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1 Jan-Mar Scottish 2019 Storytelling Centre WORKSHOPS EVENTS T E Y L R L O I T N S G H C S E I N T T T O R C E S Box Off ice 0131 556 9579 www.scottishstorytellingcentre.com 43-45 High Street, Edinburgh EH1 1SR

2 ‘The story is told eye to eye, mind to mind and heart to heart’ Scottish Traveller proverb T E Y L R L O I T N S G H C S E I N T T T The Scottish Storytelling Centre is free to enter, with a small charge for O R C E entry to John Knox House and varying prices for events. The Centre S includes the Storytelling Café, Netherbow Theatre, Storytelling Court, George Mackay Brown Library, Exhibition space and our Bookshop. In 2018 the Centre was awarded Best Performing Arts Venue at the Sunday Herald Culture Awards. Families are welcome! Highchairs and baby changing facilities are available. Events with this symbol are particularly suitable for children and families. The Centre is accessible Accessible to wheelchair users, there are audio loops in our  performance areas and Braille signage throughout. Please let us know if you'd like any of our publications in a different format or if you need assistance once you're here. A full copy of our Access Statement is available on our website. 0131 556 9579 BOX OFFICE Phone: Online: www.scottishstorytellingcentre.com [email protected] Mon-Sat, 10am-6pm In Person: A booking fee of £1 per transaction is charged for online & phone bookings. No booking fee is applied to tickets purchased in person from the Centre's Box Office. We try our hardest to make sure all details are correct, but to avoid disappointment please check with the box office. Sometimes the Centre's exhibition space is not accessible to the public because of a private function. Please call ahead to check. (Traditional Arts & Culture Scotland SC043009) is the national network for TRACS . traditional arts currently based at the Scottish Storytelling Centre www.tracscotland.org SUPPORT US! BECOME A STORYTELLING CENTRE SUPPORTER FOR ONLY £30 PER YEAR Benef its include: Discounts on Storytelling Centre events   10% discount in our bookshop  10% discount in the Storytelling Café  Invites to special events A quarterly mailing of our What's On guide (by post if desired)   Contributing to the development & work of the SSC Please call 0131 556 9579 or email [email protected] for further information. Ticket discounts are subject to availability, T&Cs apply. Storytelling Centre Supporter Prices (SCS) 2

3 to our f irst Programme of 2019, where we WELCOME reflect on the end of Scotland's W inter Festivals with our annual celebration of Robert Burns and usher in a hopeful and healing spring series of events and workshops inspired by Bride and the Celtic season of Imbolc. We hope you can f ind many opportunities to engage with your own creativity and take inspiration and enjoyment from these events. photo © Bejoy Sanjeev Thu 13 Dec - Sat 26 Jan Now You See It, Now You Don't: An Exhibition of Photographic Illusions Prepare to be mesmerised by the uncanny illusionists from . In collaboration with MagicFest Edinburgh Young Carers they will be creating and Professor Richard W iseman Magic in a Photo! Join us on a journey of discovery where the old history of Edinburgh and the magic of young minds collide! W itness the magic at Storytelling Centre, unlock photo © Alex Hutchinson the secrets at Museum of Childhood. Wed 16, 30 Jan, 13, 27 Feb, 13, 27 Mar | 7pm - 9pm £5 (£3) (£2.50 SCS) Edinbal Dance Workshops: An Introduction to European Folk Dancing From the lyrical mazurka and the smooth waltz, to the social and energetic Breton dances, or the rhythmic schottische, these workshops will introduce you to the European version of ceilidh dancing - bal folk! The workshops are independent from each other and suitable for complete beginners with a mixture of teaching, social dancing and live music. Light shoes with smooth soles recommended. Fri 18 Jan | 8pm - 10.30pm | By donation (suggest £5) The World's Room The traditional singing club is now settled into its new home at the Waverley Bar, St Mary's Street. The f irst night of the new year welcomes highly regarded tradition- bearers, Ellen and Kevin Mitchell with a mix of Scottish and Ulster songs. 3

