Falkirk Storytelling Festival

2017 Programme

Thursday 21st September

Create Minis Storytelling and Art

9.30am, 10.30am, 1pm and 2pm, Thur 21 Sept 

The Howgate Shopping Centre, High Street, FK1 1HG

Story based creative class for under 5’s delivered by Create Falkirk. Join us in the Community Hub where we will start the session with a song and story. There will be music and movement followed by a creative activity, all based around the story.

Suitable for children under 5 years.

Free

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Bob Harris ‘Artie Conan Doyle and the Gravediggers’ Club’

10.30am, Thur 21 Sept 

The Howgate Shopping Centre, High Street, FK1 1HG

Robert J. Harris was born in Dundee and now lives in St Andrews with his wife, sons and his dog. He is the author of many children’s books, including Will Shakespeare and the Pirate’s Fire, Leonardo and the Death Machine and zany Norse-god trilogy The World’s Gone Loki!

Now, in his newest book, we meet boy-detective Artie Conan Doyle, the real brains behind Sherlock Holmes. Can Artie solve the mystery of Edinburgh’s spooky Gravediggers’ Club – or will his first case be his last?

Suitable for ages 8-12 years.

Free

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Chae Strathie ‘Shiver Me Timbers, it’s Captain Firebeard!’

1.30pm, Thur 21 Sept

The Howgate Shopping Centre, High Street, FK1 1HG

Chae Strathie is an award-winning children’s author who grew up in a tiny village surrounded by a forest in central Scotland, which probably explains a lot. A regular at major book festivals, Chae has toured the length and breadth of the UK and visited schools as far afield as Romania, reading his stories, acting the goat and singing silly songs.

For this event he will be reading from his new book The Slippery Sweet Stealer – the second in his Captain Firebeard’s School For Pirates series – as well as teaching the children how to grow beards, introducing them to a very cheek parrot and showing them how a story gets from his head in to a book. Be prepared for lots of pirate silliness!

Suitable for ages 5-9 years.

Free

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Falkirk Historic Town Centre Walks

2.30pm, Thur 21 Sept

Falkirk Trinity Church, Manse Place, FK1 1JN

Come along to our walk led by an experienced guide, of the historic town centre of Falkirk commencing at 2.30pm each day of the festival from Falkirk Trinity Church grounds. Maximum group of 10 people per walk.

Free

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Falkirk Storytelling Festival Christopher Brookmyre

Christopher Brookmyre

7.30pm, Thur 21 Sept

The Faw Kirk, Falkirk Trinity Church, Manse Place, FK1 1JN

Falkirk Storytelling Festival brings acclaimed Scottish crime author, Chris Brookmyre, to the Faw Kirk. His novels mix comedy, politics, social comment and action with a strong narrative. MORE…

£6

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Falkirk Folk Club present: Jed Grimes

8.30pm, Thur 21 Sept

Tolbooth Tavern, Tolbooth Street, FK1 1NL

Falkirk Folk Club warmly welcome this most accomplished and versatile songwriter. Jed has has graced the English festival and gig circuit for many years, both as a solo artist and as a member of bands including Hedgehog Pie and The Hush.

With engaging style, his striking arrangements of traditional songs, rich voice and warm Geordie humour will bring delight to ‘the Bairns’ at the Tolbooth.

“Jed Grimes has a spectacular musical pedigree. He is not only a wonderful songwriter, but also someone with a charismatic quality that shines right through his music. His comfort and maturity stand out a mile: inventive and thoughtful.” Geoff Wall/Folk On T

The event will take place in an upstairs location and we regret that no lift access is available. This Jed Grimes concert replaces the originally scheduled Tommy Sands concert.

Please note that this is a small venue and we are expecting tickets to be in demand so if you would like to attend please book early.

The event will take place in an upstairs location. We regret that there is no lift access available.

Please note that this is a small venue and we expect the event to be popular so book early to avoid disappointment.

