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PREPARING APPLICATIONS: TELL YOUR STORY WELL!

Fri 26 May
Price: £24.00

An intensive day for everyone who has to prepare and submit funding applications on behalf of cultural and community organisations. Participants are welcome to bring a current...

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GUID CRACK: GIRLS, GODDESSES, WISE WOMEN AND WITCHES

Fri 26 May
Price: £0.00

Alice Fernbank leads a night exploring feminine power in its brightest light and darkest shadows. Meet courageous wives, grumpy goddesses, witches who curse and witches who...

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SEVEN

Fri 26 May
Price: £9.00

Adjust Productions presents an original dance performance coming to Edinburgh for a one-off show at the Scottish Storytelling Centre's Netherbow Theatre.Seven is a theatrical...

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FAMILY CEILIDH

Sat 27 May
Price: £5.00

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

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CHARACTERISATION THROUGH STORY AND SONG 1

Fri 2 Jun
Price: £15.00

This is a unique opportunity to gain some practical insights into developing the skill of embodying characters through storytelling. Led by storyteller and theatre practitioner,...

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SKYE STORYTELLING AT GLENDALE: RESIDENTIAL

Fri 2 - Sun 4 Jun
Price: £150.00

Experience traditional storytelling on location in northwest Skye, with talks, walks and a storytelling ceilidh. Led by Glendale tradition bearer Seoras (George) Macpherson and...

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CLOUDS HARP QUARTET

Fri 2 Jun
Price: £10.00

This classical cross-over quartet performs without music, having learnt everything together by ear, pushing the boundaries and capabilities of what you would expect on the pedal...

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SKYE STORYTELLING AT GLENDALE: STORYTELLING ACTIVITIES ONLY

Sat 3 Jun
Price: £30.00

Experience traditional storytelling on location in northwest Skye, with talks, walks and a storytelling ceilidh. Led by Glendale tradition bearer Seoras (George) Macpherson and...

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STARTING WITH STORIES 2

Sat 3 Jun
Price: £24.00

A hands-on introduction to live storytelling and the associated skills, with leading storyteller and trainer Grace Banks. This participative session takes you a step further in...

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MIND WELL

Mon 5 Jun & 3 Jul
Price: £0.00

A relaxed, social session of stories, songs, memories and laughter in the Storytelling Court. Hosted by some of our loveliest storytellers, with tea, coffee and biscuits...

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EXHIBITION: VESSELS AND STORIES OF SCOTLAND'S WEST COAST

Thu 11 May - Tue 6 Jun
Price: £0.00

A selection of beautiful illustrations by artist Christine Morrison, in response to voyages through the seascapes celebrated in Ian Stephen's new book, Waypoints (Bloomsbury)....

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READY? FLYTE!

Wed 7 Jun
Price: £0.00

An extremely popular genre of entertainment in Scotland’s Middle Ages, flyting was a poetic exchange of insults between two or more makars. This event concludes the flyting...

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EDINBAL DANCE WORKSHOPS: A DANCE TOUR OF EUROPE

Wed 24 May, 7 & 21 Jun
Price: £5.00

From social and energetic dances from Brittany or joyful group dances from the Basque country, to warm, exuberant Southern Italian dances or smooth couple dances from France,...

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WORKING CREATIVELY WITH SMALL GROUPS 1: TALKING, LISTENING AND...

Fri 9 Jun
Price: £15.00

What are the skills involved in facilitating small groups? How can creativity and wellbeing support each other? This is the first in a two part series exploring core...

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SPIRIT OF PLACE

Fri 9 Jun
Price: £8.00

From Iona to Gorgie, Tuscany to Clydebank, stories belong to people and place. They evoke the uniqueness of our connections and relationships. This event celebrates the...

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EXHIBITION: A SENSE OF IDENTITY

Sat 10 Jun - Sat 1 Jul
Price: £0.00

An exhibition celebrating the history and future of Scotland's Travellers. Headed by renowned writer and storyteller Jess Smith, Heart of the Travellers is a charitable...

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SCOTS SONG WITH SIOBHAN MILLER

Sat 10 Jun
Price: £24.00

A hands-on introduction to group and solo singing, with award-winning songster Siobhan Miller. This participative session takes you a step further in developing your own singing...

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AMONG OTHERS: 200 YEARS OF JEWISH LIVES IN EDINBURGH

Sun 11 Jun
Price: £10.00

A newly-created programme of words and music exploring the history and ongoing life of Edinburgh's 200-year old Jewish community. Featuring original music by composer Phil...

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TINY TALES: OUT OF THE BLUE

Tue 13 Jun
Price: £5.00

Suit & Pace storytellers Beth and Andrew take you on an underwater adventure with lots of songs, puppets and bubbles in the Storytelling Bothy. Lots of fun and imagination...

