Join in with Scotland’s Year of Stories 2022 as we celebrate stories inspired by, written, or created in Scotland.
Map of Stories is a series of multimedia performances, featuring storytellers and filmed footage, creating a showcase of unique ‘film ceilidhs’ that celebrate the ancient tradition of oral storytelling during this year’s Scottish International Storytelling Festival (SISF, 14 – 31 October 2022).
Part of a wider and ambitious project supported by EventScotland as part of the Year of Stories 2022 and led by Edinburgh-based arts collective Transgressive North, Map of Stories invites audiences (both in-person and online) to celebrate languages, identities and oral storytelling: one of Scotland’s deeply rooted, ancient art forms.
After premiering at SISF each performance will go on tour to its region of focus – Dumfries & Galloway, the North East, Perth & Kinross, the Outer Hebrides, and Orkney respectively – and explore the distinctive stories, memories and folklore arising from that particular community and landscape.
Every community has its own tales to tell, and Map of Stories will allow audiences to explore some of the considerable plurality of stories that emerging from communities and landscapes across the country, from Sat 15 Oct – Sun 6 Nov 2022.
Later in the year audiences will be able to explore links between storytelling and place through a literal map of stories in shape of an open-access website, featuring a curated selection of filmed performances from storytellers across the country, each pinned onto an interactive map.
Hosted by Dumfriesshire-based poet and storyteller Tom Pow, with music from Wendy Stewart and film footage featuring a series of voices from across Galloway and beyond.
Get tickets in Edinburgh at the Scottish Storytelling Centre on Mon 17 Oct – 6pm, or in Dumfries & Galloway, at Robert Burns Centre, on Sat 22 Oct – 7.30pm.
Hosted by Hebridean storyteller Ian Stephen, with music from Kenneth Linklater (Lewis) and Liam Alasdair Crouse (Uist).
Get tickets in Edinburgh at the Scottish Storytelling Centre on Wed 19 Oct – 6pm, or in the Outer Hebrides at Taigh Chearsabhagh Lochmaddy, on Fri 21 Oct – 7.30pm.
Hosted by Aberdeenshire-based storytellers Grace Banks and Jackie Ross, with film footage featuring Tony Robertson.
Get tickets in Edinburgh at the Scottish Storytelling Centre on Mon 24 Oct – 6pm, or in the North East, at the Elphinstone Institute, on Thu 1 Dec at 7pm.
Hosted by Perthshire-based storyteller Jess Smith, with film footage featuring Sheila Stewart.
Get tickets in Edinburgh at the Scottish Storytelling Centre on Thu 27 Oct – 6pm, or in Perth & Kinross, at The Birks Aberfeldy, on Sat 29 Oct – 7.30pm.