The Library is hosting several events between 22 and 29 October to mark the Scottish International Storytelling Festival 2019.
Hamish Henderson's collected folk songs, Elizabeth Blackwell's herbal and John Kay's caricatures are among the themes inspiring storytellers this year.
To accompany the events and mark the centenary of his birth, a selection of Hamish Henderson's work is being displayed. Items relating to Scottish folk song from the Library collections are also going on show.
A Close Shave! Stories from the barber's shop
Storytellers Jan Bee Brown and Beverley Casebow breathe new life into John Kay's most notable characters. John Kay was a Scottish barber and social satirist. He published his first caustic caricature in 1784. His biting wit and style soon became so popular that he refurbished his barber's shop, and started selling his prints of his colourful clientele. From daring aeronauts and decidedly dodgy doctors, dedicated followers of fashion and stony-broke bankers, each print tells a story and many a close shave.
Friday 25 October
Free. This event is fully booked.
Scotland and Canada — Mutual relations
Three storytellers look at the close historical and cultural connections between Canada and Scotland, and their continuing legacy. Margaret Bennett shares the Gaelic lore of Canada, while Chief Rose Anne Archibald speaks as a First Nation activist and educator with Scottish family ties. Donald Smith considers the sometimes troubled relationship between Scots and First Nation peoples as reflected in two novels, one Canadian, one Scottish.
Saturday 26 October
Free. Book 'Scotland and Canada — Mutual relations' on Eventbrite or phone 0131 623 3734.
The Very Curious Herbal
Amanda Edmiston is a storyteller with a passion for herbs and potions. She embarks on an enchanted journey into the verdant world of the 18th century. Inspiration for her piece comes from Elizabeth Blackwell's 'A Curious Herbal' the first book of its kind created by a woman. Amanda's multidimensional performance layers history, stories, tastes, and remedies to draw us into the garden of plants revealed within the book.
Tuesday 29 October
Free. Book 'The Very Curious Herbal' on Eventbrite or phone 0131 623 3734.