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).
  • Email
  • Website www.tracscotland.org/scottish-storytelling-centre
Photo of Scottish Storytelling Centre
Part of the
Green Arts Initiative

Jump to times, articles or comments

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 31 events at this location

Sorted by title / date & time

Among Others: 200 Years of Jewish Lives in Edinburgh

A newly-created programme of words and music exploring the history and ongoing life of Edinburgh’s 200 year old Jewish community. Featuring music by composer Phil Alexander, writing by Ellen Galford and additional oral histories.

Sun 11 Jun

£7.50–£10 / 0131 556 9579

Art of the Storyteller

The Art of the Storyteller series continues with Mary Kenny and Marion Kenny. Enjoy an evening of their favourite tales alongside their experiences and inspirations from storytelling past and present.

Sat 1 Jul

£12 / 0131 556 9579

Workshop in which Mary Kenny and Marion Kenny open a discussion on the art of oral storytelling for storytellers of all kinds. This session is followed by a performance at 7.30pm. Workshop price includes sandwiches and tea.

£5.50–£8 / 0131 556 9579

Café Voices

A relaxed session of oral storytelling, poetry by memory, music and song. The monthly session features an open-floor section for storytellers to tell their own tales.

Thu 15 Jun

£4.50–£5 / 0131 556 9579

She Is Fierce. Join storyteller Lauren Bianchi from The Village Storytelling Centre in Glasgow for an evening of Goddesses and Shero tales from around the world.

Café Ceilidh

Relaxed daytime traditional music session hosted by Scots Music Group.

Tue 20 Jun

Free / 0131 556 9579

Part of Old Town Festival.

  • 14:00 – 16:00

Characterisation Through Story and Song

A workshop from Alice Fernbank for storytellers and singers who want to develop the skill of embodying character in their narratives. Explore character physicality, character voice, and the transition between character and storyteller. Participants are invited to bring a story they are developing.

Fri 2 Jun

£15 / 0131 556 9579

Fri 23 Jun

£15 / 0131 556 9579

Clouds Harp Quartet

Classical crossover quartet using new sounds and techniques.

Fri 2 Jun

£10 (£8; Students £5) / 0131 556 9579

The Detour

Corinne Salisbury's play about friendship, sequins and learning to survive. Performed by youths aged 11–14.

Fri 16 Jun

£5–£8.50 / 0131 556 9579

Sat 17 Jun

£5–£8.50 / 0131 556 9579

Edinbal Dance Workshop

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

Wed 7 Jun

£2.50–£5 / 0131 556 9579

  • 19:00 – 21:00

Wed 21 Jun

£2.50–£5 / 0131 556 9579

  • 19:00 – 21:00

Family Ceilidh

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

Sat 27 May

£5 / 0131 556 9579

Festival of New Arts

Early work by Scotland-based artists.

Fri 30 Jun

£5.50–£8 / 0131 556 9579

  • 19:30 – 21:30

Gaelic Song with Sineag MacIntyre

A hands-on introduction to group and solo singing, with singer and teacher Sineag MacIntyre.

Sat 17 Jun

£24 / 0131 556 9579

Little Sisters and Other Dangerous Creatures

Tim Primrose's mystical play, performed by youths aged 8–10.

Sat 17 Jun

£5–£8.50 / 0131 556 9579

Sun 18 Jun

£5–£8.50 / 0131 556 9579

Loud Poets

Slam-style poetry devoid of pretension. Ages 15+.

Wed 14 Jun

£4.50–£7 / 0131 556 9579

A mix of science and spoken word.

Men With Coconuts

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

Sat 27 May

£5.50–£8 / 0131 556 9579

  • 20:00 – 22:00

Sat 24 Jun

£5.50–£8 / 0131 556 9579

  • 20:00 – 22:00

Mind Well

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

Mon 5 Jun

Free / 0131 556 9579

  • 10:30 – 11:30

Preparing Applications: Tell Your Story Well

A workshop focusing on submitting funding applications.

Fri 26 May

£24 / 0131 556 9579

  • 10:30 – 16:30

Raise Their Voices: Women's Words from the Great War

Gael Gals present an evening of women’s stories, songs and voices from World War I.

Wed 21 Jun

£7.50–£10 / 0131 556 9579

Featuring Dolina McLellan, Erin Farley, Eileen Penman and Tom Kane.