4 Tue 15 Jan | 10am & 11.30am (40mins) £5 per child | 1-3yrs Tiny Tales: Buccaneers Ahoy! Jump aboard and join our pirate crew, led by storyteller Beth Hamilton-Cardus - we'll be f inding treasure, facing storms and running away from tiny witches! A multi- sensory and thoroughly interactive storytelling session, with songs, props and a pretty loose take on a photo © Faisal Aziz Fife folk tale. Thu 17 Jan | 7pm - 9pm | £5 (£4.50 SCS) Café Voices: Jack Tales There is something quite wonderful about Jack, the 'daft laddie', who always seems to come through as the winner in the end. Join storyteller Russell McLarty , who identif ies with Jack big time and enjoys a good few of his unlikely tales. The Centre's monthly storytelling night, with an open- floor section for storytellers to tell their own tales. Fri 18 Jan, 15 Feb & 15 Mar 7.30pm - 10pm | £8 (£6) (£5.50 SCS) Loud Poets One of the UK's most successful spoken word collectives return with their monthly showcase of the UK's top spoken word talent. This is make some noise, f ist-thumping, pint-drinking, side-tickling, heart- wrenching poetry. This is poetry for the masses. 'Throughout there's a humour, poignancy and most of all a conf idence which serves to inspire.' (Scotsman) Fri 18 Jan Loud Poets: Life, uh, finds a way Fri 15 Feb Loud Poets: Big Bada-boom! Fri 15 Mar Loud Poets: Choose Life 4

5 Join us for our annual celebration of Robert Burns, as part of Scotland's W inter Festivals, with exciting live performances, in-depth workshops and the legendary Supper with Burns storytelling dinner. Something for everyone to discover and enjoy! Tue 22 Jan | 2pm - 4pm | Free Fri 25 Jan | 7.30pm - 10pm By donation (suggest £5/£4) Café Ceilidh: Burns Celebration Guid Crack Storytelling Session Scots Music Group Join friends from the On Burns Night, with the Celtic feast of for an afternoon session of traditional Imbolc fast approaching, join storyteller songs, music, poems and stories Kate Walker and friends for an evening of celebrating Scotland's national poet tales and banter as she takes an indulgent Robert Burns. Held in the relaxed setting look at some Scottish customs and the of the Storytelling Court. All welcome to stories and lore behind them. listen or bring a tune for a turn! Sat 26 Jan | 12pm - 1pm | £5 | Adults and 8+ Thu 24 & Fri 25 Jan | 7pm - 9.30pm | £25 A Cup O' Kindness Supper with Burns Scots traditions owe much to Rabbie A seasonal favourite! Join us for an Burns, from Hogmanay's rousing chorus alternative Burns Supper in the beautiful of Auld Lang Syne at the bells, to Burns setting of the Storytelling Court, serving Suppers of whisky, neeps and haggis. Join up a delicious 3-course Scottish dinner - Elderwise storytellers for a nostalgic with the centre piece Haggis - and a celebration of our weird and wonderful generous helping of Burns' stories, song new year customs, with a generous and lore. Hosted by storytellers David dollop of heart-warming stories! and Ruth Kirkpatrick , with Campbell clarsach player Katie Harrigan . Also Donald Smith featuring 's wonderful Sat 26 Jan | 2.30pm - 4pm | £5 (£4.50 SCS) All Ages rendition of Tam O'Shanter! Book early to avoid disappointment! Family Ceilidh Come with family and friends to dance well-known Scottish dances and sing well- known songs. All the dances will be called and there will be easier circles for the littler ones. A fun introduction to sociable dancing with live music and some stories too. photo © Ludovic Farine 5