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DEICH BLIADHNA BHUAITHE

Tue 13 Jun
Price: £6.00

It's been ten years since the end of the Great War. At a kitchen ceilidh in Cape Breton a group of emigrant Highlanders share songs and memories of the old country. This new...

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LOUD POETS PRESENTS: EXPERIMENTAL WORDS

Wed 14 Jun
Price: £7.00

Cadence meets climate change! Leading Edinburgh scientists have been challenged to create new performances in collaboration with Loud Poets. The result? A display of rhyme and...

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CAF√Č VOICES: SHE IS FIERCE

Thu 15 Jun
Price: £5.00

Join storyteller Lauren Bianchi from The Village Storytelling Centre in Glasgow for an evening of goddesses and shero tales from around the world. The Centre’s monthly...

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WORKING CREATIVELY WITH SMALL GROUPS 2: PROMPTS TO MEMORY

Fri 16 Jun
Price: £15.00

What are the skills involved in facilitating small groups? How can creativity and wellbeing support each other? This is the second in a series exploring core participative...

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TAILSPIN

Fri 16 & Sat 17 Jun
Price: £8.50

By Natalie MacKinnonWelcome to our city. We know it's not much to look at. But it's home. And we're not leaving. Not for anyone.Performed by the Friday 11-14s youth theatre...

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THE DETOUR

Fri 16 & Sat 17 Jun
Price: £8.50

By Corinne SalisburyTwo groups of young people, lost in the wilderness. But they know they can make it. A new play about friendship, sequins and learning to survive.Performed by...

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GAELIC SONG WITH SINEAG MACINTYRE

Sat 17 Jun
Price: £24.00

A hands-on introduction to group and solo singing, with singer and teacher Sineag MacIntyre. This participative session takes you a step further in developing your own singing...

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LITTLE SISTERS AND OTHER DANGEROUS CREATURES

Sat 17 & Sun 18 Jun
Price: £8.50

By Tim PrimroseIt's easy to get lost in the Enchanted Forest. But what to do if your little sister is kidnapped by evil magical beings?Performed by the 8-10s youth theatre group...

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CAF√Č CEILIDH

Tue 20 Jun
Price: £0.00

Join friends from the Scots Music Group for an afternoon session of traditional songs, music, poems and stories. Held in the relaxed setting of the Storytelling Court. All...

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RAISE THEIR VOICES: WOMEN'S WORDS FROM THE GREAT WAR

Wed 21 Jun
Price: £10.00

Gael Gals present an evening of women's stories, songs and voices from World War I. Featuring Dolina McLellan, Erin Farley, Eileen Penman and Tom Kane, who come together to...

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CHARACTERISATION THROUGH STORY AND SONG 2

Fri 23 Jun
Price: £15.00

A second stage workshop for storytellers and singers who want to develop the skill of embodying character in their narratives. Storyteller and theatre practitioner, Alice...

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A SENSE OF IDENTITY

Fri 23 Jun
Price: £8.00

A special screening of a new film about Scotland's travelling community, produced by the charity Heart of the Travellers. The evening will culminate in a celebration of stories,...

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LANDSCAPE AND LEGEND: MAPPING THE HUMAN ENVIRONMENT

Sat 24 Jun
Price: £24.00

Stories are written into our rural and urban landscapes. Yet often they are pushed into the background, or little understood. This day of talks and discussions will look at...

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MEN WITH COCONUTS & FRIENDS

Sat 20 May & 24 Jun
Price: £8.00

DATE CHANGE - Sat 20 May is the correct date, not Sat 27 May as stated in printed programme. Apologies for any confusion.Sat 20 May - Special Guests: LOUD POETS!The award...

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GUID CRACK: BALLAD STORIES

Fri 30 Jun
Price: £0.00

Storyteller and musician David Francis leads Guid Crack with a contemporary take on the rich vein of balladlore.Edinburgh's monthly storytelling night, currently held at The Fig...

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FESTIVAL OF NEW ARTS

Fri 30 Jun
Price: £8.00

The Festival of New Arts will feature the early work of Scottish based artists, created during Shining From Within: a Creative MasterJourney, led by Saras Feijoo. The FNA will...

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WORKSHOP: ART OF THE STORYTELLER

Sat 1 Jul
Price: £12.00

Mary Kenny and Marion Kenny open a discussion on the art 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

Sat 1 Jul
Price: £8.00

The Art of the Storyteller series continues with Mary Kenny and Marion Kenny sharing an evening of their favourite stories. Drawing on their experiences and inspirations from...

