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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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Beginning with Wonder

Friday 29 May
Price: £18.00

Open Table Perspectives crosses the borders of cultures, faiths, philosophies and traditions.What is the role of wonder, openness, and imagination in human life?This...

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Story in Song

Friday 29 May
Price: £15.00

A creative workshop with Kirsty Law.Come along for an open discussion and workshop on some of the greatest stories told through song then have a go at writing your own!No...

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Guid Crack: Fifty Glorious Years of "Listen to this"

Friday 29 May
Price: £0.00

Join Michael Kerins, Scotland's famed storyteller as he entertains us with his hilarious tales from 50 years of storytelling (since he was 12)!Join Michael as he takes us on a...

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The Story Kist: Inclusive Storytelling

Saturday 30 May
Price: £0.00

Summer is nearly here... Let's pack up our backpacks and go over the hills and far away on some multi-sensory adventures!Sunny, fun stories and games with props and tents and...

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Sing a Song of Sleep – Lullabies from Scottish Tradition

Saturday 30 May
Price: £12.00

This workshop for parents, carers and singers begins with the most basic principles of lullabies before broadening to include more elaborate sleep songs and the stories which...

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A National Anthem for Scotland

Saturday 30 May
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: Old Town Edinburgh

Tuesday 2 June
Price: £0.00

Join Linten Adie and friends from the Scots Music Group for a free afternoon of songs and music celebrating Edinburgh's Old Town in the Storytelling Court.

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Art of the Storyteller

Friday 5 June
Price: £12.00

Grace Banks and Jean Edmiston 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: Grace Banks & Jean Edmiston

Friday 5 June
Price: £8.00

A new series of regular storytelling performances, featuring two storytellers sharing some of their favourite tales. Grace Banks tells traditional tales, as well as stories from...

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Quadrilles and Contredanses

Saturday 6 June
Price: £20.00

Napoleon may have lost the war but French dances conquered the world!Throughout the 19th century, the Quadrille was queen of all fashionable ballrooms. Join us for a day of...

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Quadrilles and Contredanses: Regency Ball

Saturday 6 June
Price: £8.00

Napoleon may have lost the war but French dances conquered the world! Throughout the 19th century, the Quadrille was queen of all fashionable ballrooms. We invite you to a...

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Tiny Tales: Awesome Africa

Tuesday 9 June
Price: £0.00

Join storyteller Daniel Allison for a journey into the jungles, deserts and savannahs of Africa.Expect stories, songs and music that will have tots aged 1-3 years roaring,...

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A Calendar of Memories

Tuesday 14 April, 12 May & 9 June
Price: £3.00

A new monthly 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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The Speakeasy

Tue 9 June
Price: £7.00

The ever-popular Speakeasy returns with a cross section of exciting performers. An evening of insightful humour and storytelling mixed with theatre, music, song and poetry...

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Café Voices: Fathermen

Thursday 11 June
Price: £5.00

To complement the Centte's current Fathermen exhibition, storyteller Peter Snow explores the presence and the absence of men in family settings.The Centre's monthly storytelling...

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Gone

Thursday 11 & Sunday 14 June
Price: £8.00

by Duncan KiddA school trip to the mountains. The adults disappear. Will the pupils have the time of their lives or fight for survival?Performed by the Friday 11-14 age group....

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Wearing Badges Is Not Enough

Thursday 11 & Sunday 14 June
Price: £8.00

by Duncan KiddIt's 2003 and America and Britain are preparing to go to war with Iraq. Across Edinburgh, school children are organising themselves to protest against this war....

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Travellers’ Joy

Friday 12 June
Price: £15.00

Explore the unique heritage and traditions of Scotland’s Travelling People – keepers of Scotland’s lore of story, song and music.Storyteller and author, Jess Smith introduces...

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The Ollissey

Friday 12 & Saturday 13 June
Price: £8.00

by Tim PrimroseIt's Penny's birthday, and Ollie has to get all the way to Colinton from deepest, darkest Trinity. Simple. Now if only he knew where his bus pass was… The...