6 Fri 1 - Sat 16 Feb Painting the Wonder Tales A three-fold exhibition of visual art, storytelling and folk music to celebrate the ancient Celtic festival of Imbolc, the season of rebirth as spring awakens. New original John Slavin paintings by illustrating the wonder tales of Scottish Traveller storyteller Duncan W illiamson inspire gatherings of poetry, song, story and music. Fri 1 Feb | 7.45pm - 9.30pm £8 (£6) (£5.50 SCS) The Birth of the Unicorn Join us to celebrate the Day of Bride and the launch of 's exhibition, John Slavin recreating the stories and songs of Scotland's Duncan W illiamson greatest tradition bearer, . David Campbell , Helen East Led by Linda and W illiamson . Tue 12 & Thu 14 Feb | 2pm - 4pm Free (ticketed) | All Ages Wonder Tales Spring stories and spontaneous sounds for all the family under the backdrop of new paintings by . Come and listen or bring a turn John Slavin yourself to celebrate the wonder tales of Scottish Duncan W illiamson . Traveller Sat 2 Feb | 7.30pm – 9.30pm | £10 (£8) (£7.50 SCS) Songs and Stories Remembering our Earth A celebration and mourning to remember the earth. A powerful and moving expression of our relationship to each other, our fellow creatures, the environment, the planet, our past and our future. A performance of original and traditional material inspired by folk and world music, traditional stories and contemporary journalism. Featuring Susanna Orr Holland on Indian singer/storyteller harmonium, guitar and bodhrán and magical musician KeLan on percussion, hand pan, viola da gamba, electric photo © Lucas Chih-Peng Kao bass and spoken word. See related workshop on pg.18. Thu 7 Feb | 7.30pm - 9.30pm | £8 (£6) (£5.50 SCS) Stories on the Way An evening of stories to live by. Come along and listen to our wonderful apprentice storytellers weave their magic and tell stories to make you smile. An evening of uplifting tales to welcome in the f irst flutterings of Spring. 6

7 Blank Script present the Edinburgh International Improv Festival , Scotland's f irst and only festival dedicated to improv. Across 4 days, over 75 performers from across the globe will amaze with their spontaneity, quick wit and ability to make you laugh your socks off. Scenes, sketches, songs and stories will be made up on the spot from audience suggestions. World class improv teachers will also be delivering a full curriculum of classes throughout the festival. Please see website for full listings. 7

8 Tue 12 Feb | 10am & 11.30am (40mins) | £5 per child | 1-3yrs Tiny Tales: Bear Blethers Look out! There are bears about. Visit the house of the bears with Goldilocks, meet a brave marmot, help little bear go to sleep and venture on a bear hunt. Join for a Julie Bannatyne fun morning of action songs and stories. Thu 14 Feb | 7pm - 9pm | £5 (£4.50 SCS) Café Voices: Love Springs Eternal Love shows itself in all forms, sometimes when we're least expecting it. Join us on Valentine's night for an evening of Claire Hewitt . The loving stories with guest storyteller Centre's monthly storytelling session, with an open-floor section for storytellers to tell their own tales, all in the relaxed surroundings of the Storytelling Court. Fri 15 Feb | 11am - 12pm | £5 per child | All Ages Makin a Brew Musician Gica Loening & storyteller Claire McNicol share a photo © Derek Prescott mix of songs, rhymes, music and stories aimed at children under f ive with older siblings welcome. Working with children and parents in Early Years Centres in North Edinburgh and Musselburgh over the last four years, Gica and Claire are delighted to recreate some of the MAB magic in the lovely Storytelling Court! Snowdrops may well feature as we welcome the spring! Fri 15 Feb | 8pm - 10.30pm By donation (suggest £5) The World's Room W ith a repertoire drawn from the bothy Allan Taylor ballads of the rural north east, makes his debut at the World's Room. Join in the choruses or even contribute a song yourself at Edinburgh's monthly traditional singing night. Upstairs at the Waverley Bar, St Mary's St. Sat 16 Feb | 11am - 11.50am £5 per child | 4+ The Stolen Dragon Adventure Join Adventuretellers and Brooke Conway on a story-quest to Hannah Mathieson save the golden dragon and her newly laid eggs from the grasps of a lonely wizard. Together you will conquer fears and face mystical characters, travelling through jungles, enchanted forests, lagoons and snow storms 'til you reach the wizard's ruined tower in the snowy mountains. Can you save the dragon, or will we be trapped in an eternal winter forever? 8

