Visit website - The Scottish Storytelling Centre

Visit website - The Scottish Storytelling Centre













The story is told eye to eye, mind to mind and heart to heart”

Scottish Traveller proverb

Box Office 0131 556 9579

Scottish Storytelling Centre, 43-45 High Street, Edinburgh EH1 1SR

Welcome As winter changes to spring we celebrate

2012, the Year of Creative Scotland, with tales, music and traditions at

the home of Scotland's stories.

January is Burns month, with our annual favourite Supper with Burns

and regular events that take their inspiration from Scotland's great bard.

There's also another chance to catch the fantastic Dream or Not, a BSL

theatre performance for both Deaf and hearing audiences with a saucy side!

February means Valentine's and we provide our usual alternative to

the saccharine sweetness with Café Voices: Cupid's Arrow, as well

as welcoming three fantastic productions as part of the Middle

Eastern Festival of Spirituality and Peace (MESP).

We kick off spring in style this March with girl power courtesy of International Women's

Day, some St. Patrick's Day craic with An Irish Jaunt, crowning our coveted Tall Tales

Oscar winner and celebrating traditional arts with a packed Ceilidh Culture programme!






Event bookings

By phone: Call the box office on 0131 556 9579 and book your tickets by

credit or debit card.

In person: The Centre's box office is open Monday-Saturday, 10am-6pm.

Event and training enquiries

For training events contact Davide on 0131 652 3272.

For all other events contact Daniel on 0131 652 3273.

We try our hardest to make sure event details listed here are correct, but to avoid

disappointment please check with the box office and book in advance. Sometimes the

Exhibition space is not accessible to the public because of a private function

booking. Please call ahead to check.

Stay in touch

Why not sign up to our email bulletin and receive regular updates on events

Or you can become a member of the Scottish Storytelling Network to receive

discounts on training and access to special events. Call our outreach team on

0131 652 3272 or visit

We are open 10am-6pm Monday to Saturday

Visiting the Centre is free, with a small charge for entry to the John

Knox House. As a four-star attraction we provide you with a café, a

Storytelling Court, a free exhibition space and bookshop.

Families are welcome!

Highchairs and baby changing facilities are available. Events with

this symbol are particularly suitable for children and families.

The Centre is accessible

Accessible to wheelchair users, there are audio loops in our

performance areas and Braille signage throughout. Please let us

know if you'd like any of our publications in a different format or if

you need help once you're here.


