event not open to public*

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

Where: Buckstone Primary School Hall

When: Monday 22 October | 5pm

A Night of Spooky Tales and Delicous Food at Bijou Bistro

Join storyteller Marie Louise Cochrane for a night of spooky tales at Bijou Bistro on Thursday 25th October at 7pm. The menu is devilishly delicious Chicken Curry followed by Apple Strudel. (For special dietary requirements, please discuss with Bijou when booking). Dressing up in spooky attire is strongly encouraged. Book with Bijou Bistro directly on 0131 538 0664.

Email Marie Louise Cochrane  

Digging Dynamic Stories 

Storyteller Jan Bee Brown is working with Victoria Primary School’s P2s & P3s on Thursday 15 November on a workshop to look at how landscape and nature can help had colours to stories and how to use this to nurture dynamic stories.

The Forge’s Halloween Spooktacular *please note this is an adult event* 

A chance to put down your devices and enjoy some actual real world experiences. Our Geodesic dome is covered over allowing for live storytelling of the undead by genuine humans by candlelight.

We also have pumpkin carvings and bonfires to warm the body and enliven the soul (your own and any others that might be passing through the night…)

Where: The Forge, Edinburgh –  Viewforth, Edinburgh EH11 1AL (corner of Viewforth and Dundee Street)

When: Saturday, 27 November 2018 | 7pm- 10pm

Free and non-ticked (adult audience only)

Email Pauley Matthew 

Storytelling with the Broomhouse Young Carers 

*Closed event not open to public*

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

Who are  Broomhouse Young Carers?
Young Carers are Young People who provide practical and/or emotional support to
another person, due to ill health, mental or physical disability, long term illness or drug and/or alcohol dependency issues.

When: Monday 12 November / 6pm – 7pm

Storytelling at The Garvald Centre 

*Event closed to public*

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 our members to gain confidence, share their stories, songs, and creative skills, and to experience storytelling from the wider community. This year, storyteller, Daiva Ivanauskaitė, will provide a wonderful afternoon of storytelling.

WhereGarvald Edinburgh, Orwell Arts, 17 Orwell Place, Edinburgh, EH11 2AD

When: Thursday 25 October | 1.45 – 3.30pm


Norway and Scotland: Poetry, Storytelling and Song – Links Through the Centuries

Join us for this one off event as we celebrate the historic and cultural ties between Norway and Scotland in an evening of poetry, spoken word, storytelling and music featuring performances by one of the foremost contemporary poets in Scotland, Christine De Luca and Norwegian poet, translator and musician Odd Magne Goksøyr. They will be joined by Norwegian folk musician, composer and writer Benedicte Maurseth and Norwegian jazz musician and composer, guitarist Stein Urheim. The event will be chaired by Donald Smith, Director of the Scottish Storytelling Centre, and himself a storyteller, playwright, novelist and performance poet.

This is a free event but ticketed. To book visit Edinburgh’s Christmas

Where:  Festival Square Spiegeltent Tent: Clydesdale Bank Plaza, 50 Lothian Rd, Edinburgh EH3 9BY

When: Sunday 18 November | 7 – 8 pm


A Story Journey Round Fife

Two storytelling sessions one aimed for primary children and one for the adults! Local Fife storyteller, Sheila Kinninmonth will be sharing tales set in the local Fife landscape and introducing some of the characters which inhabited that landscape in days gone by.

Where: Colinsburgh Galloway Library,     50 main Street, Colinsburgh,  Fife KY91LS

When: Tuesday 6th November 3.30pm – 4.30pm Session aimed at primary School children – closed to public

7.30pm – 9.00pm  Session aimed at adults – open to public

Email Sheila

Macbeth – An Interplay of Music and Story

As Halloween approaches, join us at Hill of Tarvit Mansion for a spellbinding performance of Macbeth. International performers John Kenny and storyteller Marion Kenny join forces to powerfully retell the ghostly play. Flutes, harps, percussion and captivating storytelling guarantee a mesmerising and spine tingling evening.