£7

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Friday 22nd September

Create Minis Storytelling and Art

9.30am, 10.30am, 1pm and 2pm, Fri 22 Sept 

The Howgate Shopping Centre, High Street, FK1 1HG

Story based creative class for under 5’s delivered by Create Falkirk. Join us in the Community Hub where we will start the session with a song and story. There will be music and movement followed by a creative activity, all based around the story.

Suitable for children under 5 years.

Free

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Bookbug at the Falkirk Library

10.30 – 11.00am, Fri 22 Sept

Falkirk Library, Hope Street, FK1 5AU

Falkirk Libraries deliver Bookbug storytelling.

Bookbug Sessions are free, fun and friendly events for babies, toddlers, pre-schoolers and their families to enjoy together.

Each session lasts around 30 minutes and includes songs, stories and rhymes. They take place in a very relaxed environment and are a great opportunity to spend some quality time with your little one.

Suitable for ages 0-3 years.

Free

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David McPhail ‘Top-Secret Grandad and Me: Death by Tumble Dryer’

10.30am, Fri 22 Sept

The Howgate Shopping Centre, High Street, FK1 1HG

David MacPhail left home at eighteen to travel the world and have adventures. After working as a chicken wrangler, a ghost-tour guide and a waiter on a tropical island, he now has the sensible job of writing about yetis, Vikings and ghostly detectives, including the Thorfinn the Nicest Viking series.

In David’s hilarious new book Top-Secret Grandad and Me: Death by Tumble Dryer, 11-year-old Jay Patel has to turn detective after his dad literally did a vanishing act (he’s a magician!). Can his ghostly granddad help him solve his first case?

Suitable for ages 8-10 years.

Free

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Alan Dapré ‘Porridge the Tartan Cat’

1.30pm, Fri 22 Sept

The Howgate Shopping Centre, High Street, FK1 1HG

Alan Dapré is the author of more than fifty books for children. He has also written over one hundred television scripts, which have been transmitted in the UK and around the world.

In Alan’s zany new series for young readers, we meet Porridge, the world’s only Tartan Cat! Porridge lives by Loch Ness with the quirky McFun family. Everyone has a super secret – or two – and Porridge is always there to lend a helping paw when things go awry.

Suitable for ages 7-10 years.

Free

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Falkirk Historic Town Centre Walks

2.30pm, Fri 22 Sept

Falkirk Trinity Church, Manse Place, FK1 1JN

Come along to our walk led by an experienced guide, of the historic town centre of Falkirk commencing at 2.30pm each day of the festival from Falkirk Trinity Church grounds. Maximum group of 10 people per walk.

Free

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Falkirk Folk Club presents:
Sing Out Friday

7.30pm, Fri 22 Sept

Coffee On Wooer (Upstairs), 2-4 Wooer Street, FK1 1NJ

Some of the finest Falkirk based folk musicians come together for an evening of songs
in this atmospheric and award winning venue.

A wondrous mix of individual and collective performances, heart-warming harmonies and foot-stomping tunes.

“Some people have lives, some people have music”

The event will take place in an upstairs location. We regret that there is no lift access available.

Please note that this is a small venue and we expect the event to be popular so book early to avoid disappointment.

£6

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The Rooftop Writers present:
Give It Your Best Shot

7.00pm, Fri 22 Sept

The Old Co-op Studios (top floor), 165-169 High Street, FK1 1DU

Rooftop Writers are proud to present “Give it Your Best Shot,” as part of the Falkirk Storytelling Festival 2017.

This is a spoken word event with a twist! Readers will score points for their performances, with prizes on offer for the most popular pieces. Readers will include members of the Rooftop Writers group, as well as some friends and special guests. The evening is BYOB, and a finger buffet will be provided.

The event will take place in an upstairs venue. We regret that there is no lift access available.

Image courtesy of Sweet Pea Photography.

