Annual Programme of Events

Midsummer events
Opening of the Storytelling Garden of legend and lore with midsummer tales and customs on the weekend of 19th and 20th June.

Peatfire Tales of OrkneyPeatfire Tales
On Tueday and Friday evenings here at the Orkney FolkLore and Storytelling Centre – 8pm for an 8.30pm start. Booking essential.

Island Tales and Ales
An atmospheric evening of storytelling and social customs in the Still Room Whisky Bar in the Stromness Hotel, which, with its candlelit tables and peatfire, is described as being like a small 19th century Stromness ale house! Enjoy a complimentary Orkney Ale, an Orkney whisky or a glass of wine, listening to Island folklore and legend. Takes place on Wednesdays and Sundays (April to October) – commences at 8:00pm. Booking essential – tickets £10 per person. Private bookings welcome.

Island People’s Story
Provisional start in September. A reminiscence and folk arts community project

Orkney FolkloreStory Circles.
Winter workshops and courses:

The Power of Story
A creative learning course and workshop for staff, volunteer s, carers and parents in communication arts, social skills and expressive arts.
Of particular benefit to:
a) Professionals working in education, special educations, social care and mental health
b) For volunteers and staff working within social care, mental health and education.
c) Parents, carers and Foster Carers with families, young children and adults with special educational needs and /or challenging behaviour.
d) Adults with  special educational needs, learning disabilities and/or high stress levels and mental health issues.

Orkney ChairPower of Story themes explored

The Weaver of Tales – learn how to make effective use of voice, rhythm, gesture and language. Explore how to be a storyteller with the legends and folk tales from your own environment.
The Story Folk – explore the imagry and symbolism of the story’s characters and creatures. What they tell you and what they do to take you on your journey through the story. Create your own, masks, storyboards, written stories, and do something that involves making your own story.
The Story Dances – Follow the weavings and patterns of the traditional song dances and ballads. Their stories are told in te rhythm of beating feet and singing voices.