Diary of Events





Until Mon 9 Jan Pusong Pinoy: Children First 4

Fri 13 Jan Café Voices: Old & New 4

Fri 20 Jan - Sat 25 Feb A New Look At The Old Town 4

Sat 21 Jan Dream or Not 4


Tue 17 Jan Tiny Tales 4

Sat 21 Jan Oor Rabbie 5

Mon 23 Jan Café Ceilidh 5

Mon 23 - Wed 25 Jan Supper with Burns 5

Fri 27 Jan Guid Crack: Inspired by Burns 5

Sat 28 Jan

Burns Family Festival Day

- Burns in the City! 5

- Burns Songs & Music 5

- Rabbie as a Laddie 5

- Simply Burns 5

Thu 2 Feb LGBT Families: Our Stories 6

Sat 18 Feb LGBT Families Day: Storytelling for Children 6

Fri 10 & Sat 11 Feb Passing Through 6

Sat 11 Feb The Story Kist: Inclusive Storytelling 6

Tue 14 Feb Tiny Tales 6

Wed 15 Feb Café Voices: Cupid's Arrow 6

Thu 16 Feb Greyfriars Bobby 7

Fri 17 Feb You and Me… to the Sea…! 7

Fri 17 Feb Scottish Tales of the Sea and Shore 7


Tue 21 & Wed 22 Feb When Abel met Cain 7

Fri 24 Feb Theseus and the Minotaur: A Love Story 7

Wed 29 Feb Tyi Wara - The Earth Hero 7

Fri 24 Feb Guid Crack 8

Thu 1 Mar Translating Storytelling 8

Goddess: International Women's Day & Women's History Month

Fri 2 Mar - Wed 28 Mar I Am Woman 8

Fri 2 Mar I Am Woman: Preview 8

Wed 7 Mar Café Voices: Female Power - Past, Present and Future 9

Thu 8 - Sat 10 Mar Goddess 9

Fri 9 & Sat 10 Mar Gifts of the Goddess 9

Fri 9 Mar Ancient and Modern Goddesses 9

Sat 10 Mar Making Your Own Red Shoes 9

Ceilidh Culture

Thu 15 Mar A Time to Keep 10

Fri 16 Mar An Irish Jaunt 10

Sat 17 Mar Through New Eyes: BSL Performance 10

Tue 20 Mar Tiny Tales 10

Thu 22 Mar The Coming of the Unicorn 10

Sat 24 Mar Tall Tales Oscar 11

Fri 30 Mar Guid Crack 11

Fri 30 Mar Movings of the Spirit 11



In this Year of Creative Scotland…

Until Mon 9 Jan | 10am-6pm | Free

Pusong Pinoy: Children First


Founded in May 2009, Pusong Pinoy (Heart of a Filipino), is a non-profit

organisation which supports marginalised children in the Philippines and has become a

global family of "Heroes", with over 30,000 books donated to established literacy

programs. This exhibition captures the essence of their work in promoting literacy to

eradicate poverty, where too many children have never seen a book, or have limited access to books.

See for more details.

Fri 13 Jan | 7pm (2hrs) | £5 | 14+

Café Voices: Old & New


Join storyteller Helen East for a celebration of the old and the new. Stories are the

perfect platform to reflect on memories and inspire aspirations for the future. An openfloor

opportunity to bring stories, songs, poems or music to this relaxed evening in the

Storytelling Court.

Fri 20 Jan - Sat 25 Feb | 10am-6pm | Free

A New Look At The Old Town


In 2003, William Highet produced a series of successful streetscapes of Melrose which

encouraged him to embark on the ambitious project of painting the south side of the

Royal Mile, Edinburgh, in November 2000. The Old Town has always intrigued Highet,

and over the period of time that he worked on the canvases in this exhibition, he

developed a familiarity with the architecture. The series of paintings took more than two years to

complete, and the result is an impressive testament to his architectural expertise and artistic flair. The

work is now part of The City of Edinburgh Council collection and is usually housed at The City Art


Sat 21 Jan | 7.30pm (1hr) | £10 | Adults (18+)

Dream or Not


Presented by Actual Signs, this storytelling theatre performance is a representation,

using a visual language, of sexuality within adult relationships. A fun, flirty and highlycharged

play delivered by male and female sign language users who cleverly show

both perspectives of this adult theme. The expression used within the performance

relates to the use and meaning of signed languages and exposes parts of the language usually wellhidden.

The performers include a BSL storyteller and a university lecturer, who present three different

short stories in three different settings to illustrate how men and women think when they have one thing

on their minds. For both Deaf and hearing audiences, however, this show will be performed in BSL so

will be most suitable for people with some interest in or knowledge of BSL, including those attending

BSL classes.

Burnsfest 2012

In association with Scotland's Winter Festivals, we have a packed

programme of Robert Burns related events, including storytelling, music, songs and haggis! For

people who know everything, a little or not a lot about Scotland’s favourite son.

Tue 17 Jan | 10am & 11.30am (40mins) | £6 per child | Age 6mths-2yrs

Tiny Tales


Enjoy Scottish songs and stories for the small in honour of Robert Burns, but watch out

for the Loch Ness Monster! With storyteller Claire McNicol.


Sat 21 Jan | 4pm (1hr) | 6+

Oor Rabbie

Storytelling Theatre

Join Foolish Notion for the perfect introduction (or refresher!) to the life and work of

Robert Burns. With live music, lots of participation and a witty storytelling style, discover

the history of Scotland's famous bard through his best-known work – including Tam

O'Shanter, Tae a Mouse and Address to a Haggis. Foolish Notion is Wendy Weatherby

(cello) and Andy Cannon – one of Scotland's most acclaimed folk musicians and one of Scotland's

finest storytellers working together to create a unique theatrical experience.

