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Storytelling Resources

Whether you are a professional storyteller, a complete beginner or simply someone who is curious to find out more about storytelling, in this page you will find a host of useful resources. From simple tales to tips and advice, from games and rhymes to craft activities.

We recommend that you learn the gist of the tale and then tell it in your own words, so that it becomes your tale. Please do not just read it from the page, true storytelling happens when the story is told person to person, live and from memory.

The Indigo Jackal

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This story has been contributed by Malaysian-Singapore storyteller Kamini Ramachandran. Kamini says of the ...

The Secret of Dreaming

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Just like the Halloween Guisers, modern storytellers are concerned with the environment and how ...

Micro-Stories

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The power of words can be explored by creating and telling stories with only ...

Why the Camel Rolls in the Ashes

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Storyteller Josh Colt Gambrel has collected this Mongolian folktale. Called Why the Camel Rolls ...

How the Bear Lost his Tail

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Judy Paterson has retold this Scandinavian folk tale. She said: ‘I’ve also heard it ...

Traditions of May

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Do you celebrate the 1st of May? May Day, or Beltane, is one of ...

Àiridh na h-Aon Oidhche

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Seo sgeulachd eagalach mu dheidhinn àite fior ann am Beinn na Faoghla, 'Àiridh na ...

Finding Stories to Tell

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Are you keen to start telling stories, but not sure where to find them? ...

Mar a Phòs Gille Òg Gun Tochar

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Mar a chaidh innse le Tony Dilworth. Fhuair e an sgeulachd seo bho Bonaventure ...

An Dall is an Crùbach

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A story from Tanzania told by Tarvisio Mayuva of the Wanyaturu in Kondoa. This ...

Auld Cruivie

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Auld Cruivie is a very old Scottish folktale, that combines myth and local legend ...

Mallie an da paets

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Contributed by George P. S. Peterson. A story from Shetland, told in true Shetland ...

The Paddo

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As told by Margaret Tollick, with credit to Robert Chambers’ Popular Rhymes of Scotland. ...

The Last Fairy o the Auld Road

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An original story, told by the late, great Aberdeen Traveller storyteller, Stanley Robertson. This ...

Tree of Life Project

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Are you interested in tree folklore and environmental resources for education and storytelling? As ...

A Ceilidh Story

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Legends have a habit of travelling around – through time, from language to language, ...

Guisers

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The ancient tradition of guising goes back centuries in Scotland, and yet has been ...

Blàr Chàirinis

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A bilingual story resource (Gaelic and English) telling the bloody tale of the Battle ...

Create your own local legend: Oak Royal

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We all know that stories don't like to sit on the page of a ...

Storytelling with Older People

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Some useful tips and hints from Rosie Mapplebeck on how to run a storytelling ...

Storysacks

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Are you a novice storyteller, an early years or primary school teacher or a ...

Angus and Bride

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A traditional Gaelic tale by Orkney storyteller Tom Muir ...

How to Create and Run a Storytelling Club

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This information pack is for anyone interested in starting or running a storytelling club ...

The Spider that could spin the Golden Thread

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For the past six years I have been working in the woodlands of Perthshire ...

How to Create a Legend of Place

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Stories of place are often telling of events happened a long time ago, handed ...

Adapting Stories to Places

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Choosing the best stories to tell about a certain place can be a storyteller's ...

On the Trail of the Local Legend

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'On Knockfarrel hill above Strathpeffer are the remains of a vitrified Iron Age fort. ...

Queen Scooter the First

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This is a short traditional Czech tale translated by Barbora Voráčová as part of ...

The Camel

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This is a traditional Indian teaching tale suitable for use with a wide age ...

The Pirate Treasure - Primary

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A short pirate tale from Anne Pitcher, suitable for primary school children (4-5 years ...

The Brave Taylor - Additional Support Needs

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This is a very simple scary tale for younger children or children with additional ...

Bearskin

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Bearskin is an original translation from German of the Grimm Brothers tale Bärenhäuter by ...

The Big Wave

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The Big Wave is a short and simple story from Japan, with suggested activities ...

The Rattle and The Nasty Beastie

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The Rattle and The Nasty Beastie are stories that involve a great deal of ...

Mrs Mactavish and the Fairies

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This is a very simple tale for younger children or children with additional support ...

The Wisdom of Age and Youth

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This resource is a really good starting point for your storytelling session. The activities ...

The Hobyahs - Halloween Resource

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Trick or Tale? Scary stories of ghosts, witches and monsters are always popular with ...

The Tale of Atalanta

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This resource includes an original re-telling of the Greek tale Atalanta and Melanion with ...

The Fisherman, the Selkie and the Moon

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This unique resource includes a re-telling of a well-known traditional story in two versions, ...

Storytelling with Children with Special Needs

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Ailie Finlay's brief starter guide to finding, choosing and telling stories with groups of ...

Storytelling with Young People

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A wonderfully comprehensive resource by Michael Williams, aimed at anyone who is already using ...

Children As Storytellers (Early years)

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Ruth Kirkpatrick and Claire McNicol take you through their Gingerbread Man workshop, complete with ...

Storymaking with Puppets (Primary, esp. special needs)

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Ewan McVicar provides a step-by-step guide to group storymaking using puppets, props and objects. ...

10 Tips for Beginning to Tell Stories to Children (Upper primary & lower secondary)

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Ewan McVicar shares ten handy hints for beginner storytellers. A perfect accompaniment to his ...

Children are Storytellers (Under 5s)

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Ideas and advice from Ewan McVicar for using stories with children, from developing storytelling ...

Nature Story Walk (Primary)

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Fun ways to use story with children to bring the natural world and its ...

Scots Rhymes, Riddles and Games (Primary)

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A favourite selection of rhymes, riddles and games for children (and big kids!) from ...

Early Years Starter Pack

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Some rhymes, stories and ideas to get you started with early years children and ...

Environmental Story Games

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John Hamilton offer some creative ideas for exploring your local environment with children. ...

Storytelling Booklist

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Bea Ferguson provides an invaluable list of recommended stories, rhymes and resources, categorised by ...

Planning Your Storytelling Visit

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Useful advice from the Scottish Storytelling Centre on booking a storyteller then preparing for ...

Puzzle Stories

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A selection of puzzling story starters from Bob Pegg to get children and adults ...

Promoting Your Event

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Lots of useful advice from the Scottish Storytelling Centre team for publicising and promoting ...

How to Learn a New Story

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Judy Paterson's step-by-step guide to learning a story. It's never been so easy! ...

The Witches of Kintail

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This story was learned from the late Angus Russell, who told it all over ...

Foo the Adder is sae Lang

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This is a movement story told in Doric. Each animal has its own movements ...

The Star Apple

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I heard this extended riddle from David Campbell many years ago and have been ...

 

Traditional Music Forum

The TMF is a network of around 80 music organisations supporting Scotland’s vibrant traditional music community.

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Scottish Storytelling Forum

The Scottish Storytelling Forum was founded in 1992 to encourage and support the telling and sharing of stories amongst all age groups and all sectors of society.

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Traditional Dance Forum of Scotland

Traditional Dance Forum of Scotland is currently being developed with the aim to support all Scottish traditional dance forms as well as other traditional dance forms established in Scotland.

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Courses and Workshops

We host a variety of courses and workshops to give you access to quality teaching and resources for the traditional arts and Scottish culture.

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