Falkirk Storytelling Festival launches for its first year this week with a range of events for children and adults, and tickets are still available!
The festival, which has its roots in storytelling, but also overs music and performance, runs until Sunday 24th September, with many events free. Most other events can be paid for on arrival. Feature performances are listed below:
Friday Evening @ The Faw Kirk: Suzanne Egerton, Kate Donne and Emma Mooney
Friday 22nd September, 7pm at Falkirk Trinity Church, Manse Place, FK1 1JN. This event is free to attend.
The festival welcomes multiple authors for this unique spoken word session. Attendees will hear from Emma Mooney (author of “Wings To Fly” and “The Beautiful Game”) Kate Donne (“The Wit and Wisdom of Bobby Chickenlegs Muldoon” and “Life and Love In The Gorbals”), plus Suzanne Egerton (author of “Out Late With Friends and Regrets”), together with appearances by Elizabeth Rimmer, George Colkitto, Colin Will, Finola Scott, Helen Boden and Ian Maxtone.
The event will take place in the hall adjacent to the main auditorium. It is presented by Events In The Faw Kirk, in conjunction with The Write Angle. There will be a licenced bar.
Brian McNeill: Music Workshop and In Concert
Folk music legend and Falkirk Bairn Brian McNeill, founder of the Battlefield Band and core member of Clan Alba, will be at 2 different events with the festival on Saturday 23rd September:
- Music Workshop, 1pm – 3pm at Falkirk Trinity Church. Tickets are £5; due to limited numbers, those wishing to attend will need to book tickets via the event’s See Tickets The workshop will address ways of writing descriptive tunes to evoke a sense of time, place or people, and writing with the same objectives through song lyrics, prose or poetry. Those who play instruments are welcome to bring them. Brian will also include a reading of one of his short stories.
- In Concert, 7:30pm at Falkirk Trinity Church. Tickets are £10 and can be paid at the door. Brian has been described as “one of the most acclaimed forces in Scottish music” and ˜Scotland’s most meaningful contemporary songwriter”, having performed around the world, both as a soloist and with his own bands, including Battlefield Band and Core Alba.
Macastory’s Trip of Tales around the World
Saturday 23rd September, 3pm – 4pm at The Howgate Shopping Centre, High Street, Falkirk, FK1 1HG. This event is free to attend.
Ron Fairweather and Fergus McNicol are registered with the Scottish Storytelling Centre and have performed at the Edinburgh International Book Festival for the past 12 years. They work together as Macastory and provide an interactive experience of storytelling, raps, songs and larger than life characters to engage and excite children (and adults) of all ages.
Their aim is to teach storytelling, songwriting and literacy skills by enhancing imagination and aspiration which in turn will develop a greater sense of self-esteem.
Falkirk Historic Town Centre Walks
Beginning at 2:30pm each day of the festival at Falkirk Trinity Church and led by an experienced guide, these walks are free to join, but there is a maximum limit of 10 people per group; those wishing to join should reserve their place at the respective Eventbrite page:
For further information on these and all other events taking place, please visit the Falkirk Storytelling Festival website.