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Viral

Fri 12 & Sat 13 June
Price: £8.00

by Alan GordonThere are times in life when you find yourself on the edge with no idea of how you got there or where you go next; a leap into the unknown, or a tug back from the...

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Workin wi the Sangs

Saturday 13 June
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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Max to the Future

Sat 13 & Sat 14 June
Price: £8.00

by Tim PrimroseMax has not done his homework. Oh no! What should Max do? Build a time-machine and travel into the future, of course. Duh!Performed by the Friday 8-10s age group....

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Bardic Journey to Skye

Friday 19 June
Price: £195.00

Explore the lives of the great Gaelic poets plus the locations, events and people that inspired them.Departing from central Edinburgh at 10am on Friday, the story trail follows...

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Shakespeare's Best Bits: Such Stuff As Dreams Are Made On

Friday 19 & Saturday 20 June
Price: £10.00

Edinburgh Acting School presents its latest creation.A group of actors audition for the Ultimate Shakespearean Play, which is a mixture of Shakespeare's best bits.Watch as they...

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Starting with Stories 2

Saturday 20 June
Price: £36.00

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

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Mattress! Mattress! The Story of the Princess & The Pea

Saturday 20 June
Price: £8.00

Set in an 'awfy drafty' castle in the remote Scottish Highlands, this classic tale is re-told by two bemused actors, some tartan 'troos' and an extravaganza of exquisite puppet...

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Dads' Day

Saturday 20 June
Price: £0.00

Join storytellers and musicians in the Storytelling Bothy for a positive celebration of fatherhood on the day before Father's Day.A great opportunity for Dads to enjoy time with...

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Hare

Tuesday 23 June
Price: £8.00

The unreliable final confession of William Hare regarding his acquaintance with William Burke, with interruptions and contradictions by Mrs. Margaret Hare.Edinburgh was...

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Midsummer's Ceilidh

Wednesday 24 June
Price: £7.00

Celebrate midsummer with ceilidh dancing to the Minnow band.Stan Reeves will call you through some seasonal dances and here will be mayhem with the ancient Galoshins folk drama...

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Inside History: John Knox House Revealed

Thursday 25 June
Price: £5.00

Storyteller and former curator, Donald Smith, enacts the true dramas of John Knox House.Might Mary Queen of Scots' jewels still be hidden there?Why is the building full of Roman...

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Ladies of Pleasure

Thursday 25 June
Price: £8.00

A historic guide to the intimate pleasures available to Gentlemen in Eighteenth Century Edinburgh. Not for the faint hearted! Madame will guide you through the opportunities...

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Citizenship and Sectarianism

Friday 26 June
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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The Liar's Tour of the Scottish Storytelling Centre

Friday 26 June
Price: £5.00

See the very walls melt away, with all their rich history, on this unique and fun story tour with storyteller James Spence.It is the stuff of legend, forged from lies, banter,...

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Guid Crack: Eejits and Hissy Fits

Friday 26 June
Price: £0.00

Join storyteller Fiona Herbert for tales of stupidity and stroppiness.Join in with a tale of your own or just come to enjoy the fun. Edinburgh's monthly storytelling night,...

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Scotland’s Wells and Sacred Springs

Saturday 27 June
Price: £24.00

Scotland’s older cultures revered water as a source of life, and an occasion for celebration and worship. Are we now rediscovering Scotland’s sacred geography?This informative...

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Double Bill: Hare & Ladies of Pleasure

Saturday 27 June
Price: £12.00

A chance to catch both performances from Heritage Stories in one evening of Old Town stories and scandal!HareThe unreliable final confession of William Hare regarding his...

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The Enchanted Forest Adventure

Mon 3 & Tue 4 Aug
Price: £6.50

Storyteller/performer Brooke Laing performs and delights in an interactive action-packed adventure through an enchanted forest, where a miserable witch has been up to mischief...

