The Enchanted Forest’s storytelling yurt is an annual favourite for visitors to the award-winning sound and light event. But this year the tent is more magical than ever, with sensory stories, special guests and an international storyteller from Poland.
Resident storytellers Lindsey Gibb, Claire Hewitt and Owen Pilgrim who perform nightly for ticketholders at the cost of just £1 per person, will be joined by Scots and Polish tale tellers, a local musician and a herbalist during the month-long event.
Claire is also treating visitors to sensory stories. Once a week she is using sensory story boxes which include puppets and tactile objects to tell tales aimed particularly at young children and adults with learning difficulties.
This year’s storytelling guests feature:
Sheila Kinninmonth on Friday 13th October. Hailing from Fife, Sheila is a storyteller and author of Fife Folktales. Her storytelling style is fun and interactive, providing kids and adults a chance to break out of the audience and contribute to the story.
Munro Gauld on Friday 27th October. Munro is a local musician who has played woodwind instruments for both formal and informal events, and he takes his ideas from the rich history and culture of Perthshire. Munro and resident storyteller Lindsey Gibb have created ‘Flute of the Forest’, a musical tale especially for the Enchanted Forest, which will be showcased alternately throughout the night with a local traditional musical tale.
Gosia Litwinowicz on Thursday 26th October. Gosia is Artistic Director of the famed Warsaw International Storytelling Festival. Her appearance is part of the Scottish International Storytelling Festival 2017, which kicks off on the same day. Gosias stories are inspired by fantasy as well as reality, drawing from biographies and everyday events, as well as magic worlds and creatures from literature. Gosia, Lindsey and Claire will share both Scottish and Polish stories for a magical and unique night of culture at the Forest.
Amanda Edminston on Saturday 28th October. Amanda, a former student of herbal medicine, brings a new twist to the art of storytelling with her folklore, drawing upon the history of using plants.
Lindsey Gibb, who has been in The Enchanted Forests storytelling yurt for five years, said:
“The yurt is a popular stop-off every year for visitors to The Enchanted Forest and this year it’s no different. We’re thrilled to have these guests this year, and to link up with The Scottish International Storytelling Festival makes it extra special.”