As the nights draw in, the Scottish International Storytelling Festival celebrates the art of yarn-spinning and tale-telling held. The festival's hub is the award-winning Scottish Storytelling Centre on the Royal Mile with events being held around Edinburgh and beyond.
As its title implies the Scottish International Storytelling Festival features many of the best storytellers from Highland and Lowland Scotland, from Scots who have travelled around the world, as well as visiting storytellers from overseas.
The festival also includes ceilidh nights, talks, discussions, film screenings, and "Meet the Storyteller" sessions both at the Scottish Storytelling Centre and various venues throughout the city.
The 2019 Scottish International Story Festival theme is "Beyond Words" and will have a special focus on Canada, showcasing new creative work developed by Scottish and Canadian artists.
- 2019: Beyond Words
- 2018: Growing Stories
- 2017: Open Word – Open World
- 2016: Festival of Dreams
- 2015: Stories without Borders
- 2014: Once Upon a Place
- 2013: Once Upon a Journey
- 2012: Once Upon a Story: Folktales of Europe
- 2011: Scotland and Old Europe
- 2010: Eastern Routes
- 2009: Homelands