Scottish Storytelling Centre

Scottish Storytelling Centre

About Scottish Storytelling Centre

43 - 45 High Street, Edinburgh Old Town EH1 1SR
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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

Global Lab

Global Lab

27th September 2020 - 30th October 2020

Global Lab offers inspiring examples of creative practice in the arts, education and frontline activism, with the opportunity to share, question and dialogue.
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Open Hearth

Open Hearth

17th October 2020 - 31st October 2020

The Festival’s famous Open Hearth sessions move online in a ceilidh of cultures and featuring some of the finest traditional storytellers from around the world.
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Storytelling Cafe Sessions

Storytelling Cafe Sessions

17th October 2020 - 31st October 2020

Rediscover the joy of ‘eye to eye, mind to mind, and heart to heart’ storytelling at the Scottish Storytelling Centre as part of the Scottish International Storytelling Festival.
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The Gruagach Solais

The Gruagach Solais

17th October 2020 - 31st October 2020

Claire Hewitt’s images are a response to the abundant natural and mythological landscape around her.
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By Leaves We Live: Patrick Geddes Story Tour of the Old Town

By Leaves We Live: Patrick Geddes Story Tour of the Old Town

Selected dates between 21st October 2020 - 28th October 2020

Walk in the footsteps of the great Victorian polymath, Patrick Geddes, who made his home in St James court and shaped the community and gardens of the Old Town.
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SISF: Black History Walking Tour of Edinburgh

SISF: Black History Walking Tour of Edinburgh

Selected dates between 25th October 2020 - 31st October 2020

Hear the fascinating but littleknown stories of Edinburgh’s deep connections with Africa, Asia and the Caribbean over the past 500 years.
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