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FESTIVAL KEY NOTE: CERVANTES THE STORYTELLER

Fri 21 Oct
Price: £7.50

Dr Ted Bergman presents a talk dedicated to the most influential work of literature from the Hispanic world. To commemorate the 400th anniversary of Miguel de Cervantes’ death,...

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DREAMS AND NIGHTMARES

Fri 21, Sat 22, Sat 29 & Sun 30 Oct
Price: £13.00

Auld Reekie, the Athens of the North. Our city and our people weave two tales.Edinburgh has seen centuries of ambition and glory alongside riot and ruin.We’ll show you closes...

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ONCE OUR VALLEYS WERE RINGING

Fri 21 Oct
Price: £7.50

Dougie Mackay, Daniel Allison and Janis Mackay explore folk tales that cross the liminal threshold, spanning the extraordinary and the everyday.Join this immersion where people,...

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OPEN HEARTH: DONALD SMITH

Fri 21 Oct
Price: £9.00

Join storytellers and musicians in a relaxed traditional session round the hearth, as the darkness closes in and the embers glow with pictures in the fire. Hosted by Festival...

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THIS IS WHERE DREAMS ARE MADE

Sat 22 Oct
Price: £15.00

Playing with words, sounds, movement and story, this workshop for adults takes inspiration from traditional tales, exploring the links and resonances in our own lives. InterPlay...

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SNUG AS A BUG?

Sat 22 Oct
Price: £0.00

Storyteller Rosie Mapplebeck lives in a nature garden where she makes new homes for tiny creatures.Share stories of her animal, bird and bee friends and make a beastie bed-box,...

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THE FAERIE FOLK OF LOCHEND’S SECRET GARDEN

Sat 22 Oct
Price: £0.00

Join storyteller Jane Mather for a morning of tales, discovery and hidden surprises.Family event, all welcome.Limited access for wheelchairs in case of wet weather.

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DARE TO DREAM DAY

Sat 22 Oct
Price: £0.00

Through storytelling, the liberating power of imagination is open to everyone, big or small!Imagine you live in the best possible future. What stories would you tell to the...

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BOOK OF THE HOWLAT

Sat 22 Oct
Price: £0.00

Hear the story of the young owl who longs to change his feathers, told by Scots Scriever Hamish MacDonald, and then create your own art work inspired by the birds in the tale,...

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PLANT POWER & FOLK STORIES

Sat 22 Oct
Price: £0.00

Enjoy storytelling and the folklore of plant medicine in this very secret and special garden in Duddingston Village at the bottom of Arthur’s Seat.A folktale tour of Dr Neil’s...

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BEDTIME STORIES

Sat 22 Oct
Price: £0.00

In the cosy atmosphere of the Museum of Childhood’s Bedtime Stories exhibition, hear wondrous tales of dreams and adventures from storyteller Ailie Finlay, colourfully...

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FESTIVAL KEY NOTE: SIMÓN BOLÍVAR – THE LIBERATOR

Sat 22 Oct
Price: £7.50

Matthew Brown gives fresh insight into the controversial father of South American independence and democracy.This is one of the continent’s defining stories – but what exactly...

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WORLD OF DREAMS

Sat 22 Oct
Price: £7.00

Dream stories capture imaginations all over the world. Join Edinburgh’s Burgh Blatherers on a trip through sleeping and waking, near and far.With Bob Mitchell, Beverley Bryant,...

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STORIES FROM MEXICO AND PANAMA

Sat 22 Oct
Price: £7.50

With his double cultural background, storyteller Rubén Corbett treats you to stories from both Central American countries. Venture into pivotal places in world geography which...

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CANONGATE STARS & STORIES

Sat 22 Oct
Price: £0.00

Celebrate 500 years of the Canongate’s incredible literary history with the launch of Canongate Stars & Stories, a trail which shines a light on the books that have shaped...

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REFLECTING FRIDAS

Sat 22 Oct
Price: £7.50

The life and work of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo inspires this event, created and performed by Brazilian storyteller Ana Maria Lines.In the artist’s words, “I paint myself...

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OPEN HEARTH: MICHAEL KERINS

Sat 22 Oct
Price: £9.00

Join storytellers and musicians from Scotland and abroad in a relaxed traditional session round the hearth, as the darkness closes in and the embers glow with pictures in the...

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AUTUMN DREAM: STORYTELLING DAY AT THE GARDEN

Sun 23 Oct
Price: £0.00

Storytellers will animate Edinburgh’s Botanic Garden for a relaxed afternoon of stories for all the family.Meet at the Storytelling Yurts, where they will take you on story...

