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

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There are 47 events at this location

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Adventures, Ambushes and Cliffhangers

Children's author Lari Don discusses her strong female characters.

Sat 18 Feb

Free Adult with child; £5 Adult without child (Children £5) / 0131 556 9579

Part of Audacious Women Festival.

Alastair McNaught: Waypoints

Work produced by manipulating the properties of mixed media.

Mon 23 Jan

Free / 0131 556 9579

Tue 24 Jan

Free / 0131 556 9579

Wed 25 Jan

Free / 0131 556 9579

…and 10 more dates until 4 Feb

Art of the Storyteller

The Art of the Storyteller series continues with Mara Menzies and David Campbell. Enjoy an evening of their favourite tales alongside their experiences and inspirations from storytelling past and present.

Sat 1 Apr

£8 (£6) / 0131 556 9579

Body Eloquence

What stories do our bodies tell? Marion Kenny, Janis Mackay and Claire McNicol explore body image, sharing ancient tales and creating new, empowering stories, taking ownership of the narratives written on our bodies. An evening of music, stories and dance to celebrate International Women's Day (8 Mar) and the beauty of…

Sat 11 Mar

Café Voices

A relaxed session of oral storytelling, poetry by memory, music and song.

Thu 9 Feb

£5 / 0131 556 9579

Red Hearts & Blue Roses with Bea Ferguson

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Café Ceilidh

Relaxed daytime traditional music session hosted by Scots Music Group.

Tue 24 Jan

Free / 0131 556 9579

Celebrating Robert Burns.

Tue 14 Mar

Free / 0131 556 9579

St Patrick’s Day celebration.

Tue 2 May

Free / 0131 556 9579

Part of TradFest.

Tue 20 Jun

Free / 0131 556 9579

Part of Old Town Festival.

Cafe Voices: St. Patrick's Day

Join storyteller Alexander Mackenzie for an evening of Irish tales celebrating St. Patrick's Day.

Thu 16 Mar

£5 / 0131 556 9579

Celebrating Bride

Why is February the season of Bride? And how can we celebrate that in story, song, poem and dance? Déirdre ní Mhathúna introduces the poems and blessings, Susanna Orr Holland explains the development of her performance work based on traditions of Bride, Colin MacLennan introduces Circle Dance, while TRACS provides context…

Fri 3 Feb

£12 (£10) / 0131 556 9579

Choosing a Song for You

A workshop on figuring out how to decide what to sing.

Sat 18 Feb

£24 / 0131 556 9579

Creative Writing Workshop for Children

Author Janis Mackay (Magnus Fin and the Ocean Quest, The Accidental Time Traveller) leads a creative writing workshop. Get help finding story ideas and start writing a novel.

Sat 18 Mar

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Dare to be Loud! Spoken Word Workshop for Women

Spoken word artist Katie Ailes guides you through creative writing and performance exercises, sharing stories and giving handy tips about performing them

Sat 25 Feb

Dark Tales

Join David Campbell, Mara Menzies and Daniel Allison for an evening exploring the dark side of story.

Tue 7 Mar

£8 (£6) / 0131 556 9579

Deich Bliadhna Bhuaithe

It's been ten years since the end of the Great War. At a kitchen ceilidh in Cape Breton a group of emigrant Highlanders share songs and memories of the old country. This new Gaelic drama, performed by pupils from James Gillespie's High and St Mary's Music School, features the songs of Murdo MacFarlane, the Melbost Bard…

Edinbal Dance Workshop

Learn some moves, European-style, with this folk dance tour of the continent.

Experimental Stories: Life Through a Lens

Explore the importance of glass lenses in an informative talk presented by the Wellcome Trust Centre for Cell Biology.

Sat 25 Feb

Children £3 / 0131 556 9579

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Feeling Fragrant? Memorialising Audacious Women

Historical novelist Sara Sheridan discusses her Scottish brand – REEK perfume.

Wed 22 Feb

£6 (£4) / 0131 556 9579

Part of Audacious Women Festival.

Finding Your Feet and Feeling the Beat

This workshop, led by Mairi Campbell and Amy Geddes, sees fiddlers and dancers collaborate. Suitable for intermediate or advanced fiddlers.

Sat 4 Feb

Flint & Pitch Presents: Luke Wright: The Toll

The new spoken word / theatre piece from Luke Wright, based on Brexit Britain. With support from Colin McGuire and Michelle Fisher.

Fri 3 Feb

Flint & Pitch Presents: Show Me the Money by Paula Varjack (+ Support)

Spoken word / theatre show from Paula Varjack, looking at how artists manage to support their creative dreams.

Hamish Hawk & the New Outfit

The Edinburgh based singer-songwriter and folk musician performs tracks new and old with backing band, the New Outfit.

Thu 2 Feb

£8 (£6) / 0131 556 9579

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Herbal Magic and Potent Potions

Discover the place where magical tales and helpful herbs meet, with Amanda Edmiston.

