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Scottish Storytelling Centre












Jan-Mar 2014

“The story is told eye to eye, mind to mind and heart to heart” - Scottish Traveller proverb

Box Office 0131 556 9579 w w w. t r a c s c o t l a n d . o r g Scottish Storytelling Centre, 43-45 High Street, Edinburgh EH1 1SR

We are open 10am-6pm Monday to Saturday Visiting the Centre is free, with a small charge for entry to John Knox House. As a four-star attraction, we provide you with a cafĂŠ, a Storytelling Court, a free exhibition space and bookshop. 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 help once you're here.













…to 2014 - a year packed with exciting events in Scotland. As always, we have a busy programme of storytelling, music and traditional arts, whilst we are also proud to present our revamped Courses & Workshops programme, which we hope will engage and excite you.




We begin our year on January 1st (of course!) with a free afternoon of music, storytelling and fire dancing as part of Edinburgh's Hogmanay! January continues with our annual Burnsfest celebration, featuring Calum Colvin's Burnsiana exhibition, Supper with Burns and lots of family friendly events, in association with Scotland's Winter Festivals. During February, we welcome back Illicit Ink (Geraldine's Gun) and Horse & Bamboo Theatre (Red Riding Hood) and our monthly storytelling night, Café Voices, moves to its new Thursday slot. We also host three Middle Eastern Spirituality & Peace Festival events, featuring spiritual Hindu love tales in The Queen Who Flew Through the Sky to Seek Her Beloved and Iranian/Israeli stories in Kingdom of Fire & Clay. In March, we mark the end of the David Livingstone 200 celebrations with two photography exhibitions and also host our annual fib-fest, the Tall Tales Oscar! We hope you will find lots to enjoy in this programme. As always, our Café is open for refreshments, our bookshop is stocked high and our staff are ready to greet you with a smile.

Happy 2014 ! The Scottish Storytelling Centre Team

BOX OFFICE Phone: 0131 556 9579 Online: In Person: Mon-Sat (10am-6pm) ENQUIRIES For Events, contact Daniel on 0131 652 3273 For Courses & Workshops, contact Donald on 0131 652 3271 We try our hardest to make sure all Events, Courses and Workshop 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 booking. Please call ahead to check. 3

Wed 1 Jan | 1-4.30pm | Free | All Ages

New Year's Day celebration! Join us at the gateway of the year, where you'll get a warm, very Edinburgh welcome. Descend into a land of custom, ritual and reflection, with music, storytelling, fire dancing and the Prestonpans Mummers. Stories will be told, both inside and out in the garden. In Old Edinburgh there's always another threshold to cross! Keep an eye on Edinburgh's Hogmanay celebrations for further information.

Tue 14 Jan, 11 Feb & 11 Mar | 8pm (2hrs) | ÂŁ6 | 14+

Jo Caulfield Presents‌ The Speakeasy The ever-popular Speakeasy returns with a cross section of exciting performers, hosted by Jo Caulfield. An evening of insightful humour and storytelling mixed with theatre, music, song and poetry guarantees a truly enjoyable night out.

BURNSFEST 2014 In association with Scotland's Winter Festivals, we have a packed programme of events celebrating Scotland's national bard, Robert Burns, including storytelling, music, songs and haggis! For people who know everything, a little or not a lot about Scotland's favourite son.

Until Sat 1 Feb | 10am-6pm | Free

Burnsiana A solo exhibition of work by Calum Colvin, one of Scotland's leading contemporary artists. Colvin's work is highly distinctive, incorporating sculpture, painting and photography. Burnsiana is a word generally used to refer to any collection of Burns-related memorabilia, and Colvin's contemporary mixed media exhibition encompasses visual representations of these. Colvin's interest in Burns is longstanding, and on display will be a collection of Burns related work created over the last decade. In order to show as many of these works as possible, the exhibition will be changed halfway through. All of the works are for sale.


Wed 15 Jan | 7pm (1hr) | £6 (£4) | 14+

Revisiting Burns: Rab Wilson and Calum Colvin Rab Wilson is the leading Scots poet of his generation. Hailing from Ayrshire, he has his own insightful and witty take on his fellow makar. Here he sets up alongside Calum Colvin's Burnsiana exhibition to swap some contemporary takes on Scotia's darling.

