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Dreaming Bread and Skyrie Stanes: A Celebration of Scottish Folk Magic and Community Traditions
Scottish Story Telling Centre
Edinburgh United Kingdom
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Dreaming Bread and Skyrie Stanes: A Celebration of Scottish Folk Magic and Community Traditions

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A day-long celebration of Scottish Folk magic, lore, legends and community traditions.
Hosted by the Taibhsear collective: Researcher Scott Richardson-Read Cailleachs Herbarium, Storyteller Amanda Edmiston Botanica Fabula and Musician Debbie Armour. The event ties in with the launch of their spoken word album of stories and charms: Tales of the Taibhsear.

The day will bring together academics, storytellers, artists and specialists from diverse fields including folklore, animism, the fairy faith, herbalism and traditional crafts on Old Halloween to share their knowledge through performances, presentations and workshops and give participants a chance to engage with and enjoy a glimpse into the everyday enchantment to be found in Scotlands traditions and lore.

We will be live streaming the days main speakers.

A full programme is available here :


The day includes contributions from :

The Tales of The Taibhsear Collective celebrating the release of the spoken word album with some of the stories and songs surrounding this collection of folk magic lore

*Dr Julian Goodare -  "Scotlands Visionaries" A lecturer since the early 90's and currently Professor of History at Edinburgh University. Dr Goodare has written numerous books on the subject of Scottish witchcraft belief and fairy lore and created the Scottish Survey of Witchcraft. Dr Goodare is a prolific researcher and commentator in  Scottish folk belief and witchcraft and is currently co-editing a book entitled the Demonology and Witch-Hunting in Early Modern Europe, and a book called The Supernatural in Early Modern Scotland.

*Dr Valentina Bold - " For God's Sake Protect me" a presentation on magical swords and Mythical Stories from Dr Bold a principal knowledge exchange fellow at Strathclyde University and highly respected researcher in the fields of literature, ethnology/folklore and history, with a focus on Scottish cultural heritage.

*Ross parish -  "Traditions and customs of healing and holy wells in Scotland". Ross has been exploring holy and healing wells, their history and traditions across the globe he has published 10 books on the subject, various articles, given numerous talks and blogs about them on insearchofholywellandhealingsprings.com.  He is currently researching the global distribution of rag wells, the most notable being Scotlands own Clootie Well near Inverness.

*Scott Richardson-Read author - "Skyrie Stanes and the Sìth". Researcher and writer for the Cailleach's Herbarium and currently signed to Beul Airthis publishing. Scott will be discussing Scottish folk magic with a particular emphasis on Skyrie Stanes taken from the 17th century witch trials and the influence of the good folk in Scotland.

*Jess Smith exploring Travelling culture with stories, song and an introduction to our showing of the film 'A Sense of Identity'.
Jess, Scottish traveller, professional storyteller and author of best-selling books on her communities tales, traditions and culture including  'Way of the Wanderers' and 'Sooking Berries' will also be sharing news of the campaign to safeguard the Tinkers Heart: a space sacred to Scotlands Travelling people in Argyll.

*Claire Hewitt brings a magical Storytelling session: 'In the tracks of the Faerie Cattle Women'
Storyteller and Artist Claire Hewitt will be weaving together threads of ancient stories, songs, Highland customs and folklore connected to our northern lands. Her early years as an environmental artist and singer led her to the lands of East Africa, New Mexico, India, Norway and Sápmi, the indigenous  people and their traditions awakening the Storyteller in her. For the last 12 years Claire has been journeying throughout  Scotland, Scandinavia and Finland, exploring traditions and lore connected to humans relationship to the natural world through the oral tradition.

*Amanda Edmiston, Botanica fabula www.botanicafabula.co.uk is a professional storyteller and artist with a background in herbal medicine, she researches, writes and creates immersive work combining plant-lore, traditional stories and plant use. Her workshop 'Dreaming Bread and other recipes for Enchantment ties in with her current storytelling performance on folklorist, recipe collector and suffragette F.Marian McNeill and her year long storytelling and herbal lore project A Kist in Thyme which collected memories from rural communities and archive material in Tobar an Dualchais.

Workshops with
*Rookery Mead exploring iron age mead making techniques
*Radical Herbal Network/ Grass roots Remedies demonstrating herbal medicine and discussing its modern use in communities in Scotland.
*Folklore Thursday: A social media fireside for sharing the magic of folklore in the everyday, an interactive look at the global folklore community with #FolkloreThursday editor Amelia Starling.

With much more still to be announced!!

At the end of the event there will be a chance for you to experience the Tales of the Taibhsear album in an informal setting with Mead provided by Rookery Mead.

We are also selling tickets through the Scottish Story Telling Centre www.scottishstorytellingcentre.co.uk

Following the event we have a celebration with band Ex Reverie singing songs from their upcoming album based on the life of Isobel Gowdie and the enchanting Debbie Armour performing songs inspired by Scotland at Henrys Cellar Bar, Edinburgh. These tickets are available separately from Brown paper tickets. (https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3596664)


Scottish Story Telling Centre (View)
43-45 High St
Edinburgh EH11SR
United Kingdom


Arts > Performance
Education > Workshops
Music > Folk
Other > Spiritual

Minimum Age: 14
Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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