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EXHIBITION: JOHNNY CROW & THE MAGPIE BRIDGE

Wed 5 Jul - Sun 23 Jul
Price: £0.00

An exhibition of oil paintings and lino prints by contemporary Scottish artists, John Williams and Susan Smith. Inspired and informed by the fireside tales of the late, world...

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TANABATA STAR FESTIVAL

Wed 5 Jul
Price: £5.00

Celebrate the launch of the new exhibition with an evening of stories and star-lore, with Linda Williamson, Mio Shapley and Joseph Kennedy. The Japanese Star Festival or ...

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FLINT & PITCH PRESENTS: HOW TO SURVIVE A POST-TRUTH APOCALYPSE

Fri 7 Jul
Price: £10.00

By Francesca Beard With support from Jen McGregor's 'Grave' and Ross McCleary's 'Portrait of the Artist as a Viable Alternative to Death.' Spoken word artist Francesca...

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STORY AND RIDDLE TIME WITH PETER CHAND

Sat 8 Jul
Price: £7.00

Join Indian storyteller Peter Chand as he presents some of his favourite stories, woven with magnificent riddles which he has collected over almost twenty years as a storyteller...

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CEABHAR: SCOTTISH TOUR

Sat 8 Jul
Price: £12.00

Ceabhar rarely play a tune, or sing a song without first telling the story of how they found it and started playing it. Featuring Norrie McGregor and Rasmus Gollin from Denmark,...

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NEXT STAGE - POETRY PERFORMANCE WORKSHOP WITH RACHEL MCCRUM & JENNY...

Sat 22 & Sun 23 Jul
Price: £95.00

A weekend workshop with two of Scotland’s best known poet-performer-promoters, Rachel McCrum (BBC Scotland Poet in Residence 2015) & Jenny Lindsay (Flint & Pitch)....

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CELTIC SUMMER SCHOOL WEEK PASS

Mon 31 Jul - Sat 5 Aug
Price: £112.00

This year's Summer School builds up our sense of Scotland from local to national and international. Come to grips with what makes Scotland distinctive and special. Directed by...

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CELTIC SUMMER SCHOOL: STANDS SCOTLAND WHERE SHE DID?

Mon 31 Jul
Price: £8.00

With Donald SmithWho and what made Scotland a geography, a nation and a society? And what does that mean for the present? An insightful introduction to the week ahead.Celtic...

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CELTIC SUMMER SCHOOL: BURNS & THE NATIONAL MUSIC

Mon 31 Jul
Price: £8.00

With Fred FreemanLearn why Robert Burns is the defining figure in Scotland's national music. Hear the songs as they ought to be heard and explore the musical legacy of Scotland...

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CELTIC SUMMER SCHOOL: TRADITIONAL MUSIC OF SCOTLAND

Tue 1 Aug
Price: £8.00

With David FrancisFollow the streams that join to form Scotland's rich music traditions. What are the key instruments and sources? And how are those traditions continuing today...

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CELTIC SUMMER SCHOOL DAY PASS

Mon 31 Jul ‚Äď Sat 5 Aug
Price: £20.00

This year's Summer School builds up our sense of Scotland from local to national and international. Come to grips with what makes Scotland distinctive and special. Directed by...

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CELTIC SUMMER SCHOOL: SCOTLAND'S TRADITIONS OF DANCE

Tue 1 Aug
Price: £8.00

With Màiri BrittonHear about the rich diversity of traditional dance in Scotland, with some examples from Country, Highland, Step and Ceilidh.Celtic Summer School is inspired by...

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CELTIC SUMMER SCHOOL: SOURCING SCOTLAND'S STORIES

Tue 1 Aug
Price: £8.00

With Stuart McHardyEvery part of Scotland has its own rich diversity of narratives. Explore the sources, the stories, and how they can be re-told today.Celtic Summer School is...

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CELTIC SUMMER SCHOOL: SCOTLAND'S SEASONAL FESTIVALS

Wed 2 Aug
Price: £8.00

With Erin FarleyExperience the rituals, folk dramas and beliefs that have survived through the centuries as Scots past and present live through seasonal changes that shape the...

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CELTIC SUMMER SCHOOL: LEAVES, LAND & LIFE

Wed 2 Aug
Price: £8.00

With David MitchellGood health and wellbeing are vital for a happy life. Building on the legacy of Patrick Geddes, discover the benefits plants and green space can provide in...

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CELTIC SUMMER SCHOOL: PEOPLE, PLANTS & THE PARISH

Wed 2 Aug
Price: £8.00

With David MitchellAn interactive and personal journey from the parish through the kailyard to the patio. What has changed and why? Are we missing out today? Did our ancestors...

