Scottish Storytelling Centre

Event Type: 
Public Event
Friday, 11 January 2019 - 12:35pm to Thursday, 31 January 2019 - 12:35pm
Scottish Storytelling Centre | TRACS,
43~45 High Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1SR
EH1 1SR Edinburgh
Storytelling Forum Newsletter
The first-ever (commercial) Christmas card!
Designed by Sir Henry Cole and John Horsely in 1843.
A happy festive time to you, however you celebrate and a great New Year when it comes - from your National Storytelling Coordinator, Miriam.
Cultural Adaptations seeks a Scottish artist or cultural practitioner
This is an exciting, paid opportunity for an artist or cultural practitioner interested in exploring the role the arts can play in shaping how our society adapts to the impact of climate change. It offers the chance to participate in an action-research project taking place at the European level, and contribute new knowledge to the local and international sector.
Creative Carbon Scotland is the lead partner in an EU-funded project Cultural Adaptations. As part of this we are seeking an experienced artist to be ‘embedded’ within and to influence the work of Climate Ready Clyde as it develops and implements a climate change adaptation strategy for Glasgow City Region.
Cultural Adaptations are looking for an artist or cultural practitioner working in any art form to make use of their relatively autonomous position as an ‘outsider’ to help to provide new ways of thinking, fresh perspectives and different approaches to the challenges of adapting to climate change.
They will be an active participant in and contributor to Climate Ready Clyde meetings, events and activities with stakeholders and partners including the Board, and lead on key areas of work to address specific challenges and opportunities within the Climate Ready Clyde programme.  
The Artist will have a particular responsibility to combine the environmental, social and cultural interests of the partners and ensure that this complex and novel but crucial combination of fields is understood and made use of by the wider Climate Ready Clyde board, and interested parties.
The anticipated total time commitment is around 28 days spread over the whole project. 
Artist Fee
The artist will be paid a total fee of £9,200 for the 28 days work. This is to include the artist’s travel to and around the Glasgow city region.
Travel to, accommodation at, and subsistence costs for Transnational Meetings and the conference will be paid in addition to this sum. There is a small budget available for materials across the duration of the project (£400-£450), although no physical artwork is anticipated as an output of the work.
Artist Specification
This role is imagined for an experienced and established individual artist or cultural practitioner, working in any discipline, looking to use their creative skills to contribute to wider society. We anticipate an individual with 5 or more years of experience in the cultural sector will be most appropriate for this role. 
The types of skills and experience that will be beneficial for this project include: 
  • Interest and experience of working collaboratively with diverse groups and in non-arts contexts. For example, regeneration, environmental, educational, social, healthcare contexts; 
  • Experience of making strategic contributions to initiatives. Synthesising diverse facts, goals and references, making connections and communicating with different ‘audiences’. For example, being a Board member or Trustee of an organisation, being an active member of a union or membership organisation, contributing to policy consultations; 
  • Experience of building engagement/ developing communications for socially or politically-challenging topics. 
Deadline for submissions is 11 January. 
Further info and criteria for submissions found here.
Call Out: Artists in Residence Programme
Glasgow Life are looking for artists and arts organisations to apply now for a new project, launching in 2019, to engage communities across the city in a number of creative projects. Growing from a Glasgow City government pledge to ‘employ an artist in residence for every community,’ this scheme is expected to extend to each of the 23 electoral wards of Glasgow City Council.
Phase 1, which will run from March – May 2019, will see commissioned artists engage with communities to design a programme to suit their specific needs. Ahead of this we are inviting submissions from applicants with proven experience in community engagement to work directly in communities, using strong and creative facilitation skills to find ways to enable a representative community response to the Programme. 
Applications across a range of art forms are welcomed, including (but not limited to) visual arts, music, dance, design, craft, circus, drama, literature, comedy, film, architecture and environmental art. 
The fee available per project is £10,000. This should cover all artist fees and all associated staffing expenses. Additional funds are available to support activities the selected artists and arts organisations decide to undertake and applicants should outline in their application an indicative budget*. 
Further information is available on the Glasgow Life website. Deadline: 12 noon, Thursday 10 January 2019 
Scottish Gothic Ghost Stories Required
Haunt are putting together an anthology - in audio, digital and print - of the best Scottish Gothic horror storytelling. They want to celebrate all forms of oral storytelling and are looking for classic tales as well as new stories.
The specs
Written: Up to 2,000 words. Microsoft Word, double-spaced, any font other than Times New Roman.
Spoken: An audio sample of up to three minutes. Don’t worry about audio quality - a simple recording from your phone will do!
Language: English or Scots.
Other: We will consider stories that have been previously published and performed. However, we will not consider stories that have been previously recorded for sale.
