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ScotlandsFest 2016: The Power of Story
Tue 23 August 2016, 13:45 – 15:30 BST
ScotlandsFest 2016: The Power of Story with George Macpherson and Stuart McHardy
Two leading Scottish storytellers, well-versed in lore of all kinds, share stories and discuss the power of oral storytelling for understanding of self, community and history. Storytelling carries down the centuries ancient knowledge and symbolism and in today's world can be used for healing and education, discovery and pure entertainment.
GEORGE W. MACPHERSON has followed the oral traditions handed down through generations of his family, and has become one of the best known traditional storytellers in Scotland. George’s storytelling technique is both memorable and distinctive, capable of captivating any audience, young or old, all over the world. A participant in the Edinburgh Storytelling Festival for ten years, he also organises the annual Skye and Lochalsh Storytelling Festival and opened the Commonwealth Heads of State Convention in Edinburgh with one of his stories. George lives in Glendale on the Isle of Skye
STUART MCHARDY is a writer, historical scholar, poet, musician, folklorist and renowned lecturer about Scottish history and culture, at home as well as abroad. His unique understanding of tradition comes from a thorough immersion in the storytelling arts and history alike. Former President of the Pictish Arts Society and the Director of the Scots Language Resource Centre, McHardy has occupied lead positions with organisations working towards the aim of rediscovering Scottish national identity.