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Festival on Tour

Festival on Tour

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

Below are the fantastic 29 Festival on Tour events for 2017, taking place in Ayr, Campbeltown, Dundee, Durness, Glasgow, Helensburgh, Inverness, Isle of Islay, Kilbarchan, Perthshire and Portskerra. Links to online bookings where possible, with contact details in copy.

Get involved with your local storytelling community and welcome international visitors.

Perthshire
Thursday 27 September – Sunday 29 October

The Enchanted Forest 2017 – Oir an Uisge
Faskally Wood, Pitlochry
Set amidst the stunning autumn woodland of Forestry Commission Scotland’s Faskally Wood in Highland Perthshire, The Enchanted Forest is Scotland’s premier sound and light event with storytelling sessions each night. Scots Gaelic for “Edge of the Water”, this year’s show name Oir an Uisge has taken its inspiration from the magnificent Loch Dunmore, at the heart of Faskally Wood. On Thursday 26 October guest storyteller from Poland Małgorzata Litwinowicz will share traditional stories and ballads with resident storytellers Claire Hewitt and Lindsey Gibb. Enjoy a cosy night of stories from home and abroad in the Yurt!

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Glasgow
Friday 20 & Saturday 21 October

Champions Tale – South African dance & dialogue showcase
The Space, 257 London Road, G40 1PE
7pm (1hr 20) | Adults | £10
An invigorating show with performance art, dance and interactive discussion. It tells the story of one young man growing up in rural South Africa – a story of secrecy, lies, confusion and hope. Journey with Tinkler to the heart of a South African township and connect with his personal story; learn what dance means to him and his community. Champions Tale allows the lines between audiences and performers to become blurred and real learning to occur. Discover South African joys, traditions and social norms, and experience the dreams of a new generation of young South Africans. Co-produced by BE United and The Champions.
More information: www.be-united.org.uk | www.thespacescotland.org

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Durness
Sunday 22 October
The Ghost Tale Evening
The Whale Tale, 17C Craft Village, Balnakeil, Durness, Lairg IV27 4PT
7pm (2hrs) | £10 (inc. food & drink) |16+
Enjoy an evening of folktales, ghost stories and amazing food with storyteller Diana Bertoldi in the beautiful setting of Scotland’s North Coast. BYOB.
Bookings: 01971 511 473 

Isle of Islay
Monday 23 October
Healing the Soul – Stories from Peru
Gaelic College, Bowmore, Islay, PA43 7LN
7pm (1hr 30) | Free (ticketed)
The myths and legends of the Peruvian landscapes are brought back to Scotland through the captivating and moving storytelling of Wayqui (Brother) César Villegas Astete, with bilingual support by storyteller Laura Escuela.
Pre-booking required – please contact the library to reserve a seat: 01369 708 664

Campbeltown
Tuesday 24 October
Healing the Soul – Stories from Peru
Campbeltown Library, Aqualibrium, Kinloch Park, Kinloch Road, PA28 6EG
7pm (1hr 30) | Free (ticketed)
The myths and legends of the Peruvian landscapes are brought back to Scotland through the captivating and moving storytelling of Wayqui (Brother) César Villegas Astete, with bilingual support by storyteller Laura Escuela.
Pre-booking required – please contact the library to reserve a seat: 01586 555 435

Dundee
Tuesday 24 October

From South Asia to Dundee
HM Frigate Unicorn, South Victoria Dock Road, Victoria Dock, Dundee, DD1 3BP
7pm (2hrs) | £5
At this special event, Thai myths and legends flourish by the River Tay. Originally from North-East Thailand, storyteller Wajuppa Tossa will join Blether Tay-gither storytellers for a night of tales from home and abroad.
Tickets: sheila@blethertaygither.org or 01334 474 836

Glasgow
Tuesday 24 October

Open Word – Open World at Glasgow Libraries
Maryhill Library, 1508 Maryhill Road, G20 9AD
6.30pm (1hr) | Free
Working with Glasgow Libraries, Glasgow born storyteller Michael Kerins stretches old word games into new and hilarious fun for all, including activities with a Halloween theme.
Information: 0141 276 0715

Helensburgh
Tuesday 24 October

Weaving Stories from Norway & India
Helensburgh Library, West King Street, G84 8EB
7pm (1hr 30) Free (ticketed)
Enjoy a cosy evening of stories and journey from the Tropics to the Arctic Circle. Stina Fagertun from Norway and Deepa Kiran from India will keep your imagination well entertained.
Pre-booking required – please contact the library to reserve a seat: 01436 658 833

Glasgow
Wednesday 25 – Friday 27 October 
Open Word – Open World at Glasgow Libraries
Partick Library, Easterhouse Library & Hillhead Library
Free, pre-booking required
Open Word – Open World will explore global issues through the power of storytelling and song, including specially commissioned performances from local schools. Children will create fresh writing based on words that they have identified and amended to make other words by the addition of a single letter. Enjoy a relaxing hour of inspiring fun with master storyteller Michael Kerins, whose captivating style will make you laugh, think and maybe shiver or shed a tear. SKYPE links with Pennsylvania (USA), Moscow (Russia), Perm (Russia), The Hague (Holland), Stockholm (Sweden) and Shenzhen (China).

