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Welcome to the 2019 Festival

Tom Muir

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It is my great pleasure to welcome you all to the 2019 Orkney Storytelling Festival. Our audience continues to grow along with the enthusiasm for traditional stories. Our reputation as ‘the little festival with the big heart’ is spreading around the world, thanks to the hard work and dedication of our committee members. They give their time and talents free of charge to bring you a feast of storytelling delights to warm the heart on a cold, dark evening.

This year’s guests are:

Mara Menzies – a Kenyan-Scottish storyteller who has just completed a sell-out show at the Edinburgh Festival. Mara has been in Orkney telling stories before, and will be assured of a warm welcome.

Gordon MacLellan – a poet and storyteller who has worked extensively with children and adults, at home and abroad. Known professionally as Creeping Toad, Gordon’s stories often focus on environmental matters.

Robert Seven Crows Bourdon – a First Nations storyteller from Canada, Robert sings, plays, and tells stories from a rich heritage of Acadian and Mi’kmag.

From closer to home, we are delighted that Sarah Jane Gibbon, Kate Fletcher and Corwen Broch are joining formidable forces to present an evening of stories and songs with an Orcadian flavour.

Also NEW for 2019, we have a Dungeons and Dragons session, with the scenario based on Orkney folklore, from Frances Sinclair.

Our regular storytellers, Fran Flett Hollinrake, Marita Lück and Erin Farley will be joined by popular Scottish singer Scott Gardiner, and Chris Perry, who is running a Children’s Storymaking Session. The Orkney Storytelling Festival 2019 is holding events in Finstown, Kirkwall, Rendall, Birsay, Shapinsay and Stromness, as well as a Magical Literary Tour that takes in much of the West Mainland.

The stories are suitable for all the family. You’re never too young or too old to enjoy a good tale well told. We look forward to seeing you there.

Best Wishes,

Tom Muir


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