Mon 23 Jan | 2pm (2hrs) | Free | All Ages

Café Ceilidh


Join Linten Adie and friends from the Scots Music Group for a relaxed afternoon of

music and song celebrating Scotland's favourite son, Robert Burns.

Mon 23 - Wed 25 Jan | 7pm (2hrs) | £20 | Adults

Supper with Burns


A seasonal favourite – an alternative Burns supper at Edinburgh's famous

Burns pub, The Tass, hosted by storytellers David Campbell and Linda Bandelier.

Expect a generous helping of Burns' stories, song and lore served with the traditional

haggis, neeps and tatties. Book early to avoid disappointment!

Fri 27 Jan | 7.30pm (2hrs 30mins) | By donation (suggest £3) | Adults

Guid Crack: Inspired by Burns


Glasgow Museum’s Storytelling Fellow Kati Waitzmann takes to the stage with tales

that haunt the Ayrshire coast. Enjoy a storytelling exploration of magic, strange deeds, a

fair maid who blush'd a sweet consent and tim'rous beasties. Accompanied young

adults welcome.

Burns Family Festival Day

Sat 28 Jan

A fun-packed day for all the family! Interactive stories, music, song and laughter all inspired by

Robert Burns. For friends from Scotland and all over the world!

10.30am (1hr) | £5/£3 | 5+

Burns in the City!


Kicking off our Burns Family Day

with a bang, join storyteller Tim

Porteus and friends for a fun-filled

morning of getting to know Rabbie

as he travels into Edinburgh for the

first time. Plenty of stories, songs,

poems and laughter for all the family.

12pm (1hr) | Free | All Ages

Burns Songs & Music


A celebration of all things Burns

with live music and song in the

Storytelling Court. Grab some lunch

or tea and cake in the Storytelling

Café and listen to the sounds of

Burns, or just drop-in to the Court

and enjoy!

2pm (1hr) | £5/£3 | 8+

Rabbie as a Laddie

Storytelling & Puppetry

What made Rabbie the way he was Was Rabbie an

awfu' laddie Where did his wonderful words come

from Join storyteller and puppeteer Sylvia Troon

for an interactive session of stories and fun.

3pm (90mins) | £6/£4 | 12+

Simply Burns

Music and Spoken Word

Experience the romance and humour of Scotland's

most famous poet in this enchanting programme of

song, story and verse. Combining atmospheric

readings of some of his best loved poems and

personal thoughts with songs inspired by his verse,

Simply Burns is an event that celebrates the very

best of The Bard. This captivating revue is a hit with

devotees of Burns as well as with those who find it

all a bit daunting. It's witty, entertaining, and

engaging… who knew Burns could be so much fun



Thu 2 Feb | 7pm (2hrs) | £5 | 16+

LGBT Families: Our Stories


Join LGBT Youth Scotland, The LGBT Centre for Health & Wellbeing and the Scottish

Storytelling Centre for an evening of storytelling about the different and diverse ways

LGBT communities choose to create their families. Hear from mums, dads, partners,

boyfriends, girlfriends, co-parents and friends about the highs and lows of assisted fertility, co-parenting,

adoption, fostering and more. You will also have the chance to tell your own story, sharing your journey

with other parents and people hoping to parent. This event will be in a relaxed and safe environment

and will be facilitated by people with personal experience of parenting in diverse families.

Sat 18 Feb | 2pm (1hr) | £5 | 5-8yrs

LGBT Families Day: Storytelling for Children


Join the Scottish Storytelling Centre and LGBT Youth Scotland for an afternoon of

storytelling, aimed at 5-8 year olds, but younger and older children are welcome. The

afternoon will explore the diverse makeup of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender

families in a child friendly way. The storyteller facilitating these events has worked with LGBT Youth

Scotland to create stories that reflect how LGBT families are created and what makes them so special.

This event is open to all children, not just those from LGBT families.

