2016 Storytelling Dates for Schools

To be honest any day is a good day to have a good storyteller in school, there is a story to suit every transition and topic and a storytelling workshop is always a great way to engage learners in every aspect of life. But sometimes it helps to have a date or an event to…

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‘A Sylvan Yule’ A magical blend of live music, original and traditional tales, folklore and festive sparkle Amanda Edmiston Botanica Fabula: Posted on 17 December 2015 15:53 Just before I explore the tree stories, land legends and folklore that inspired it… I’m going to shamelessly plug next weeks lovely new session! Join us at 4pm…

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Giving in to your kilty pleasures?

This is the view if you stand in my garden and look in one direction A messy upcycled child planted collection of favorite herbs, old slates telling stories behind the plants created by my daughter, scraps of folklore and ancient myths chalked onto stones amidst native Scottish plants. Face the other direction and the view looks…

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Rosemary, Aberdeen, Living Voices and Meaningful Activities Networks.

Rosemary’s been coming up a lot for me lately, I’ve been researching it along with some other plants for a piece I’ve been writing which combines herbal folklore, traces of lost Scottish legends, and a bit of history of medicine and health care in the highlands, which may be going out to New- York for…

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Love stories!

Valentines Day: Heather legends, Storytelling talks and sessions with adults…a great evening with Amicale I’ve been starting to concentrate on my plant stories again, officially I’m still on maternity leave following the birth of my second lovely bundle of gorgeousness last summer. Spending my days exploring new places with the new baba…being intrigued by trysting…

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A Mouse’s tale

BURNS UNBOUND! When I first got the call from Nicki Bray, the charming and dynamic learning officer at The National Museum of Rural Life at Wester Kittochside http://www.nms.ac.uk/national-museum-of-rural-life/ , a short drive from Glasgow, I was very excited. Storytelling at fantastic spots that you personally love and enjoy visiting is one of my favourite perks…

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Euan and the Elder the launch party…the one with the elderberry cakes!

It was the crimson, scarlet, fire colours of Autumn that underpinned Euan and the Elder form the start, both through its words it has Rowan berries ‘…forged by lightening rouged by blood…’, the story of a man’s search for wood for his pot bellied stove in a native Scottish woodland. A search that sees him find berries…

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Euan and the Elder how the story came to be

It all started with this view….. I was booked to storytell at Glasgow’s lovely Hidden gardens , for Autumn 2011.  I wanted a new story, I wanted inspiration…. Walking back home from dropping the child at school on a driech day, the naked girders of the cranes watching the Clyde, the Kelvin gravid and tidal, trees trembling…

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Euan and the Elder

Written and designed by Amanda Edmiston, mother, professional storyteller and former student of the Scottish School of herbal medicine and illustrated by fellow mum, artist and trustee of Glasgow based climate change organisation ‘South Seeds’: Caroline Gausden. Euan and the Elder grew out of a traditional Eastern European folk tale and was transplanted and grafted…

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