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There is always something happening at the Centre. We have storytelling, theatre, music, art exhibitions, kids events, free events, craft fairs, workshops and festival events to showcase the best of Scottish culture. Use the events search below to find the right event for you. Please note, if you are a Network Member your discount for workshops will be applied at the Checkout stage. If you have any questions please call Reception on 0131 556 9579. 

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GIFTING EVERY CHILD: SCOTLAND'S CREATIVE CULTURE

Sat 5 Sep
Price: £28.00

Is there a core of songs, stories and customs to which every child in Scotland should be introduced?This day provides the vital starting points in the traditional arts of...

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IN FILM: KAARE ESPOLIN JOHNSON & JOHANNES SVEINSSON KJARVAL

Sat 5 Sep
Price: £0.00

As the Nordic House exhibition closes we present two special film screenings about the life and work of two exceptional Nordic artists, Kaare Espolin Johnson & Johannes...

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HOME (AND OTHER STORIES)

Wed 9 Sep
Price: £0.00

A one-night-only performance, including a director’s cut of scenes from Crisis Skylight Edinburgh's award-winning play ‘Home’. Developed and written by Crisis clients, with...

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STORYTELLING: TRADITIONS AND SKILLS 1

Sat 12 Sep
Price: £36.00

Traditional storytelling emphasises the sharing between teller and listener, active imagination and a living environment.Telling stories in many situations is enriched if the...

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LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD AND FRIENDS

Tue 15 Sep
Price: £6.00

Little Red Riding Hood's friend arrives to tell us the story but has a problem, there are no pages in the book!Lots of participation with the audience becoming Cinderella's...

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A CALENDAR OF MEMORIES

Tue 15 Sep
Price: £3.00

A relaxed session of stories, songs, laughter and reminiscence in the relaxed setting of the Storytelling Court.Hosted by the Life Stories Project, who specialise in sharing...

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EDINBURGH FOLK CLUB: ROBIN LAING

Wed 16 Sep
Price: £10.00

Widely known as 'the Whisky Bard', Robin Laing is one of the finest Scottish folksingers and songwriters.With The Angel's Share in 1997, the coming together of Robin's twin...

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CAFE VOICES: EAST MEETS WEST

Thu 17 Sep
Price: £5.00

Celebrate the differences and similarities between two sides of our world, through story, song and music, with Mio Shapley and Ken Shapley.The Centre’s monthly storytelling...

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FINDING THE AUDIENCES: THE FUTURES FOR TRADITIONAL ARTS?

Fri 18 Sep
Price: £8.00

Where are the audiences for the live arts, in particular for folk music, storytelling and traditional dance?This structured session grapples with the key challenges for reaching...

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ONE SINGER, ONE SONG: TRADITIONS AND SKILLS 2

Sat 19 Sep
Price: £36.00

We can all play one instrument - our voice. It is shared by everyone and yet wholly unique to each individual.This day encourages everyone to explore singing with their own...

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PUBLIC LECTURE: THE BIOLOGY OF STORYTELLING

Sat 19 Sep | SOLD OUT
Price: £0.00

Why are stories so powerful for the human species? It is not primarily due to content, but because our brains are tuned to the rhythm of stories.This fascinating public lecture,...

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TINY TALES: HILLS AND GLENS

Tue 22 Sep
Price: £5.00

In a wee little house way up in the glens lives Janie Mells, with her cat and her hen...Ailie Finlay shares stories about Janie Mells and her animal friends, including Marjory...

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CAFÉ CEILIDH: CHANGING SEASONS

Tue 22 Sep
Price: £0.00

Join Linten Adie and friends from the Scots Music Group for a free afternoon of songs and music in the Storytelling Court.

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PUBLIC LECTURE: STRENGTHENING CONNECTION: ONE SCHOOL'S STORY

Tue 22 Sep
Price: £0.00

Headteacher Jennifer Knussen tells the inspiring story of one school's journey, which grew out of their understanding of the science of connection.In 2013, the staff at...

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BOOK LAUNCH: SCOTTISH BORDERS FOLK TALES BY JAMES SPENCE

Fri 25 Sep
Price: £0.00

This lively and entertaining collection of folk tales from the Scottish Borders is rich in stories tall and true, ancient and recent, dark and funny, powerful and fantastical...

