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

The festival features a creative cast of local characters, sharing folklore and stories from across Orkney. The event always has an international flavour too, with annual guests from as far afield as the United States, Canada, Slovenia and Japan.

Since its re-emergence in 2010, the Orkney Storytelling Festival has become an established annual event in the Orkney calendar. Organised by the Orcadian Story Trust, which aims to capture Orkney’s tales, and promote their retelling, it hosts a wide and varied programme at locations throughout the islands.

Visit the Orkneyology website for more in-depth information about the festival, as well as traditional storytelling in Orkney.