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The Inner Life of an Ordinary Closet

Everyday, closets are open and shut, with their doors swinging to the hurried push and pull gestures of the hands. I have always only cast cursory glances at my closet—always relegating it to the lowest rungs on the list of things that deserve my attention. Today, feeling particularly adventurous, I decided to look into it—only […]

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Culture Literature

SISF: Corryvreckan: Inspiralled Tales review

With the Scottish International Storytelling Festival in full flow, an evening of tales steeped in Scottish folklore is exactly what the druid healer ordered. The audience is seated to the tune of Sarah McFadyen’s lilting fiddle, shortly joined on stage by the storyteller, Fiona Herbert. She stands regal, replete with flowing gown and sweeping gestures, […]

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Culture Literature

SISF: My Home Canada and My Home-Home Scotland review

Storyteller Alexandria Patience immediately sets the intimate, conversational tone of My Home Canada & My Home-Home Scotland by removing her shoes and greeting the audience. Although slow to warm up, Patience settles in to the rhythm of her storytelling which blends humour, music and musings on what it means to belong to a community or […]

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Culture Literature

Talking to Ourselves: Self-expression at the University of Edinburgh

Thursday 29 November saw Edinburgh’s Our SpeakEasy society ran its last ‘Story Slam’ event of 2018 in Teviot’s Lounge Bar. With mince pies and an open drinks tab, the event revolved around a theme – ‘Sparks’ – and the basic premise was that guests would place their name in a hat to be selected at […]

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Features Lifestyle

Introducing Real Talk: Storytelling for mental health

Lily Asch is the founder of Real Talk, a social enterprise that aims to address mental health through storytelling. Lifestyle’s Hannah Wallis catches up with Lily to hear her story. When did storytelling reveal itself as a tool for addressing mental health?  During my second year at the University of Edinburgh, I volunteered to be […]

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Culture Literature

Tongue Tied & Twisted – Indian Tales; Contemporary Twist

As is claimed on the Scottish International Storytelling Festival website, ‘storytelling is play’. This seemingly simple statement is surprisingly difficult to execute, especially in a 90-minute aural performance. However, uncle and nephew due Peter Chand and PKCtheFirst were the embodiment of this notion; they employed a huge variety of performance tropes to deliver their stories. […]

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Culture Literature

Where Snakes can Sing: Stories from Poland (Scottish International Storytelling Festival)

‘Because I am the embodiment of Polish National identity, I will tell you two stories: one Jewish, one Lithuanian.’ This is how Malgorzata Litwinowicz began fifty-minutes of storytelling on a grey Wednesday afternoon at the Scottish Storytelling Centre. Her tales, interwoven with her own biography, emphasised that we are all part of the same fabric […]

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Culture Literature

Open Hearth: Mara Menzies (Scottish International Storytelling Festival)

As part of the Scottish International Storytelling Festival 2017, the daily Open Hearth evenings are a great way to end a hectic day – with a variety of different guest speakers each night, the two-hourly events offer an eclectic blend of original pieces with different storytellers every night. The host of Friday’s event was Mara […]