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The Village Storytelling Festival

“Incredibly bold programming. Brilliant!”

Tim Ralphs


Inhabit the visual world as you never have before, hide out in Vincent Van Gogh’s bedroom in the gripping tale of a man deep in a coma, hear stories of courage and wit from central India and delve into the closely-guarded memories of an unknown family member. The second Village Storytelling Festival brings you a world-class programme of acclaimed storytellers.


Guests include Daniel Morden, Clare Muireann Murphy, Sònia Gardes, Ben Haggarty, Debs Newbold, Tony Evans, Carl Gough, Peter Chand, Gauri Raje, Suit and Pace, and many more.


The Village Storytelling Festival celebrates and explores the art and application of storytelling past, present and future. Push at the frontiers of your own narrative with our provocative symposia, revealing the ways stories are embedded with assumptions about gender, sexuality and exoticism. Debate the relevance and evolution of storytelling in today’s modern world, and explore how stories can be shared using more than words. Journey into other lives and fertile imaginative worlds with mesmerizing performances from acclaimed storytellers, including brand new work created for this year’s festival.


Festival highlights include Lost in Blue, performed by ‘unfeasibly talented’ Shakespeare’s Globe storyteller Debs Newbold, following a storming run at the 2016 Edinburgh Fringe, and the intense, feverish dreaming of Ben Haggarty’s steampunk Frankenstein, accompanied by multi-instrumentalist Sinead Jones. Gauri Raje will share tales of her ancestors from central India in Badlands; lands of warriors, dacoits and outcasts, parched ravines and black volcanic mountain ranges, of writers, bards and storytellers, performed with live sitaar. The debut of our 2017 festival commission What I Know About What my Grandfather Didn’t Know, created by storyteller & visual artist Sònia Gardes, imagines an intergenerational conversation with a mysterious, exiled family member.


Renowned UK company Adverse Camber return to the Village Storytelling Festival to showcase the masterful talents of storytellers Daniel Morden and Clare Muireann Murphy in ‘The Remarkable Tale of Robert Desnos’. Prisoners in a concentration camp tell fantastical tales to lift their spirits, finding the beauty and richness of countless other worlds, in a show hailed as funny, tragic, uplifting and incredibly moving.


Audiences will discover an evocative new dimension in storytelling with Carl Gough and Tony Evans’ ‘Found in Translation’, which blurs the traditional boundaries of BSL Interpreter and Storyteller. Glasgow Deaf Asian Club will present Talking Hands, a new piece exploring what it is like to be deaf, performed in English and BSL, and Sense Scotland will immerse you in their sensory storytelling garden (sniffing recommended). The majority of performances are BSL interpreted, as part of our ongoing agenda to make storytelling accessible to people excluded by traditional oral art forms.


New for 2017, our Children’s Day will feature Rajah’s Ranis and Riddles with international storyteller Peter Chand, stories for under 5s with Suit and Pace, silly songwriting, crafts and face-painting. We’ll thrilled to be joining Katie Morag author Mairi Hedderwick for Granny Island’s Ceilidh, where she’ll share her secrets for getting inspiration and read from her much-loved series. Not to mention dancing our socks off in a proper Scottish ceilidh and stories from the Village’s Alison Galbraith and Daniel Serridge.


We end the festival with two events close to our heart; our popular Village Fete at the Village Storytelling Centre, offering a full day of activities for all ages, and a good old-fashioned storytelling open mic, Sangs an’ Clatter.


The project was supported by the National Lottery through Creative Scotland Open Project Funding. 

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