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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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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The Wolf Peach

So the long promised tale of werewolves, Solanaceae; the lost legend I’d been promising herbalists I’d recreate for a long time, the missing link that explained the flesh crawling, skin walking, shape shifting, Atropine aggravated descent into fluid filled paranoia and night terrors brought in on the tidal flow, seven days before the red run, as…

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Solanaceae spotting and twisting tomato lycanthropes

It started weeks ago, before the flowers had blossomed a mere leaf or two haunted the path, the week of the story walk, a whiff of peanut butter, I got closer, drawn in, a plant with intention, pulled me closer, promising powers of seduction and sleep, the child balked…..gagged…..croaked ‘ evil peanut butter…..mummy what IS…

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P SAYS P AND Q SAYS Q….PERUSING PATHWAYS AND QUALITY QUESTIONS.

    …..we’ve been ‘wild learning’ and ‘wild fooding’ of late, the last school were punitive, authoritarian, overtly cowtowing to the kirk under the guise of modernity, mouthed words ill thought out of ‘others’….I prefer to be one of the others, so hearing their words if even the speakers did not we took them at…

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‘GROWING STORIES.

‘GROWING STORIES’ Art, Plants and Storytelling – a workshop that explores the creative process and the role plants play in everyones lives. – a chance for participants to create their own piece: illustrating a story or personal experience. with Amanda Edmiston professional storyteller http://www.botanicafabula.co.uk and Caroline Gausden community arts practitioner and  illustrator 11am til 4pm…

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 O says o….o…

  O says o….opening eyes, opening up communicating ideas Amanda Edmiston Botanica Fabula: Posted on Sunday, April 01, 2012 7:03 PM We caught them closing the other evening….this pair of Days eyes looking up from the gravel edging alongside the patch of grass outside our house. ‘Mummy the daisies have died back and its only just…

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