Sat 1 Feb | 3pm (1hr) | £6 (£4) | 14+

Burns: Visual Representations Successions of visual artists have been inspired by Burns. Artist Calum Colvin joins Murdo Macdonald, Professor of History of Scottish Art at the University of Dundee, and independent art consultant Sheilagh Tennant to explore his legacy and its contemporary significance. There will be a panel discussion followed by a Q&A session, with time to view the Burnsiana exhibition.

Wed 22, Thu 23, Fri 24 Jan | 7pm (2hrs 30) | £25 | 12+

Supper with Burns A seasonal favourite! Join us for an alternative Burns Supper in the beautiful setting of the Storytelling Café, serving up a delicious 3-course Scottish dinner - with the centre-piece Haggis - and a generous helping of Burns' stories, song and lore. Hosted by storytellers David Campbell and Linda Bandelier, with clarsach player Katie Harrigan. Book early to avoid disappointment!

Sat 25 Jan | 11am (1hr) | £5 per child | 5+

Macastory presents… The Twa Rabbies! So you think you know Robert Burns? Think again! Join Macastory to investigate his secret, untold adventures and discover the outrageous stories behind his most loved poems and songs. But wait… there's more! There are two Rabbies claiming to be the true Bard... which Burns is the real deal and which is the impostor? You, the audience, decide! Tall tales, songs and poetry galore!


Sat 25 Jan | 2pm (1hr) | £5 | 14+

Bannockburns: Robert Burns and Scottish Independence As Scotland revs up for its 'Independence Neverendum', poet, critic and prize-winning Burns biographer Robert Crawford talks about what independence meant to Robert Burns. Drawing on his newly published book, Bannockburns: Scottish Independence and Literary Imagination 1314-2014, Crawford discusses the Bard's politics and reads some of his finest and most stinging poems.

Sat 25 Jan | 3pm (1hr) | £5 per child | 5+

We'll a' be proud o' Robin Be inspired and entertained in a fun, interactive afternoon of storytelling. Sylvia Troon presents a lively interpretation of the life, songs and poems of Robert Burns, with her colourful cast of lifelike figures!

Sat 25 Jan | 7.30pm (2hrs) | £8 (£6) | All Ages

The Mother of All Burns The night will begin with BAFTA winner Andrew Dallmeyer's play, The Mother of All Burns, featuring Anne Raitt as Rabbie's mother, and will include the songs of Burns performed by singer Coreen Scott and friends. The evening will continue with a celebration of traditional and contemporary Scottish songs and music.

Tue 28 Jan | 2pm (2hrs) | Free | All Ages

Café Ceilidh: Celebrating Burns Join Linten Adie and friends from the Scots Music Group for an afternoon of songs and music celebrating Robert Burns.

Fri 31 Jan & Fri 28 Mar | 2.30pm (2hrs) | £10 | 8-16yrs

Young Tellers A great opportunity for youngsters to get involved in storytelling. Skills and techniques will be explored, with participants encouraged to contribute their own creative thoughts, under the guidance of experienced, professional storytellers. New friends will be made and new opportunities will emerge ahead of the Young Tellers Festival later in the year.


Fri 31 Jan | 7.30pm (2hrs 30) | By donation (suggest £3) | Adults

Guid Crack: Tales of Magic and Mystery In the depths of the cold dark winter, come and warm yourselves at the Guid Crack Club, with storyteller and musician Marion Kenny. Upstairs at The Waverley Bar. Accompanied young adults welcome.

Sat 1 Feb | 11am (1hr) | £5 per child | All Ages

The Story Kist: Inclusive Storytelling Let's chase away the winter days with tales about light! Bring along a torch (if you like!) and join storytellers Ailie Finlay and Marie Louise Cochrane for stories and games with props, puppets and lots of joining-in. Light-hearted, light-footed fun for everyone, but particularly for children with additional needs, their families, friends and carers.

Tue 4 Feb | 10 & 11.30am (40mins) | £5 per child | 1-3yrs

Tiny Tales: Jungle Boogie! Deep in the jungle, there are many creatures and many hidden stories! Join storyteller Daniel Allison for a morning of fun and adventure in the Storytelling Bothy.

Fri 7 Feb | 8pm (2hrs) | £6 (£4) | Adults

Illicit Ink Skyground: Geraldine's Gun Geraldine's wedding was always very wrong to begin with, but now, against everything she's ever hoped for, it's going ahead. Seven storytellers, musicians, comedians and writers take on the challenge of telling the whole sorry story of Geraldine, the unluckiest bride in Scotland.

