Our Next Friday Fling is Friday 3rd December

Around the fireplace and is one of our normal open mic nights again on zoom and 7pm on the Friday night, a week early due to allowing you all to get into the festive activities. So only two weeks to go to get your thinking hat on for this one.

Lazy winter day in front of fire in fireplace. Human legs in Christmas socks in front of fireplace.

Topic: GASTime: Dec 3, 2021 07:00 PM London
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24th November 2021

Sunrises and sunsets. I you live around the Aberdeen area the last couple of weeks it would be true to say that we have been blessed with some of the most stunning skys at the beginning and end of the days.

Makes you wonder how these sights can be expressed and woven into your stories. Sure trying to find a way to do so with my collection. Catching that feeling of a grand start to the day. Or the joy of driven from Aberdeen to Stonehaven as the sun sets and the sights all around just make you smile.

Nothing can beat nature for inspiration.

22nd November 2021

The work of GAS behind the scenes goes on. We have an application form to fill in for potential funding for a Guest Teller next year. The review of administration documents is on the way. The committee meets every six weeks and our next meeting is 13th January 2022. We keep on trying our best to bring new faces to our events and are working on the mini workshops for next year. Ah but what a joy last Friday was to make it all worth while.

So have fun with your telling of stories and the admin work is not so difficult to achieve. Keep working on telling, come and join us to tell. We are a friendly bunch who are just interested in having fun with stories.

Fridays Fling was such fun on Friday 19th November 2021. It was wonderful to laugh for two hours, and what a mix of stories about toilets, and all things around toilets. Jackie has already started the planning for next years event. Great fun to build up our names for toilets, I think we reached around 40 different names between as all there on the night.

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Twinning toilets is the goal of this origination, to help provide a toilet through out the world where what we take for granted is not in there everyday.

So we will be joining Jackie Ross in this fund rising event and your name will go in the hat and you may just end up with a toilet named after yourself

Topic: Toilet Tales
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17th November 2021


When you start storytelling do not go and build up loads of stories to tell. Pick a few stories and practise telling them as often as you can. Find opportunities to tell in front of an audience. Have a core of stories which become you go to stories and these will be with you every more to tell. You never know when you will get the opportunity to tell. If you have a few core stories to tell you will be able to tell and tell a well prepared story tell.

So go on. Find your first story and start to practice.

16th November 2021

Have any of you had a wee peek at that new page which I eventually got up and running last Friday. You can find out what we are up to and we will add zoom links as they are available and we will remove the events after they have taken place. All in the hope of making it far more easy to have a go to place to find our events in one place and in order.

Have you made progress with that story prep for Friday, if you are following my advice tonight story structure. Have a good hook to pull the audience in and keep hold of them once you have caught there imagination. Keep it simple Beginning Middle and End. Weave a little magic words into the story and your off and running. Have fun and come along on Friday and share your story. Keep it as clean as you can considering the theme.

15th November 2021

Friday is coming far faster than you expected. You have not got your story ready. Don’t panic. Do a search on line today, work out if you are looking for a ready made story or a fact to develop into a story. Tuesday night get down to the story structure. Wednesday start to practice telling it. Thursday keep it in your head and do some wee adjustments. Friday night you get to tell it.

Keep it short and find the funny bits you will be fine, and what satisfaction you will get on Friday that you sorted a story out in a week. Go on have a go.

13th November 2021

You know that feeling you get when you have something to do and you just can’t get there. Writers block. Not the best way to start a Saturday morning. There I am sitting before the computer trying to work out what the 14th Storytelling question is going to be on our Facebook page. So you do that eyes wondering around the room, and you notice it is the 13th and you have not changed the coleader to November. That is it you have got the 14th Storytelling question. For the October picture is of two people chatting on a bench in Duthie Park in the middle of such wonderful trees and leaves not forgetting autumn leaves you either love then or hate them depending if you are taking a picture of them or are socking wet cleaning them up.

So here is the 14th Storytelling Question.

If you are sitting on a park bench which one of your story characters do you want to be sitting with chatting away to?

You thought i was going to ask a question about leaves, did you not!

