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Orkney Storytelling Festival
Thursday 22 – Sunday 25 October

The 2015 Orkney Storytelling Festival has a mixture of songs and stories at venues throughout the islands. We are glad to welcome the much loved storyteller, singer and writer Jess Smith to the islands, and also to welcome back the festival's friend Grace Banks, who is also a storyteller, singer, musician and writer. Jess and Grace will be joined by local storytellers Fran Flett Hollinrake, Marita Luck, David McLaughlin and from Edinburgh, Erin Farley, for a festival full of delights.

Find details at http://www.orkneystorytellingfestival.co.uk/ or on our 'Orkney Storytelling Festival' Facebook page.

Portskerra International Storytelling Festival
Friday 9 – Saturday 24 October

In the spectacular coastal scenery of the far North, the Portskerra International Storytelling Festival is joining forces with the Traditional Arts and Culture Scotland and with Luminate, Scotland’s festival of creative aging, and stepping out and about with an international zing and a star burst of event options – local, Scottish, Gaelic & International guests all telling stories, stories in films, and stories in beautiful still image touring Scotland - which could include yours! With international storytellers from Jordan Rabeea Al Nasser and Tareq Al Nasser performing in Dunbeath, Caithness and in Melvich, Sutherland.

For full programme and bookings see: http://portskerrastorytellingfestival.weebly.com/

Inverness Storytelling Festival
Friday 6 – Sunday 8 November

This year the rich tradition of Highland storytelling will be celebrated with a pioneering festival in the Highland capital. The city will come alive with stories of the sea, mountains, forests and glens, of witches, wee folk and watery beasties. Enjoy tales tall and true, song and dance, and something for all ages. This rich weave of legend, myth and oral history will be shared by a number of engaging storytellers with Highland Associations, including George Macpherson, Douglas Mackay, Janis Mackay and Lizzie McDougall. Venues include Velocity Café, Hootenanny, Botanic Gardens and Anam Cara.

For more information see: www.facebook.com/events/889447721090398/

 

Aberdeen: Stories from Ireland
Thursday 29 October
MacRobert Building, Room 051, Elphinstone Institute, University of Aberdeen

Live Storytelling | 7pm (1hr) | Free | Adults

Originally from Norther Ireland, storyteller Liz Weir has travelled to many places to share her stories. Come and join her in a relaxed storytelling evening while she visits North East Scotland.

Alloa: Tasty Tales

Saturday 24 October
Resonate Arts House Unit A3, North Castle Street, Alloa, FK10 1EU

Live Storytelling |10am (2hrs) | £2.50 per person| All ages

Join storyteller Sheila Kinninmonth in a fun event for families and hear the stories behind old family recipes.

To book contact Wendy on 01259 928 014 or email wendy.teamresonate@outlook.com.

Alloa: An afternoon at the Jema el-Fnaa Square

Saturday 24 October
Resonate Arts House Unit A3, North Castle Street, Alloa, FK10 1EU

Live Storytelling | 2pm (2hrs) | £2.50 | All ages

Let young Roxana Vilk and Marion Kenny give you a hint of the magical atmosphere of one the most famous squares in the world. Led by their passion for Moroccan oral traditions, they will take you through a colourful arabesque of traditional stories. ​

To book contact Wendy on 01259 928 014 email wendy.teamresonate@outlook.com.

Alloa: Share my Story - Open Mike Night with Guests
Saturday 24 October
Resonate Arts House Unit A3, North Castle Street, Alloa, FK10 1EU

Live Storytelling | 7.30pm (3hrs) | £5 | Adults

With the theme of ‘Share my Story’, this open mike evening includes invited guest storytellers who will take you on a journey of their lives, loves and disappointments.  This event includes ‘Soup & Sandwiches’ and is BYOB for a fun night of entertainment. 

Contact Wendy on 01259 928 014 or email wendy.teamresonate@outlook.com to book a mike spot or buy your tickets.

Alloa: Hand Made Story

Sunday 25 October
Resonate Arts House Unit A3, North Castle Street, Alloa, FK10 1EU

Interactive Workshop | 11am (4hrs) | £10| All ages

This creative course takes you by the hand and spins the story of the art book.  Step by step you will learn how make a creative book while experimenting with materials to produce a story in book form to take home with you and share with family and friends.  Lunch, refreshments and all materials included.

To book contact Wendy on 01259 928 014 or email wendy.teamresonate@outlook.com.

Campbeltown:
Stories Without Borders
Thursday 29 October
Campbeltown Library, Aqualibrium, Kinloch Park, Kinloch Road, Campbeltown, PA28 6EG

Live Storytelling | 7.30pm | Free, pre-booking required

Stories Without Borders will explore global issues through the power of storytelling including a specially commissioned performances exploring and inspiring fun with master storyteller Michael Kerins. Michael’s captivating style and fun will make you laugh, think, maybe shiver or shed a tear and his version of “Masquerade" will leave everyone with a mask in time for Hallowe’en.