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STORIES IN BOTTLES

Sun 23 Oct
Price: £7.50

For the beachcomber, a castaway bottle signals the start of adventure and romance, but what are the tales of the people who put precious messages or objects into bottles and...

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EDUARDO GALEANO: RESCUING THE KIDNAPPED MEMORY OF LATIN AMERICA

Sun 23 Oct
Price: £7.50

Alastair Hulbert celebrates in words, images and music the great Uruguayan, Eduardo Galeano, who died last year.“I am a writer,” Galeano explains in his wonderful trilogy,...

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STORIES FROM ARGENTINA

Sun 23 Oct
Price: £7.50

Storyteller Liliana Bonel transports you to the Southern hemisphere, where the vast lands of Argentina still hold a hidden treasure of legends and folk tales, with which...

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OPEN HEARTH: BEVERLEY BRYANT

Sun 23 Oct
Price: £9.00

Join storytellers and musicians from Scotland and abroad in a relaxed traditional session round the hearth, as the darkness closes in and the embers glow with pictures in the...

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SEEING WHERE YOU ARE: A JOURNEY THROUGH MAPPING

Mon 24 Oct
Price: £15.00

A workshop exploring possibilities for using mapping resources in imaginative ways for educators and creative practitioners, inspired by the Library’s current exhibition.Led by...

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CONNECT THROUGH STORYTELLING: EDUCATION

Mon 24 Oct
Price: £15.00

A fantastic opportunity for educators and storytellers to explore the role of storytelling across all aspects of the school curriculum, as well as for lifelong learning.Led by...

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THE STORY OF A NICARAGUAN FAMILY

Mon 24 Oct
Price: £7.50

Rosa of the Wild Grass is a true story which spans the last fifty years of the life of the small republic of Nicaragua.The book’s author, Fiona Macintosh, unravels a fascinating...

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STORIES FROM JAMAICA

Mon 24 Oct
Price: £7.50

Storyteller Amina Blackwood introduces you to the richness of Jamaican oral traditions in an evening that promises to be filled with all the vibrant energy expressed in...

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OPEN HEARTH: DAVID CAMPBELL

Mon 24 Oct
Price: £9.00

Join storytellers and musicians in a relaxed traditional session round the hearth, as the darkness closes in and the embers glow with pictures in the fire.Hosted by storyteller...

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CONNECT THROUGH STORYTELLING: COMMUNITY

Tue 25 Oct
Price: £15.00

Join Drut’syla Shonaleigh to explore Jewish storytelling traditions as a way of connecting to community.This Connect through Storytelling series is for all those interested in...

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A JOURNEY THROUGH MAPS

Tue 25 Oct
Price: £0.00

An afternoon of readings and stories on the theme of maps, mapping, journeys and travel, to complement the Library’s current exhibition, You Are Here: A Journey through Maps...

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THE WOMEN WHO MADE THE MOUNTAINS SING

Tue 25 Oct
Price: £7.50

A unique, multilingual storytelling creation between Finnish Rune singer and storyteller, Anna-Maria Toivonen and Highland Perthshire storyteller, Claire Hewitt.Step with them...

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THE ALAN BRUFORD LECTURE

Tue 25 Oct
Price: £7.50

‘The Space Between is Where the Maysie Lives’: Presence, Imagination and Experience in the Traditional BalladDr Mairi McFadyen invites us to reflect on the magic and power of...

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OPEN HEARTH: PARAIG MACNEIL

Tue 25 Oct
Price: £9.00

Join storytellers and musicians from Scotland and abroad in a relaxed traditional session round the hearth, as the darkness closes in and the embers glow with pictures in the...

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COMMUNITY GARDENS

Wed 26 Oct
Price: £0.00

Edinburgh’s history saw physic gardens playing an important role in people’s health and wellbeing.In recent years, Edinburgh has seen the broader development of community...

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CONNECT THROUGH STORYTELLING: LIVING

Wed 26 Oct
Price: £15.00

Join Colombian-Chilean storyteller Daniel Hernández to explore the parallels between the art of living and the art of telling stories.In this workshop, he will take you through...

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STORIES IN THE SKIES

Wed 26 Oct
Price: £0.00

An afternoon of stories and poems as part of the Festival’s star-gazing strand.Dream the magic of the heavens with the participation of Joanna Geyer-Kordesch, Donald Smith and...