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GUID CRACK: TALES OF WHISKY

Fri 25 Sep
Price: £0.00

Through decades of storytelling Stuart McHardy has developed an affy drouth (great thirst) that can only be properly slaked with whisky.A night celebrating Scotland's long love...

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MONSTER TRAD - YOUTH MUSIC WEEKEND

Sat 26 Sep
Price: £0.00

This pilot event brings together young musicians from Trad music projects across Scotland to learn a new repertoire, teach each other music from their local traditions, and...

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STIRLING'S DAY OF TUNES

Sat 26 Sep

Celebrating the 10th anniversary of Stirling's Riverside Music Project with workshops, sessions and an informal concert open to friends from other local trad groups and further...

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DOORS OPEN DAY: JOHN KNOX HOUSE

Sat 26 Sep
Price: £0.00

Dating back to 1470, John Knox House is one of Scotland's greatest cultural treasures and is associated with the most dramatic events in Scotland's turbulent history.Located in...

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THE STORY KIST: INCLUSIVE STORYTELLING

Sat 26 Sep
Price: £5.00

Stories and brags and fibs and riddles! Come and enjoy some rambunctious multi-sensory adventures with storytellers Ailie Finlay and Marie Louise Cochrane.Journey from the...

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CREATIVE WRITING WORKSHOP FOR CHILDREN

Sat 26 Sep
Price: £16.00

Calling all 8-15 year olds!If you enjoy writing stories, or would like to enjoy it more, come along to this afternoon workshop held in the Storytelling Centre with prize-winning...

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FAMILY CEILIDH

Sat 26 Sep
Price: £6.00

Come with family and friends to dance well-known Scottish dances. All the dances will be called and there will be easier circles for the littler ones.A fun introduction to...

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FILM SCREENING: the connected baby

Tue 29 Sep
Price: £0.00

Are human beings really able to connect at birth? That is the question explored in this documentary film, co-produced by developmental psychologist Dr. Suzanne Zeedyk &...

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SCOTT GIBSON: LIFE AFTER DEATH

Fri 2 Oct
Price: £10.00

RNT in association with Dead Sheep Comedy present the Debut Solo Show from Scotland’s hottest new comedian Scott Gibson.After a total sell out and rave reviews at this years...

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CITIZENSHIP, SECTARIANISM AND FAITH

Sat 3 Oct
Price: £18.00

Open Table Perspectives crosses the borders of cultures, faiths, philosophies and traditions.What is the role of citizenship in contemporary democracy and how is that understood...

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MONKEY DRAMA

Sat 3 Oct
Price: £6.00

An adventure of the imagination, using drama, props, music and role-play to help children explore their worlds creatively. Monkey Drama is all about letting children engage in...

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MEN WITH COCONUTS

Sat 3 Oct
Price: £10.00

Scotland's foremost musical improv comedy troupe Men With Coconuts present 90 minutes of improvised games and scenes culminating in an entirely improvised Broadway-style musical...

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PUBLIC LECTURE: DEMENTIA DOESN'T STEAL CONNECTION

Mon 5 Oct
Price: £0.00

Dementia can progress so far that it seems impossible to 'find' the person inside. Dr. Maggie Ellis explores the scientific evidence revealing that it is always possible to...

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TINY TALES: STORY POCKETS

Tue 6 Oct
Price: £5.00

A chance for little ones to enjoy rhymes, songs and simple stories with storyteller Beth Cross. Beth has developed Story Pockets, which encourages parents and children to make...

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CAMPBELL'S CEILIDH

Tue 6 Oct
Price: £8.00

Campbell's Ceilidh is a 21st century old style shindig and there's no knowing what might happen! Mairi Campbell's easy and fun approach will facilitate harmony singing for...

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BROTH

Fri 9 - Sat 10 Oct
Price: £10.00

Donna Rutherford presents... BROTHAn honest exploration of the experience of elders in 21st century Scotland, told by artist Donna Rutherford, through the tradition of soup...

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STORYBOOK SESSION!

Sat 10 Oct
Price: £5.00

In this fun session, parents and children will be treated to stories from some of the very best books around for helping children to know what they are feeling, thinking and...

