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Fool For Love: The Not So Subtle Art of Medieval French Seduction

On a street where everything is named ‘Scottish’ something, the Scottish Storytelling Centre stands out like a gem. Wednesday night sees the performance of Fool For Love: a collection of stories extracted from a medieval manuscript, stored in the Hunterian collection at the University of Glasgow, and converted into a visual and auditory spectacle that […]

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Songs and Stories Remembering Our Earth

Australian native singer-songwriter Susanna Orr Holland joins the American musician KeLan on a freezing February night to bring the audience gathered in the Scottish Storytelling Centre’s auditorium tales of shrinking sea ice juxtaposed with creation myths. It’s an odd and often precarious combination that misses as often as it hits and produces in equal parts […]

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Meet the Storyteller: Geeta Ramanujam

In just one hour, Geeta Ramanujam leads the audience through the journey of her life in stories. From her childhood in Mumbai to her successful career as an internationally renowned storyteller, she envelopes the audience in colourful imagery and vivid characters from the moment we walk through the door. Through her stories, Ramanujam describes both […]

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Scotland and Ireland: Warriors and Wild Women

Celtic folklore is laden with stories of strong and ferocious warrior men and women. John Hamilton impeccably brings these characters to life, intertwining the tales of the men with those of the strong Celtic women of the time. Hamilton first enters the lower theatre of the Scottish Storytelling Centre with a bodhrán in hand, enchanting […]

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Scotland & Ireland: A’ Seinn na Sgeulachd: Bàs Chonnlaoich

With the long nights drawing in and the Edinburgh wind beginning to bite, there is no better way to escape the cold than an evening of skilful storytelling. Performers Margaret Stewart and Pàdruig Morrison unite in a spellbinding blend of song and spoken word that tells the ancient tale of Chonnlaoich, or Connlaoch, a tragic […]

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What’s on: Growing Stories at the Scottish International Storytelling Festival

We all know the city of Edinburgh is world-renowned as a hub for cultural arts. In August, festival-goers flock to Scotland’s capital to soak up everything the Festival Fringe has to offer. What we tend to forget, however, is that the arrival of autumn doesn’t mark the end of our city’s celebration of culture: there’s […]