The 2019 Orkney Storytelling Festival takes place around Orkney between the 24th-27th October.

The festival has a truly international flavour, with storytellers from Scotland, Canada and Africa.

Mara Menzies was brought up in Kenya and tells the traditional stories of Africa, as well as stories of the people who shaped the continent. Her style is fast, bubbly and full of excitement. She has long been on our wish list.

Gordon MacLellan is a storyteller and poet from the Western Isles who now lives in England. He tells traditional folk tales of fairies and boggarts, who are best left alone. He is also a keen environmentalist, working under the name of Creeping Toad; nature is never far away from his stories.

It is also hoped that we will be joined by Robert Seven Crows, a Canadian First Nation storyteller who keeps alive the stories of his ancestors. This is part of a project with Orkney storyteller Tom Muir that will take place in Canada, Edinburgh and Orkney.

Local storytellers Fran Flett Hollinrake, Marita Luck, Erin Farley and award winning Scottish singer Scott Gardiner will also delight the audience throughout the festival.

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Please see for more in-depth information about the festival and its guests and storytellers, as well as traditional storytelling in Orkney.