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TURNTABLE

Sat 10 Oct
Price: £0.00

Connecting individuals and communities through music and story. Turntable Cover Versions - a pop-up music installation - invites you to select and play a record of your choice...

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FIND YOUR VOICE AND FEEL GOOD!

Sat 10 Oct
Price: £8.00

Join singer/songwriter and choir leader Kim Edgar for an energising, feel-good afternoon group singing workshop. Participate in hilarious warm-ups, learn pop, folk and world...

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A CALENDAR OF MEMORIES: LUMINATE FESTIVAL

Tue 13 Oct
Price: £3.00

A relaxed session of stories, songs, music, laughter and reminiscence in the relaxed setting of the Storytelling Court. Hosted by the Life Stories Project, who specialise in...

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CAFÉ VOICES

Thu 15 Oct
Price: £5.00

Storytellers Kate Craik and Michael Williams lead an evening of stories in the relaxed surroundings of the Storytelling Court. They are joined by Playback Edinburgh, who invite...

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DANCING SUNWISE

Fri 16 Oct
Price: £8.00

Explore how to walk 'sunwise' around the wellspring of our own creativity in this participatory workshop. Lea Taylor, Mairi Campbell and Dawne McFarlane bring an ancient...

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STORIES ON THE WAY

Fri 16 Oct
Price: £6.00

An evening of stories from our apprentice storytellers on the theme of Stories without Borders, ahead of the Scottish International Storytelling Festival. Scotland has a vibrant...

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THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF LAPIN

Sat 17 Oct
Price: £6.00

Tania has arrived from Paris for a very special occasion: the World's Tastiest Carrot Competition! In her trunk, she carries her very own garden, from which a whole world is...

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STARTING WITH STORIES 1

Sat 17 Oct
Price: £36.00

A hands-on, practical introduction to live storytelling and the associated skills. Storyteller and educator Jackie Ross leads this participatory session for anyone curious about...

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LIVING WITH…

Sat 17 Oct
Price: £4.00

The LGBT community take centre stage in this evening of spoken word, poetry and music, to explore and celebrate the resilience of people managing long term conditions that...

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PURPLE

Tue 20 Oct
Price: £6.00

Brought to you by Edinburgh-based artists and scholars, this theatrical fantasia challenges the boundaries of gender and identity. Youth is the highest currency; passion, a...

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STORYTELLING FESTIVAL PASS

Fri 23 Oct - Sun 1 Nov
Price: £25.00

Storytelling Festival Supporter PassThere is no greater pleasure than the power of traditional storytelling taking listeners on a journey of the imagination.Register now as a...

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Fri 23 Oct
Price: £0.00

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TRADITIONAL DANCE: TRANSMISSION AND EVOLUTION

Sat 24 Oct
Price: £28.00

Are we learning dances or dancing, and how do we balance innovation and respect for tradition and established dance material? This Development Day will gather Scotland's...

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TESTSISF15

Sat 24 Oct
Price: £10.00

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GUID CRACK: TALES OF TERROR

Fri 30 Oct
Price: £0.00

Edinburgh's monthly storytelling night celebrates the Scottish International Storytelling Festival with a special evening for all our international guests. An evening of Samhain...

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SYMPOSIUM ON INTANGIBLE CULTURAL HERITAGE

Wed 4 Nov
Price: £25.00

There is a worldwide movement to nurture intangible heritage, but what is it and who decides? This symposium is led by pioneering UNESCO consultant Dr Janet Blake, looking at...

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THE CARRYING STREAM FESTIVAL JOE HILL: THE MAN WHO NEVER DIED

Thu 5 Nov
Price: £10.00

19 November 2015 marks the centenary of the murder of Joe Hill - Swedish-born American labour activist, songwriter and member of the Wobblies (Industrial Workers of the World)....

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DANCE CALLERS - HOST AND GUIDE

Sat 7 Nov
Price: £15.00

The Dance Caller is a vital ingredient for a successful dance event. What are the skills and background knowledge required? What should be the style and tone used and how can...

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TINY TALES: FALLING LEAVES

Tue 10 Nov
Price: £5.00

Summer has gone and the days are growing cold. Come and hear stories and songs of fallen leaves with Claire McNicol. Bring your own favourite fallen leaf and create some leaf...

