Scottish Storytelling Centre
GAS is affiliated to the Scottish Storytelling Forum, which is run by the Scottish Storytelling Centre in Edinburgh. The Centre runs a wide variety of workshops and courses and hosts a range of events throughout the year.
A special annual focus is the Scottish International Storytelling Festival at the end of October for around two weeks.
Storytellers from around the UK and many other countries have featured in recent years and the festival is an excellent opportunity to network with folk who are involved in the storytelling world as tellers and listeners. Scottish Storytelling Centre
Blether-Tay-Gither are our storytelling friends based in Dundee and surrounding areas.
The Society for Storytelling is particularly geared for storytellers living and working in England and Wales but has no restriction on membership. Its website is definitely worth a look – there are several links to festivals and events – and membership of the organisation includes a regular magazine called StoryLines, which is worth reading to keep abreast of the national and international storytelling scene.
GAS Chair, Pauline Cordiner is a storyteller, party organiser and also turns her hand to living history!
GAS Secretary, Diana Peers includes movement and music in her storytelling!
GAS committee member Fiona Jane Brown provides “History under your feet and on your doorstep”
Previous GAS Chair Anna Fancett’s web page.
David Brown, a GAS regular and storyteller specialising in the ancient epic tales of Europe
Elphinstone Institute, University of Aberdeen: Centre of the study and promotion of North-East Scotland’s folklore in its contemporary and historical settings. Home of the Elphinstone Kist – a North-East Doric poetry and language resource aimed at children, designed by Sheena Blackhall & Les Wheeler. Elphinstone also holds traditional events throughout the year such as the Cullerlie Singing Weekend (July); and storytelling/singing events on a monthly basis.
Scottish Culture & Traditions Association. Promotes the teaching of traditional Scottish music/song/langauge through adult evening classes at Harlaw Academy, Aberdeen, during the school term, and ceilidhs during the year. GAS honorary president Stanley Robertson holds ballad and story classes there on a regular basis
Lives in the Oil Industry – The Oral History of the UK North Sea Oil & Gas Industry. A project managed by GAS friend, Hugo Manson, for Aberdeen University. For the last five years Hugo has been meeting and interviewing many people involved with North Sea oil to create this project.
The project comes in a line of oral histories covering the fields of industry, society and the arts recorded by The British Library since the start of the National Life Story Collection in 1987 by Professor Paul Thompson. Oral history, as Hugo says himself, is just another storytelling activity, and we are pleased to represent such a project here. Much like the Persephone Project, Hugo has been hearing the stories of those who made the oil industry what it is today.
The Stonehaven Folk Festival: one of our annual local folk fests, which takes place in July every year, and features the World Paper & Comb Championship, the Aqua Ceilidh amongst a host of great folk artists. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
The Scottish Book Trust has a direct link with the Scottish Storytelling Centre, in that all storytellers registered in the SSC directory can also gain access to the directory run by SBT. This in turn provides access to financial support for storytelling sessions, where organisations successfully apply for vouchers to part-pay the cost of a hiring a storyteller. Even if you’re not a storyteller, it is worth looking at their site to find out about the variety of events and programmes which SBT organises.
Lapidus is an organisation representing practictioners in the therapeutic field, using story, poetry, writing and other media to work with a range of clients. Another site worth checking to discover the diversity of the arts in practice.
If you want to spread your storytelling wings, then take off to this site, which is the National Storytelling Network of the US. Learn about the development of the renaissance of interest in storytelling in North America; you can subscribe to StoryTelling Magazine, their bi-monthly publication, and learn about their annual festival, now in its 32nd year – which usually has anything from 5000 to 10,000 people attending – imagine that! They run conferences, special interest groups and provide a vast range of storytelling resources. Storytelling is such a versatile art form, you might as well find out about how folk are developing their work on both sides of the pond, if not beyond!