The payment
£50 total for your written story and recording time (which we will arrange with the “chosen ones”).
1st February 2019
How to submit
Simply email the editor, Rebecca, at with:
your written story an audio sample of the same story, details of oral storytelling events you have been involved with a link to your website (if you have one).
Gaelic Storytelling at Moniack Mhor 
with Roddy Maclean
Learners and Fluent Speakers alike can enjoy Gaelic storytelling as part of a series of dedicated events in the picturesque Scottish Highlands, in association with Bòrd Na Gàidhlig.
Sun 24 Feb | 10am – 4pm 
Improving Your Gaelic through Storytelling (for Gaelic Learners)
Explore how learning to tell Gaelic stories can improve a learner’s fluency and confidence. The stories will be a mixture of heroic legends, some with location links, and more modern tales. Participants will be encouraged to construct and tell a simple story during the day.
Sun 3 Mar | 10am – 4pm 
Tales of the Fianna and Other Gaelic Heroes (for Fluent Speakers)
Beginning with the source materials, this day will illustrate how connections can be made between story and landscape, using examples from the tales of the Fianna and other ancient heroic figures. A chance for storytellers and teachers to make ancient legends relevant for a modern audience, encouraging linguistic fluency and pride in culture and heritage.
Further details and booking at
CashBack for Creativity Open Fund.
Applications now open for the CashBack for Creativity Open Fund. Apply for up to £10k to support creative learning opportunities for targeted young people. One deadline in 2019 - 25 January 2019
Delivered in partnership with YouthLink Scotland, the Open Fund is a strand of Creative Scotland’s CashBack for Creativity programme.
The CashBack for Creativity Open Fund will support organisations seeking small amounts of funding so that they can deliver creative activity to young people – primarily those young people living in deprived communities and who have traditionally found it hardest to access such creative opportunities.
Eager for applications for projects that provide opportunities to as many young people as possible, should be fun, engaging and accessible. Projects will be expected to engage young people in a short-term project that builds their confidence, self-esteem, and enhances their well-being. 
* Applications open November 26 2018
* Application deadline January 25 2019.
* Projects to be completed and reports submitted by the end of March 2020.
* Total Budget for this round of funding will be around £300k
Local Authority priority areas:
The Open Fund seeks to reach all Local Authorities in Scotland. However for this final round of the fund we are particularly interested in receiving applications from the following areas:
* Angus
* Argyll and Bute
* East Dunbartonshire
* Orkney
* Perth and Kinross
* South Ayrshire
* South Lanarkshire
EPAD - Opportunities in Edinburgh 
EPAD Support Surgeries - 22 January
The first EPAD Support Surgeries of 2019 will be at the Festival Theatre on the morning of 22 January. 
If you have been mulling something over during the festive period, this is an opportunity to ask for advice or information about a project or a development in your practice. We will support you by connecting you to someone else in Edinburgh with relevant expertise or experience to share. 
There will be 3 spaces available and booking will open on 10 January. 
Co-Working Day - 30 January 
EPAD's first Co-Working Day of the year will be at the Festival Theatre on Wednesday 30 January. 
Come and join your artistic colleagues in a warm, supportive environment. EPAD will provide desks, power, refreshments and a soup lunch, all you need to bring is yourself and something to work on.  
At the end of the day there will be a chance for informal networking with your colleagues over a glass of wine. 
There will be 12 spaces available and booking will open on 10 January.  Contact details:
Storytelling Clubs
If you like a lot of stories on a frequent basis, join our club? 
Are you thinking of setting up a storytelling club or have the details changed of an existing one? 
Please let your Storytelling Network Co-Ordinator know as we would love to help promote this through the Storytelling Forum channels and on the new website. 
Forum Membership
If you are unsure about your latest payment get in touch and we can check this for you. To make payments or find out your latest, contact reception: / 0131 556 9579
Scotland's National Network for Traditional Arts and Culture 
A living flow of song, music, dance, story and wordplay
Space for conviviality and collective energy open to all
Creative practice inspired by shared memory and experience
A wellspring for community identities and personal growth
Traditional Music, Storytelling and Dance with their national Forums, respective networks and the languages of Scotland.
Engaging with
Lifelong learning, community development, ecology and cultural diversity, contemporary arts, crafts, social enterprise, responsible tourism and social justice.
Creativity and cultural heritage in all parts of Scotland.
TRACS (Traditional Arts and Culture Scotland) is currently based at the Scottish Storytelling Centre which is a partnership project between the Scottish Storytelling Forum (SC020891) and The Church of Scotland (SC011353).
Scottish Storytelling Centre | TRACSScottish Storytelling Centre43-45 High Street,
Edinburgh, EH1 1SR United Kingdom