12th November 2021

Well it must be fair to say that taking on this blog for GAS has been fun. Tonight is no exception. Maybe frustration would be truer. I have just created a new page for our site. I can find it. no idea if anyone else can. But our calendar of events for the remaining of this session is now on our web page and give me some time and I will find a way to make it visible to you all. You could all maybe write down a possible time for when i have this task completes?

7th November 2021

If your an up-and-coming storyteller, or someone new to telling and want to find out more. Please get in touch with us on our Facebook page, or by email we are looking at how we can help you and what better way to work this out when we have your input.

Do you want help to build up your confidence to public speak.

Do you not know how to hook your audience into your story?

Is it not knowing where to find a story to tell?

We are hear to help you get started, develop your own voice and give you a place to tell your stories at.

Join as at our next event. Zoom link below.

Topic: Toilet Tales
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2nd November 2021

Just came across this it made me smile, I know this should have been posted last week, so better late i suspose!

Three Little Ghosties

Three little Ghosties, sitting on posties, Eating buttered toasties, Munching and Slurping, With lots of burping, Oh, what beasties, To make such feasties.

29th October 2021

The committee is getting ready for our next committee meeting on 11/11/21. So if you want to see thing happen within GAS get in touch and have your say. Let us know why you love listening to stories but have not joined us. Tell us why so we can do something about it if we can. Let us know what kind of event you would like to see us do. This is a committee who wants to here your feedback.

24th October 2021

The storytelling question is up on our Facebook Page for this week. Question number 12, how time fly’s when you are having fun exploring the craft of storytelling.

What is your favourite way to set time and place when you start a story?

What a great question for you up-and-coming tellers out there to have a go at bringing your audience into your story by setting the time and place as you begin. The kind of thing with “Back in the day—–” or do you start with “Once upon a time—-” Is the hook in your story the tittle. Something for you up-and-coming tellers out there, to practice with and maybe get a wee hint or two from the answers given.

There was this farmer fa—– You have set the place. Your on a farm, it is where….. your on your way, do you set time now, You could do that by what he is wearing—– or is by what he is doing and the equipment he is using. You may wait a wee while and interduce a charter which really sets the time.

Have fun playing around with this.

23nd October 2021 19-30 to 20-30

What Language Do Mermaids Speak?

Scottish Storytelling Centre (Can be viewed on Scottish Storytelling Centre Facebook Page)

Imagine the scene – a North-East fisherman encounters a mermaid. What will happen? How will they react? Will these two, from very different worlds, find a way to communicate? Join Khloud Ereksousi (Arabic), Craig McCulloch (BSL), Ailsa Dixon (English), Jackie Ross (Doric) and Alex Thomson (Visual) as they retell the family story of Fittie’s Purse, in multiple languages.

Now this is an interesting way to share a story. Defiantly worth listening too. All for new ways to bring us all together and why not with story.

20th October 2021

Ah there is so much choice of things to do over the next few weeks and then we are into Halloween. If you are a teller remember to keep at your own stories, get into the mix of your story, look for that hook to pull your listener right into your story. Is it the title, is your lead into the story, Is it the first line.

Have you a repeat in your story that helps to learn the story for telling, or is in the detail, that little bit of magic you have woven into your tale that will hold your listener to the end. Watch and listen while you are at these wonderful events with The Scottish Storytelling International Festival you will learn while you have fun listening to other tellers.

19th October 2021


Now this is something to have a go at. If you can think of someone who would you create a talking statue off. Is it a family member, someone who has done you a good turn that you can’t repay or have not repaid yet.

If you want to get involved with this how about these workshops some of these are free so have ago get involved, it might be what you need to try out some storytelling for the first time. Go on have a go.

18th October 2021

Now you can’t say we have not gone outside the box with this one. But what fun.

Working with other to help spread the word of what we are doing at GAS is something we have already done this season and it certinnally brought new people to our events.

So along with other tellers we will have the chance to be real storytellers and submit our stories for approval to tell. Grown up storytelling and why not, it’s a good teaching point that there is discipline required even at such a fun event.

Something different.

Now watch this space as we try out some different things at our Friday Flings this year.

One or two wee surprises, maybe, or maybe not, then again, you never know.