9 Sat 16 Feb | 3pm - 4.15pm | £10 (£8) (£7.50 SCS) A Story to Every Dance The Scottish solo dance tradition is peppered with stories attached to specif ic dances which appear in Highland Games and performance programmes. Many of these stories suggest an origin for a dance anchored in a distant past, but they may also form some level of meaning- Mats Melin as he making. Are they even true? Join celebrates his new book with stories, songs, and dance, David Francis and musician Sarah Hoy . featuring storyteller Wed 20 Feb | 7.30pm - 8.30pm | £8 (£6) (£5.50 SCS) | 16+ Fool for Love: The Not So Subtle Art of Medieval French Seduction Love makes fools of us all and Kleio there are stories to prove it. Pethainou brings to life Medieval French characters and love songs in this special storytelling and music performance. The stories come from a precious manuscript which is part of the Hunterian Collection of Glasgow University. Their last known audience was the Duke of Burgundy and his court, so you will be their f irst audience in six centuries. Come and hear of noblemen, millers, knights and clerks and the things they did for love! Wed 20 Feb - Sat 16 Mar image © University of Glasgow Library, Special Collections Exhibition: A Child of the 60's A collaborative piece of work by storyteller/author Lea and a collection of artists using memories of Taylor childhood and the stories they evoke. Memories are powerful and subjective, as each of us possess a different and unique experience. Add to this a child's eye view and a kaleidoscope of pictures will transport us back to a time long past but not forgotten. The artists hope that the work triggers something of your own reminiscences. Fri 22 Feb | 7.30pm - 10pm | By donation (suggest £5/£4) Guid Crack Storytelling Session At this time of year, the auld hag Beira is still battling to keep Scotland in her wintry grasp and stop the young and beautiful Bride bringing spring to the land. It is therefore a good time to celebrate stories of woman folk. Bring along your tales of women in all their guises from heroines, spey wives, witches and temptresses and join guest storyteller Heather Yule at Edinburgh's monthly storytelling night at the Waverley Bar, St. Mary's Street. 9

10 Thu 21 Feb | 7.30pm - 10pm | £10 (£8) (£7.50 SCS) Join us at 6.30pm for the official Festival launch Audacious Women Live! The kicks off in style with a Audacious Women Festival showcase of some incredible female storytelling and spoken word artists. Featuring Jan Bee Brown & Maria MacDonell , , Erin Kelly and Imogen Stirling all bringing their Lily Asch own spirit, energy and passion to the stage. Please see website for further details on each performer. Fri 22 Feb | 7.30pm - 10pm | £12 (£10) (£9.50 SCS) Six Gals Named Smith - The Uncrowned Queens of Blues & Jazz The Red Hot Rhythm Makers Scotland's f irst and only all-female Jazz band formed as a response to vocalist Ali Affleck's critically acclaimed Preaching Divas show in 2018. The band are delighted to launch the f irst of a series of projects which seek to raise the prof ile of the queens of early roots, blues and jazz and also female musicians in general. The music is extraordinary and the women who performed it were even more so! photo © Colin Robertson Sat 23 Feb | 7pm - 9.30pm | £26 After Judy Chicago Created and Hosted by performer, director and singer Morna Burdon Morna Burdon invites you to a 40th anniversary celebration of The Dinner Party - an iconic exhibition conceived by artist Judy Chicago commemorating over 1000 women hidden from history. Meet, eat and be entertained at a large triangular dining table mimicking the original artwork and decorated with place settings honouring women from that piece. You are invited to create your own costume and come as an audacious woman of your choice! Places are very limited so book early to avoid disappointment. Ticket price includes 2 course meal, entertainment and souvenir place setting. Also featuring guest singers Martha L Healy & Nnena McKenzie . Thu 28 Feb | 7.30pm - 9.30pm £8 (£6) (£5.50 SCS) Real Talk: Storytelling for Wellbeing An evening of storytelling, connection and honesty, creating a safe space to speak about one of our most beautiful assets, our minds! Attendees are offered an opportunity to gain insight into the individual experiences of the speakers around mental health. Please be aware sensitive topics will be discussed. 10

