Scottish Storytelling Centre

Scottish Storytelling Centre
43–45 High Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1SR
  • Telephone 0131 556 9579
  • Seasonal times Sep 1–Jul 31: Mon–Sat 10am–6pm; closed Sun. Jul 1–Aug 31: Mon–Sat 10am–6pm; Sun noon–6pm.
  • Admission Free entry to SSC; John Knox House £5 (£4; children £1; under 7s free).
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  • Website www.tracscotland.org/scottish-storytelling-centre
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Scottish Storytelling Centre

A stylish contemporary building appended to the 15th-century home of Protestant reformer John Knox, housing materials relating to Scotland's rich oral culture. Located on the Royal Mile, the Centre incorporates historic John Knox House, the 99-seat Netherbow Theatre and the George Mackay Brown Library, and is the headquarters of the Scottish Storytelling Network. It is also home to the Storytelling Café, and is heavily involved in festival events throughout the year.

  • Provides: Wheelchair access

Events at this venue

There are 32 events at this location

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Bal Folk: Dance Workshops & Social

Learn the steps to bal folk, the European version of ceilidh dancing, followed by an hour of social dancing to recorded and live music. Suitable for beginners. Led by Edinbal.

Wed 29 Jan

£5 (£3; Members £2.50) / 0131 556 9579

Wed 12 Feb

£5 (£3; Members £2.50) / 0131 556 9579

Wed 26 Feb

£5 (£3; Members £2.50) / 0131 556 9579

…and 2 more dates until 25 Mar

Burns for Brunch

Theatre Objektiv Hungover, perhaps, but not yet hung out to dry, Robert Burns awakes in Auld Reekie 2019 sharing his thoughts, poems and songs, casting a satiric eye around his Scotland and ours. Well suppered and well scuppered, Rabbie reveals what it’s like to be transmogrified into a couthy wee household god. With…

Sat 25 Jan

£10 / 0131 556 9579

Part of Scotland's Winter Festivals.

Burnsfest

A programme of events based around the works of Oor Rabbie, including live music, storytelling, dancing, an alternative Burns Supper and more.

Wed 22 Jan

Times & prices vary / 0131 556 9579

Thu 23 Jan

Times & prices vary / 0131 556 9579

Fri 24 Jan

Times & prices vary / 0131 556 9579

Sat 25 Jan

Times & prices vary / 0131 556 9579

Café Ceilidh

Relaxed daytime traditional music session hosted by Scots Music Group.

Tue 17 Mar

Free / 0131 556 9579

Cafe Ceilidh: Celebrating St Patrick's Day

Cafe Voices: Stories and Songs for Imbolc

Storyteller and musician Susanna Orr Holland shares tales of new beginnings and the transition of death, recalling Bríde and the first beginnings of the coming spring. The Centre’s monthly storytelling night, with an open-floor section for storytellers to tell their own tales, or bring a poem, song or music to share.

Thu 13 Feb

£5 (Members £4.50 Storytelling Centre Supporter) / 01315569579

Café Voices: Tales and Tunes from the Emerald Isle

Join us in the lead up to St. Patrick’s Day for an evening of Irish stories and songs led by Marion Kenny, who comes from a family of musicians and storytellers hailing from Donegal in Éire and, that most Irish of cities, Birmingham. The Centre’s monthly storytelling night, with an open-floor section for storytellers…

Thu 12 Mar

£5 (Members £4.50 Storytelling Centre Supporter) / 01315569579

Ceilidh Dance: Fitness, Fun and Friendship

Learn how informal ceilidh dance sessions can enhance health and wellbeing through moderate physical activity, social interaction, teamwork and fun! Led by Bernie Hewitt who teaches ceilidh dancing in fitness centres, care homes and day centres and runs a small ceilidh band. All welcome for a fun afternoon!

Sun 2 Feb

£10 (Members £8 Storytelling Forum Members) / 01315569579

The Ceilidh House: Tam O'Shanter

Family celebration of Burns Night with a ceilidh.

Sat 25 Jan

£10 / 0131 556 9579

Part of Scotland's Winter Festivals.