Fri 7 Feb - Sat 1 Mar | 10am-6pm | Free

Wed 12 Feb | 7pm (1hr 30) | £5 | 14+

Calton Hill: Journeys & Evocations Exhibition

Calton Hill Tales

This exhibition draws together some of the images and tales from Donald Smith and Stuart McHardy's new book, exploring the events and folklore surrounding Edinburgh's iconic Calton Hill. With the support of the Culture Programme of the European Union.


Donald Smith and Stuart McHardy share some of the stories and folklore from their new book, Calton Hill: Journeys and Evocations, published by Luath Press.

Thu 13 Feb | 7pm (2hrs) | £5 | 14+

Café Voices: Love Stories Join storytellers Claire & Fergus McNicol for an evening of love stories and songs on the eve of Valentine's Day, in the relaxed atmosphere of the Storytelling Court. Come and share a story or just listen and enjoy.

Sat 15 Feb | 1 & 3pm (50mins) | £8 (£6) | 4+

Red Riding Hood A young girl, a hungry wolf, and a walk through the woods - it sounds like a recipe for disaster, but Red Riding Hood's not scared… well maybe a little bit. Horse + Bamboo Theatre present a gorgeously rendered re-telling of the classic girl-and-the-wolf tale. Exquisite visuals blend with pantomime-style silliness and spooky moments to create an enchanting piece of theatre ideal for all ages over 4. The story that everybody knows… or do they?

Sat 15 Feb | 7.30pm (1hr) | £6 (£4) | Adults

The Queen Who Flew Through the Sky to Seek Her Beloved "Once there were two lovers whose great love for each other endured through lifetime after lifetime…" So begins the tale of Queen Chudala and King Sikhidvaja in one of Hinduism's most esoteric texts, where love burns bright through partings and reunions, twists and turns, replete with yogic miracles and mystical teachings. Join storyteller Sharadha Bain on a journey to ancient India for this epic romance.

Fri 21 Feb | 10.30am (1hr) | £5 per child | 6-10yrs

The Tattoo Fox The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo is a world-renowned event with a secret fan… a fox that lives on the Castle's Esplanade! Author and narrator of the Tattoo Alasdair Hutton, along with illustrator Stref, bring to life tales of the show and Edinburgh streets through the eyes of the Tattoo Fox. Each child will also receive a complimentary Tattoo Fox activity pack!

Fri 28 Feb | 7.30pm (2hrs 30) | By donation (suggest £3) | Adults

Guid Crack: Tales from the Mabinogion Storyteller Fiona Collins joins us from her home in North Wales for an early celebration of St David's Day, Diwrnod Dewi Sant, sharing stories from Wales' splendidly strange ancient collection of tales. Upstairs at The Waverley Bar. Accompanied young adults welcome.


Tue 4 Mar | 10 & 11.30am (40mins) | £5 per child | 1-3yrs

Tiny Tales: Hearts, wings and fluttery things Feisty fairies, dragons that have lost their puff, and a heartbroken midgie that accidentally takes on Nessie! All the shenanigans you would expect from a Tiny Tales session! With storyteller Lea Taylor.

Sat 8 - Sat 15 Mar | 10am-6pm | Free

Wed 19 Mar - Sat 5 Apr | 10am-6pm | Free

Livingstone's Legacy: Malawi & Scotland Schools' Art Exhibition

Livingstone's Living Legacy: Football and the Three Cs Photography Project

A display of winning art by primary and secondary school pupils in Malawi and Scotland, depicting the explorer David Livingstone and his support for education and equality in Malawi. Organised by the Scotland Malawi Partnership and The Open University in Scotland, and supported by David Livingstone 200, the exhibition complements a conference on Livingstone's legacy in education and equality, taking place on Fri 7 Mar at City Chambers. This concludes a series of events marking the 200th anniversary of Livingstone's birth. For more information on the conference, visit

Dr David Livingstone is remembered for advocating the Three Cs - Christianity, Commerce and Civilisation. And it is said that Livingstone took a football to Africa! This was the inspiration behind the photography project conceived by photojournalist Claire Foottit for Livingstone's bicentenary. This exhibition is part of a developing project linking diverse football communities through the medium of photography. Portraits and a selection of photographs taken by the football teams on disposable cameras give a modern interpretation of Livingstone's three Cs, sharing cultural perspectives and enhancing international partnerships.