Please contact the library to reserve a seat: 01586 555 435.

Dundee: An evening at the Jema el-Fnaa Square

Tuesday 27 October
H M Frigate Unicorn, Victoria Dock, Dundee, DD1 3BP

Live Storytelling | 7pm (2hrs) | £5 |Free for children under 12

Come aboard the atmospheric Frigate Unicorn and join Blether Tay-Gither in the captain's cabin to welcome Marion Kenny and let her give you a hint of the magical atmosphere of one the most famous squares in the world. Led by their passion for Moroccan oral traditions, they will take you through a colourful arabesque of traditional stories.

For enquiries and booking: sakin49@yahoo.co.uk.

Dunoon: Music from Kurdistan & Folktales from Iraq*

Thursday 29 October
Dunoon Library, 248 Argyll Street, Dunoon, PA23 7LT

Live Storytelling

7.30pm (2hrs) | Free, pre-booking required

Come and hear music from musicians Mohammed Nafea, Dougie Hudson and Joel Sanderson paired with stories by Marion Kenny, who will help transport you to the Middle East with folktales from Iraq and stories closer to home.

Please contact the library to reserve a seat: 01369 708 682.

Eyemouth Primary School Festival
Friday 23 October

Eyemouth Primary School's second storytelling festival will include children from St. Mary's Primary School and Holy Trinity Primary School in Berwick - upon - Tweed, all three Eyemouth nurseries and parents. Ayton, Reston, Coldingham and Cockburnspath Primary Schools will not be forgotten and there will be storyteller visits later in the year. It will be a truly international event with Raphael Rodan and Sahand Sahebdivani joining Macastory, Ruth Kirkpatrick, Margaret Christison, Donald Nelson and Marjorie Leithead.

Please note: this event is not open to members of the public.

Fife: Kingdom Tales - Stories without Borders

Wednesday 28 October
Cafe by the Park, 5 Chalmers St, Dunfermline, Fife KY12 8AT

Live Storytelling | 7pm (2hrs) | 12+ | £6 incl. coffee, tea, juice & cake

This is a rare opportunity to hear internationally renowned and award winning storyteller Liz Weir from Northern Ireland. This informal evening is being hosted by Fife’s “Kingdom Tales”.

To book please contact Judy Paterson on judy4stories@yahoo.co.uk or phone 01383 414216.

Glasgow: Mixing the Colours

Saturday 24 October
Glasgow Women’s Library, 23 Landressy Street, Bridgeton, Glasgow G40 1BP

Live Storytelling | 1pm (2hrs) | Free | 16+

GWL’s Mixing The Colours writers and performers share their ground-breaking stories of women’s experiences of sectarianism in Scotland. The stories are of migration, foreign tongues, ostracisation, childhood worries and bonfires. All told with humility and sensitivity we are proud to present the opportunity to spend some time with established and emerging writers. With Magi Gibson, Marie-Therese Taylor, Kirsten MacQuarrie, Julie Robertson, Yvonne Dalziel, Ethyl Smith, Catherine Lacey and Corinne Harris.

Glasgow: Sangs an' Clatter - Walking the Border

Sunday 25 October
Blackfriars Basement Bar, 36 Bell St, Glasgow G1 1LG

8pm (2hrs) | £5 | 18+

Storyteller Daniel Serridge and folk musician Brian James take you on a journey along the border from Gretna to Berwick-Upon-Tweed to find True Thomas, the man stolen away for seven years by the Queen of Elfland and returns with the gift of prophecy. A light-heated look at the place where two nations meet.  

Tickets available on the door or on Brown Paper Tickets via https://www.facebook.com/events/1481093445542355/.

Glasgow: Stories Without Borders at Glasgow Libraries

Monday 26 October – Tuesday 27 October

Live Storytelling | Free, pre-booking required

Stories Without Borders will explore global issues through the power of storytelling including specially commissioned performances from local school children. Enjoy a relaxing hour of inspiring fun with master storyteller Michael Kerins. Michael’s captivating style and fun will make you laugh, think and maybe shiver or shed a tear.  Creative writing programme as part of wee write March 2016 will enable all invited pupils to participate in a pan-Glasgow event that will lead to publication.  Please reserve tickets in advance using the contacts below:

Monday 26 – 10.30am (1hr) - Castlemilk Library: 100 Castlemilk Drive, Glasgow, G45 9TN. Tel: 0141 276 0731

Monday 26 – 1.30pm (1hr) - Possilpark Library & Learning Centre: 127 Allander St, Glasgow, G22 5JJ. Tel: 0141 276 0928

Tuesday 27 – 10am (1hr 15) - Easterhouse Library: Platform, The Bridge, 1000 Westerhouse Road, Glasgow, G34 9JW. Tel: 0141 276 9712.

