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.

All information (whether in text or photographs) is supplied in good faith but should not be relied upon as being a statement of representation or fact. We take every opportunity to ensure the details for Scottish Storytelling Centre are accurate, please contact us at hello[@]whatsonnetwork.co.uk if any of the above information is incorrect.

Upcoming Events at Scottish Storytelling Centre

Thistles, Sunflowers and Dreamscapes

Thistles, Sunflowers and Dreamscapes

3rd August 2021 - 30th August 2021

This is the first major solo show in five years from Bulgarian-born, Edinburgh-based artist Diana Savova, featuring over 30 new works in ink, oil and acrylic with surreal motifs.
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Miss Lindsay’s Secret

Miss Lindsay’s Secret

6th August 2021 - 30th August 2021

Using original live music, drama and historical material from Glenesk Museum, a lively and moving local story, woven into Scotland’s national identity, reaches across time and continent.
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Loud Poets

Loud Poets

Selected dates between 6th August 2021 - 28th August 2021

One of the UK's most successful spoken word collectives returns to the Scottish Storytelling Centre. This is poetry for the masses!
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Is This a Dagger?

Is This a Dagger?

6th August 2021 - 29th August 2021

Andy Cannon returns to the Netherbow stage to tell Shakespeare’s classic, taking audiences on a thousand-year journey from fact to fiction and back again.
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Paddy the Cope

Paddy the Cope

7th August 2021 - 30th August 2021

West Lothian meets West Donegal as shale miner Patrick Gallagher (John McColl) returns to his native sod to spread social revolution, imbued with the co-operative principles he’s learned in Scotland
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Thunderstruck

Thunderstruck

8th August 2021 - 29th August 2021

The comic and tragic tale of how the greatest bagpiper of all time rocked the history and traditions of bagpiping and how he changed the life of one young piper forever.
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Wolves Within

Wolves Within

10th August 2021 - 28th August 2021

Come and delve deep into the psyche of wolves with Danish storyteller Svend-Erik Engh and Scottish musician Neil Sutcliffe!
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The Laird Strikes Back

The Laird Strikes Back

14th August 2021 - 21st August 2021

Perthshire maverick Gussie McCraig joins No.10 as a Scottish adviser. Mayhem ensues, Gussie spills the beans, is sacked, and emerges as Boris's not-so-hidden hand for COP26.
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The Golden Fly

The Golden Fly

19th August 2021 - 27th August 2021

Storyteller Alice Fernbank and musician Graham Dickson lead you on a storytelling voyage laden with song and myth, presented through flute and voice.
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