Edinburgh connections at Storytelling Festival
The city's annual celebration of storytelling featured events led by Edinburgh researchers and alumni.
The Edinburgh International Storytelling Festival took place 23 October - 1 November. All events were at the Scottish Storytelling Centre on the Royal Mile unless otherwise specified.
Sgeulachdan a’ Chuilein Chraicte: The Cuilean Craicte Guide to Gaelic Storytelling
Saturday 24 October 2015, 11.00am - 12.00pm
Abigail Burnyeat, Lecturer in Celtic, and Domhnall Uilleam Stiùbhart took you on a tour of 1000 years of Gaelic storytelling, tracing the threads between stories found in medieval manuscripts, in traditional folklore, and in contemporary fractured fairy tales.
Saturday 24 October 2015, 12.00pm - 2.00pm
Edinburgh Zoo, 134 Corstorphine Road, EH12 6TS
Alette Willis, Chancellor's Fellow in Counselling and Psychotherapy, presented animal tales at Edinburgh Zoo.
The ties that bind: Storytelling as a pathway to peace
Monday 26 October 2015, 3.00pm - 5.30pm
Co-led by alumnus Michael Williams, this workshop invited you to explore how storytelling can support different sides of a conflict to share their personal stories.
Stories without borders in a digital world
Monday 26 October 2015, 6.00pm - 6.50pm
Has social media truly democratised the art of storytelling? Or has it simply transformed stories into objects of consumption? Alumnus Dr Michael Williams explored and invited you to share your views on the impact it's having on your life.
Stories without borders – the acts of the rebels
Tuesday 27 October 2015, 6.00pm - 6.50pm
Alumnus Ewan McVicar spliced dramatic first-hand accounts of Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Jacobites from opposing sides.
Alan Bruford Lecture by Gary West
Wednesday 7 October 2015, 6.30pm - 7.30pm
Professor Gary West, Personal Chair in Scottish Ethnology, explored the music and memories of war from Highland Perthshire, including the rich piping traditions of the Duncan family. This annual lecture is given in honour of the late Alan Bruford, distinguished archivist of the School of Scottish Studies.
Stories without borders – landscape and archaeology
Wednesday 28 October 2015, 6.00pm - 6.50pm
Mythographer Stuart McHardy and Honorary Fellow Dr Alison Sheridan explored the rich archaeology of the Ballachulish ‘goddess’ and the surrounding landscape, and debated how those who lived there in centuries past might have imagined and connected with their environment.
The ties that bind – living in stories
Friday 30 October 2015, 3.00pm - 5.30pm
In this networking event, hosts Alette Willis, Chancellor's Fellow in Counselling and Psychotherapy, and Steve Killick presented their work into how story brings people together and tears them apart.
Spirit of the Broonie
Saturday 31 October 2015, 7.30pm - 8.30pm
Alumna Linda Williamson presented these microcosm stories with their boundless, timeless and everlasting wonder.