Books, Storytelling

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Fringe by the Sea

With a spot of sea air and an entertaining line-up of music, comedy, theatre, film, author and children's events, North Berwick's multi-arts festival offers a respite from the madness of Edinburgh in festival season.

Various venues: North Berwick

Fri 2 Aug

Times & prices vary / 07721 910982

Sat 3 Aug

Times & prices vary / 07721 910982

Sun 4 Aug

Times & prices vary / 07721 910982

…and 7 more dates until 11 Aug

The Portstewart Community Red Sails Festival

There's fun for all the family at this festival, with a variety of storytelling, magic and puppet shows, Victorian-themed workshops, fancy dress competitions, street theatre, live music and more.

The Crescent, Portstewart

Mon 22 Jul

Times vary / Free / 028 7034 4723

Tue 23 Jul

Times vary / Free / 028 7034 4723

Wed 24 Jul

Times vary / Free / 028 7034 4723

…and 3 more dates until 27 Jul

CatFest

A celebration of all things feline, the UK's cat festival Catfest showcases buzz-worthy products and accessories for cats and cat-folks, books, art, veggie street food, kitty-themed cakes and cocktails while helping cats in need. Plus festival goers can enjoy films, inspiring talks from animal experts and bestselling…

Beckenham Place Mansion

Sat 29 Jun

£9.05–£22.25 / 07834273297

3 Harbours Arts Festival

A diverse mix of art, music, performance and heritage which has been hosted by the delightful East Lothian locations of Prestonpans, Port Seton and Cockenzie for over a decade now.

Various venues: East Lothian

Sat 29 Jun

Times & prices to be confirmed

Sun 30 Jun

Times & prices to be confirmed

Mon 1 Jul

Times & prices to be confirmed

…and 6 more dates until 7 Jul

Guid Crack Storytelling Session

Regular storytelling club involving song and music aplenty.

Waverley Bar, Edinburgh

Fri 28 Jun

suggested donation £4–£5 / 0131 557 1050

Four legs Good, Two Legs Bad with Daniel Serridge

An Obscurity of Poets

Evening celebrating poetry hosted by poet and storyteller Andrew James Brown.

Mascara Bar, London N16

Thu 27 Jun

Free

  • 20:00 – 23:30

Thu 25 Jul

Free

  • 20:00 – 23:30

Thu 29 Aug

Free

  • 20:00 – 23:30
…and 3 more dates until 28 Nov

Portland Street Exchange Southampton: Arts and Literature

Local creatives host this day of literary-themed workshops and activities.

Mutrend Lab, Southampton

Sat 29 Jun

Free / 02380 972 366

Debi Gliori

Max had lots of ideas for what would be his ideal pet. A cat? A dog? A penguin? A shark? A dragon? For some reason, Max's parents weren't quite so keen. Join Debi Gliori to hear the story of The Bookworm and draw your own idea of what happened next. Debi, creator of the Bookbug mascot, has written and illustrated so…

North Berwick Library

Fri 2 Aug

£2.50 / 01620 820700

Part of Fringe by the Sea.

OneTrackMinds

Six storytellers share stories about the music that changed their lives.

Wilton's Music Hall, London E1

Thu 11 Jul

£3–£12.50 / 020 7702 2789

Tidelines Book Festival

Largs-based book festival with a great little line-up of events for kids and adults alike.

Harbour Arts Centre, Irvine

Thu 26 Sep

Times & prices to be confirmed / 01294 274059

Fri 27 Sep

Times & prices to be confirmed / 01294 274059

Sat 28 Sep

Times & prices to be confirmed / 01294 274059

Sun 29 Sep

Times & prices to be confirmed / 01294 274059

Allan Beswick

The BBC broadcaster shares tales of life and the Universe as seen through the eyes of a working class lad from a council estate in Warrington.

The Edge, Manchester

Fri 15 Nov

£10–£12 / 0161 282 9776

Art on the Rails

Free monthly celebration of contemporary arts and crafts, music and storytelling.

Project 24, Bangor

Sun 30 Jun

Free

  • 11:00 – 15:00

Sun 28 Jul

Free

  • 11:00 – 15:00

Sat 31 Aug

Free

  • 11:00 – 15:00

Sun 29 Sep

Free

  • 11:00 – 15:00

The Da Vinci of Taiwan

The ‘Da Vinci of Taiwan’- special exhibition of artworks by painter, sculptor and temple designer Mei-Shu Li (1902-1983) The exhibition will be at Leiden Square. Activities will be held at both Leiden Square and Rooftop Terrace from Saturday 20th July to Sunday 11th August: Various activities for families to…

Westgate Shopping Centre, Oxford

Sat 20 Jul

Free / 01865 708117

  • 10:00 – 17:00

Sun 21 Jul

Free / 01865 708117

  • 10:00 – 17:00

Mon 22 Jul

Free / 01865 708117

  • 10:00 – 17:00
…and 20 more dates until 11 Aug

Experience Taiwan: the ‘beautiful island'

Exhibition of Taiwanese children’s artworks. A selection of artworks by Mei-Shu Li and bamboo crafts from the town of Zhu Shan (Bamboo Mountain) will be on show throughout this event on the roof terrace at Westgate Oxford. Various activities for families to experience art, culture and life from Taiwan including:…

Westgate Shopping Centre, Oxford

Fri 26 Jul

Free / 01865 708117

  • 10:00 – 17:00

Sat 27 Jul

Free / 01865 708117

  • 10:00 – 17:00

Sun 28 Jul

Free / 01865 708117

  • 10:00 – 17:00
…and 14 more dates until 11 Aug

Glendronach Whisky Tasting Dinner

A brand ambassador from Glendronach explains three malt whiskies paired with three tasting plates.

