At its 30th edition in the 2018 and inspired by the tradition of the Scottish ceilidh, the Scottish International Storytelling Festival Growing Stories is a 13-day celebration of live oral traditional storytelling showcasing an array of events in Edinburgh and across Scotland.
The SISF 2018 will explore the shared traditions of Scotland and Ireland, with a focus on the Fianna saga, and it will welcome the contribution of Irish seanchaí Eddie Lenihan. Eddie Lenihan will perform on occasion of several events and workshops in Edinburgh and in Duns, presenting a treasure of old traditional Irish stories to the Scottish and international audiences of the festival.
Traditional seanchaí Eddie Lenihan has been collecting Irish stories since he can remember and he now probably possesses the largest tape-library in private hands in Ireland - a unique resource of irreplaceable material that would otherwise have been lost. With his unique storytelling style, he shares his stories with local audiences in Ireland and presents them all over the world.
This series of events is organised by TRACS (Traditional Arts and Culture Scotland). Set up to represent Traditional Arts in Scotland, TRACS is a new collaboration between three representative Forums: the Traditional Music Forum, the Scottish Storytelling Forum and the Traditional Dance Forum of Scotland. Based at the Scottish Storytelling Centre and in close connection with the Scottish Storytelling Forum, TRACS is now in charge of the organisation of the Scottish International Storytelling Festival, under the artistic direction of Festival Director Dr Donald Smith.
Image: Scottish International Storytelling Festival, photo credit Solen Collet