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IN THE GREEN HEART

Wed 26 Oct
Price: £7.50

“In the green heart of a fallen oak I found this story.”An original folktale inspired by the work of sculptor Tim Stead and the beauty of Scotland’s woodlands.Storyteller Jean...

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STAR TALES

Wed 26 Oct
Price: £0.00

Shining from a distant time when man looked to the heavens for guidance and truth, star stories from tribal people reveal the moral imperative for life on earth.For modern...

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DIARIO DA FLORESTA – THE FOREST DIARY

Wed 26 Oct
Price: £7.50

Brazilian anthropologist Betty Mindlin has worked with and on behalf of indigenous people in Brazil for many years.Together with Brazilian storyteller Ana Maria Lines, she...

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DREAM FEAST

Wed 26 Oct
Price: £11.00

Enter the Garden of Dreams, make yourself comfortable and enjoy a night of tasty stories with the enchanting Shonaleigh.Multi-cultural buffet included, along with a multi-option...

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SENSING PLACE – SHARING EVENT

Thu 27 Oct
Price: £0.00

What stories are important to you? Sensing Place harnesses the power of storytelling and archive film to explore new ways to get involved in creative work that has its roots in...

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CONNECT THROUGH STORYTELLING: VOICE

Thu 27 Oct
Price: £15.00

Ever wished your voice sounded better, richer, or more expressive?Join storyteller and voice teacher Giles Abbott to learn how to connect to your natural voice quickly and...

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SECOND SIGHT: SEEING IN HIGHLAND TRADITION

Thu 27 Oct
Price: £7.50

Storyteller and tradition bearer George Macpherson of Glendale in Skye explores the phenomena of super-sensory “seeing” in the Gaelic traditions of the Highlands and Islands.Are...

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FROM BORGES TO BUGS

Thu 27 Oct
Price: £7.50

Storyteller Giles Abbott will lead you gently from the mind-opening fiction of Argentina’s Jorge Luis Borges to Magical Realism and Amerindian folk story, highlighting the...

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OPEN HEARTH: LINDA WILLIAMSON

Thu 27 Oct
Price: £9.00

Join storytellers and musicians from Scotland and abroad in a relaxed traditional session round the hearth, as the darkness closes in and the embers glow with pictures in the...

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CONNECT THROUGH STORYTELLING: HEART OF THE TALE

Fri 28 Oct
Price: £15.00

The theme of connection runs through all great stories and is the gift at the heart of the tale.Storytellers Steve Killick and Alette Willis lead a series of exercises that...

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A HUMAN LOVE STORY

Fri 28 Oct
Price: £7.50

By sharing stories we allow ourselves to become vulnerable, enabling connection and nurturing empathy with others. In that compassion lies the heart of true community.Over the...

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FROM THE SCOTTISH BORDERS TO SOUTH AMERICA

Fri 28 Oct
Price: £0.00

An afternoon exploring the story of George Anderson, one of the many Borders shepherds who sought a new life in South America during the 19th century.His story will be woven...

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TALES OF DON ROBERTO

Fri 28 Oct
Price: £7.50

Writer Jamie Jauncey grew up with stories from the extraordinary life of his great-grand-uncle, Robert Cunninghame Graham, politician, author, horseman and adventurer.But who...

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STORIES FROM PERU

Fri 28 Oct
Price: £7.50

Be prepared for an intimate evening where ancient Peruvian tales and legends are brought to life through the enchanting storyteller Wayqui (Brother) César Villegas Astete.No...

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GUID CRACK AT HALLOWE’EN

Fri 28 Oct
Price: £0.00

Edinburgh’s renowned storytelling club holds its open Friday night session for Hallowe’en, with guest storyteller Mara Menzies. Expect scares and frightful tales, but lots of...

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OPEN HEARTH: GEORGE MACPHERSON

Fri 28 Oct
Price: £9.00

Join storytellers and musicians from Scotland and abroad in a relaxed traditional session round the hearth, as the darkness closes in and the embers glow with pictures in the...

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A SPOOKY TIME IN THE MUSEUM

Sat 29 Oct
Price: £0.00

It’s time for the skeletons to rattle their bones, but can you make them glow?Draw and paint a skeleton to glow in the dark and scare the other ghouls and ghosts away!

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FAMILY SAMHUINN

Sat 29 Oct
Price: £0.00

In the Celtic calendar, the traditional festival of Samhuinn is a time when the veil between the land of the living and the departed is thinnest.Enjoy a day of crafting, face...

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DON QUIXOTE DE LA MANCHA!

