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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 24 Jun
Price: £8.00

The award-winning musical improv comedy troupe are joined by new and established improvisers and sketch comedians as they present two hours of off-the-cuff scenes and original...

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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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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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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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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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MIND WELL

Mon 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: 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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TRADITIONAL TALES

Wed 12 – Fri 14 Jul, Wed 19 – Fri 21 Jul, Wed 26 – Fri 28 Jul
Price: £8.00

A summer season of traditional tales from Scotland. Hear the truths, myths and legends of Scottish folklore, past and present with some of our nation's best storytellers....

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CAFÉ VOICES: MY TOWN - TALES OF DUNDEE

Thu 13 Jul
Price: £5.00

Discover the hidden tales of Dundee, the birthplace of Frankenstein and the final resting place of Jack the Ripper, as Ken Johnston leads the Centre's monthly storytelling...

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OPEN CLOSE: LAUNCH EVENT

Fri 14 Jul
Price: £0.00

Open Close 2017 is a temporary experimental arts installation project led by a team of award-winning artists and architects. Using sound, light, sculpture, design and visual...

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TINY TALES: OVER THE BILLOWS AND BEYOND

Tue 18 Jul
Price: £5.00

Sail away with storyteller Beth Cross and see what you can see see see! A session of songs, rhymes and tales of high sea adventures - discover sea serpents, magical islands and...

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FÈIS ROIS PRESENTS: HECLA AND CHARLIE GREY & JOSEPH PEACH

Wed 19 Jul
Price: £10.00

The Ceilidh Trail is a cultural tourism project bringing high quality traditional music performances to communities across Scotland. For the first time, Fèis Rois are taking two...

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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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TALES FROM THE MAGIC DRUM

Sat 22 Jul
Price: £5.00

Come on a global journey through the wonder tales of the world, dancing to a rhythm or two along the way! A riotous selection of stories and West African drumming from...

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MEN WITH COCONUTS & FRIENDS

Sat 22 Jul & 23 Sep
Price: £8.00

The award-winning musical improv comedy troupe are joined by new and established improvisers and sketch comedians as they present two hours of off-the-cuff scenes and original...

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GUID CRACK: A BEST KEPT SECRET

Fri 28 Jul
Price: £0.00

It is said that Galloway is Scotland's best kept secret - they like it that way.Because of the geographical location of the region it is often overlooked by tourists....

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DRAWN TO EDINBURGH

Fri 28 Jul – Mon 28 Aug
Price: £0.00

An exhibition of illustrated works by students and graduates of Edinburgh College of Art. Its theme is a sense of place and what makes Edinburgh unique. The first strand...

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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

Who 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, with Donald Smith.Celtic...

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CELTIC SUMMER SCHOOL: BURNS & THE NATIONAL MUSIC

Mon 31 Jul
Price: £8.00

Learn 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's defining poet,...

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CELTIC SUMMER SCHOOL DAY PASS

Mon 31 Jul – 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: TRADITIONAL MUSIC OF SCOTLAND

Tue 1 Aug
Price: £8.00

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

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CELTIC SUMMER SCHOOL: SCOTLAND'S TRADITIONS OF DANCE

Tue 1 Aug
Price: £8.00

Hear about the rich diversity of traditional dance in Scotland, with some examples from Country, Highland, Step and Ceilidh from dancer Màiri Britton.Celtic Summer School is...

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CELTIC SUMMER SCHOOL: SOURCING SCOTLAND'S STORIES

Tue 1 Aug
Price: £8.00

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

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CELTIC SUMMER SCHOOL: SCOTLAND'S SEASONAL FESTIVALS

Wed 2 Aug
Price: £8.00

Experience the rituals, folk dramas and beliefs that have survived through the centuries as Scots past and present live through seasonal changes that shape the environment, with...

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CELTIC SUMMER SCHOOL: LEAVES, LAND & LIFE

Wed 2 Aug
Price: £8.00

Good 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 today's world, with...

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CELTIC SUMMER SCHOOL: PEOPLE, PLANTS & THE PARISH

Wed 2 Aug
Price: £8.00

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

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(MORE) MOIRA MONOLOGUES

Wed 2 – Mon 28 Aug (not 14, 21)
Price: £15.00

Written and performed by Alan Bissett. Directed by Sacha Kyle. ‘The most charismatic character to appear on a Scottish stage in a decade’ **** (Scotsman). After two sold-out...

