The 2017 Scottish International Storytelling Festival runs from Friday 20 to Tuesday 31 October.
Hosted by the storytellers of Scotland, artists from across the globe gather to guide us through the labyrinths of change and weave new narratives for a re-imagined earth.
The National Library is proud to host four events during this year's festival.
Tales for sale
Edinburgh's renowned storytellers set up their stall to deal in tales of adventure, true crime, derring do and love. Raiding the cellars of the National Library, Fergus McNicol and Ron Fairweather offer the pick of chapbooks, broadsides and scandal sheets. Relive an age when the people queued to buy the latest tale before its ink was even dry. With Macastory.
Monday 23 October
Free. Book 'Tales for sale' via Eventbrite or phone 0131 623 3734.
Education Day — Gifting Every Child
What is the role of culture in contemporary education from the early years? With presentations from Scotland, New Zealand and Singapore, this session explores creative use of local and migrant cultural resources. The event includes an introduction to the National Library's 'Wee Windaes' project and to the Gifting Every Child initiative. With Bea Ferguson, Kamini Ramachandran, Joe Harawira, and a panel of guest storytellers.
Monday 23 October
Admission: £12 (£10), £9: book via the storytelling festival website.
Scotland meets India: An Auld Acquaintance
Join storytellers Deepa Kiran from India and Marion Kenny from Scotland for a spellbinding performance of music and stories, celebrating the long-standing friendship between India and Scotland and marking the UK-India Year of Culture 2017.
Tuesday 24 October
Free. Book 'Scotland meets India' via Eventbrite or phone 0131 623 3734.
Tales from the New World
Storyteller Mara Menzies shares her experiences and new-found stories gathered at festivals across Cuba, Utah and California. Tales from indigenous peoples, stories that have sailed across oceans and stories created as the settlers arrived. A rich selection of tales that will sweep you across the waters to a new world of adventure, of heroism, of exploration and magic.
Friday 27 October
Free. Book 'Tales from the New World' via Eventbrite or phone 0131 623 3734.