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The Art of Storytelling

Storytelling is a unique human skill shared between people, and is one of our oldest artforms. It brings words and the world to life, stimulates the imagination, and builds a sense of community between tellers and listeners.

Storyteller Mio Shapley. Credit Solen Collet.

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Book a Storyteller

Image of two women sharing stories.About Storytelling

Stories are everywhere – in newspapers, books, on TV and the internet. Every day conversation is full of anecdotes and real life stories.

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Scottish Storytelling Network

The Scottish Storytelling Network brings together tradition bearers, professional storytellers, storytelling practitioners and anyone else interested in storytelling. There are currently over 250 members forming a rich tapestry of creativity and talent buzzing with ideas and storytelling events.

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Image of an ourdoor storytelling event at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh.

Storytelling Outreach

We provide an extensive programme of inclusive storytelling activities to people of all ages and backgrounds.

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Young school girls enjoying a storytelling session at the Scottish Storytelling Centre

Storytelling in Education

Active learning and creativity are at the heart of storytelling. Find out how storytelling can develop skills and meet multiple outcomes in the Curriculum for Excellence.

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Image of Storytelling Court. Credit Solen Collet.

Scottish Storytelling Centre

The Scottish Storytelling Centre is a vibrant arts venue located on The Royal Mile in the heart of Edinburgh’s Old Town. Enjoy live storytelling, theatre, music, exhibitions, family events and workshops and discover Scotland’s rich story heritage.

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Explore our collection of storytelling, music, song and dance resources and delve deep into the richness of Scotland's intangible heritage.

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Scottish International Storytelling Festival

A ten-day celebration of live storytelling, oral traditions and cultural diversity that brings together Scottish and international storytellers and musicians in October.

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