Fri 10 & Sat 11 Feb | 7.30pm (1hr) | £10/£8 | 14+

Passing Through


Passing Through by Alistair Rutherford is set on a wet winter's night. At the Dockers

Social Club there's been a terrible mistake. They booked 'The Ace of Spades' thinking it

was a Motorhead tribute band but they got Tommy the Magician instead. Tommy made

a sharp exit and is nursing a pint and a bruised ego in the pub down the road when Alice stomps in

from the rain. She's soaked, been stood up and that's it, she's had it forever with romance.

What neither of them realise is that some magic might just be around the corner… Or is true love just

another conjuring trick, a sleight of hand Peapod Productions return to the Storytelling Centre after

this summer's 5* sell-out performance of The Garden.

Sat 11 Feb | 11am (1hr) | £5 - Family ticket £16 (4 people) | All Ages

The Story Kist: Inclusive Storytelling


As the days get lighter join us for stories of sunshine, star-shine, moonshine and candle

light. Interactive stories and games for children with additional needs, their families,

friends and carers. A chance to share experiences with lots of fun for everyone! With

storytellers Ailie Finlay and Marie Louise Cochrane.

Tue 14 Feb | 10am & 11.30am (40mins) | £6 per child | Age 6mths-2yrs

Tiny Tales


"Love is a comforting wave or a hug.

Love is a noo-noo, a sniffy, a snug.

Love is memory wrapped in a jug…

Time to get The Love Bug!"

Bring love to share in this cosy session with storyteller Maria Cairnie for little ones to get interactive with


Wed 15 Feb | 7pm (2hrs) | £5 | 14+

Café Voices: Cupid's Arrow


Songs, stories and music for love with Janis Mackay, David Campbell and acclaimed

musicians, at the Centre’s popular monthly open-floor event.


Thu 16 Feb | 11am (45mins) | £6 per child | 4-8 yrs

Greyfriars Bobby


Storyteller and puppeteer Poppy Browne takes us on a playful adventure into the times

of Greyfriars Bobby, through the eyes of Nelly the Victorian maid. Puppet fun for all the

family in the mid-term break!

Fri 17 Feb | 10.30am (40mins) | £5/£3 | 7+

You and Me…to the Sea…!


Scottish tales and songs of the sea with Lea Taylor and Heather Yule. Meet selkies,

changelings and talkative fishermen on an unforgettable voyage of adventure. Funded

by Enterprise Music Scotland.

Fri 17 Feb | 7.30pm (1hr) | £6/£4 | 14+

Scottish Tales of the Sea and Shore


A veritable delight of stories and songs from the sea. Learn about the real Selkie of Sule

Skerrie from the hearthside of Marion MacRae, based on traditional music, song and

story, as told by singer and storyteller Lea Taylor, accompanied by clarsach player and

storyteller Heather Yule. An innovative performance guaranteed to delight, enthrall and

entrance – not to be missed. Funded by Enterprise Music Scotland.

MESP 2012

The annual Edinburgh International Festival of Middle Eastern Spirituality and

Peace brings together people from a wide range of backgrounds to explore

spiritual, secular, educational, artistic and cultural approaches to peace and mutual understanding.

Tue 21 & Wed 22 Feb | 7.30pm (55mins) | £10/£7 | 14+

When Abel met Cain


A powerful portrayal of the Israel/Palestine conflict in a turbulent and vivid storytelling

journey. An intense and gripping performance of myth, wonder tale and real life stories.

In their quest, storyteller and musician join powers to probe into the darker side of the

human psyche and find light. The audience is guided through cobblestone paths, paved with memories,

love, fears, melodies, battles, tenderness, laughter and tears that stretch from despair to redemption.

Performed by Raphael Rodan and Anastasis Sarakatsanos. "hugely absorbing" (Scotsman), "Inventive

and skilful storytelling" (Broadway Baby).

Fri 24 Feb, 7.30pm and Sat 25 Feb, 3pm & 7.30pm (1hr + Q&A) |

£10/£7 | 14+

Theseus and the Minotaur: A Love Story

Storytelling Theatre

Breaking News! Modern TV meets ancient myth in an exclusive interview with Theseus,

heroic monster killer and King of ancient Athens. For the first time he reveals his secret

loves, fears and betrayals as he travels through the Labyrinth. His task is to kill the monstrous Minotaur

who waits patiently in the centre of the maze for his human prey, but their encounter is not what either

expects. Set to a smouldering backdrop of Flamenco music and dance, both man and beast reveal the

very heart of human identity.