Free

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Friday Evening @ The Faw Kirk:
Suzanne Egerton, Kate Donne and Emma Mooney

7.30pm, Fri 22 Sept

The Faw Kirk, Falkirk Trinity Church, Manse Place, FK1 1JN

Join us as we welcome three authors to the hall in the Faw Kirk as part of the Falkirk Storytelling Festival 2017.

This unique spoken word session features: Emma Mooney (author of ‘Wings To Fly‘ and ‘The Beautiful Game‘);  Kate Donne (‘The Wit and Wisdom of Bobby Chickenlegs Muldoon‘ and ‘Life and Love In The Gorbals‘); plus Suzanne Egerton (author of ‘Out Late With Friends and Regrets‘) together with appearances by Elizabeth Rimmer, George Colkitto, Colin Will, Finola Scott, Helen Boden and Ian Maxtone.

The event will take place in the hall adjacent to the main auditorium. It is presented by Events In The Faw Kirk in conjunction with The Write Angle. There will be a licenced bar.

Image courtesy of Sweet Pea Photography.

Free

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Saturday 23rd September

Bookbug at The Howgate

10.30 – 11.00am, Sat 23 Sept

The Howgate Shopping Centre, High Street, FK1 1HG

Falkirk Libraries deliver Bookbug storytelling.

Bookbug Sessions are free, fun and friendly events for babies, toddlers, pre-schoolers and their families to enjoy together.

Each session lasts around 30 minutes and includes songs, stories and rhymes. They take place in a very relaxed environment and are a great opportunity to spend some quality time with your little one.

Suitable for ages 0-3 years.

Free

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AppyPlay at The Howgate

11.00 – 11.30am, Sat 23 Sept

The Howgate Shopping Centre, High Street, FK1 1HG

Falkirk Libraries deliver AppyPlay.

Appy Play sessions are designed to show parents good apps for using with their kids.

With so much technology a part of everyday life and an increasingly important part of learning in schools, 3+ is a great age to introduce tablet technology to tiny hands.

If you’re choosy about the apps you download and set up the right parental controls you can safely open touchscreen technology to your toddler and boost their learning and development.

Suitable for ages 3-5 years.

Free

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Falkirk Storytelling Festival Mike Nicholson

Mike Nicholson ‘Museum Mystery Squad’

11.30 – 12.30am, Sat 23 Sept

The Howgate Shopping Centre, High Street, FK1 1HG

Mike Nicholson won the Kelpies Prize 2005 for new Scottish writing for children with his first novel for children, Catscape. He’s also the author of children’s novel Grimm and three Scottish picture books, including Thistle Street, which celebrate Scots words.

In Mike’s brand new series, Scooby Doo meets Doctor Who as the Museum Mystery Squad solve a series of strange mysteries. From moving prehistoric creatures and secret Egyptian codes to missing treasure and strange messages from the past, there’s no brain-twisting, totally improbable puzzle the Squad can’t solve. Perfect for amateur sleuths and quiz fanatics!

BSL interpreter.

Free

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Scottish Mask & Puppet Centre

12.00 – 2.00pm, Sat 23 Sept

The Howgate Shopping Centre, High Street, FK1 1HG

Join our puppet workshop with Punch and Judy and make two dimensional card puppets and join in our storytelling with our birdy puppet. Suitable for all ages.

Free

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Comic Workshop with John Fardell

1.00 – 2.00pm, Sat 23 Sept

The Howgate Shopping Centre, High Street, FK1 1HG

Join the author-illustrator of Manfred the Baddie, and The Day Louis Got Eaten, for this fun interactive workshop. With lots of tips, techniques and inspiration to create exciting comic strips and picture stories. A must for budding comic strip writers. Suitable for ages 8+ years.