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CELTIC SUMMER SCHOOL: LANDSCAPE & LEGEND

Thu 3 Aug
Price: £8.00

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

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THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF LAPIN

Thu 3 – Tue 15, Sat 19 – Sun 20, Sat 26 – Sun 27 Aug
Price: £8.00

Tania has just arrived from Paris for a very special occasion: The World’s Tastiest Carrot competition! In her leather trunk, she carries her very own garden, from which a whole...

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

Thu 3 Aug
Price: £8.00

What kind of songs relate to local neighbourhoods? Steve Byrne will highlight how we can find them and use them. Celtic Summer School is inspired by Patrick Geddes, who invented...

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AT A STRETCH

Thu 3 – Tue 15 Aug
Price: £9.00

In a big, busy city there’s loads of space. You can jump across rooftops and meet new people every day. But it can be lonely in the big city too. When Mel and Emma meet,...

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THE ILLUSION OF TRUTH

Thu 3 – Mon 7, Sun 13 – Thu 17, Mon 21 – Thu 24 Aug
Price: £9.00

Enter a world where Gods feast, dance and wander through forests. Reaching into the pantheon of African Orishas (Yoruban mythology), performance storyteller Mara Menzies...

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

Thu 3 Aug
Price: £8.00

Discover how Ayrshire writer John Galt applied a new understanding of history - and politics - with wit and cutting satire in the 19th century, ensuring parish proud society was...

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IS THIS A DAGGER? THE STORY OF MACBETH

Thu 3 – Sun 20 Aug (not 10, 17)
Price: £9.00

By the pricking of my thumb, something wicked this way comes. Andy Cannon tells Shakespeare’s classic, taking audiences on a thousand-year journey from fact to fiction and back...

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MAIRI CAMPBELL: PULSE

Thu 3 – Sun 27 Aug (not even days)
Price: £12.00

Award-winning musician’s five-star show returns after a triumphant Fringe 2016. A homecoming in viola, voice, movement, animation and storytelling, Pulse is the story of Mairi’s...

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

Fri 4 Aug
Price: £8.00

Lewis 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 culture in the...

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CELTIC SUMMER SCHOOL: VOICING SCOTLAND'S LANGUAGES

Fri 4 Aug
Price: £8.00

Scotland 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 the rhythms, with...

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CELTIC SUMMER SCHOOL: THE STATISTICAL ACCOUNT OF SCOTLAND

Fri 4 Aug
Price: £8.00

When 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 the country....

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ROBERT BURNS: ROUGH CUT

Fri 4 – Sun 27 Aug (not 14, 21)
Price: £10.00

Meet the real edgy Bard. In crisis and contradiction but at full creative stretch. Rough Cut brings you Burns in the raw for the 21st century. Based on Donald Smith's...

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LEAF BY NIGGLE

Fri 4 – Mon 28 Aug (not odd days)
Price: £12.00

In 1939 Tolkien was despairing of ever bringing his great work The Lord of the Rings to a conclusion. One morning he woke up with the tale of Niggle, a struggling artist on a...

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LOUD POETS

Fri 4 – Mon 28 Aug (not 14, 21)
Price: £10.00

This is fist-thumping, pint-drinking, side-tickling, heart-wrenching poetry. This is the spoken word revolution! Over the last three years, the award-winning Loud Poets have...

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CELTIC SUMMER SCHOOL: DISCOVERING OUR OWN PLACE

Sat 5 Aug
Price: £8.00

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

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CELTIC SUMMER SCHOOL: HOW WE LIVE NOW - LIFELINES

Sat 5 Aug
Price: £8.00

What 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 how we value...

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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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THE HEADLESS WOMAN AND OTHER DELIGHTS

Tue 8 – Sat 12 Aug
Price: £9.00

Through live storytelling, peep-boxes and projection, the audience are drawn into a story circle where ancient tales of boggarts and mermaids hold hands with contemporary...

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CAFÈ VOICES

Thu 10 & Thu 24 Aug
Price: £8.00

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

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TURNTABLE | EDINBURGH

Mon 14 – Sun 20 Aug
Price: £8.00

Turntable started when MJ McCarthy and his Great Aunt Kathleen – 55 years his senior – connected over a stack of vinyl. Since then the Turntable team have toured her record case...