Glen Dochart: The Road of Legends

Friday 30 October
The Old Mill, Glen Dochart, Near Killin, FK21 8RH

Live Storytelling | 7pm (2hrs) | £5 (£2.50) | Adults and children 12+

Travel the Road of Legends with storyteller Tim Porteus, accompanied by fellow tellers and musicians. A road so well-travelled that it is paved with stories. The greatest love story you have ever heard, the most gruesome murder, tales of giants, saints and warriors, mythical creatures, magical happenings, all rooted in a landscape that still holds the tales tightly. Visit these tales in your imagination around the fireside of the cosy Old Mill, set in the shadows of the mountains. Later you could visit the places associated with the tales. Be assured, you will never travel this road again in the same way.

Tickets available on the door. For info email timporteus@hotmail.com

Glen Dochart: Family Halloween Storytelling Party
Saturday 31 October
The Old Mill, Glen Dochart, Near Killin, FK21 8RH

Live Storytelling | 1pm (1hr 30) | £2.50 per child |Children aged 5-12

Bring your children and yourself. Traditional tales and activities that will spook you for Halloween. Children can bring adults for free!

Tickets available on the door. For info email timporteus@hotmail.com

Helensburgh: From Village to Village - a Journey through Jordan

Tuesday 27 October
Helensburgh Library, West King Street, Helensburgh, G84 8EB

Live Storytelling | 7.30pm (2hrs) | Free, pre-booking required

Join Rabeea Al Nasser and Tareq Al Nasser in an evening of stories and music and be transported to remote Jordanian villages, where legends and true stories are just waiting to be told and where – if you listen carefully – you may still hear far in the distance the sound of the Ramadan Bell…

Please contact the library to reserve a seat: 01436 658 833.

Isle of Bute: An Evening with the Hakawati - Syrian Tradition

Wednesday 28 October
Rothesay Library, Moat Centre, Stuart Street, Rothesay, Isle of Bute, PA20 0BX

Live Storytelling | 7pm (2hrs) | Free, pre-booking required

The storyteller, or hakawati, was a central figure in traditional Syrian society. Just a few years ago, famous storytellers still commanded large audiences in Damascus and elsewhere. Dressed in traditional hakawati clothes, Syrian storyteller Bassam Dawood shares some of the stories from this rich oral tradition. Bilingual support by Dima AlMekdad.

Please contact the library to reserve a seat: 01700 503 266.

Kilbarchan: Warp & Weft – Kilbarchan Woven in Story & Song

Saturday 24 October
Kilbarchan Performing Arts Centre, 8 Steeple Square, Kilbarchan, Renfrewshire, PA10 2JD

Live Storytelling | 7.30pm (2hrs) | £7 (£4) | Wheelchair accessible

Anne Pitcher, well-known local storyteller and Ewan McVicar, legendary song maker and author, take you on a journey through a little handloom weaving village's rich history in story, music and song along with talented local artists.  Anne has lived most of her adult life in the Kilbarchan's old police station and jail built in 1833. Ewan's father was Kilbarchan born and bred - a "Habbie" as locals are named after the famous 16th century piper Habbie Simpson. Kilbarchan's unique traditions and history will be woven into a performance you won't forget. Tickets available on the door.

For more information contact Anne on 07708059770. The event is supported by TASGADH.

Interview with Anne for The Gazette

Lochgilphead: From Village to Village - a Journey through Jordan
Wednesday 28 October
Lochgilphead Library, Manse Brae, Lochgilphead, PA31 8QZ

Live Storytelling | 7.30pm (2hrs) | Free, pre-booking required

Join Rabeea Al Nasser and Tareq Al Nasser in an evening of stories and music and be transported to remote Jordanian villages, where legends and true stories are just waiting to be told and where – if you listen carefully – you may still hear far in the distance the sound of the Ramadan Bell…

Please contact the library to reserve a seat: 01546 602 072.

Oban: Music from Kurdistan & Folktales from Iraq*

Friday 30 October
Oban Library, 77 Albany Street, Oban, PA34 4AL

Live Storytelling | 7pm (2hrs) | Free, pre-booking required

Come and hear music from musicians Mohammed Nafea, Dougie Hudson and Joel Sanderson paired with stories by Marion Kenny, who will help transport you to the Middle East with folktales from Iraq and stories closer to home.

Please contact the library to reserve a seat: 01631 571 444.

Stirling: By Allan Water - Poetry, Story and Song
Saturday 24 October
Smith Art Gallery and Museum, Dumbarton Road, Stirling FK8 2RQ

Live Storytelling | 2pm (1hr 15) | £5 (£4)

Enjoy the riches of song and story from the Allan Water. Ranging between Jacobite songs of Sheriffmuir to peaceful poems of hill and shaded glen, Paraig McNeill and Geordie MacIntyre evoke the bards past and present, who have sung the banks and braes of Bonnie Allan.

Book in advance on 01786 471 917.

*Due to unavoidable circumstances the line-up for these events has been changed since the Festival programme went to print – we apologise for any inconvenience.

 

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