The Coming of Spring

As the wheel of the year turns, Beara, Queen of Winter, relinquishes her icy grip on the land. Days lengthen and the world is filled with warmth and light as Bride’s snowdrops herald the onset of Spring. Celebrate the season of new beginnings with Lynda Dargie from Matrix Storytelling as we share stories of magic and…

Fri 6 Mar

£8 (£6) / 01315569579

Crafty Burdies

One Yule morning Robin Redbreast sets out to sing for the King, join in his adventures and find out how Robin won the love of wee Jenny Wren. Following the story of the midwinter ‘burdies’, come and build them a wee nest, craft paper birds and join in their wedding celebrations! Participants will enjoy stories, songs and…

Fri 14 Feb

£5 / 01315569579

Exhibition: Quiet Places, Feeding the Imagination

Across a career of storytelling, puppetry, art and education Sylvia Troon has led a journey of adventure and inspiration. This exhibition of Sylvia’s paintings explores the magical qualities of light, patterns and colour, as part of a collaborative process with contributed poems, weavings and stories by artistic friends.

Fri 6 Mar

Free non-ticketed / 01315569579

  • 10:00 – 18:00

Sat 7 Mar

Free non-ticketed / 01315569579

  • 10:00 – 18:00

Sun 8 Mar

Free non-ticketed / 01315569579

  • 10:00 – 18:00
…and 20 more dates until 28 Mar

Exploring Our Voices

Accessible workshop for beginners and experienced singers led by Kirsty Law, which will introduce concepts of voice care and exploring rhythm, pitch and harmonies.

Sat 28 Mar

£26 (Traditional Music Forum Members £20) / 0131 556 9579

Family Ceilidh

A ceilidh for all the family – all dances are called and young 'uns get their own, easier, circles.

Sat 25 Jan

£5 / 0131 556 9579

Part of Scotland's Winter Festivals.

Loud Poets: Six Candles

One of the UK’s most successful spoken word collectives, Loud Poets return with their monthly showcase of the UK’s top spoken word talent. This is make some noise, fist-thumping, pint-drinking, side-tickling, heart-wrenching poetry. This is poetry for the masses. ‘Throughout there’s a humour, poignancy and most of all…

Fri 14 Feb

£8 (£6) / 01315569579

Mary Queen of Scots & The Missing Shortbread

Storytellers Brooke Conway and Hannah Mathieson weave a tale about rival queens and missing shortbread.

Sat 8 Feb

Children £5; accompanying adult free free, maximum two adults / 0131 556 9579

Red Velvet Revelry

Join Revel Sisters Marie Louise Cochrane and Heidi Docherty for a women’s night dedicated to celebrating female sexuality through stories, songs, poetry and the power of knowing laughter. On World Storytelling Day, we also celebrate the spring equinox and the energy that creates new life in all its forms.

Fri 20 Mar

£10 (£8; Members £7.50 Storytelling Centre Supporter) / 01315569579

Scots Music Group Café Ceilidh:: celebrating St Patrick’s Day

Join friends from Scots Music Group for an afternoon session of traditional songs, music, poems and stories celebrating St Patrick. Held in the relaxed setting of the Storytelling Court. All welcome to listen or bring a turn and join in!

Tue 17 Mar

Free / 0131 555 7668

  • 14:00 – 16:00

Scots Music Group Café Ceilidh: Spring Sing

Join friends from Scots Music Group for an afternoon session of traditional songs, music, poems and stories. Held in the relaxed setting of the Storytelling Court. All welcome to listen or bring a turn and join in!

Tue 5 May

Free / 0131 555 7668

  • 14:00 – 16:00

Scots Music Group Café Ceilidh:: Summer Stramash

Join friends from Scots Music Group for an afternoon session of traditional songs, music, poems and stories. Held in the relaxed setting of the Storytelling Court. All welcome to listen or bring a turn and join in!

