Once Upon A Time In Edinburgh As The Celts Meet The Corsicans., Friday October 07 2011
Are you sitting comfortably? Then we’ll begin. There once was a
blog which wasn’t very good at telling stories (OK, it sucked at
it), but it was very good at letting its faithful readers know
about some really rather good storytellers that would be coming to
Scotland’s inspiring capital later this month instead.
From the 21 to the 30 October, the Scottish
Storytelling Festival is in town, featuring 60 performances
from some of the world’s best live storytellers. This year pairs up
Scotland with the Mediterranean as the programme weaves together
legends, tall tales and anecdotes from the islands of Scotland and
‘Old Europe’ to create ‘An Island Odyssey’.
The Festival has, since its inception, done what every good
story does – grown arms and legs and is now celebrating its
21st birthday, the centrepiece of which will be a
two-part recounting of Homer’s epic The Odyssey. No, not
that Homer, you philistines –
Homegrown yarn-spinners like
Liz Lochhead, David
D. Campbell and
Aileen Finlay will be joined by their Mediterranean
counterparts, including Corsican storyteller Francette Orsoni and
Greek dancer Sofia Papadia. Let’s just hope they bring us some of
that famous sunshine too.