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Land of the Dragon – Gwlad y Ddraig

Wed 5 - Mon 31 Aug
Price: £8.00

‘Beautifully crafted show, deeply satisfying for young and old alike.’ ★★★★★(Stage).Award-winning puppeteers, PuppetSoup, take you to the edge of your seat and the brink of...

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Eejits and Hissy Fits

Wed 5 - Sun 23 Aug (not 10, 17)
Price: £6.50

Storyteller Fiona Herbert (winner, Tall Tales 2012 and 2015) takes you on three adventures, encountering eejits and hissy fits along the way.In The Wee B and the Pea, a prince...

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The Magic Porridge Pot and Other Tasty Tales

Wed 5 - Sun 30 Aug
Price: £9.00

Splodge that porridge! Slurp that soup! Snap that biscuit!On today’s menu there is a trio of traditional and tasty tales to tantalise and tease.For starters we have the magic...

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Brave and Free: Traditional Tales of Scotland

Thu 6 - Fri 28 Aug
Price: £7.00

Scotland, a land steeped in myth and legend. The real Scot, kilted storyteller Calum Lykan, nominee for the Best Newcomer 2013 (British Awards of Storytelling Excellence)...

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The Man Who Planted Trees

Thu 6 - Wed 19 Aug (not 17)
Price: £10.00

'Laughs, heartbreak, war, regeneration, scented breezes, sparkling wit and the best dog puppet ever. Perfect for children and grown ups. Terrific' (Guardian).Back by popular...

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Wojtek the Bear

Thu 6 - Mon 31 Aug (not 12, 19, 26)
Price: £10.00

The extraordinary story of Wojtek, the loveable Polish soldier bear, who fought at Monte Cassino and died in Edinburgh Zoo.A man mothers a bear. An emotive journey from the...

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Frequently Asked Questions

Thu 6 - Sun 30 Aug (not 8, 10, 17, 24)
Price: £8.00

Fiona Herbert (winner of Tall Tales 2012 and 2015) attempts to answer her FAQs about work, rest and play.Topics queried include teetotal vegan dinner parties, dolphin assault,...

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Loud Poets

Thu 6 - Mon 31 Aug
Price: £10.00

This is slam-style, make some noise, fist-thumping, pint-drinking, side-tickling, heart-wrenching poetry.This is poetry for the masses. This is the spoken word revolution...

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The Secret Life of Suitcases

Sat 8 - Sun 23 Aug (not 12, 17)
Price: £9.00

Larry works in an office and he likes it very much. He likes sorting and tidying and generally putting things in order. Everything in its place, a place for everything.But one...

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Pirates and Mermaids

Mon 10 & Mon 17 Aug then Mon 24 - Mon 31 Aug
Price: £10.00

Poorboy’s award nominated show Pirates and Mermaids is an international story told on a very human scale. Cameron is in NYC. Eilidh lives in Scotland.The technology in their...

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Cafe Voices

Thu 13 & Thu 27 Aug
Price: £7.00

The story is told eye to eye, mind to mind and heart to heart.Two Festival Fringe specials of the Scottish Storytelling Centre’s monthly session, with live storytelling in the...

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Morgana Le Fey

Thu 20 – Sun 30 Aug
Price: £10.00

From Merlin to Malory, Camelot to Excalibur, Morgana Le Fey reigns supreme as fiendish counter queen to King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table.Playing by her own rules,...

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The Cranston Fiddle

Sat 29 & Sun 30 Aug
Price: £10.00

The Cranston Fiddle tells the story of the Cranstons of Haddington – an ordinary family who suffered great loss during the First World War.Out of seven Cranston sons who served...

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Creative Writing Workshop for Children

Saturday 25 September
Price: £16.00

Calling all 8-15 year olds!If you enjoy writing stories, or would like to enjoy it more, come along to first of two afternoon workshops held in the Storytelling Centre with...

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