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

The 2020 festival will be held online due to the COVID-19 pandemic. A fantastic series of short films and stories have been recorded and will be broadcast on YouTube for folk all over the world to enjoy.

The programme includes Orkney folk tales in the landscape, a virtual tour of the islands and some storytelling hotspots. There’s a series of darker stories from St Magnus Cathedral as well as some songs, stories and music from the special Betty’s Reading Room in Orkney’s west mainland too.

Visit the official website for programme information and to find out how you can join in with this year's events.

You can find out more about the festival, as well as traditional storytelling in Orkney, via the Orkneyology website.

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