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Fife
Wednesday 25 October

From South Asia & Africa to Fife
The Friary, Queen Street, Inverkeithing, KY11 1NU
7.45pm (1hr 45) | Free (ticketed)
Kenya's Maimouna Jallow and Singapore's Kamini Ramachandran meet in Scotland to share stories with local storytellers from Kingdom Tales and Burgh Blethers. The magical surrounding of the Friary is the best setting for a multicultural night of stories. Donations Welcome.
Tickets: kate.storyteller@hotmail.co.uk

Findhorn
Wednesday 25 October

Reflecting Fridas
Moray Art Centre, The Park, Findhorn, IV36 3TA
7.30pm (1hr 45) | £10 (£8), £6 for under 16
The life and work of the Mexican artist Frida Kahlo are the inspiration for this show, created and performed by Brazilian storyteller Ana Maria Lines. Frida's soul echoes in many of us. Frida's diversities, love, injuries and suffering were the subject for her work. A unique life, an exceptional woman.
Tickets and information: www.universalhall.co.uk 

Isle of Bute
Wednesday 25 October

Tales from the Border Line
Rothesay Library, Moat Centre, Stuart Street, Isle of Bute, PA20 0BX
7pm (1hr 30) | Free (ticketed)
Let storytellers James Spence and Daniel Serridge carry you away to the borderlands of England and Scotland where folklore and foolishness walk hand in hand. An evening of laughs, love and lots of lyrical language. Pre-booking required - please contact the library to reserve a seat.
Tickets: 01700 503 266

Lochgilphead
Wednesday 25 October

Healing the Soul - Stories from Peru
Lochgilphead Library, Manse Brae, PA31 8QZ
7pm (1hr 30) | Free (ticketed)
The myths and legends of the Peruvian landscapes are brought back to Scotland through the captivating and moving storytelling of Wayqui (Brother) César Villegas Astete, with bilingual support by storyteller Laura Escuela. Pre-booking required - please contact the library to reserve a seat.
Tickets: 01546 602 072

Oban
Wednesday 25 October

Weaving Stories from Norway & India
Oban Library, 77 Albany Street, PA34 4AL
7pm (1hr 30) | Free (ticketed)
Enjoy a cosy evening of stories and journey from the Tropics to the Arctic Circle. Guest storytellers Stina Fagertun from Norway and Deepa Kiran from India will keep your imagination well entertained. Pre-booking required - please contact the library to reserve a seat.
Tickets: 01631 571 444

Orkney
Thursday 26 - Sunday 29 October

Orkney Storytelling Festival
Now in its 8th consecutive year, the Orkney Storytelling Festival will welcome guest storytellers Hjorleifur Stefansson from Iceland, Jerker Fahlström from Sweden and Ruth Kirkpatrick from Scotland. They will be sharing tales from near and far under the Festival's broad theme of St Magnus and his legacy, as Orkney commemorates 900 years since his death. The packed programme includes a trip to the tiny island of Egilsay, as well as hosting author, TV presenter and lecturer Nick Mayhew-Smith who will give a talk on the importance of saints and their stories to Medieval Orkney. Plus open mic sessions, including the ever-popular event at Betty's Reading Room, and a children's workhsop on storytelling and storymaking.
Tickets: www.orkneystorytellingfestival.co.uk

Aberdeen
Thursday 26 October

Scotland meets Pakistan: Trading Story & Song
Linklater Room, King's College, University of Aberdeen, AB24 3FX
6.30pm (1hr 15) | Free | Adults
A continuing collaboration between Pakistani singer Sara Kazmi and Scotland based musician Sarah Hayes joins an exchange of stories and poems between Pakistani poet Shazea Quraishi and Scottish storyteller Ian Stephen. Enjoy a lively journey in music, song, story and poetry from the Isle of Lewis to Lahore.
Further information: https://www.abdn.ac.uk/elphinstone/events/11864/

Dunoon
Thursday 26 October

Tales from the Border Line
Dunoon Library, 248 Argyll Street, PA23 7LT
7.30pm (1hr 30) | Free (ticketed)
Let storytellers James Spence and Daniel Serridge carry you away to the borderlands of England and Scotland where folklore and foolishness walk hand in hand. An evening of laughs, love and lots of lyrical language. Pre-booking required - please contact the library to reserve a seat.
Tickets: 01369 708 682

Glasgow
Thursday 26 October

Open Word - Open World at Glasgow Libraries
Possilpark Library, 127 Allander Street, Glasgow, G22 5JJ
6.30pm (1hr) | Free 
Working with Glasgow Libraries, Possilpark born storyteller Michael Kerins returns to the library of his childhood for old word games and activities with a Halloween theme. New and hilarious fun for all.
Information: 0141 276 0928

Isle of Mull
Thursday 26 October

Weaving Stories from Norway & India
Tobermory Library, Tobermory High School, Isle of Mull, PA75 6PX
7pm (1hr 30) | Free (ticketed)
Enjoy a cosy evening of stories and journey from the Tropics to the Arctic Circle. Guest storytellers Stina Fagertun from Norway and Deepa Kiran from India will keep your imagination well entertained. Pre-booking required - please contact the library to reserve a seat.
Tickets: 01688 301 919

Portskerra
Friday 27 & Saturday 28 October

Portskerra International Storytelling Festival
Coming from Kisvárda – in the North-Eastern corner of Hungary – storyteller Maja Bumberák will tell tales and sing songs from her community to build a bridge to the Far North Coast of Scotland. Storyteller Alexandria Patience and musician Donald McNeill along with other local storytellers and musicians, will add to this rich mix. If you are heading North, get in touch and join in with the traditional old school Story Ceilidh. Maja is coming to Scotland as part of the annual European Storytelling and Peace Council meeting.