Where: Hill of Tarvit Mansion, by Cupar, KY15 5PB

When: Saturday 27 October |  7- 8.30 pm 

Ticket are £25 | suitability adults and children

To book, phone:  01334 653127


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. Suitable for ages 10+

When: Thursday, 25 October

Where: Laid Cottage, Durness

Email Greg

Chilling Ghost Stories

A very late night of Storytelling for adults only! This session explores 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.

Almost 90% of the tales are local to Sutherland and Durness and some have never been told locally before.

When: Sunday, 28 October

Where: Smoo Cave Hotel, Durness

Email Greg

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

*please note storytelling session is closed to public but inearatcive display is excess for all*

Traditional Stories and tales and then participants are encouraged to add to an interactive heart display that will be showcased in the woods for public to add to.  The Big Heart will be made from willow collected in the woods and can be decorated with “cloots”, decorations and fairy wishes by visitors to the woods at a later time to continue the story.

Where: Evanton Woods

When: Friday 23 November | 10.30am – 2.30pm

Email Lizzie McDougal

Storywalk with Cone Gathering in Evanton Community Woods 

*Event closed to public* 

Storyteller Lizzie McDougal takes Kiltearn Primary on a nature story walk. Featuring tales of Tall Trees and The Great Caledonian Forest to inspire cone collecting and seed gathering. The pupils will continue their learning at school with an afternoon researching how to plant and grow new trees for Evanton Woods.

When: Thursday 22 November

Email Lizzie McDougal

A Celebration of Hugh Miller’s Storytelling Legacy

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

Where: The Old Brewery, Burnside Place, Cromarty, IV11 8XQ

When: Saturday 20 October | 3pm – 4 pm

Email Lizzie McDougal

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Perth and Kinross 

Storytelling by the Fire, Wee Folk Tales 

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

Where: Watermill Bookshop, Mill St, Aberfeldy PH15 2BG

When: Monday 15th October | 7-8pm

Tickets are £5 and includes refreshment

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Fun by the Fire 

*Event closed to public*

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.

Where: City of Perth Early Childhood Centre

When: Tuesday 30th October | 4.30- 6.00 pm


Tasty Tree Tales 

A family friendly storytelling session with stroyteller Dougie Mackay –  celebrating orchards, wild fruits and other tasty wild bounty through a selection of aptly chosen, natural wonder tales. Based at the Transition Town Forres venue, amidst orchard and community allotments, interaction with the local environment will add a physical element to the stories shared. Local community networks will be accessed to encourage wide participation in this event, as well as stimulating further participation in Transition Town Forres programmes, events and allotments.

Where: Transition Town Forres, Bogton Road, IV36 3TW

When: Sunday 11 November | Time TBC

Email Dougie MacKay 

North Lanarkshire 

Birthday Cards For All  – North Lanarkshire

Saint Barbara’s Primary School in Muirhead North Lanarkshire are taking part in a project led by local Storyteller Michael Kerins entitled ‘Birthday Cards For All’.  Children of St. Barbara’s will make birthday cards for children that they do not know, and they will also write and share stories live via SKYPE with children in Russia. The birthday cards will then be sent to children of the Russian Street Children Project – Love’s Bridge.

Michael will also be telling a story, with simultaneous translation that will be streamed live to children in Russia as well as being enjoyed by the pupils of Saint Barbara’s in Muirhead. This event is in collaboration with Slate Charity and Loves Bridge Charity.

This is event is not open to public.

Where: Saint Barbara’s Primary School in Muirhead North Lanarkshire

When: Thursday 25 October  

Not open to public



Email Michael Kerins 


The Orkney Storytelling Festival: 25- 28th October

The Orkney Storytelling Festival is a long weekend of oral storytelling. Organised by the Orcadian Story Trust, it has become an established annual event in the Orkney calendar since its re-emergence in 2010. Alongside local storytellers, both beginners and the experienced, the festival brings invited guests to our isles from all over the world. Events are suitable for all the family. Check out this year’s programme, here.

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