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CELTIC SUMMER SCHOOL: LANDSCAPE & LEGEND

Thu 3 Aug
Price: £8.00

With Stuart McHardyUsing fresh eyes we can see how our surroundings tell stories about the past and present. Look again at Scotland's landscape and its meanings.Celtic Summer...

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CELTIC SUMMER SCHOOL: DIG WHERE YOU STAND - SOURCING LOCAL SONGS

Thu 3 Aug
Price: £8.00

With Steve ByrneWhat kind of songs relate to local neighbourhoods? And how can we find and use them?Celtic Summer School is inspired by Patrick Geddes, who invented the Summer...

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CELTIC SUMMER SCHOOL: SCOTTISH NOVELS 1 - ANNALS OF THE PARISH

Thu 3 Aug
Price: £8.00

With Fred FreemanDiscover how Ayrshire writer John Galt applied a new understanding of history - and politics - with wit and cutting satire in the 19th century, ensuring parish...

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CELTIC SUMMER SCHOOL: SCOTTISH NOVELS 2 - THE SUNSET SONG TRILOGY

Fri 4 Aug
Price: £8.00

With Fred FreemanLewis Grassic Gibbon's A Scots Quair gives the local parish a place in the universal sweep of history and ideas, inspiring a new sense of Scotland's society and...

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CELTIC SUMMER SCHOOL: VOICING SCOTLAND'S LANGUAGES

Fri 4 Aug
Price: £8.00

With Donald SmithScotland is a 'three voiced nation', and its poetry is intimately connected with place and local language - Gaelic, Scots and English. Hear the voices and get...

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CELTIC SUMMER SCHOOL: THE STATISTICAL ACCOUNT OF SCOTLAND

Fri 4 Aug
Price: £8.00

With Ella LeithWhen Sir John Sinclair enlisted the parish ministers of Scotland to survey their own communities, he created a treasure chest of information about every area of...

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CELTIC SUMMER SCHOOL: DISCOVERING OUR OWN PLACE

Sat 5 Aug
Price: £8.00

With Mairi McFadyenDeveloped by TRACS, The People's Parish initiative offers creative ways to open the culture and heritage of every neighbourhood. Learn about the mapping and...

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CELTIC SUMMER SCHOOL: HOW WE LIVE NOW - LIFELINES

Sat 5 Aug
Price: £8.00

With Donald SmithWhat are the key questions about our lives as families, communities and societies today? Do they suggest overall themes and lines of enquiry that could inform...

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CELTIC SUMMER SCHOOL: HOSTING & GROWING - BRINGING PEOPLE TOGETHER

Sat 5 Aug
Price: £8.00

What brings people together and encourages local initiative? From small groups to community events, The People's Parish team offer some confidence building ideas and skills for...

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STORYTELLING - DEVELOPING THE ART & CRAFT OF THE STORYTELLER

Mon 7 - Fri 11 Aug
Price: £0.00

The University of Edinburgh Paterson's Land, Holyrood Road & Scottish Storytelling CentreTutor: Janis Mackay MA, with Donald SmithIn this introduction to storytelling within...

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STARTING WITH STORIES 1

Sat 9 Sep
Price: £24.00

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

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STORYTELLING IN THE LANGUAGE CLASSROOM 1

Fri 22 Sep
Price: £15.00

A two-part workshop, for language teachers wanting to use storytelling in the classroom. Whether it's traditional folktales, myths and legends, or anecdotes, jokes and...

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NATHANIEL GOW'S QUADRILLES

Sat 23 Sep
Price: £24.00

It was not all doom and gloom after Culloden. Find out how Scots found fun on the dance floor in Enlightenment Edinburgh. This workshop will cover the period 1745 to the mid...

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STORY-GUIDING

Sat 23 Sep
Price: £15.00

Story-Guiding is where tourism, interpretation and story meet. Explore key skills for bringing people and places to life, and enhance your guiding and storytelling technique in...

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STORYTELLING IN THE LANGUAGE CLASSROOM 2

Fri 29 Sep
Price: £15.00

The second session invites you to come with a prepared storytelling activity for learners. Whether it's a story you want to tell or a group activity you want to test run, this...

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CREATIVE WRITING WORKSHOP FOR CHILDREN

Sat 7 Oct
Price: £16.00

If you enjoy writing stories, or would like to enjoy it more, come along to a workshop held in the Storytelling Centre with prize-winning author Janis Mackay (Magnus Fin and the...

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STORYTELLING FESTIVAL PASS

Fri 20 - Tue 31 Oct
Price: £20.00

Become a supporter of the Scottish International Storytelling Festival 2017!There is no greater pleasure than the power of traditional storytelling taking listeners on a journey...

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