Thu 13 Mar | 7pm (2hrs) | £5 | 14+

Café Voices: Voices from the Olive Trees Jan Sutch Pickard draws on encounters as an Ecumenical Accompanier/Peace Observer and experiences of planting saplings and harvesting olives in the West Bank, alongside Palestinian families and Israeli peace activists. Come and share a story or just listen and enjoy.


Fri 14 Mar | 7.30pm (2hrs) | £10 (£8) | All Ages

Absolutely Legless Celebrate St Patrick's Day with Absolutely Legless, bringing Irish traditional music, song and dance alive. A lively show of Irish rhythms, reels and songs with fiddles, flutes and feet, the fantastic dancers and live band promise to deliver an exhilarating dance and music experience. The group have gained international acclaim, having performed in the USA, Europe and throughout the UK. Original choreography combined with energetic live music guarantees to get the whole family clapping and toe-tapping throughout!

Sat 15 Mar | 6pm (2hrs) | £10 (£7 children) | 10+

Through New Eyes 2 Following the successful event in 2012, Through New Eyes 2 is an exciting new collection of British Sign Language storytelling and poetry, combining new perspectives on favourite stories and some innovative multi-media based stories. The evening is a celebration of the richness and diversity of BSL and Deaf culture, and will introduce the audience to a wide range of signing styles and more visual forms of the language. Performed entirely in BSL, without interpretation and suitable for all ages 10+.

Fri 21 Mar | 7.30pm (1hr 15mins) | £10 (£8) | 16+

Kingdom of Fire & Clay: Iran vs. Israel Two young artists meet; one an Israeli, the other an Iranian. Sworn enemies, or possible best friends? After performing two separate but highly successful shows at the International Storytelling Festival Amsterdam, they decide to combine forces and make a show that dives into their pasts, their cultures and the source of their countries' enmity. Kingdom of Fire and Clay combines classical Jewish and Iranian tales, as well as the personal stories of storytellers Raphael Rodan and Sahand Sahebdivani. Words are mixed with music; friction with moments of intimacy.

Fri 28 Mar | 7.30pm (2hrs 30) | By donation (suggest £3) | Adults

Sat 22 Mar | 7.30pm (2hrs 30) | £8 (£6) | 16+

Tall Tales Oscar Hilarious, mysterious or just plain ridiculous listen to tall tales, fables and ferocious fibs performed live on stage by Scotland's finest 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, Suu Caledonia. A guaranteed crowd-pleaser, we recommend you book in advance.


Guid Crack: Across the Waters Guest storyteller Audrey Parks shares stories celebrating Scotland and Ireland at Edinburgh's monthly storytelling night. Upstairs at The Waverley Bar. Accompanied young adults welcome.

Courses & Workshops Living Culture & Traditions Presented by TRACS (Traditional Arts and Culture Scotland)

A feast of participative culture for anyone involved in arts, education and community work across Scotland. Our 2014 programme covers Storytelling, Music & Song, Dance & Drama; exploring their cultural, environmental and educational connections. For further information on the year ahead, including options to present workshops in your own area, visit

TO BOOK Phone: 0131 556 9579 Online: In Person: Mon - Sat, 10am - 6pm We require five working days' notice of cancellation to guarantee a refund. You will receive an email reminder of your booking and a full programme in the week preceding the workshop. The Scottish Storytelling Centre is an accredited provider of CPD, through Education Scotland and Skills Development Scotland. PLANNING ON ATTENDING MORE THAN ONE WORKSHOP? Become a Network Member for discounted rates on workshops. Annual Membership costs £15 (£12). See website for details.

When did you stop singing, dancing and being enchanted by stories? Rediscover imagination's power to enliven and transform.

Fri 31 Jan | 2pm (3hrs) | £18 (£15 Network members) | Storytelling

Tam O' Shanter: Telling the Big Tale Explore Robert Burns' master narrative and learn how to recite this most mighty of tales. Donald Smith shares his lifelong quest to understand the poem and do it justice in that ever elusive perfect telling. Suitable for those wishing to understand Burns' defining work, as well as those focussed on performing or interpreting Burns' work artistically.

Sat 1 Feb | 2pm (3hrs) | £18 (£15 Network members) | Music and Song

Burns Song: The Carrying Stream Rod Paterson is an outstanding traditional singer whose interpretations of Burns' songs have gained worldwide recognition. In this session, he shares his insights and approaches to the world's greatest song writer. An invaluable opportunity for singers or those interested in deepening their understanding of Burns' artistry. For BurnsFest events, see pages 5 and 6.