We are storytellers we do not give it all away at once, we tease.

We will tell you about the 19th November 2021 soon.

17th October 2021

Partnerships, something which we are working on this year. Ways that we can work with other origination’s to develop the craft of Storytelling.

Now this may be in workshops, arranging Guest Tellers, or just doing something we have not done before.

Diversity in our programme hopefully sharing the enjoyment of oral storytelling.

16th October 2021

The weekly storytelling question is up and running on our Facebook page, click the link above to reach. It’s all about Unicorns. Tell us why you think a Unicorn may just have a bad day. You will learn things new. I have just found out there is a National Unicorn Day and next year it is Saturday the 9th April 2022. Now let us start to plan what we can do next year on the 9th of April.

TONIGHT Friday 15th October 2021, Late.

Guest Teller Zahra Afsah was exquisite. What a wonderful journey, so beautifully interwoven with story and information, told with grace and given true delight. Those who were there will remember the stories. Zahra said there is nothing better than telling a story. Listening to one is also a magical experience.

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Been getting more and more excited about tonight’s storytelling. It has arrived in a few hours time we will be taken to different places, meeting different characters, finding new stories, from a far away place.

Come along and be transported by story.

Surprises, the unexpected and much much more on offer for your imagination tonight.

Friday 15th October at 7pm on Zoom

We are delighted at GAS to welcome Zahra to our Friday Fling 15th October 2021 in partnership with Scottish Storytelling International Festival. Zahra will tell us of her homeland of Iran, planning to give us a lasting taste of her homeland and its people, weaving tales with background knowledge of the oral tradition in Iran while sharing tales she grew up with.

This is an event which is free to join so come along and you will have a wonderful evening listen to stories, with a wee question and answer session. If there is time some stories from the audience. Come along and enjoy the craft of storytelling.

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Wednesday 13th October 2021 Spooky an Sinister Tales fae the North-East and Imagine the Best Musician: Storytelling with Usifu Jalloh Two events in partnership with Scottish Storytelling International Festival. We are flooded with great events just now.

Tuesday 12th October 2021

The Scottish Storytelling International Festival is on the go. Check out there web page for more details. We are doing our best at GAS to keep you informed on our Facebook page. Fanatic that we have so many storytelling opportunities while a festival is on, it’s grand that a fair few are local events not everything is based in Edinburg.

Saturday 9th October 2021

The Storytelling Questions have taken on a life of there own, question No 10 has just been posted on the Facebook page. So jump onto our Facebook page and tell us “How dragons blow out candles?” Our fun way to involve our Facebook audience in looking for answers to question which will help your storytelling. It is entirely up to you how the questions and the answers can be used by you to work on a story find a story or practice a story. So far there has been some real gems of advice given.

Now you may be asking what is a Friday Fling. Fun. It is as simple as that. An opportunity to have fun with stories. You may be someone who wishes to learn about storytelling, well our Friday Fling is a great way to find out. You can listen, you can take part. You can learn. You will be amazed at where you end up travelling as teller transport you to a place, a time or with a character who intrigues you. You may laugh, or cry, some have been even known to jump. You will have fun with friendly flocks who love the craft of storytelling.

Now Friday Fling sadly is not every Friday, it tends to be the second Friday of the month. We are on Zoom just now. Yes it has it’s disadvantages, it also has it’s advantages. It is a place where you can join in and tell a wee tale, you can sit back and listen. We ask very little apart from keep your stories to around ten minuities which allows as many to tell, over the two hours we meet, half way through we have a wee brake. If we were meeting face to face you would have been given the chance of a cup of tea and a fancy piece, Now we just give you the time to boil your own kettle and take a peak in the cookie jar. The coming Friday fling is a guest teller, which will have Zahra telling tales for the first half, a wee break and a wee question and answer session, if there is time we may be able to let some tell. When we have a open fling anyone can tell, all we ask is to keep it to around 10 minutes to allow as many to tell as we can.

Now watch this space as we try out some different things at our Friday Flings this year. One or two wee surprises, maybe, or maybe not, then again, you never know. We are storytellers we do not give it all away at once, we tease.