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A CALENDAR OF MEMORIES

Tue 10 Nov + 8 Dec
Price: £3.00

An enjoyable session of stories, songs, laughter and reminiscence in the relaxed setting of the Storytelling Court. Hosted by the Life Stories Project, who specialise in sharing...

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ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON: LAIRD OF SAMOA

Thu 12 Nov
Price: £11.00

A pilgrimage through the life of Robert Louis Stevenson, from his childhood in Edinburgh to maturity in America and the South Sea islands. Intelligent, patriotic and...

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CAFÉ VOICES: STEVENSON STORIES

Thu 12 Nov
Price: £5.00

Join storytellers Fergus McNicol and Claire McNicol for an evening of Robert Louis Stevenson stories. The Centre's monthly storytelling session, with an open-floor section for...

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FROM AN ORIGINAL IDEA BY RLS...

Fri 13 Nov
Price: £0.00

Hollywood has never wearied of giving Stevenson the big screen treatment, but how do its dramatisations compare with the original works of imagination? Readings by members and...

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1715-2015 RADICAL SONGS OF SCOTLAND

Fri 13 Nov
Price: £8.00

From the anti-Union riots, through Jacobite risings and radical calls for the reform of a corrupt political system, Scotland has raised its voice in song. Through the years when...

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TRADITIONS IN PLACE: PERTH AND KINROSS

Sat 14 Nov
Price: £8.00

A networking day where local groups and practitioners can come together, share knowledge and find out more about resources for music, dance, story and heritage in Perth and...

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KIDNAPPED: WHEN KILTS WERE BANNED

Sat 14 Nov
Price: £8.00

This timeless tale by Robert Louis Stevenson follows young Davie Balfour who, after the death of his parents, leaves home for the first time, only to be double crossed by his...

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INSIDE THE SONGS

Sat 14 Nov
Price: £15.00

Why do ballads exist in so many versions? Could it be because every singer needs to edit and shape something that works for them? Anne Neilson and Ronnie Clark of Glasgow Ballad...

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THE FLYTING

Thu 19 Nov
Price: £10.00

The magnificent court of James IV was a stage for art and culture, typified by this, The Flyting of Kennedy and Dunbar. Rival poets at court, William Dunbar and Walter Kennedy...

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KNOX UNBOUND

Fri 20 Nov
Price: £10.00

Few men could claim they re-shaped an entire nation's character. John Knox can. A revolutionary reformer who challenged kings, queens and popes, he is often viewed in stark...

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JOHN FRANCIS CAMPBELL'S POPULAR TALES - TRIUMPH OR CATASTROPHE?

Sat 21 Nov
Price: £8.00

The greatest of all Scottish story collectors, John Francis Campbell (1821-85) is celebrated today for his landmark four-volume Popular Tales of the West Highlands. Why did...

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CADDY CAPERS

Sat 21 Nov
Price: £6.00

Join the Old Town Caddies as they take you for a tour of 'Auld Reekie' in story, song and rhyme. You'll meet characters such as Deacon Brodie and Aggie the Fish Wife as the...

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HEAVEN BURNS

Sat 21 Nov
Price: £8.00

by Jen McGregor1662. Scotland suffers a scourge of witches, and Christian Caddell is on a mission to hunt them down. There's just one problem - witch pricking is a man's job....

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GUID CRACK: SUPERSTITIONS

Fri 27 Nov
Price: £0.00

Will the day be blessed or cursed? What did it mean when a stranger's black cat entered the tent? Jess Smith weaves tales of superstition and ritual from Scotland's travelling...

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TRAD TALK EXTRA: TRADITIONAL MUSIC

Sat 28 Nov
Price: £25.00

This traditional music development day is the Traditional Music Forum’s annual occasion for debate, information, inspiration, grumbles, ideas, friendships and strengthening...

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OOR SCOTLAND

Sat 28 Nov
Price: £8.00

Presented by Andy Cannon and Wendy WeatherbyAndy Cannon's re-telling of Scotland's history - but this is no straight and dusty history lesson… To tell this epic tale Andy takes...

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FAMILY CEILIDH

Sat 28 Nov
Price: £6.00

Come with the whole family and friends to dance well-known Scottish dances. All the dances will be called and there will be easier circles for the littler ones. A fun...