Wed 29 Feb | 7pm (1hr) | £6/£4 | 8+

Tyi Wara – The Earth Hero


Born in a mythical realm, the hero Tyi Wara descended to the earth. His destiny was to

reveal the secret of agriculture to the Bambara people of Mali. In a unique fusion of

physical storytelling, contemporary dance and live music featuring the kora, drum and

balafon, this exciting new production unites the traditional with the contemporary, exploring issues of

social collaboration, the importance of work and respect for the earth.



Fri 24 Feb | 7.30pm (2hrs 30mins) | By donation (suggest £3) | Adults

Guid Crack


Fair Women and Foul… Edinburgh's monthly storytelling session returns with guest

Peter Snow, honouring the fairer sex. Accompanied young adults welcome.


Thu 1 Mar | 7.30pm (2hrs) | Free (but ticketed) | 16+

Translating Storytelling


Can storytelling connect us if we speak different languages Can it cross geographic

frontiers and bring us closer together Can we find ourselves in stories told by speakers

of other tongues If you are curious and want to find out, join us for this special story

performance event. Storytellers, including Michal Malinowski, James MacDonald Reid and Ewan

McVicar, present tales from Poland, Russia, Georgia and Scotland. It is a unique intercultural treat and it

is all on us! This event is funded by a grant from the UK's Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC)

and organized by the Centre for Russian, Central and East European Studies.


International Women's Day & Women's History Month

Strange Theatre presents Goddess, a series of events in collaboration

with the Scottish Storytelling Centre to celebrate the 101st International Women's Day (Thu 8 Mar)

and Women's History Month during March 2012.

Fri 2 - Wed 28 Mar | 10am-6pm | Free | All Ages

I Am Woman


We are used to seeing women in images; often this portrayal is predictable, derogatory

and even damaging. What happens when a group of female artists are let loose and

invited to express how they see the female experience A feast for the eyes that is both

beautiful and challenging, enjoy a range of work on display from established, emerging

and community artists. Many pieces will also be available to buy.

Fri 2 Mar | 7pm (2hrs) | Free | All Ages

I Am Woman: Preview


An opportunity to be amongst the first to see the artwork displayed and meet the artists



Wed 7 Mar | 7pm (2hrs) | £5 | 14+

Café Voices: Female Power – Past, Present and Future

Poetry & Storytelling

On the eve of the 101st International Women's Day, Strange Theatre's Rachel Amey

will present some of her own performance poetry and invite guests to share their

stories, songs and poems in this informal gathering. Rachel co-created Strange

Theatre's 2011 International Women's Day production, Mother, à la carte. Her other recent work

includes performances at The Arches, CCA, Blind Poetics, Cargo's Margins Festival in Glasgow,

Jackson's Lane Theatre in London, The Traverse, The Tron, Confab, Glasgay and Theatre Portal.

Thu 8, Fri 9 & Sat 10 Mar | 7pm (90mins), plus 3pm on Sat 10 | £9/£7 | 14+



A rippling. There's something bubbling under the surface. Set between two worlds. The

first, an ancient Scottish landscape of female dynasties and river goddesses where the

figureheads of a matriarchal community face a changing of the tides. The other, a

disconnected urban Scotland with complicated contradictions of female power where three women

negotiate their evolving identities. The earth is trembling with the promise of a new wave.

After the performance you are invited to join the creators of the play in the Café for drinks, socialising

and informal discussion. In February we will be consulting our audiences as we devise the play. If you

would like to influence the development through our workshops or social media please get in touch with

us through our website, facebook or twitter.

Fri 9 & Sat 10 Mar | 12pm-7pm | Free | All Ages

Gifts of the Goddess


Browse, buy and sample from a wide selection of stalls right next to the Café. You'll find

all sorts of treats on offer including jewellery, crafts, handmade cards, relaxation

treatments, feminist literature, music, information from women's organisations and

activities to keep the children entertained.

