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 30 events at this location

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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 Ceilidh

Relaxed daytime traditional music session hosted by Scots Music Group.

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

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

£10 (£8) / 0131 556 9579

Part of Audacious Women Festival.

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.

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.

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

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

Mairi Campbell: Pulse

Singer and fiddler/violist Camobell performs her one-woman show about her personal journey.

Thu 30 Mar

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Men With Coconuts

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

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 Audacious Women Festival.

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

Richard III (a one-woman show)

  • 4 stars

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

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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

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

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 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

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Storytelling in the Language Classroom

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

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: 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

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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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…

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