Celebrating Scottish culture at the Storytelling Festival

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The 2017 Scottish International Storytelling Festival gets underway on Friday 20 October, and as well as boasting a fantastic line-up of stories and storytellers from across the world, traditional Scottish culture is strongly represented too. 

We've already taken a look at the international side of the Festival programme, and now here are just some of the tales and tellers from closer to home!

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From Edinburgh’s Pen to the World (20, 21, 27 & 28 October 2017)

Edinburgh's Mercat Tours lead four 5pm walks around the Scottish capital's Old Town, looking at how and why Edinburgh has inspired so many writers across fiction, theology, economics and more. (5+) 

City Of Stories; City Of Dreams (21 October 2017)

A panel discussion on Edinburgh's importance as an influence on storytellers, writers, poets and thinkers throughout history, followed by a walking tour led by poet Ken Cockburn (pictured above). (Adults)

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365 Days, Stories, Tunes (21 October 2017)

James Robertson, Aidan O'Rourke (pictured above) and Kit Downes present a calendar of words and music based on O'Rourke's musical responses to Robertson's 365 stories, written each day throughout one year. (Adults) 

Wee Folk Magic (21 October 2017)

With sessions at both the Scottish Storytelling Centre and the Museum of Childhood across the street, Wee Folk Magic offers a chance for all ages to enjoy fairy tales through listening and participation. 13 sessions throughout the afternoon will feature 8 different storytellers. (Families) 

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The Enchanted Garden: Storytelling Amongst The Trees (22 October 2017)

Relax in Edinburgh's Royal Botanic Garden (pictured above) and enjoy an afternoon of storytelling for all the family. (All ages) 

St Magnus of Orkney - 900 years (22 October 2017)

Storyteller Tom Muir tells the saga of Orkney's peacemaking earl, Magnus, whose efforts cost him his life. (Adults) 

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Tales For Sale (23 October 2017)

The always-popular Ron and Fergus, aka Macastory, will be serving up helpings of adventure, love, true crime and derring do at the National Library of Scotland (6+ and adults) 

Precious Legacies: Remembering The Ancestors (24 October 2017)

Celebrating the rich inheritance of storytelling tradition, Margaret Bennet (pictured above left), David Campbell (pictured above centre), Ruth Kirkpatrick (pictured above right), and Jess Smith pay tribute to their forebears. (Adults) 

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The Alan Bruford Lecture - A Night In The Fairy Brugh: Music And Dance Through The Lens Of Gaelic Storytelling (24 October 2017)

Dr Uilleam Lamb draws on the work of Dr Alan Bruford to offer a fresh angle on Gaelic culture, through the tales told within the culture itself. (Adults)

The Missing Lynx (25 October 2017)

Storyteller Daniel Allison (pictured above) is joined by musician Lally O'Keefe to explore whether wolves, bears and lynx should return to Scotland's hills and forests. (Adults, also suitable for interested older children) 

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Rainbow On Leith (29 October 2017)

A celebration of the diverse and lively culture of Leith, in the north east of Edinburgh, considering food, stories, music and dance. (All ages) 

Ossian Supper (31 October 2017)

A unique evening of feasting, comradeship, poetry, story and song, celebrating Scotland's ancient Bard, Ossian. Storyteller George Macpherson (pictured above), Ossian Supper initiator Ruaridh Mackintosh and others end the Storytelling Festival in style. (Adults)

The Scottish International Storytelling Festival runs from 20-31 October 2017 and tickets are available nowFind out more about the Storytelling Festival.

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