Orkney Storytelling Festival

25-28 Oct 2018

Various locations around Orkney
Orkney Storytelling Festival

The Orkney Storytelling Festival is a celebration of the oral tradition in Orkney, with tales focusing on the history and heritage of the islands.

It has been called 'the little festival with the big heart' and has earned a worldwide reputation, thanks to its warmth, inclusivity and unique community atmosphere.

Since its relaunch in 2010, the Orkney Storytelling Festival has become one of the most keenly anticipated events in the islands’ calendar, showcasing the talents of local, national and international storytellers.

Orkney is rich in folklore with our tales of mystical selkie folk, mischievous trows and malevolent stoor worms captivating – and occasionally terrifying – generations of islanders. To hear an Orcadian folk tale, or indeed a legend from another land, delivered live by a gifted storyteller, is certainly an experience unlike any other and one definitely not to be missed.

Action from the 2017 Orkney Storytelling Festival


The 2018 Orkney Storytelling Festival will be held in locations throughout the islands and guest will include:

  • Heather Yule – Scottish harpist and storyteller
  • An Irish storyteller - to be confirmed
  • Surprise special guest storyteller from the Scottish International Storytelling Festival
  • Local storytellers
  • Nela Scholma-Mason will be giving a lecture related to Orkney folklore and archaeology

Visit the official website for more information on the event and to keep up to date with the latest programme details.

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