Scottish Storytelling Forum (SSF)

Scottish Storytelling Forum

A diverse network of storytellers, organisations and individuals supporting Scotland’s vibrant storytelling community.

A living cultural ecology with the power to inspire our modern society.

The Scottish Storytelling Forum (SSF) was founded in 1992 to encourage and support the telling and sharing of stories amongst all age groups and all sectors of society, particularly those who, for reasons of poverty or disability, are sometimes excluded from artistic experiences.

Traditional storytelling continues in Gaelic and Highland culture, in the Scottish Traveller way of life, in rural Scots communities, and in urban communities that live by ‘word of mouth’.

As the Forum approached the year 2000, they entered into partnership with the Church of Scotland to transform The Netherbow Arts Centre on the Royal Mile into the world’s first purpose built Storytelling Centre. This was completed in 2006, giving the Scottish Storytelling Centre and Network a national and international hub, and a beacon for its aims and values.

The SSF is responsible for nurturing storytelling traditions and enabling them to flourish in new ways. They support professional and community storytellers all over Scotland. They offer advice on all aspects of storytelling development.

They advocate the cause of storytelling in all aspects of cultural and social life, valued by communities locally, nationally and internationally.

The Scottish Storytelling Forum aims to:

• Give every child in Scotland the experience of live storytelling

• Recognise, encourage and train storytellers in every community

• Sustain the Scottish Storytelling Centre as a national and international resource and inspiration

•Enable old traditions and values to flourish in new ways

• Promote the study, practice and knowledge of storytelling in Scotland through the preservation
and perpetuation of traditional storytelling

• Develop storytelling as a contemporary art through the fostering of storytelling skills among all
age groups, and the telling of stories in schools, colleges, prisons, community centres, churches,
libraries, hospitals, elderly care centres and festivals, throughout Scotland

The Scottish Storytelling Forum (SC020891) is a member of TRACS (Traditional Arts and Culture Scotland).

Through TRACS, the Forum is grant-aided by Creative Scotland. However, our work depends on charitable giving and the support of our members. Please consider making a donation to the SSF, or leave a legacy to allow our work to grow. The work of the Forum is at all times people centred, and all outreach events and projects are tailored to the needs, abilities and interests of the participants.

Forum Committee

The Scottish Storytelling Forum Committee is responsible for the administration, management and control of the affairs and property of the Association, including the details of membership and subscription.

Elected committee members 2017/2018:

CHAIR: Ruth Kirkpatrick

VICE CHAIRS: Beverley Bryant, Michael Kerins, Marion Kenny

SECRETARY: Alette Willis

TREASURER: Lea Taylor

HONORARY CHAIRS: Bea Ferguson, Senga Munro, Seoras Macpherson, David Campbell

ORDINARY MEMBERS: Claire Druett, Claire Hewitt, Heather Yule, Anne Pitcher, Wendy Woolfson, Renita Boyle, Emma
Collins, Anne Hunter, Allison Galbraith, Beverley Casebow, Jil McPherson

About the Scottish Storytelling Forum

The Scottish Storytelling Forum (SSF) is a diverse network of storytellers, organisations and individuals supporting Scotland’s vibrant storytelling community. It was founded in 1992 to encourage and support the telling and sharing of stories amongst all age groups and all sectors of society, particularly those who, for reasons of poverty or disability, are sometimes excluded from artistic experiences.

The Forum Committee is responsible for maintaining and nurturing these traditions and enabling them to flourish in new ways. They support professional and community storytellers all over Scotland and advise on all aspects of storytelling development. They advocate the cause of storytelling and storytellers in all aspects of cultural and social life, valued by communities locally, nationally and internationally.

Storytelling has flourished in Scotland over centuries and is enjoying a contemporary renaissance. Traditional storytelling continues in Gaelic and Highland culture, in the Scottish Traveller way of life, in rural Scots communities, and in urban communities that live by ‘word of mouth’. These fragile traditions represent a living cultural ecology which has the power to inspire our modern society.

The Scottish Storytelling Forum aims to:

  • give every child in Scotland the experience of live storytelling
  • recognise, encourage and train storytellers in every community
  • sustain the Scottish Storytelling Centre as a national and international resource and inspiration
  • enable old traditions and values to flourish in new ways

The Scottish Storytelling Forum also promotes the study, practice and knowledge of storytelling in Scotland through the preservation and perpetuation of traditional storytelling and the development of storytelling as a contemporary art through the fostering of storytelling skills among all age groups, and the telling of stories in schools, colleges, prisons, community centres, churches and faith communities, libraries, hospitals, elderly care centres and festivals, throughout Scotland.

The Scottish Storytelling Forum (SC020891) is a member of TRACS (Traditional Arts and Culture Scotland).

Read more about the work of the Forum here.