Scottish Storytelling Centre

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Scottish Storytelling Centre

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.

By: Niki Boyle


Venue name: Scottish Storytelling Centre
Address: 43-45, The Netherbow
High Street
Transport: Rail: Edinburgh Waverley
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  • Improv Saturday February 25 2017
  • Shakespeare Thursday March 16 2017
  • Folk and ethnic Friday March 17 2017
  • Digital and interactive Thursday March 23 2017
  • Thursday March 30 2017
  • Children's Thursday April 6 2017 - Saturday April 8 2017
  • Stand-up Thursday April 20 2017
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