Ready? Flyte!

An exchange of flyting between two stand-up poets. Booking is essential.

Wed 7 Jun

Free / 0131 556 9579

  • 18:00 – 19:30

Scottish International Storytelling Festival

Billed as ‘the world’s finest feast of traditional storytelling’, the Scottish International Storytelling Festival is a 12-day celebration of stories, oral tradition and pure imagination. The festival is now officially in its late 20s, with 2017 marking its 28th year. Based in Edinburgh, the majority of events take…

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

…and 9 more dates until 31 Oct

A Sense of Identity

A screening of a new film about Scotland's travelling community, produced by charity Heart of the Travellers. Followed by stories, songs and memories from Jess Smith, Bob Knight, Willie Knight and David Pullar.

Fri 23 Jun

£5.50–£8 / 0131 556 9579

A Sense of Identity

Exhibition celebrating the history of Scotland's Travellers.

Sat 10 Jun

Free / 0131 556 9579

  • 10:00 – 18:00

Sun 11 Jun

Free / 0131 556 9579

  • 10:00 – 18:00

Mon 12 Jun

Free / 0131 556 9579

  • 10:00 – 18:00
…and 19 more dates until 1 Jul

Seven

Dance by two performance accompanied by a violinst-composer, exploring Dante's Purgatory.

Fri 26 May

£9 (£7) / 0131 556 9579

  • 20:30 – 22:00

Siobhan Miller

Award-winning young traditional singer whose second album is out in 2017.

Sat 10 Jun

£24 / 0131 556 9579

Spirit of Place

A celebration of the late storyteller Andy Hunter, to mark St Columba's Day.

Fri 9 Jun

£5.50–£8 / 0131 556 9579

Starting With Stories

This workshop led by Fiona Herbert is an introduction to telling stories. In the first session learn how to tell a story well, develop your creative skills and discover how to find stories everywhere you look. The second session takes you a step further in developing your own storytelling talent for various contexts and…

Sat 3 Jun

£24 / 0131 556 9579

Session Two

Tailspin

Natalie MacKinnon's play is performed by youths aged 11–14.

Fri 16 Jun

£5–£8.50 / 0131 556 9579

Sat 17 Jun

£5–£8.50 / 0131 556 9579

Tiny Tales

Stories, rhymes and songs for wee (and not so wee) ears. Ages 1–3. Booking is essential.

Tue 13 Jun

£5 (accompanying adults free) / 0131 556 9579

Out of the Blue. Suit & Pace storytellers Beth and Andrew take you on an underwater adventure with lots of songs, puppets and bubbles in the Storytelling Bothy.

Valuing Living Traditions: Challenges and Opportunities

Sophia Labadi, Senior Lecturer in Heritage and Archaeology and Director of the Centre for Heritage at the University of Kent, explores the UNESCO framework for identifying and protecting heritage. In conversation with Máiréad Nic Craith, she examines issues relevant to tangible and intangible heritage, with particular…

Wed 31 May

£7.50 / 0131 556 9579

Vessels and Stories of Scotland's West Coast

Illustrations by Christine Morrison, inspired by seascapes in Ian Stephen's book Waypoints.

Fri 26 May

Free / 0131 556 9579

  • 10:00 – 18:00

Sat 27 May

Free / 0131 556 9579

  • 10:00 – 18:00

Sun 28 May

Free / 0131 556 9579

  • 10:00 – 18:00
…and 9 more dates until 6 Jun

Working Creatively with Small Groups 1: Talking, Listening & Storying

The first in a two-part series exploring core participative skills and attitudes, looking specifically at story sharing.

Fri 9 Jun

£15 / 0131 556 9579

Working Creatively with Small Groups 2: Prompts to Memory

The second in a series exploring core participative skills and attitudes, which looks specifically at the role of the senses and objects in prompting memory and shared experience.

Fri 16 Jun

£15 / 0131 556 9579

Reviews & features

Edinburgh's Royal Mile takes in hundreds of years of history and drama

16 Feb 2011

A haven for tourists and the centrepoint of historic Edinburgh

The Royal Mile begins as you leave the castle. On the right is the Scotch Whisky Experience – the perfect introduction to the history and alchemy of Scotland’s national drink – complete with a dram at the end. On the left, the tower with the…

Comments & ratings

Post a comment