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.

Upcoming Events at Scottish Storytelling Centre

Café Ceilidh: Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day

Café Ceilidh: Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day

19th March 2019
Join friends from the Scots Music Group on Tuesday 19th March for an afternoon session of traditional songs, music, poems and stories celebrating Ireland's patron saint.
Re-storying Our Planet

Re-storying Our Planet

20th March 2019
Join us on World Storytelling Day as Allison Galbraith and Alette Willis share the explorations and discoveries of their Andy Hunter Bursary Project.
Exhibition: On Step-Motherhood

Exhibition: On Step-Motherhood

20th March 2019 - 13th April 2019
Through images and testimonies photographer Vaida Nairn explores motherhood in non-traditional nuclear families in this exhibition at the Scottish Storytelling Centre.
Beyond: The Story of an Irish Immigrant

Beyond: The Story of an Irish Immigrant

22nd March 2019
Glasgow based fiddler Gráinne Brady presents an evening of music, storytelling and spoken word exploring the legacy of mass Irish emigration to Scotland.
Mairi Campbell: Auld Lang Syne

Mairi Campbell: Auld Lang Syne

23rd March 2019
Auld Lang Syne is the story of Mairi Campbell's adventures with Scotland's most famous song. Mairi brings her tour to the Scottish Storytelling Centre on Saturday 23rd March!
Real Talk hosts Mind the Craic

Real Talk hosts Mind the Craic

25th March 2019
Real Talk hosts Mind the Craic, where Edinburgh citizens will be performing as storytellers, sharing their experience of the third sector, social isolation and of their own personal journeys.
Wicked Stepmother?

Wicked Stepmother?

28th March 2019
Stepmothers... are they always wicked? Join Franziska Droll and Daiva Ivanauskaite for stories and songs exploring stepmothers in traditional tales and in the modern world.
The Space Gecko Project

The Space Gecko Project

29th March 2019
The Space Gecko Project presents the untold romance of two of the geckos on the 2014 Space Mission. Poetry from Stuart Kenny, music by Grant Robertson and animated visuals from Lewis Gillies.
Guid Crack Storytelling Session

Guid Crack Storytelling Session

29th March 2019
Join Glasgow’s own double storytelling Oscar winner Michael Kerins when he returns to Guid Crack at Edinburgh's monthly storytelling night on Friday 29th March!

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