The Scottish International Storytelling Festival begins this evening. It runs from Friday 19th – Sunday 28th October and this years theme is folk tales. You can read all about the festival and get tickets on the Scottish Storytelling Centre Website.
Just now I’m on holiday in the highlands. I’ve been reading this collection of Scottish Folk and Fairy Tales:
It includes traditional stories as well as tales written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Elizabeth Grierson and Alasdair Maclean. I totally recommend it. The stories are exciting and mysterious, just like the landscape here in Scotland:
On the way by from Skye (above) I stopped in Mallaig and met fisherman Ewen Nicholson:
Here he is eating his last supper at the Fisherman’s mission – it closed yesterday. Ewen had been going to the mission for 30 years. He told me tales of falling in the sea drunk (he’s not touched a drop for 13 years) and I loved hearing all about his pet seal, Elsie. She climbs up two steps to get a fish from him. Ewen is 77 and he launched his first book ‘New Horizon – Tales of a Hebridean Skipper’ earlier this year. Read more in the Oban Times.
Visiting Skye, meeting Ewen and reading the Scottish Folk and Fairy Tales reminded me that Scotland is a magical place full of stories.
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