Storytelling Festival offers advance look at 2015 lineup

The Scottish International Storytelling Festival is back for another season as the world’s finest feast of traditional storytelling - and with the full programme coming soon, they've revealed a few of the highlights coming this autumn...

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The advance programme for SISF 2015 (23 Oct - 1 Nov) is now available, with events gathered around the festival's central theme - Stories Without Borders.

Audiences will see and hear Scottish tales blended with those of the Middle East, North Africa and Europe, with cultural diversity placed centre stage, and tales from both near and far.

The festival also has many outdoor events happening around Edinburgh this year to celebrate storytelling's longstanding connections with the natural world. This year will see a particular focus on trees and host a unique exploration of Scotland’s forests at the Royal Botanic Gardens.

Open Table discussions will also run at this year’s festival allowing participants to get involved and share tales and music and song. There’ll be flavours from Scotland and the Middle East to help celebrate the Year of Food and Drink 2015.

In addition to its Edinburgh events, the Festival brings storytelling to towns around Scotland with its local programme. This year's events link storytelling to history through Dig It! the nationwide celebration of Scottish archaeology.

Stories and Hallowe'en are a frighteningly good combination so get the wee ones involved with the festival’s Guiser events on the scariest day of the year...

The festival will also hold a specially commissioned exhibition, Stories of the Stranger by Sylvia Woodcock-Clarke. This collection of black and white ink and wash drawings will be displayed at the Scottish Storytelling Festival, and will accompany contemporary retellings of traditional tales.

To find out more about the Storytelling Festival, view the advance programme on their website, and look out for further information coming soon on the full programme launch.

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