A fitting tribute to Scotland’s oral tradition, housed in a marvel of modern-meets-medieval architecture
Staying scrupulously close to the mission outlined in its name, the Scottish Storytelling Centre is dedicated to supporting the oral storytelling tradition in Scotland. The annual Scottish International Storytelling Festival is the centrepiece of its events calendar, welcoming yarn-spinners from around the world to share the tales and legends that form the basis of their own cultures, alongside storytellers plowing the same furrow in Scotland, in venues around the country.
The building captures both the historical roots of storytelling and the forward-looking mission to preserve it: an airy glass-and-concrete atrium adjoins the historic John Knox House, a fifteenth century residence that sits midway between Edinburgh Castle and Holyrood Palace on the Royal Mile. Inside the complex you’ll find the John Knox Museum, the Storytelling Court, an intimate hundred-seater theatre and a handful of smaller spaces for events and workshops, as well as the welcoming Storytelling Café where you can swap your own tales over tea, coffee and cakes.