Scotland’s home of stories, the Scottish Storytelling Centre is celebrating the 2017 Scottish International Storytelling Festival this October.
Now in its twenty-eighth year, the festival is a twelve-day event happening in Edinburgh and throughout Scotland from 20 October to 31 October which demonstrates how, through stories, we can connect with people from around the world.
Through September to November, our outreach initiative for schools and communities neatly dovetails the Scottish International Storytelling Festival.
Sharing the name of Open Word – Open World with the main festival, our goal is to raise awareness of storytelling in different contexts and connect with new audiences. We aim to open-up language to open-up the world in making new connections.
To enable you to help us achieve the objective of Open Word – Open World, we have created free online resources and downloadable toolkits available here for your own storytelling events. Alternatively, you can delve into the three strands of Open Word – Open World, which are Stories in Translation; Travelling Stories; and, Stories across the Senses.
Key to Open Word – Open World is our work with schools. Storytelling is an integral part of education from early years, staying with the child through his or her life. By inviting a storyteller to schools, teachers will find that they are automatically meeting many of the experiences and outcomes of the Curriculum for Excellence Framework. Many of the storytellers listed in our Directory of Storytellers can be booked for school visits.
Storytelling binds people together and bridges time past, present and future. A story can talk to all generations – young and old alike. They have the power to transport us and connect us to new places.