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Glasgow
Friday 27 October
Sangs an’ Clatter: Journey to the West - Stories from China
The Glad Café, 1006a Pollokshaws Road, Shawlands, G41 2HG
8pm (1hr) | £6.50 | Adults
Storyteller Ma Wei has undertaken a long Journey to the West to share stories from one of the masterpieces of Chinese literature. Together with Scotland based Chinese storyteller and bilingual support Fong Liu, they will introduce you to Monkey and other characters. Ma Wei is the present-day successor of the Yangzhou PinHua - storytelling in the Yangzhou dialect. Hosted by The Village Storytelling Centre.

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Inverness
Friday 27 October

Trading Tales of the Natural World
Gellions Bar, 17 Bridge St, IV1 1HD
7.30pm (2hrs) | £6 | Adults
Enjoy wonder tales of the natural world from Norway, Scotland and beyond with guest storyteller Georgiana Keable and Scottish storyteller Dougie Mackay. The event is part ofthe Inverness Storytelling Festival, where Georgiana will also present her show,The Natural Storyteller.
Tickets and information: Douglas Mackay on deep.roots.community@gmail.com

Kilbarchan
Friday 27 October

Spinning Yarns Around the World
Kilbarchan Performing Arts Centre, 8 Steeple Square, PA10 2JD
7.30pm (2hrs) | £7 (£4) | Adults
Travel around the world without leaving the little handloom weaving village of Kilbarchan with a trio of talented tale weavers. Immerse yourself in the magic of Maori tales from New Zealand – “The Land of the Long White Cloud” – with storyteller Joe Harawira. Experience a wealth of world tales from multi award-winning Michael Kerins and host, Kilbarchan’s own Anne Pitcher. Don’t miss this spellbinding storytelling journey, beautifully complimented by Alissa Murray on the harp. BYOB.
Tickets and information: annepitcherstoryteller@hotmail.co.uk or 07708 059 770

Perthshire
Friday 27 October
Folk and Fairy Tales from Poland
Community Library, Aberfeldy
10am (2hrs) | Free | All ages
Enjoy a morning in the company of storyteller Małgorzata Litwinowicz and be transported to the magical world of traditional Polish stories and songs, where trees can talk and snakes can sing. Further information: Claire Hewitt – 07500 118 047 or clairesach@btinternet.com

Perthshire
Friday 27 October

A Feast of Folk and Fairy Tales from Eastern Europe
Birks Cinema, Aberfeldy
5.30pm (3hrs 30) | By donation (except entry to film)
Enjoy a film followed by a feast of Scottish and Eastern European traditions, with Poland’s Małgorzata Litwinowicz and local storyteller Claire Hewitt.
Further information: Claire Hewitt – 07500 118 047 or clairesach@btinternet.com

Ayr
Saturday 28 October
Storytrail and Activities
Belleisle Park, Ayr, KA7 4DU
2pm (2hrs) | Free
Enjoy a fun afternoon of stories and much more with storyteller Rosie Mapplebeck.

Journey to the West - Stories from China
Belleisle Park, Ayr, KA7 4DU
6.30pm (1hr) | Free (ticketed) | Adults & Older children
Storyteller Ma Wei has undertaken a long Journey to the West to share stories from one of the masterpieces of Chinese literature. Together with Scotland based Chinese storyteller and bilingual support Fong Liu, they will introduce you to Monkey and other characters. Ma Wei is the present-day successor of the Yangzhou PinHua - storytelling in the Yangzhou dialect. 

Both Ayr Events Part of TamFest. Tickets and information: Belleisle.Rangers@south-ayrshire.gov.uk  or 07980 931 130

Glasgow
Monday 30 October

October 1943 – The Rescue
Newton Mearns Hebrew Congregation Communal Hall, 14 Larchfield Court, G77 5PL
7pm (1hr 45, with interval refreshments) | Suggested donation £10 (£5)
One of the most successful actions against Nazi Germany’s extermination of Jewish people took place in Denmark in October 1943. More than 7000 Danish Jews were sailed to safety in Sweden – hidden in fishing boats and small ships. As a result, 98.5% of the Danish Jews survived World War II. With life-affirming Jewish music, Klezmerduo tells the story of Danish Jews, on their escape to Sweden, and the story of the many Danes, who had the will and courage to help their fellow citizens, in the hour of greatest danger. With Ann-Mai-Britt Fjord and Henrik Bredholt.

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