Fri 17 Feb

How Dare She? An Audacious Woman Speaks

Nadine Aisha, practitioner, educator, activist, and Writer in Residence for the Young Women's Movement Scotland, reads from her debut poetry pamphlet Still, and discusses what it means to be an audacious woman.

Mon 20 Feb

£6 (£4) / 0131 556 9579

Part of Audacious Women Festival.

It's In The Bag

Storytelling for children, with rhymes, drama, games and puppetry.

Sat 28 Jan

Josephine Sillars: Ripped from the Wire Spine

A coming-of-age story about growing up in the Highlands and navigating adulthood in the central belt from artist Josephine Sillars.

Thu 23 Mar

A Life with the Beatles

A solo drama telling the story of The Beatles driver.

Fri 17 Feb

£12 (£10) / 0131 556 9579

Sat 18 Feb

£12 (£10) / 0131 556 9579

Mairi Campbell: Pulse

A blend of movement, storytelling, animation and music, performed by Scottish musician and performer Mairi Campbell. Directed by Kath Burlinson.

Thu 30 Mar

£15 (£12) / 0131 556 9579

Men With Coconuts

Improv comedy from Men With Coconuts, aka Fringe faves Impro FX.

Sat 28 Jan

Sat 25 Feb

£8 (£6) / 0131 556 9579

Sat 25 Mar

Mind Well

A group of storytellers share a selection of stories and songs.

Mon 20 Mar

Free / 0131 556 9579

Mon 3 Apr

Free / 0131 556 9579

A Monstrous Regiment? Powerful Women and the Challenges of Ruling

Catherine Hokin as discusses her debut novel Blood and Roses, a feminist re-telling of the shadowy French Queen Margaret of Anjou, and talks about how powerful women are judged in history.

Thu 23 Feb

£6 (£4) / 0131 556 9579

Part of Part of the Audacious Women Festival.

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The People's Parish

A day offering training in the use of maps, local resources and other assets to build up a picture of Scotland in the 21st century.

Sat 25 Mar

£18 / 0131 556 9579

Remembering Brigid

Singer and storyteller Susanna Orr Holland, storyteller Kate Walker and violinist Morag Brown share tales of Brigid in ancient myth through her guise as saint and goddess

Sat 4 Feb

£10 (£8) / 0131 556 9579

Richard III (a one-woman show)

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Emily Carding plays Richard III and you play all the other roles in this one-woman version of Shakespeare's play.

Scottish Folktales for Children

Join storyteller Judy Paterson and illustrator Sally Daly for an afternoon of stories and art activities to celebrate the launch of their new book, Scottish Folktales for Children.

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.

Fri 20 Oct

Times & prices vary / 0131 556 9579

Sat 21 Oct

Times & prices vary / 0131 556 9579

Sun 22 Oct

Times & prices vary / 0131 556 9579

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St Andrews to Iona: A Scottish Camino?

A day exploring proposals for new pilgrim routes in Scotland, in particular linking Iona and St Andrews. Speakers include John Henderson, Richard Frazer, Donald Smith and Isabel Smyth who lead discussions on the geographical, environmental, cultural and spiritual aspects of today's pilgrim journeys.

Sat 4 Mar

Starting with Stories 1

A participative introduction to developing your storytelling skills. Booking is essential.

Sat 11 Feb

£24 / 0131 556 9579

Starting with Stories 2

A hands-on introduction to storytelling with Fiona Herbert.

Stories on the Way

New storytellers share their tales on the theme of 'Stories without Borders'.

Sat 4 Mar

£8 (£6) / 0131 556 9579

Storytelling in the Language Classroom

A workshop for language teachers and tutors to explore how to engage students with storytelling.

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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.

Tue 24 Jan

£25 / 0131 556 9579

Wed 25 Jan

£25 / 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. Scotland's annual tall tales storytelling competition is hosted by last year's winner, Ken Johnston.

Sat 18 Mar

£8 (£6) / 0131 556 9579

Tiny Tales: Seasons Change

Join Julie Bannatyne for a morning of stories and singalong action songs relating to the changing seasons and temperamental Scottish weather. For ages 2–5.

Tue 14 Feb

Tiny Tales: Spring Time Gingerbread Tales

Jane Mather leads a delicious morning of stories in the Storytelling Bothy, full of fun and imagination for little ones and their adults. Booking is essential.

Voices of Experience

A selection of images from photographer Jim Mackintosh that look at our social history.

Fri 10 Mar

Free / 0131 556 9579

Sat 11 Mar

Free / 0131 556 9579

Sun 12 Mar

Free / 0131 556 9579

…and 27 more dates until 8 Apr

Weaving Imbolc: Willow and Words

Hear some traditional Celtic stories and learn to make decorations using willow weaving.

Workshop: Art of the Storyteller

The Art of the Storyteller series continues with Mara Menzies and David Campbell. Enjoy an evening of their favourite tales alongside their experiences and inspirations from storytelling past and present.

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