City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

September at the Scottish Storytelling Centre

By Lindsay Corr - Posted on 02 September 2010

New Season at the Scottish Storytelling Centre
Opening doors and exploring new lands this September
September heralds the beginning of a new season as summer ends and new storytelling events guarantee to warm the heart and soul.

Fri 10 Sept, 7pm (2hrs), £8/£6
Stories from a West Bank Village

To coincide with the Centre’s current exhibition, Masharef: Vistas – which presents photographs taken by the Shat-ha walking group depicting the beautiful but endangered Palestinian landscape – storyteller and poet Jan Sutch Pickard presents an evening of stories from around the brazier.
Having spent three months in the small village of Yanoun with the Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel (EAPPI), Jan returned to the UK with traditional tales, accounts of tortoises and hoopoes, shepherds and clowns, bread-baking, olive-picking and stories of daily life under Occupation.
Jan comments: “The people I met in Yanoun were gentle, welcoming, humorous, and resilient – and enjoyed telling stories themselves. Maybe my stories and poems can move others, as I was moved”.
Join her for an enthralling evening on Friday 10 September to hear her fascinating account and celebrate the end of Ramadan with a feast of tales from a far country.

Sat 25 Sept, Tours at 11am, 2pm & 3.30pm (30mins each). Talk at 12pm (1hr), Free - but ticketed
The Story of the Storytelling Centre (part of Doors Open Day)

The Centre welcomes members of the public to explore the award-winning building with a tour led by Scottish Storytelling Centre Director Donald Smith and a chance to hear the inspiration behind the building’s striking architecture with a talk from its designer Malcolm Fraser.
Discover the story of the Storytelling Centre and enjoy the beautiful structure of the building as part of Doors Open Day, ensuring the public know and appreciate their city’s construction.

Sat 25 Sept, 7pm (2hrs 30mins), £9/£7
Caithness Horizons

After exploring the setting for storytelling events with the talk and tour, return to the Centre and experience a magical storytelling evening featuring a host of performers celebrating the writing of Caithness author George Gunn.
To celebrate the publication of his plays AtomicCity and Egil, Son of the Night Wolf, the Scottish Storytelling Centreand Caithness Horizons present an evening with George Gunn and his friends, colleagues, fellow poets and playwrights, actors and musicians who have worked with him and his Grey Coast Theatre Company over the last 20 years.
With excerpts from his newly published plays read by actors from Caithness, Georgewill discuss his work, career and life with Donald Smith and invite friends to read their favourite excerpts from his collection of poems.
Music is provided by Andy Thorburn, John Sampson, Nancy Nicolson, James Ross, Hamish Napier, Mairi McLennan as well as readings from Gerry Mulgrew, Billy Riddoch, Timothy Neat, Allan Tall, Matthew Zajac, Ian McDonough, Helen MacKay and many others – this evening guarantees a celebration of Highland culture and good craic.
The Storytelling Centre Café will be serving a menu of food from Caithness and produce from Mey Selections will also be on sale.

Wed 8 Sept, 7pm (2hrs), £4
Storytelling Café: Journeys
Thu 16 Sept, 11am (50mins), £6 per child, Age 2-5 years
Story Space
Tue 21 Sept, 10 & 11.30am (40mins), £5 per child, Age 6 months to 3 years
Tiny Tales
Fri 24 Sept, 7.30pm (2hrs 30mins), By donation (suggested £3), Adults
Guid Crack: New season launch at the Waverley Bar

Plus don’t forget regular monthly storytelling events are back after an absence in August to ensure both young and old delight in exploring the joy of the art of oral storytelling.
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