Courses and Workshops Living Culture & Traditions Sat 1 Feb | 10.30am (6hrs) | £24 (£16 Network members) | Storytelling

Young Storytellers: Nurturing the Next Wave A generation of older children and young adults can benefit from the confidence and creativity that live storytelling can provide. Tim Porteus and Lea Taylor lead a day of skill sharing to inspire those working with young people. This event is supported by the Scottish Storytelling Forum, which is planning a national initiative for young storytellers. The future is story! For related Young Tellers events, see page 6.

Fri 7 Feb | 2pm (3hrs) | £18 (£15 Network members) | Storytelling

Voice and Breath Teaching a group of noisy teenagers? Taking a choir through their paces? Singing or storytelling? Chances are you'll feel your voice starting to suffer. Experienced voice coach Janis Mackay offers practical exercises that help to keep the voice healthy and potent. These exercises involve bringing awareness to your overall presence - learning how breath, voice, expression, mood and gesture all work together. Recapture the sense of vigour in your voice and ability to engage with groups.

Sat 8 Feb | 10.30am (6hrs) | £36 (£30 Network members) | Storytelling

Starting with Stories A hands-on, practical introduction to live storytelling and the associated skills. This participative session is for anyone curious about discovering and developing their own storytelling talent, led by leading storyteller and educator Bea Ferguson. Let out your inner storyteller at work and in play, and learn to craft your skills.

Sat 15 Feb | 10.30am (6hrs) | £36 (£30 Network members) | Music & Song

Starting with Folk Song Folk songs belong to everyone and there is no better place to explore singing or discover your own voice. Award winning educator Mairi Campbell provides a supportive learning environment for singers to become more confident, from those taking their first steps through to experienced artists. We were all born to sing!

Sat 15 Feb | 2pm (3hrs) | £10 (£8 Network members) Free for Under 15s | Music & Song

Meet the Fiddle A relaxed introduction to the music and traditions of the Scottish fiddle. This session, led by Gica Loening and Jenny Gardner, is designed for those who wish to know more about this expressive instrument and who might be interested in learning to play. Presented in association with Fun Fiddle.


Courses and Workshops Living Culture & Traditions Fri 21 Feb | 2pm (3hrs) | £18 (£15 Network members) | Music & Song

Teaching through Song Sheena Wellington demonstrates how listening to and learning songs can open up the social and community histories of Scotland for both adults and young people. Sheena herself 'learned through sangs', and would like to encourage educators, artists, parents, community workers and volunteers of all kinds to celebrate their identity and experiences through song.

Sat 22 Feb | 10.30am (6hrs) | £36 (£30 Network members) | Storytelling

Further with Storytelling Further develop your own storytelling skills and techniques with storyteller and educator Ruth Kirkpatrick. Look in more depth at how storytelling works and build your confidence and personal approaches. Designed as a follow on from Starting with Stories, or for anyone with basic experience in storytelling who wants to go a step further.

Fri 28 Feb | 2pm (2hrs 30) | £18 (£15 Network members) | Storytelling

Teaching through Storytelling & Poetry Beverly Bryant and Georgi Gill combine approaches to show how stories provide an ideal pathway into the riches of poetry. Once the attention is caught, there is a motivation to explore further and to revel in the unexpected twists and turns of poetic language and form. Presented in association with the Scottish Poetry Library, this engaging session is ideal for educators and artists of all kinds.

Sat 1 Mar | 10.30am (2hrs 30) | £15 (£12 Network members) | Dance & Drama

Exploring Dance Traditions: Scottish Country Where do you begin with the world of Scottish Country Dancing? Where did the modern movement begin and what were its older routes? Experienced teacher, dancer and caller, Sheila McCutcheon, introduces some exemplary dances and styles the practical way. The first in a series of sessions exploring different strands within Scotland's rich traditions of dance.

Sat 1 Mar | 10.30am (6hrs) | £36 (£30 Network members) | Music & Song

Singing the Stories This workshop focusses on narrative songs and ballads. It can be taken as a follow up to Starting with Folk Song, or in its own right, as a day of practical exploration and discovery for those who would like to take their experience of singing further, or deepen their understanding and interpretation of ballads. Led by accomplished traditional singer and musician Jo Miller.