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A NATIONAL ANTHEM FOR SCOTLAND

Sat 28 Nov
Price: £8.00

Musician Bob Murray has been following the topic of possible Scottish National Anthems for 25 years. Join him in the Storytelling Court to hear his observations and at least...

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CAFÉ CEILIDH: ST. ANDREW'S DAY CELEBRATION

Tue 1 Dec
Price: £0.00

Join Linten Adie and friends from the Scots Music Group for a free afternoon of songs and music celebrating Scotland's patron saint in the Storytelling Court.A booking fee of £1...

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TREE OF LIFE

Tue 1 Dec
Price: £8.00

For World Climate ActionA celebration of what holds us together on Planet Earth. The tree has roots, branches and leaves, and offers a habitat for birds, insects and animals. It...

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NANCY SLEEKIT | HOWARD'S REVENGE

Fri 4 - Sat 5 Dec
Price: £10.00

Anna Hepburn and Finlay McLean proudly present two hilarious and captivating Victorian entertainments by Donald Campbell.Nancy Sleekit is no woman to meddle with. Recently...

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THE STORY KIST: INCLUSIVE STORYTELLING

Sat 5 Dec
Price: £5.00

Watch out – elves on the loose at the Storytelling Centre! Come and enjoy some cosy Christmas stories with storytellers Ailie Finlay and Marie Louise Cochrane. Naughty elves,...

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WORKSHOP: TREE OF LIFE

Sat 5 Dec
Price: £15.00

For World Climate ActionThe Tree has roots, branches and leaves, and offers a habitat for birds, insects and animals. It symbolises the interrelation of life and an ecology that...

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TINY TALES: WINTER WARMER

Tue 8 Dec
Price: £5.00

Cosy up with your favourite blanket for snowy winter tales with storyteller Robbie Fotheringham. Lots of fun for little ones. Please book in advance.Please remember to select a...

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CAFÉ VOICES: WINTER TALES

Thu 10 Dec
Price: £5.00

Your host David Campbell invites you to bring tales, songs and poems to keep frost from the heart, remembering the seed is waiting in the ground and the darkest hour is before...

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ART OF THE STORYTELLER

Fri 11 Dec
Price: £15.00

Tim Porteus and Lesley O'Brien open a discussion on the arts of oral storytelling for storytellers of all kinds. What are the skills, experiences and inspirations that drive...

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ART OF THE STORYTELLER: TIM PORTEUS & LESLEY O'BRIEN

Fri 11 Dec
Price: £8.00

A new series of regular storytelling performances, featuring two storytellers sharing some of their favourite tales and inspirations. This event features Tim Porteus from...

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ALADDIN

Sat 12 - Sun 13 Dec
Price: £8.00

By Tim PrimroseIn a distant land, the Evil Magician Abanazar is up to no good. Only Aladdin can stop him... with the help of some rather unusual friends...Performed by the...

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FORGOTTEN CAROLS

Sat 12 Dec
Price: £10.00

This beautiful and atmospheric concert of songs woven together with readings of contemporary poetry and prose features "forgotten" carols originating from Britain's rich folk...

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STORIES WITH SANTA

Wed 16 - Fri 18 Dec
Price: £6.00

The staff in the Storytelling Centre have been well behaved this year, so Santa has agreed to tell some stories to all our favourite little friends! Laughter and fun for all,...

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GUID CRACK: (NOT) JUST ANOTHER WINTER'S TALE

Fri 18 Dec
Price: £0.00

Join Jack Martin, Edinburgh's famed teller of tall tales, for a Christmas celebration packed full of stories and laughter to warm the heart and provide plenty of Christmas cheer...

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STORY TRAIN CHRISTMAS SPECIAL

Sat 19 - Thu 24 Dec (not Sun 20)
Price: £8.00

With Andy CannonThe Story Train brings a new word every day: big words, wee words, silly words, sad words, happy words and even Christmassy words! Every single one of these...

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STORIES ROUND THE TREE

Wed 23 - Thu 24 Dec
Price: £6.00

Join storyteller Tim Porteus for a magical Christmas afternoon of wintry tales, songs and music, all gathered round the Centre's Christmas tree.A booking fee of £1 is charged...

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