Scottish Storytelling Centre

StorytellingStories are all around us – in newspapers, novels, on TV and the Web. They are part of the way in which we understand our environment and experience and come to terms with them. True storytelling happens when the story is told person to person, live, without print or technology.

Storytelling is a unique human skill shared between people and ordinary conversation is full of anecdotes and real life stories. It is one of our oldest artforms, one that brings words and the world to life together, stimulates the imagination, and builds a sense of community between tellers and listeners.

The Scottish Storytelling Centre is the home of Scotland’s stories and a hub for the traditional arts. From its High Street headquarters in Edinburgh it supports a nation-wide directory of professional storytellers, over 140 members strong. You can search the directory by area and age suitability or you can contact us by email or on 0131 556 9579  for booking advice. Storytelling is undergoing a resurgence and is very popular in schools, care homes, faith communities and a range of other settings.

Of course storytelling is not just for the professionals - everyone is a storyteller! The Scottish Storytelling Centre organises a year-round programme of courses and workshops to help people get started telling stories, catering for absolute beginners through to professionals wanting to hone their skills. Find out more about the courses and workshops on offer, and don’t forget that we can also organise bespoke training events for your group, community or congregation. Please contact us by email or on 0131 556 9579  for more information.

A great way for you to try out storytelling is to come along to the Scottish International Storytelling Festival in October.

If you are interested in hearing more about storytelling, you can join our mailing lists.

John Knox House

John Knox House
Dating back to 1470, and now incorporated into the Scottish Storytelling Centre, John Knox House is one of Scotland's greatest cultural treasures and is associated with the most dramatic events in Scotland's turbulent history.

Located in The Netherbow, the halfway point in the Royal Mile and the site of Edinburgh's medieval gateway, the House was the home of James Mossman, goldsmith to Mary Queen of Scots, and became known as the final residence of John Knox, the Protestant reformer. Read more about the house’s history here.


John Knox in Edinburgh Walking Tour

Venue: From The EIF Hub to John Knox House

Date: Wednesday, 20 & Thursday 21 May

Time: 4.30pm

Price: £5/£4 concs

Storyteller and author, Donald Smith, leads you through the dramatic story of John Knox in Edinburgh. Beginning at the Edinburgh International Festival Hub (top of Royal Mile, behind the General Assembly Hall) this tour will take in places of interest in the Old Town, including St Giles Cathedral en route to John Knox House, where entry is included in the ticket price.