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FAIRICH: LIVE

Mon 14 & Mon 21 (8pm only) – Mon 28 Aug
Price: £10.00

Fairich: Live is an immersive audio-visual experience by Gaelic electronica duo WHɎTE. Their album Fairich, released in October 2016, contains new arrangements of rarely-heard...

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FUAIGH - INTERWEAVING

17 & 21 Aug
Price: £10.00

Using song, story, imagery and dance, Fuaigh – Interweaving looks at the consequences of losing words, land and language and being forced to the edge.Fuaigh starts at a ceilidh...

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HOME IS NOT THE PLACE

Fri 18 – Sun 27 Aug
Price: £10.00

Where do I belong? What defines me? Where is home? Poetic, poignant solo show by Annie George – Inspiring Scotland Saltire Bursary winner 2016 – contrasting struggles faced by...

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BONNIE FECHTERS – SONGS AND STORIES OF HOPE AND RESISTANCE

Fri 18 – Sat 26 Aug (not 21 – 24)
Price: £9.00

'In the 1970s there was a wee bit of a stooshie here in Scotland. I understand it reached other parts of the world too... it was called the Women’s Liberation Movement....

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THE STRANGE AND THE EERIE: BALLADS AND STORIES OF AULD SCOTLAND

Mon 21 – Wed 23 Aug
Price: £10.00

Scotland’s dark and mysterious past is hidden deep in its songs and legends. Heather Yule, Jeanie Roy Collins and Alison Bell are Cantrip Teasel. Join them on their dangerous...

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EXHIBITION: A KIST IN THYME

Wed 6 Sep – Sat 7 Oct
Price: £0.00

Story-led art created as part of a collaboration between two primary schools, community elders and storyteller/artist Amanda Edmiston. The exhibition contains photographs and...

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SALT HOUSE

Fri 8 Sep
Price: £12.00

Salt House combine new writing with reworkings of old words and their sound is rooted in the rich British song-writing tradition. 2017 heralds the arrival of a new voice for...

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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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MIND WELL

Mon 11 Sep
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 & biscuits...

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A THOUSAND & ONE OLIVE TREES: STORIES & SONGS FROM OCCUPIED PALESTINE

Mon 11 Sep
Price: £12.00

Following a sell-out TradFest show San Ghanny Choir (meaning 'we shall sing') share songs and stories from their journey to Palestine, portraying people's everyday lives under...

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TINY TALES: INTO THE JUNGLE

Tue 12 Sep
Price: £5.00

Join Lorna Shields from award-winning 'It's in the bag' with her shy but friendly puppet Sam. Bring your favourite jungle animal, pack your suitcases and journey across the...

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EDINBAL DANCE WORKSHOPS: A DANCE TOUR OF EUROPE

Wed 13 & 27 Sep
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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CAFÉ VOICES: PERTHSHIRE TRAVELLERS' TALES

Thu 14 Sep
Price: £5.00

Stories handed down through the generations from Scotland's heartland Perthshire, with guest storyteller Lindsey Gibb, joined by musician Munro Gauld. The Centre's monthly...

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HERBAL MAGIC AND POTENT POTIONS

Sat 16 Sep
Price: £6.00

Ever wondered if real plants live up to the chronicled claims in stories? Fascinated by potions? Here's your chance to discover the place where magical memories, tales and...

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CAFÉ CEILIDH: CHANGING SEASONS

Tue 19 Sep
Price: £0.00

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

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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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DOORS OPEN DAY: JOHN KNOX HOUSE

Sat 23 Sep
Price: £0.00

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

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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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GUID CRACK: QUEERS & QUEENS - THE QUINTESSENTIAL STORY

Fri 29 Sep
Price: £0.00

A bold and uncompromising evening of stories, songs and poetry to queer the narrative. Where are our LGBT+ kin in folklore? They surely existed, but are seldom heard of in...

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W-HAT ABOUT

Sat 30 Sep
Price: £7.00

A brand new, children's dance theatre piece by the enchanting Fuora Dance Project, celebrating grandparents who help us to grow up and teach us to be brave when life is...

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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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