11 Fri 1 Mar | 7.30pm - 8.30pm | £12 (£10) (£9.50 SCS) Hebridean Treasure: Lost & Found , works with some of the most talented John Philip Newell Internationally acclaimed writer, young artists in Scotland to tell the story of an enchanted Hebridean world that was lost, but is being found again in a new sense of the earth as sacred. This is a story of beauty, Mischa Macpherson , dancer Kirsten pathos, and hope. Featuring composer and singer and the artistic direction of Shane Shambhu , achieving what has never been Newell attempted before, a memory of the forgotten influence of India on the Celtic soul. Sat 2 Mar | 11am & 2pm (45mins) £5 per child | 4+ Tales from the Magic Drum Come on a global journey through the wonder tales of the world, dancing to a rhythm or two along the way! A riotous selection of stories and West African drumming from storyteller Dougie Mackay promises a fun, interactive storytelling session for ages 4+ but is likely to delight anyone with a sense of adventure and imagination. photo © Anita Barron Sat 2 Mar | 7.30pm - 9.15pm £8 (£6) (£5.50 SCS) Tales of Exile & Sanctuary Storyteller Gauri Raje presents a tapestry of stories from around the world exploring the human conditions of exile and refuge. W ith a wonderful storytelling style, Gauri questions the beauty and horrors of exile and what can be nourished through sanctuary. 11

12 Tue 5 Mar | 7.30pm - 9.30pm | £10 (£8) (£7.50 SCS) Storytelling True Facts: Iconic Women Join us for a new event as storytellers share tales of some iconic women in music, art and literature, whilst unearthing an interesting True Fact! Want to know why Mona Lisa smiles? How Madonna got into the groove and where Jane Austen plucked Mr Darcy's name from? Come along for a fun night celebrating the run up to International's Women's Day with some Storytelling True Facts... You could even share a fact yourself! photo © Bejoy Sanjeev Fri 8 Mar | 7.30pm - 9.30pm | £8 (£6) (£5.50 SCS) Trailblazers! Join storyteller on International Women's Jan Bee Brown Day to celebrate the spirit and strength of the many unsung sisters on whose shoulders we stand. Featuring trailblazing tales of female explorers, high climbers, glasshouse smashers, female footballers, slack-wire dancers and stage strutting quines in a saucy gander through Her-story. Tue 12 Mar | 10am & 11.30am (40mins) | £5 per child | 1-3yrs Tiny Tales: Spring Babies Allison Galbraith for a fun morning of bouncy Join bunny rhymes and dancing duckling ditties to celebrate the coming of spring. A gentle introduction to stories for your wee ones. photo © Solen Collet Thu 14 Mar | 7pm - 9pm | £5 (£4.50 SCS) Café Voices: The W icked & The W ise Marie-Louise Cochrane leads an evening of stories about the cheeky ones who challenge the way things are. Held in the relaxed surroundings of the Storytelling Court, with an open-floor section for storytellers to tell their own tales. session, where donations This is a Hear a Little, Give a Little are encouraged for a chosen charity. 12

