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Booking Guidelines

If you are organising an event or some training and want one or more storytellers to get involved, here you can find a simple step by step guide that will help you through the process of booking a storyteller.

Step 1 – The planning

How many people are you expecting to attend? Do you have a suitable venue? Storytelling works best in intimate spaces, away from any possible source of noise and distraction. A classroom, tent, by the fireside work well while a big hall, a corner of a big room that is in use for something else are challenging environments in which to tell a story.

What is the age range of the audience? If you want a session aimed at children, bear in mind that for the age range 3-16 mixed audiences are not likely to work very well. The stories that engage and interest a 5 years old and a 14 years old are very different!

What kind of stories are you looking for? All of our storytellers have built a varied repertoire over the year, but most of them have an expertise with a particular kind of stories: legends of place, traditional folk tales from Scotland or elsewhere in the world, fairy tales, tall tales, historical tales, modern tales, foundation myths, pour quoi tales, jack tales….). If your audience include people with additional support needs or older people with dementia, you might want to make sure you book someone who is experienced with this kind of audiences.

Step 2 – Find a storyteller

Search a suitable storyteller here by area, age range expertise or language expertise in our Directory. Alternatively, you can contact us for advice on finding a suitable storyteller or to discuss a project involving storytelling.

Step 3 – The booking process

Once you have contacted a storyteller (either directly or through us) and have agreed the details of the booking, the Scottish Storytelling Centre or the storyteller will formalise the engagement by sending you a booking letter, which you are required to acknowledge. An invoice will follow, unless differently agreed. You can find our recommended rates here.

Step 4 – When the storyteller comes to visit

Here is a quick checklist of things to prepare ahead of the event in order for the event to run as smoothly as possible:

  • Make sure the storyteller is aware of any particular arrangements regarding travelling to the venue (parking places, accessibility…) it might be useful to arrange a map of the area for the storyteller in case of venues particularly difficult to find or reach.
  • Making sure a room/area has been allocated in which the group will sit (a quiet space is ideal, and smaller rooms are preferable to large halls which echo)
  • Arranging hospitality – ensuring that the storyteller has access to a toilet, tea/coffee/lunch etc.
  • Providing a glass of water for during the session
  • In case of events with children or vulnerable adults, ensure that a responsible adult is with the group at all times. Storytellers should never be left with a supervisory responsibility for such groups.
  • If the session is in a school, the class teacher should be present and participate in the session. Participation and observation are vital for follow-up work. Also, you might find it useful to read this guide on how to make the most of the storytelling visit to your school.

Booking Rates

Here you can find our recommended booking rates.

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Booking Guidelines

Here you can find guidelines on booking a storyteller.

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