Carmelite, Aberdeen

Thu 7 Nov

£25

  • 19:00 – 21:00

Hansel And Gretel

Time’s are tough for the family in the wood, they’d eat like kings if only they could. Famine stalks the land and something wicked is close at hand, follow Hansel and Gretel as they are put to the test, armed only with a loaf of bread. Will they eat to survive or leave a trail home instead?

Putney Arts Theatre, London SW15

Thu 11 Jul

Family £5–£35 / 02087886943

  • 19:00 – 19:30

Fri 12 Jul

Family £5–£35 / 02087886943

  • 19:00 – 19:30

Sat 13 Jul

Family £5–£35 / 02087886943

  • 14:00 – 14:30
  • 19:00 – 19:30

Islay Book Festival

An intimate and friendly festival on the popular whisky isle that caters to Scotland's love of crime thrillers as well as introducing quirky and challenging books in a programme with something for all ages.

Various venues: Islay

Thu 29 Aug

Times & prices to be confirmed

Fri 30 Aug

Times & prices to be confirmed

Sat 31 Aug

Times & prices to be confirmed

Sun 1 Sep

Times & prices to be confirmed

Magic carpet storytelling special

Take part in a joyful family festival day with a musical story, led by an early years music facilitator.

The National Gallery, London WC2N

Sun 30 Jun

Pigott Education Centre Foyer

Free / 020 7747 2885

Newark Book Festival

Literature festival in Newark filling a weekend with author events, panel talks, and activities for the entire family.

Various venues: Newark

Fri 12 Jul

Prices vary / 01636 655755

  • 12:00 – 20:00

Sat 13 Jul

Prices vary / 01636 655755

  • 09:30 – 19:00

Sun 14 Jul

Prices vary / 01636 655755

  • 10:00 – 20:00

Newcastle Improv Festival: Stella Duffy O.B.E Improv for Writers Masterclass

Stella Duffy will lead a full-day workshop of improvisation exercises and attitudes to apply to writing - whether as an improviser who wants to write more, or a writer who needs unblocking, unsticking, getting-going, these techniques and challenges are hugely useful. Stella has been an improviser since the late 1980s…

Jurys Inn Newcastle, Newcastle Upon Tyne

Sat 3 Aug

£60 (£54) / 0191 209 4282

  • 10:00 – 17:00

Orkney Storytelling Festival

A four-day programme of walks, talks, story sessions and workshops with renowned storytellers from Scotland and beyond. The events are held across mainland Orkney with a trip to at least one of the outer islands; the last night always includes an Open Mic session, to encourage new talent. The 2019 programme includes Mara…

Various venues: Orkney

Thu 24 Oct

Times & prices to be confirmed

Fri 25 Oct

Times & prices to be confirmed

Sat 26 Oct

Times & prices to be confirmed

Sun 27 Oct

Times & prices to be confirmed

Scottish International Storytelling Festival

A celebration of live storytelling and imagination uniting Scottish and international storytellers and musicians. Performance, workshops, talks and children's events radiate out from the capital with guest storytellers from across the globe. The 2019 festival has a special focus between Scotland and Canada, aimed at…

Scottish Storytelling Centre, Edinburgh

Fri 18 Oct

Times & prices vary / 0131 556 9579

Sat 19 Oct

Times & prices vary / 0131 556 9579

Sun 20 Oct

Times & prices vary / 0131 556 9579

…and 11 more dates until 31 Oct

Stories at The Storey

An open mic night featuring real people telling real stories.

The Storey, Lancaster

Thu 27 Jun

pay what you decide

Thu 25 Jul

pay what you decide

Stories at the Storey True Story Open Mic

Stories at the Storey is a monthly true-story open mic night. Each month, writers loosely interpret the month's theme.

The Storey, Lancaster

Thu 27 Jun

Free

  • 19:00 – 20:00

Free pay what you decide

  • 19:00 – 20:00

Thu 25 Jul

Free pay what you decide

  • 19:00 – 20:00

Story Weekend

Meet some of your favourite characters from classic children’s stories and join us for interactive storytelling sessions with a difference.

Eureka! The National Children's Museum, Halifax

Sat 21 Sep

£0–£13.95 / 01422 330069

  • 10:00 – 17:00

Sun 22 Sep

£0–£13.95 / 01422 330069

  • 10:00 – 17:00