Fri 7 Mar | 2pm (2hrs 30) | £18 (£15 Network members) | Storytelling

Teaching through Storytelling: Religious & Moral Education Can storytelling offer an open route into religious experiences and traditions? Donald Smith offers an approach to 'exemplary lives' or 'those who make a difference' that can enable discussion and enquiry, also linking RME topics to other curriculum areas. Suitable for educators, artists and those working with faith communities.


Courses and Workshops Living Culture & Traditions Sat 8 Mar | 10.30am (6hrs) | £36 (£30 Network members) | Storytelling

Starting with Stories A hands-on, practical introduction to live storytelling and the associated skills with leading storyteller and educator Fiona Herbert. This participative session is for anyone curious about discovering and developing their own storytelling talent. Let out your inner storyteller at work and in play, and learn to craft your skills.

Sat 15 Mar | 10.30am (2hrs 30) | £15 (£12 Network members) | Dance & Drama

Exploring Dance Traditions: Hornpipe and Scottish Country Hornpipes are the missing half of Scottish Country Dance, in 3/2, 3/4 and 9/8 versions. Robin Lambie introduces some exemplary dances the practical way and puts them in their wider context. This session continues the series exploring different strands within Scotland's rich traditions of dance.

Sat 15 Mar | 10.30am (6hrs) | £36 (£30 Network members) | Storytelling

Storytelling with Puppets & Figures Discover how to make various types of puppets and use them to enhance your storytelling skills, without distracting from the actual story. A workshop of learning and hands-on, participatory fun with many practical and effective ideas for yourself and the children you work with. Storyteller Sylvia Troon will demonstrate storytelling methods using a puppet and will provide useful resource material.

Fri 21 Mar | 2pm (3hrs) | £18 (£15 Network members) | Storytelling

Folk Tales in Scots Explore the world of Scots folk tales with their quests and challenges. Widen your repertoire, language skills and approaches to traditional stories, with experienced storyteller, Scots speaker and translator James Spence. This workshop is suitable for storytellers, educators and artists of all kinds.

Sat 22 Mar | 10.30am (6hrs) | £36 (£30 Network members) | Storytelling

Further with Storytelling Further develop your own storytelling skills and approaches with storyteller and musician Daniel Allison. Enter the world of the story to meet and develop the characters, and to explore your purpose in telling a particular tale. Connecting with your own experiences can enhance your understanding and presentation. Designed as a follow on from Starting with Stories, or for anyone with basic experience in storytelling who wants to go a step further.

Fri 28 Mar | 2pm (2hrs 30) | £18 (£15 Network members) | Music & Song

Teaching through Song: Experiences of War & Conflict As anniversaries of WWI and the Scottish Wars of Independence begin, Ewan McVicar demonstrates how songs and song-making can assist young and adult learners to connect with the realities of war. Through its unique combination of web based and live resources, this approach has proved very popular and applies to many aspects of social, historical and environmental studies.


Courses and Workshops Living Culture & Traditions Sat 29 Mar | 2pm (3hrs) | £18 (£15 Network members) | Storytelling & Song

Weaving Song & Story: In the Gaelic Tradition Learn how to bring group sessions to life, with folklorist Margaret Bennett. Discover how to host and perform with the blending of song, story and memory that brings the Gaelic world, past and present, into focus. Suitable for artists, educators and community activists who are Gaelic speakers or learners.

Dis 29mh Màrt | 2.00f (3 uairean) | £18 (£15 buill an lìon-obair) | Sgeulachdan is Òrain

A' fighe Òrain agus Sgeulachdan: ann an stoidhle tradiseanta Nì Mairead Bennett innse mar a chuireas air dòigh tachartas a tha tarraing asteach òrain, sgeulachdan agus cuimhneachan a bheireas beò an t-saoghal Ghàidhlig. Tha an tachartas seo freagarrach do chleasaichean, dealbhadairean, ceòladairean, tidsearan agus daoine a tha 'g obair 's a choimhearsnachd aig a bheil Gàidhlig aig ìre sam bith.

Sat 29 Mar | 2pm (3hrs) | £18 (£15 Network members) | Storytelling & Song

Weaving Song & Story: In the Scots Tradition Bring Scottish traditions to life through the blending of song, story and memory, with Aileen Carr. Storytellers can explore simple ways of using song, while singers can get to grips with developing storytelling for a richer experience. Also appropriate for educators and community activists.


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