Tue 16 Jun

Free / 0131 555 7668

  • 14:00 – 16:00

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 2020 edition will focus on tales that explore Scotland's place as a coastal…

Fri 16 Oct

Times & prices vary / 0131 556 9579

Sat 17 Oct

Times & prices vary / 0131 556 9579

Sun 18 Oct

Times & prices vary / 0131 556 9579

…and 13 more dates until 31 Oct

Small Wonders

Magical things happen when we are in a state of wonder. Ines Alvarez Villa and Beverley Casebow share stories of chance encounters, miracles of nature, unexpected gifts and all those moments when the world is made anew.

Sat 8 Feb

£6 (£6; Members £5.50 Storytelling Centre Supporter) / 01315569579

Starting with Stories

A hands-on introduction to live storytelling.

Sat 7 Mar

£26 (Storytelling Forum Member £20) / 0131 556 9579

Starting with Stories 1

Introductory session on storytelling.

Sat 1 Feb

£26 (Members £20) / 0131 556 9579

Stories on the Way: A Sense of Wonder

Let our wonderful apprentice storytellers enchant and transport you into the Otherworld; a magical place of faery folk, elves and wizardry that stories know so well.

Fri 6 Mar

£8 (£6) / 01315569579

The Strange Visitor: Book Launch

Join us for the twitchy tale of a wily old woman, a wideeyed cat, wild weather and the weird appearance of a very strange visitor… We dare you to discover this trad Scots tale re-imagined in English and in Scots by Renita Boyle, with graphic novel illustrations by Mike Abel, published by Curly Tale Books. Games and crafts…

Sat 15 Feb

Free Ticketed / 01315569579

Supper with Burns

Enjoy your traditional Burns Supper with storytellers David Campbell and Ruth Kirkpatrick. The evening also features clarsach player Katie Harrigan and Donald Smith’s wonderful rendition of 'Tam O’Shanter'.

Thu 23 Jan

£30 / 0131 556 9579

Fri 24 Jan

£30 / 0131 556 9579

Tall Tales Oscar

Listen to tall tales, ferocious fibs and fables performed live on stage by Scotland’s finest tellers, then decide who wins the lucrative accolade of Oscar the Leprechaun.

Sat 21 Mar

£8 (£6) / 0131 556 9579

Tiny Tales: All Aboard! The Adventures of Jenny Pirate

Join storyteller Fergus McNicol and set sail with the one and only Pirate Jenny! We’ll sail the seven seas with Jenny in search of songs, rhymes, stoires and sea shanties galore… it’s a whole ship load of fun for wee pirates and big buckaneers! So hoist the sails and cast of on a wee pirate adventure with the one and only…

Tue 11 Feb

Free Accompanying Adult Ticket (Children £5) / 01315569579

Tiny Tales: Spring is Coming

Join storyteller Robbie Fotheringham to hear her favourite stories and songs at the time when the world comes back to life after winter. Tiny Tales is the perfect introduction to storytelling and the Centre for your wee ones. A different storyteller each month will share stories, songs and rhymes, with plenty of space…

Tue 10 Mar

Free Accompanying Adult Ticket (Children £5) / 01315569579

Trauma Awareness for Storytellers

This stand-alone workshop is aimed at storytellers and anyone who facilitates story workshops or participative groups. It is not a clinical workshop but aims to develop an understanding of what trauma is, how it affects people and how storytellers can create a safe and inclusive space. Facilitated by Lynda Dargie who has…

Sat 8 Feb

£26 (Members £20 Storytelling Forum Members) / 01315569579

The Watchmaker's Wife: Book Launch

Janis Mackay is already well known as a novelist for children, but here she ventures into the new landscape of writing for adults with this historical fiction/memoir based on the life of her grandmother. Come along for readings from the novel, space for questions, and book signings of course!

Sat 8 Feb

Free Ticketed / 01315569579

Yng Ngheredigion

An exploration of landscape and place through music, film, stories, experience and discourse, originating from the west Wales landscape and culture of Ceredigion. Featuring new compositions, traditional tunes and sound collages by Angharad Davies, Burd Ellen, Rafe Fitzpatrick, Sharron Kraus and Stevie Jones (Sound of…

Thu 30 Jan

£12 (£10; Members £9.50 Storytelling Centre Supporter) / 01315569579

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