13 Fri 15 Mar | 8pm - 10.30pm | By donation (suggest £5) The World's Room Vincent Doherty This month's guest is Donegal singer, with plenty of contributions from the floor too. Upstairs at the Waverley Bar, St Mary's Street. Sat 16 Mar | 2pm - 3pm | £6 (£4) (£3.50 SCS) | All Ages W ild & W indy Songs & Stories Join us on Disabled Access Day for some blustery March multi-sensory adventures! Ailie Finlay Storytellers Marie Louise Cochrane lead this lively session of tales with and multi-sensory props and lots of joining-in. All welcome, but particularly suitable for children and adults with additional needs and their families and friends. Sat 16 Mar | 7.30pm - 10pm | £8 (£6) (Free SCS) | 16+ Tall Tales Oscar Hilarious, mysterious or just plain ridiculous - listen to tall tales, ferocious f ibs and fables performed live on stage by Scotland's f inest tellers, then you decide who wins the lucrative accolade of Oscar the Leprechaun! Scotland's annual tall tales storytelling competition is hosted by last year's winner, . A guaranteed crowd-pleaser Suu Caledonia we recommend you book in advance. Tue 19 Mar | 2pm – 4pm | Free Café Ceilidh: Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day Join friends from the Scots Music Group for an afternoon session of traditional songs, music, poems and stories celebrating Ireland’s patron saint. Held in the relaxed setting of the Storytelling Court. All welcome to listen or bring a tune for a turn! Wed 20 Mar | 7pm - 9pm | £8 (£6) (£5.50 SCS) Re-Storying Our Planet How can we belong in our changing common earth without stories to connect us? This presentation combines storytelling, f ilm and commentary to evoke three journeys across Scotland in a quest to re-unite traditional stories and environmental action through our innate yet sometimes un-awakened creativity. Join us on World Storytelling Day as Allison Galbraith and Alette W illis share the explorations and discoveries of their Andy Hunter Bursary Project. For related workshop see pg. 19. 13

14 Fri 22 Mar | 8pm - 10pm | £10 (£8) (£7.50 SCS) photo © Rufus Huggan Beyond: The Story of an Irish Immigrant Gráinne Brady Glasgow based f iddler presents an evening of music, storytelling and spoken word exploring the history and legacy of mass Irish emigration to Scotland. The concert will feature music from her debut album The Road Across the Hills, which soundtracks an autobiographical novel by Donegal author Patrick MacGill (1889-1963), who made this journey aged 14. '...a composer of (Pádraig Rynne, NOTIFY) enormous talents.' The Road Across the Hills © Somhairle MacDonald Sat 23 Mar | 7.30pm - 8.30pm photo © Julia Fayngruen £12 (£10) (£9.50 SCS) Mairi Campbell: Auld Lang Syne The story of Mairi's adventures with Scotland's most famous song. An exhilarating and original sequel to Pulse, 'visionary musicianship... distinctive , blending live music, virtuosity' (Herald) animation and movement. Co-devised Kath Burlinson . and directed by Wed 20 Mar - Sat 13 Apr Exhibition: On Step-Motherhood Through images and testimonies photographer Vaida Nairn explores motherhood in non-traditional nuclear families. The women featured represent a wide range of ages, ethnicities, nationalities, and length of time they have been mothering children they are not biologically related to. They are all connected by the universal experience of motherhood in its different forms. This exhibition hopes to rethink the importance of a more constructive narrative and show due appreciation to all who join motherhood. 14

15 Thu 28 Mar | 7.30pm - 9.30pm £8 (£6) (£5.50 SCS) W icked Stepmother? Stepmothers... are they always wicked? Are they doomed to play the villain forever or can they become heroes in their own right? Join Franziska Droll and storytellers Daiva . Ivanauskaite for an evening of stories and songs exploring stepmothers in traditional tales and in the modern world. . photo © Kristina Meilute & Cathrin Hüttenrauch Fri 29 Mar | 8pm - 9pm | £8 (£6) (£5.50 SCS) The Space Gecko Project In 2014 The Telegraph released an article headlined 'Five Geckos Freeze to Death on Sex Space Mission'. The diary of one of those geckos has since been salvaged, however, and its contents prove this was no 'sex mission'... because two of the geckos were deeply in love. The Space Gecko Project pairs original spoken word poetry from Stuart Kenny with music Lewis Gillies and animated visuals from by Grant Robertson to present the untold romance of two of the geckos on that trip. 'Possibly the most wholesome event for Scottish poetry in 2018.' ( The Skinny ) Fri 29 Mar | 7.30pm - 10pm | By donation (suggest £5/£4) Guid Crack Storytelling Session Glasgow's own double storytelling Oscar winner Michael Kerins returns to Guid Crack with his hilarious tales of contemporary and contemptuous life. Bring along your favourite tales to share at Edinburgh's monthly storytelling night at the Waverley Bar, St. Mary's St. photo © Nadine Dunnigan 15

