Scottish Storytelling Centre

Scottish Storytelling Centre

About Scottish Storytelling Centre

43 - 45 High Street, Edinburgh Old Town EH1 1SR
01315569579
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The Scottish Storytelling Centre is a vibrant arts venue with a seasonal programme of live storytelling, theatre, music, exhibitions, workshops, family events, and festivals. We are the home of two festivals: TradFest, a traditional arts festival that takes place in the spring, and the Scottish International Storytelling Festival in October. We’re also a host venue for the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and other exciting cultural programmes all year round.

We’re a great meeting place where you can experience Scotland’s rich story heritage. In the Storytelling Court you'll find an interactive Storywall which children (and adults!) enjoy exploring. Try to find Greyfriars Bobby; catch the frog; meet Nessie, the Gruffalo and Wee Willie Winkie; and discover traditional Scottish tales. Tucked around the corner you can listen to excerpts from Edinburgh’s most famous storyteller, Robert Louis Stevenson, and we always have a free exhibition on display.

Swap your own stories in the Café over some delicious home baking and great coffee. Browse our bookshop in the medieval luckenbooths of John Knox House and see if you can spot our dragon’s nest and time capsule hiding among the books. Attached to the Scottish Storytelling Centre is John Knox House, creating a very unique venue that incorporates contemporary design with medieval architecture. Explore this museum to learn about one of the most turbulent times in Scottish History.

The Scottish Storytelling Centre is also the Headquarters of the Scottish Storytelling Network which offers its members exclusive access to development events; discounts on our Workshops and Courses; and support and advice on professional development.

Upcoming Events at Scottish Storytelling Centre

Burns for Brunch

Burns for Brunch

1st August 2019 - 26th August 2019
Robert Burns awakes in 2019 sharing thoughts, poems, songs, and casting a satiric eye around his Scotland and ours.
Loud Poets: Best of Fringe

Loud Poets: Best of Fringe

1st August 2019 - 26th August 2019
Each night features a unique line-up and Loud Poets? classic fist-thumping, pint-drinking, side-tickling, heart-wrenchin
Blood and Gold

Blood and Gold

1st August 2019 - 26th August 2019
Ancient mythology and modern storytelling collide in this contemporary exploration by Scottish Kenyan storyteller Mara Menz at the Scottish Storytelling Centre.
Celeste’s Circus

Celeste’s Circus

1st August 2019 - 25th August 2019
This award-winning show offers a first trip for wee ones into the magic of the big top with thrills, spills, oohs and ahhs.
Hamish Henderson: On the Radical Road

Hamish Henderson: On the Radical Road

2nd August 2019 - 26th August 2019
An evocative, innovative shape-shifting drama sculpted from the poetry, music and songs of Hamish Henderson.
The Man Who Planted Trees

The Man Who Planted Trees

12th August 2019 - 26th August 2019
The multi award-winning adaptation of Jean Giono's classic environmental tale by Puppet State Theatre Company returns to the Fringe with it's blend of comedy, puppetry and inspiring storytelling.
Supernatural: Wonder Tales From Scotland

Supernatural: Wonder Tales From Scotland

13th August 2019 - 26th August 2019
Dougie Mackay shares stories of strange places full of fantastic creatures and curious characters gathered from tradition and presented fresh for a modern audience.
The Night With... Evenings

The Night With... Evenings

13th August 2019 - 20th August 2019
Three alternating concert programmes, featuring music by Scottish composers and settings of Scottish poetry.
Rowan Rheingans: Dispatches on the Red Dress

Rowan Rheingans: Dispatches on the Red Dress

15th August 2019 - 26th August 2019
A courageous new work by twice BBC Radio 2 Folk Award-winning songwriter Rowan Rheingans, weaving immersive storytelling with live fiddle, banjo and genre-melding original songs.
Dr Korczak’s Example

Dr Korczak’s Example

21st August 2019 - 25th August 2019
Set in 1942, David Greig’s play tells of Janusz Korczak, a Polish doctor and writer who championed every child’s right to freedom, respect and love.
Walk The Oars

Walk The Oars

21st August 2019 - 25th August 2019
Danish storyteller Svend-Erik Engh and Scottish musician/singer Neil Sutcliffe return to the Fringe to share a story inspired by the Viking’s arrival in Scotland.
The Golden Fly

The Golden Fly

21st August 2019 - 25th August 2019
Storyteller Alice Fernbank and musician Graham Dickson lead you on a storytelling voyage laden with song and myth, presented through flute and voice.
The McDougalls Safari Adventure

The McDougalls Safari Adventure

8th September 2019
Get ready to GO WILD with The McDougalls in their brand new live show 'Safari Adventure'. Join the gang for a roaring musical adventure for all the family!
The Night With? Ensemble Offspring

The Night With? Ensemble Offspring

11th September 2019
The Night With? is a fantastic salon style series presenting interesting classical music in intimate, informal venues.
Café Voices: Harvest Moon

Café Voices: Harvest Moon

12th September 2019
Gather round in the early evening light of the waxing harvest moon for stories and songs with Anne Hunter at The Scottish Storytelling Centre.
Tiny Tales: Animal Stories

Tiny Tales: Animal Stories

17th September 2019
Tiny Tales is the perfect introduction to storytelling and the Centre for your wee ones. Be ready to clap your hands together, dance and sing with Lea Taylor and her incredible tiny tales.
Bal Folk: Dance Workshops and Social

Bal Folk: Dance Workshops and Social

18th September 2019
Come along and try Bal Fold, the European version of Ceilidh dancing, in this workshop at the Scottish Storytelling Centre!
Loud Poets: The Slam

Loud Poets: The Slam

20th September 2019
One of the UK's most successful spoken word collectives return on 20th September with their monthly showcase of the UK’s top spoken word talent.
The Fairy Hills of Scotland

The Fairy Hills of Scotland

21st September 2019
Prepare to be enchanted as Beverley Casebow and Joan Morrison transport you to the magical fairy hills of Scotland!
The White Rose of Gask

The White Rose of Gask

27th September 2019
Celebrated folk musician Freeland Barbour presents a long-overdue biography of Lady Nairne's life and work at this book launch on 27th September at the Scottish Storytelling Centre.
The Night With? Ensemble Offspring

The Night With? Ensemble Offspring

9th October 2019
The Night With? is a fantastic salon style series presenting interesting classical music in intimate, informal venues.
The Night With? Ensemble Offspring

The Night With? Ensemble Offspring

26th November 2019
The Night With? is a fantastic salon style series presenting interesting classical music in intimate, informal venues.
The Night With? Ensemble Offspring

The Night With? Ensemble Offspring

10th December 2019
The Night With? is a fantastic salon style series presenting interesting classical music in intimate, informal venues.

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