Talking Statues

Storytelling - Talking Statues

If you had the opportunity to tell the real story, fill an empty plinth, set the story straight, spotlight history with warts and all, put the focus on those written out of history – who would be sculpted and why? Now is your time to imagine who should be on a plinth and tell their story.

Ahead of the Scottish International Storytelling Festival [15-31 October], the Festival and the Scottish Storytelling Forum is inviting people to: 

  • Research community or family history by using archives, libraries, online portals or conversation
  • If you’re not sure who should be celebrated but would love to unearth a story we’re happy to help! Check out our reseachers starting kit 
  • Attend a free online storytelling skills workshop [Wed 20 Oct, 7 to 9pm] - Book Workshop Tickets
  • Join the social media discussion with #TalkingStatues [Tue 26 Oct]
  • Tell or listen to the stories at the Talking Statues event [Wed 27 Oct, 7 to 9pm] - Book Event Tickets
  • And if you're interested in running an event or participating with the theme, get in touch: miriam@tracscotland.org

The Festival has also partnered with Mercat Tours to deliver Talking Statues storytelling walking tours of Edinburgh. On these tours you will explore the stories of people from history, immortalised (in bronze), but murky in people’s memories – a fighter, surgeon, scientist, philosopher, an explorer and a politician.

The story of the life behind a statue will help you to make up your mind about how ‘worthy’ a person is of its dedication. Do we look up to them and their success stories or do we look up at them and remember their failings, which can teach us as much as their successes?

You’ll visit James Braidwood, hear about Elsie Inglis, James Barry, Joseph Knight amongst many others and we’ll finish at a statue of one of Scotland’s prominent politicians during the 1700s, which was recently the subject of much debate. Book Tickets Here

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