16 Workshops & Development Days Living Culture & Traditions A feast of participatory and seasonal culture for anyone involved in arts, education and community work across Scotland. Rediscover imagination's power to enliven, educate & transform. TO BOOK WORKSHOP PLACES AT THE STORYTELLING CENTRE Phone: 0131 556 9579 Online: www.scottishstorytellingcentre.com Mon - Sat, 10am-6pm In Person: We require five working days' notice of cancellation to guarantee a refund. You will receive an email reminder of your booking & a full programme in the week preceding the workshop. PLANNING ON ATTENDING MORE THAN ONE WORKSHOP? For discounted rates on workshops become a member of the Traditional Music Forum , Scottish Storytelling Forum or the the Traditional Dance Forum of Scotland . For details visit www.tracscotland.org Sat 12 Jan & Sat 2 Feb | 11am - 5pm £20 (£18 Forum Members & Concessions) | Dance Quadrilles Workshops Nathaniel Gow was Regency Edinburgh's King of Quadrilles (dances for four couples in a square). Please join us for fun, f itness and a taste of Scottish history and culture as we rediscover these dances and bring them to life. These two all-day workshops will cover Nathaniel Gow's 7th & 8th New Sets of Quadrilles (1819), in preparation for the Bicentennial Regency Ball in March 2019. Comfortable soft shoes recommended. All levels of dancer welcome - no experience . necessary. Led by Talitha MacKenzie 16

17 Living Culture & Traditions Workshops & Development Days photo © Ludovic Farine Sat 19 Jan | 2pm - 4.30pm Sat 26 Jan | 10.30am - 4.30pm £16 (£12 Forum Members) | Storytelling £24 (£18 Forum Members) | Music & Song Tam O'Shanter: Singing the Bard: Telling the Big Tale Resources & Skills Explore the Robert Burns song repertoire Explore Robert Burns' master narrative and learn how to recite this most mighty . W iden your own Christine Kydd with of tales. repertoire and skills and deepen your shares his lifelong Donald Smith approach to songs you already know. quest to understand the poem and do it Astonishingly accomplished, Burns stands justice in that ever-elusive perfect at the head of a select band of singer telling. Suitable for those wishing to poets, including Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell understand Burns' def ining work, as well and Leonard Cohen, yet Burns is as those focussed on performing or interpreting Burns' work artistically. A exceptional in penning superb songs for all genders. mighty challenge packed with fun. 17

18 Living Culture & Traditions Workshops & Development Days Wed 6 Feb | 7pm - 9pm £10 (£8 Forum Members) | Dance Sean-nós Irish Dance Sean-nós dancing is a traditional form of Irish dance, typically performed solo with low-to-the-ground steps, a relaxed upper body and improvisational character. In Aneta Dortová will focus this workshop, on beginner steps and their relationship to the music. Basic improvisation techniques will also be taught with discussion of the differences between Irish step dance and Sean-nós. Sat 23 Feb | 10.30am - 4.30pm £24 (£18 Forum Members) | Storytelling Reconnecting with the Whole Story In the face of climate change, eco-feminism is emerging around the world, bringing another narrative to photo © Christina Riley grow and share. This workshop focusses on reconnecting to our body, feelings, creativity and the earth to awaken old stories and develop new ones. Led by Sat 2 Feb | 10.30am - 1pm climate activist and emergent storyteller £16 (£12 Forum Members) | Storytelling Virginia Bjertnes and storyteller-singer Growing with Stories Susanna Orr Holland . For related event A hands-on introduction to live see pg.6. storytelling with reference to the current Painting the Wonder Tales exhibition of . Helen East leads this participatory session Sat 2 Mar | 10.30am - 4.30pm for anyone curious about growing their £24 (£18 Forum Members) | Development own storytelling talent, based on the Calling the Soul Back Home inspiration and practice of Duncan In this workshop, led by Janis Mackay , W illiamson. Let out your inner storyteller you will work with the selkie myth of and learn to craft your skills. seals and humans, alongside personal life stories, to evoke a sense of soul. Working Fri 15 Feb | 2pm - 4.30pm with myth can be empowering and help £16 (£12 Forum Members) | Storytelling retrieve lost or forgotten parts of Narrative Art and Poetry ourselves. Can we come, like the seal Explore the relationship between creative woman, to feel comfortable in our own narrative in visual art and in poetry. Artist skin despite the pressures that divide our John Slavin with storyteller and poet attention and awareness? Do these David Campbell foster responses to the traditional stories embody a wholeness exhibition Painting the Wonder Tales , that has healing potential? which celebrates the relationship between Bride, Lady of poetry, and Duncan W illiamson, King of storytellers. 18

