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 21 events at this location

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Burnsfest

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

Sat 18 Jan 2020

Times & prices vary / 0131 556 9579

Sun 19 Jan 2020

Times & prices vary / 0131 556 9579

Mon 20 Jan 2020

Times & prices vary / 0131 556 9579

…and 5 more dates until 25 Jan 2020

Café Voices: Transformational Tales

Transformational tales on a winter night reminds us that light will soon take over the darkness. Danish storyteller Svend-Erik Engh invites you into a world that always changes… 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…

Thu 12 Dec

£5 (Members £4.50) / 0131 556 9579

  • 19:00 – 21:00

Ceilidh House

An evening of song, dance and storytelling, open to everyone and anyone – or just sit back and enjoy. Featuring performances by dancer Alison Carlyle, musician Sarah Hoy and storyteller/singer Claire McNicol.

Sat 30 Nov

£10 / 0131 556 9579

Family Ceilidh

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

Sat 30 Nov

£5 / 0131 556 9579

The Hermes Experiment

Winners of the prestigious Tunnell Trust Award 2016 and Park Lane Group Young Artist 2015/2016 awards, The Hermes Experiment are an ensemble consisting of a soprano, clarinet, double bass and harp.

Tue 26 Nov

Prices to be confirmed / 0131 556 9579

It's a Wonderful Life!

Live stage production of the popular holiday film It's A Wonderful Life.

Sun 15 Dec

£10.50–£13.50 (includes voucher for a mince pie at Mimi's Bakehouse) / 0131 556 9579

Mon 16 Dec

£10.50–£13.50 (includes voucher for a mince pie at Mimi's Bakehouse) / 0131 556 9579

Tue 17 Dec

£10.50–£13.50 (includes voucher for a mince pie at Mimi's Bakehouse) / 0131 556 9579

…and 3 more dates until 21 Dec

It's a Wonderful Life!

Theatrical adaptation of the classic movie.

Sun 15 Dec

£13.50 includes voucher for mince pie at Mimi's Bakehouse (£10.50 includes voucher for mince pie at Mimi's Bakehouse) / 0131 556 9579

Mon 16 Dec

£13.50 includes voucher for mince pie at Mimi's Bakehouse (£10.50 includes voucher for mince pie at Mimi's Bakehouse) / 0131 556 9579

Tue 17 Dec

£13.50 includes voucher for mince pie at Mimi's Bakehouse (£10.50 includes voucher for mince pie at Mimi's Bakehouse) / 0131 556 9579

…and 3 more dates until 21 Dec

It's a Wonderful Life

Theatrical adaptation of Frank Capra's iconic film by Floating Brick Theatre.

Sun 15 Dec

£13.50 / 0131 556 9579

Mon 16 Dec

£13.50 / 0131 556 9579

Tue 17 Dec

£13.50 / 0131 556 9579

…and 3 more dates until 20 Dec

Loud Poets

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 22 Nov

£8 (£6; Members £5.50) / 0131 556 9579

  • 19:30 – 22:00

Fri 20 Dec

£8 (£6; Members £5.50) / 0131 556 9579

  • 19:30 – 22:00

Magic School

Kids magic workshops led by magician Gary James, who even once managed to make JK Rowling vanish (and then reappear, thankfully).

Fri 27 Dec

Four days £80; One day £20 / 0131 556 9579

The four-day course takes place from 10am to 12.30pm, while the one-off workshops are 1.30pm–4pm. Part of Edinburgh International Magic Festival.

Booking is essential.

  • 10:00 – 12:30
  • 13:30 – 16:00

Sat 28 Dec

Four days £80; One day £20 / 0131 556 9579

The four-day course takes place from 10am to 12.30pm, while the one-off workshops are 1.30pm–4pm. Part of Edinburgh International Magic Festival.

Booking is essential.

  • 10:00 – 12:30
  • 13:30 – 16:00

Sun 29 Dec

Four days £80; One day £20 / 0131 556 9579

The four-day course takes place from 10am to 12.30pm, while the one-off workshops are 1.30pm–4pm. Part of Edinburgh International Magic Festival.

Booking is essential.

  • 10:00 – 12:30
  • 13:30 – 16:00

Mon 30 Dec

Four days £80; One day £20 / 0131 556 9579

The four-day course takes place from 10am to 12.30pm, while the one-off workshops are 1.30pm–4pm. Part of Edinburgh International Magic Festival.

Booking is essential.

  • 10:00 – 12:30
  • 13:30 – 16:00

My Little Star: The Power of Reading & Memory-Making with Babies After Loss

We are delighted to launch the inclusion of My Little Star, a beautiful picture book by Mark Sperring (author) and Nicola O’Byrne (illustrator) in our SiMBA Memory Boxes, at this special event at the Scottish Storytelling Centre, during Book Week Scotland 2019. The theme of this year’s Book Week Scotland is Conversation.

Wed 20 Nov

Free / 0131 556 9579

Part of Book Week Scotland.

The Night With…

The Night With… is a fantastic salon style series presenting interesting classical music in intimate, informal venues. Programmed by composer Matthew Whiteside.

Tue 26 Nov

£10 (£6; Members £5.50) / 01315569579

  • 20:00 – 22:30

Scots Music Group Café Ceilidh:: celebrating Robert Burns

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

Tue 21 Jan 2020

Free / 0131 555 7668

  • 14:00 – 16:00

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

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

Tue 26 Nov

Free / 0131 555 7668

  • 14:00 – 16:00

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 2020

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 28 Apr 2020

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 2020

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 2020

Times & prices vary / 0131 556 9579

Sat 17 Oct 2020

Times & prices vary / 0131 556 9579

Sun 18 Oct 2020

Times & prices vary / 0131 556 9579

…and 13 more dates until 31 Oct 2020

Skelling, Skeklers and Guising. Exploring Liminality - celebrating Scottish folk magic and community traditions

A WEEKEND celebrating Scottish folk magic and community traditions hosted by the Taibhsear collective The WEEKEND features presentations by Professor Terry Gunnell, Dee-Dee Chainey (folklore Thursday) Brain Hoggard (author of the archeology of Counter Witchcraft) and workshops on traditional crafts and folk magic…

Sat 23 Nov

£16.54–£48.04 / 0131 556 9579

Tiny Tales: Snuggle-Up Tales for Winter

Tim Porteus leads a fun morning of winter stories for wee ones! Tiny Tales is the perfect introduction to storytelling and the Centre for your wee ones. A different storyteller each month shares stories, songs and rhymes, with plenty of space for buggies and roaming around.

Tue 10 Dec

Free Accompanying Adult; £5 Additional Adult (Children £5) / 0131 556 9579

  • 10:00 – 10:40
  • 11:30 – 12:10

Tricky Ricky: Christmas Madness

New magic show from award-winning Tricky Ricky.

Sat 28 Dec

£9 / 0131 556 9579

Part of Edinburgh International Magic Festival.

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