Highlands & Islands

Scottish Storytelling Festival to open in Edinburgh

Beach on Harris. Pic: Copyright of Iain Maclean
Image caption The festival will feature stories from Scotland's islands

The Scottish Storytelling Festival will open on Friday with events recounting tales gathered from Scotland and the Mediterranean.

Training workshops, musical performances and storytelling sessions will be held at the Scottish Storytelling Centre in Edinburgh.

Events will also be held at venues in places such as Aberdeen, Dundee, Glasgow, Orkney, Mull and Iona.

The theme this year is An Island Odyssey: Scotland and Old Europe.

It runs until 30 October.

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Media captionStoryteller Bob Pegg tells the tale of 'The Stroma Mermaid' as part of the Scottish International Storytelling Festival

Guests include Scotland's national poet Liz Lochhead.

She was confirmed as the new Scots Makar in January to follow on from Edwin Morgan who died, aged 90, in August 2010. He had held the post since it was created in 2004.

Also performing will be Bob Pegg, from Strathpeffer, in the Highlands, who has a special interest in Northern lore and Ian Stephen, from Stornoway, on Lewis.

Enedina Sanna, who has researched Sardinian folk tales, will recount stories from the Mediterranean island.

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