Scottish International Storytelling Festival

The Elphinstone Institute hosts an annual Aberdeen event as part of the widely acclaimed Scottish International Storytelling Festival, organised by our friends at the Scottish Storytelling Centre.

This year's event will be on Thursday, 24 October 2019 and we are pleased to host Louise Profeit-LeBlanc, storyteller from the Na-cho Nyak Dun First Nation in the Yukon, Canada. Louise was nurtured by the traditional stories of her grandmother and has dedicated her life to collect stories by many more elders in the northern Yukon. Let her share this treasure with you, while she takes you to the outskirts of the Arctic Circle. Book here:

Past events include:

2018 – Castle of Stone and Sea: The Life, Songs, and Stories of a Nineteenth-Century Breton Woman, presented by Breton singer and storyteller Marthe Vassallo.

2017 – Scotland Meets Pakistan: Trading Story and Song – A collaboration between Pakistani singer Sara Kazmi, musician Sarah Hayes, Pakistani-born Canadian poet Shazea Quraishi, and Scottish storyteller Ian Stephen.

2016 – Diaries of the Forest: Storytelling from the Amazon – Brazilian anthropologist and storyteller Betty Mindlin shares stories of her fieldwork and some of the myths of the Suruí Paiter from Rondônia in western Brazil.

2015 – If Stones Could Speak: Irish Tales from Liz Weir – Renowned storyteller Liz Weir comes to Aberdeen to share stories from her native Northern Ireland.

2014 – Stories and their Stories – Two of Scotland’s most celebrated storytellers, Lawrence Tulloch (Shetland) and Tom Muir (Orkney), in a night of exceptional stories from the Northern Isles.

2013 – Never-Ending Tales – An evening of traditional Traveller tales from the talented Aberdeen-born storyteller Tony Robertson.

2012 – Stories and Songs of Poland – Two of Poland’s most celebrated storytellers, Małgorzata Litwinowicz and Michał Malinowski, tell traditional stories from Poland and other countries.