Sat 29 Oct
Price: £7.50

A bilingual storytelling show based on Don Quixote de la Mancha and filled with humour and live music.The irrepressible David & Monma will guide you into Miguel de Cervantes...

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STORIES FROM CHILE

Sat 29 Oct
Price: £7.50

Enjoy an afternoon in the company of Colombian-Chilean storyteller Daniel Hernández and let your imagination roam through the varied landscape and cultures of Chile, which...

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STORIES FROM COLOMBIA

Sat 29 Oct
Price: £7.50

Colombia is a tropical land that smells of coffee and blossoms with stories.But it is also a country with ancient roots and a distinct storytelling imagination.Enjoy listening...

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OPEN HEARTH: IAN STEPHEN

Sat 29 Oct
Price: £9.00

Join storytellers and musicians from Scotland and abroad in a relaxed traditional session round the hearth, as the darkness closes in and the embers glow with pictures in the...

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HALLOWEEN AT THE CASTLE

Sun 30 Oct
Price: £6.00

Enjoy an afternoon of treats and fun in old, creepy Lauriston Castle at this ever-popular Halloween event.Full costumes encouraged and watch out for our ghosts and ghouls!Note:...

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CLOWN: FROM SHADOW TO LIGHT

Sun 30 Oct
Price: £15.00

Join David & Monma, the Festival’s Cervantes storytellers, to awaken your inner clown.A little death of “what we think we are” allows a rebirth in the depths of our being,...

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THE SOUND OF STUFF

Sun 30 Oct
Price: £0.00

Explore the secret life of materials through words and senses with Kate Temple and The Zoom Club.Participate in a promenade through the gallery and create your own sounds, words...

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GUISERS GALORE

Sun 30 Oct
Price: £0.00

What’s Guising?Come along and learn a song, a poem and a dance for real Hallowe’en guising, then follow the Old Town Guisers parade or prepare for guising in your local area...

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DREAM MAPS AND CREATION STORIES

Sun 30 Oct
Price: £0.00

Did you know that Shakespearean actors used to navigate a play by the stars? Ever wondered how different cultures explain how the stars were created?Explore memory and myth in...

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STORIES FROM CUBA

Sun 30 Oct
Price: £7.50

Experience Cuba in a time of change and transition as storyteller Beatriz Quintana awakens your imagination and takes you on a special journey to the world of Cuban stories,...

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MACBETH – PLAYING SCOTTISH

Sun 30 Oct
Price: £7.50

As darkness descends, join one of Scotland’s finest storytellers for an oral rendition of William Shakespeare’s darkest tragedy, in honour of Shakespeare400 - commemorating 400...

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STORIES FROM THE SHADOWS: CHILE

Sun 30 Oct
Price: £7.50

Storytellers Daniel Serridge, Lauren Bianchi and Dougie Mackay take you into the dark and disturbing world of Chilean folklore.Sitting off the coast of Chile lies the Chiloé...

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OPEN HEARTH: JESS SMITH

Sun 30 Oct
Price: £9.00

Join storytellers and musicians from Scotland and abroad in a relaxed traditional session round the hearth, as the darkness closes in and the embers glow with pictures in the...

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STORYTELLING FESTIVAL PASS

Fri 21 - Mon 31 Oct
Price: £20.00

Become a supporter of the Scottish International Storytelling Festival 2016!There is no greater pleasure than the power of traditional storytelling taking listeners on a journey...

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ONCE UPON A HALLOWE'EN

Mon 31 Oct
Price: £0.00

Primary school pupils share tales of their own creation, with storyteller Tim Porteus who has nurtured their storytelling imaginations.Enjoy the talents of some of Scotland’s...

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GHOSTLY TALES FOR TELLING

Mon 31 Oct
Price: £7.00

It is two hundred years since a rainy, lonely ghost story challenge on Lake Geneva, where Frankenstein’s monster breathed for the first time!Six winning tales from the Mary...

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SAMHAINN FIRE FESTIVAL

Mon 31 Oct
Price: £0.00

The Beltane Fire Society celebrates the Celtic New Year by marking the end of summer and welcoming the onset of winter with a stunning torch lit procession featuring acrobatics,...

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EXHIBITION: YOU ARE HERE: A JOURNEY THROUGH MAPS

Until Sun 3 April 2017
Price: £0.00

Maps are everywhere proclaiming YOU ARE HERE – on our phones, in our cars and pockets, on walls, bus stops and advertisements.This exhibition challenges our acceptance of maps,...

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