Fri 9 Mar | 2pm-5pm | £30/£26

Ancient and Modern Goddesses

Theatre workshop

An interactive theatre workshop exploring female power through stories of Celtic

Goddesses, such as Brigit the maiden Goddess of fire, Riannan of emotional wisdom,

Madron the water of life, and the Old Woman Cailleach, the hag of winter and the

Scottish mountains. The afternoon will also explore the idea of the goddess in modern times, including

representations of female identity and women at different life stages. Explore goddess characters

dramatically in a practical drama workshop for professional and non-professional theatre makers, which

is for anyone interested in exploring Scottish mythology, female archetypes and theatre. Facilitated by

Caitrin Skinner for

Sat 10 Mar | 10am-4pm | £36/£32

Making Your Own Red Shoes


An all day workshop exploring three stories from the famous Women Who Run With the

Wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Estes. Facilitators Lesley O'Brien and Margaret Smith retell

The Red Shoes – a dark story where desire dances out of control; La Loba – The Wolf

Woman, a mystical tale of awakening and recovery of the creative self and Seal Skin-

Soul Skin, a story about losing your sparkle and finding it again. Tease out the themes of the stories by

dipping into different artforms and along the way discover new paths to insight and creativity. A

workshop for women, to mark International Women's Day, with time for personal reflection and group



Ceilidh Culture

Now in its tenth year, Ceilidh Culture is Edinburgh's annual traditional

arts festival and a great opportunity to get involved with the traditional arts, whether it is music,

song, dance or storytelling – right here in the heart of Scotland's capital city. Look out for more

Ceilidh Culture events in April at the Centre.


Thu 15 Mar | 7.30pm (2hrs) | £8/£6 | 12+

A Time to Keep


Poet and songwriter Lise Sinclair from Fair Isle performs an intimate acoustic set of

songs from her forthcoming CD A Time to Keep, based on George Mackay Brown's

collection of short stories of the same title. Tying Scottish and Nordic cultures across

time, Lise will be joined by the album’s co-writer, Astvaldur Traustasson of Iceland, as well as a host of

players from Orkney and Shetland – Bryan Cromarty, Inge Thomson and Ewen Thomson – plus

Icelandic translations by Adalstein Asberg Sigurdsson. Funded by Creative Scotland and Scotland's


Fri 16 Mar | 7.30pm (90mins) | £6/£4 | 14+

An Irish Jaunt


Join charismatic Claire McNicol, mighty Alexander Mckenzie and dauntless David

Campbell, along with the acclaimed piper Hamish Moore, who invite you to an Irish

celebration of story, music and song.

Sat 17 Mar | 7pm (2hrs) | £8/£6 | 14+

Through New Eyes: BSL Performance


A night of storytelling in British Sign Language to celebrate the eve of ‘BSL Day’,

taking place throughout the UK on Sun 18 Mar. Combining live performance with film,

this evening will present new perspectives on old fables and showcase innovative

signed stories for both children and adults, introducing the audience to a wide range of signing styles,

from ‘plain’ BSL to richer and more visual forms of the language. Performed in BSL with only the

introduction and closing remarks interpreted into English, this performance will be most suitable for

people with some interest in or knowledge of BSL, including those attending BSL classes.

Tue 20 Mar | 10am & 11.30am (40mins) | £6 per child | Age 6mths-2yrs

Tiny Tales


Spring is in the air and the Garden Guzzler is hungry again! Join Sylvia Troon and her

garden fairyfolk for songs, rhymes and weathery adventures!

Thu 22 Mar | 7pm (1hr) | £5/£3 | 8+

The Coming of the Unicorn


"Stories are something you carry with you, something to last your entire life, to be

passed on to your children, and their children for evermore." Duncan Williamson

Join us in celebrating the release of Duncan's posthumous collection of wonderful folk

and fairy tales for children, collected from the traditions of Travellers, as well as the crofters, farmers,

and shepherds he met along the way. The Coming of the Unicorn includes tales of cunning foxes and

storytelling cats, hunchbacked ogres and beautiful unicorns, helpful broonies and mysterious fairies, rich

kings and fearsome warriors, as well as stories about ordinary folks trying to make their way in the

world. Linda Williamson and David Campbell come together to celebrate Duncan's unique storytelling

voice, full of colour, humour and life.