19 Workshops & Development Days Living Culture & Traditions Wed 20 Mar | 2pm - 4.30pm Sat 30 Mar | 2pm - 4.30pm | £16 (£12 Forum Members) | Music & Song £16 (£12 Forum Members) | Development Mapping the Stories: Exploring Our Voices Do you know the capabilities of your own People and Place voice? No one is unmusical and in our Bring your own story of place to explore voices we each have a unique instrument how to map and animate stories through to use and enjoy. In this accessible World the locale, rural or urban. For Kirsty Law introduces workshop, singer , Storytelling Day Allison Galbraith and voice care; explores rhythm, pitch and share the explorations and Alette W illis harmonies; and encourages approaches discoveries of their Andy Hunter Bursary to sample songs. Whether a beginner, or Project . For Re-Storying our Planet already a singer, this workshop will help related event see pg.13. you cherish the voice. Sat 23 Mar | 10.30am - 4.30pm £24 (£18 Forum Members) | Storytelling Stepping Stones - Changemaking How can we create more spaces where people are able to share experience and grow through mutual understanding? Beth Building on her Andy Hunter Bursary, opens up some stepping stones on Cross Alexander Mackenzie the journey, whilst explores ways of 'appreciative hosting' that encourage people to respond story to story, mind to mind and heart to heart. The day will conclude with a gathering of insights, in a ceilidh of stories of place, belonging and enabling community to photo © Ryan McGoverne happen. GAELIC STORYTELLING AT MONIACK MHOR with Roddy Maclean Learners and Fluent Speakers alike can enjoy Gaelic storytelling as part of a series of dedicated events in the picturesque Scottish Highlands, in association with Bòrd Na Gàidhlig. Sun 24 Feb | 10am - 4pm Improving Your Gaelic through Storytelling (for Gaelic Learners) Explore how learning to tell Gaelic stories can improve a learner's fluency and conf idence. The stories will be a mixture of heroic legends, some with location links, and more modern tales. Participants will be encouraged to construct and tell a simple story during the day. Sun 3 Mar | 10am - 4pm Tales of the Fianna and Other Gaelic Heroes (for Fluent Speakers) Beginning with the source materials, this day will illustrate connections between story and landscape, using examples from the tales of the Fianna and other ancient heroic f igures. Storytellers and teachers can make ancient legends relevant for a modern audience, encouraging linguistic fluency and pride in culture and heritage. Further details and booking at www.moniackmhor.org.uk 19

20 John Knox House Step Inside History Explore the drama of Scotland's Reformation in this ornate 15th century building, associated with some of the most dramatic events in the nation's turbulent history. Discover the stories of John Knox, James Mossman and Mary, Queen of Scots in one of Scotland's greatest cultural treasures. Please contact us to arrange a bespoke tour of John Knox House or the surrounding Netherbow area. The Church of Scotland Scottish Charity No SC011353 0131 556 9579 North Bridge East Market Street www.scottishstorytellingcentre.com J [email protected] e e e r t S f y t f e r Canongate Last entry 5.30pm OPEN Mon-Sat, 10am-6pm l High Street St Marys St Under 7s free £1 Children 7+ | | | £6 Adult ADMISSION £5 Concession Blackfriars St GROUPS Get in touch & arrange a tour for your group South Bridge Cover image: Marigold © John Slavin Cowgate WAMgraphics Design : Scottish Storytelling Centre Printed on recycled paper & John Knox House

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