Sat 24 Mar | 7.30pm (2hrs 30mins) | £8/£6 | 14+

Tall Tales Oscar


Hilarious, mysterious or plain ridiculous – listen to tall tales, ferocious fibs and fables

performed live on stage by Scotland's finest tellers, then you decide who wins the

lucrative accolade of Oscar the Leprechaun! Scotland's annual tall tales storytelling

competition is hosted by last year's outrageously amusing winner, Jack Martin. A guaranteed crowdpleaser

we recommend you book in advance.

Fri 30 Mar | 7.30pm (2hrs 30mins) | By donation (suggest £3) | Adults

Guid Crack


Edinburgh's monthly adult storytelling session at The Waverley Bar presents an open

floor special for the Ceilidh Culture festival. Accompanied young adults welcome.

Fri 30 Mar | 8pm (1hr) | £10/£7 | 14+

Movings of the Spirit

Music and Storytelling

Through story and song Mairi Campbell and David Francis explore the life of Mairi's

grandfather, Duncan Campbell: Highlander, seanachaidh and itinerant preacher.

Training and Development Events at the Scottish Storytelling Centre

Whether you're an aspiring or experienced storyteller, or are interested in the role storytelling could

play in your home, community or professional life, the Scottish Storytelling Centre can help. We

offer a range of exciting and innovative CPD in-service days and skill development workshops for

storytellers, teaching, social work and care staff, volunteers, parents and carers.

January Fri 13 Unfolding Your Story Map

Sat 14 Unlocking the Story

Fri 20 Help! Funding applications and project proposals

Sat 21 Beginning with Children 0-4

Fri 27 Learning to Collaborate

Sat 28 Starting with Stories 1

February Sat 4 Sensing Scotland's Stories

Mons 6-27 A Journey Through Fairytales

Sat 11 Beginning with Children 5-7

Sat 25 Starting with Stories 2

March Fri 9 Ancient and Modern Goddesses: Theatre workshop

Sat 10 Making Your Own Red Shoes

Sat 17 Signing Stories

Wed 28 Scottish Step Stories

Sat 31 Telling Scottish Folktale

Sat 31 Traveller Traditions

April Sat 7 Storytelling and Puppetry

Sat 21 Starting with Stories 1

Sat 28 Stories Count

Pick up a training programme leaflet at the Centre or visit the website For more information on storytelling training across Scotland,

please contact Davide Panzeri on or 0131 652 3272.

Visit us on Edinburgh's Royal Mile

John Knox House – Step inside history

Opening Times



Admission prices

Adult £4.25

Concession £3.75

Children £1.00

Audio Tour £1.00

We also accept the

Edinburgh Pass.

Large group

Get in touch and

arrange a tour for

your party.

0131 556 9579

Come and discover the fascinating history and dramatic conflicts

of the oldest house on Edinburgh's Royal Mile, exploring the life

and times of firebrand reformer John Knox and Mary, Queen of

Scots. This beautiful 15th century building, with ornate

carvings and painted ceiling, is now part of the

Storytelling Centre. Allow yourself 30mins to 1hr to visit

the House and exhibition. The upper floors are not

accessible to wheelchair users, but we have an

interactive panel on the ground floor to ensure that

nobody misses out.

East Market Street


High Street

St reet


North Bridge South Bridge

St Marys St

Blackfriars St

Box Office 0131 556 9579


The Scottish Storytelling Centre (SCO 11353) is a partnership between the Scottish Storytelling

Forum and the Church of Scotland, and is supported by Creative Scotland, the City of Edinburgh

Council and a wide range of charitable donations.

Photography : Solen Collet, Peter Dibdin, Ros Gasson, Kate Leiper, Simon Williams,

Steve Richmond, Simon Jones, Stephen Laurenson.


Scottish Storytelling Centre

& John Knox House

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