Free

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The Write Angle present:
An Exchange of Words

1.30 – 4.00pm, Sat 23 Sept

Coffee On Wooer (Upstairs), 2-4 Wooer Street, FK1 1NJ

The spoken word event with a difference, where performers deliver the words of others. Get your teeth into a poem you’ve always admired, deliver a short story in your own dramatic way, turn song into spoken words, turn spoken words into song. All things are possible at ‘An Exchange of Words’. Just – whatever you do – don’t change the words!

The event will take place in an upstairs location. We regret that there is no lift access available.

Free

(Donations welcome)

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Brian McNeill: Music Workshop

1.00 – 3.00pm, Sat 23 Sept

The Faw Kirk, Falkirk Trinity Church, Manse Place, FK1 1JN

Join legendary multi instrumentalist, Brian McNeill, for a small workshop in the Faw Kirk. Spaces are limited to only 15, so book early to avoid disappointment. The workshop will address ways of writing descriptive tunes to evoke a sense of time, place or people; and writing with the same objectives through song lyrics, prose or poetry. Come prepared to enjoy and participate. Bring yourself and your instrument!

Image courtesy of Jacqueline France

Brian McNeill’s workshop and concert at Falkirk Storytelling Festival are kindly sponsored by Eden Consultancy Group.

£5

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Falkirk Historic Town Centre Walks

2.30pm, Sat 23 Sept

Falkirk Trinity Church, Manse Place, FK1 1JN

Come along to our walk led by an experienced guide, of the historic town centre of Falkirk commencing at 2.30pm each day of the festival from Falkirk Trinity Church grounds. Maximum group of 10 people per walk.

Free

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Macastory’s Trip of Tales around the World

3.00 – 4.00pm, Sat 23 Sept

The Howgate Shopping Centre, High Street, FK1 1HG

Join Macastory for a ‘Trip of Tales around the World’ Its fun and mayhem all the way!

Ron Fairweather and Fergus McNicol are registered with the Scottish Storytelling Centre and have performed at the Edinburgh International Book Festival for the past 12 years. They work together as Macastory and provide an interactive experience of storytelling, raps, songs and larger than life characters to engage and excite children (and adults!) of all ages.

Their aim is to teach storytelling, songwriting and literacy skills by enhancing imagination and aspiration which in turn will develop a greater sense of self esteem.

Free

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Falkirk Storytelling Festival Brain McNeill

Brian McNeill: In Concert

7.30pm, Sat 23 Sept

The Faw Kirk, Falkirk Trinity Church, Manse Place, FK1 1JN

Falkirk Storytelling Festival brings you a rare opportunity to hear one of Falkirk’s legendary songwriters in the historic Faw Kirk in the heart of the town.

One of the most acclaimed forces in Scottish music, Brian was born in 1950 in Falkirk and has been described as ˜Scotland’s most meaningful contemporary songwriter” (The Scotsman). MORE…

£10

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Sunday 24th September

Falkirk Storytelling Festival Spy Quest

Spy Quest

11.00am – 4.00pm, Sun 24 Sept

The Howgate Shopping Centre, High Street, FK1 1HG

SECRET AGENTS… Come and join us for a game like no other.

Described as a modern day treasure hunt, it is far more than just a game – it’s an entire immersive adventure game that you can play at hotels and resorts around the world. MORE…

Free

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Literary Lounge

1.30 – 4.00pm, Sun 24 Sept

The Gin Lounge (upstairs at the Wine Library), 1 Princes Street, FK1 1LS

An afternoon to kickback and relax, when you can listen to some very talented writers and some acoustic stories . There will be a real variety of styles, flash fiction, short stories, sections of prose and poetry, accompanied by some cool acoustic pieces.

Disclaimer: There may be some strong content.

The event will take place in an upstairs location. We regret that there is no lift access available.

Free

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Looking back. Down Memory Lane.
A conversation with Ian Scott.

2.00 – 4.00pm, Sun 24 Sept

The Howgate Shopping Centre, High Street, FK1 1HG

Falkirk’s well know historian Ian Scott reflects on the 300 articles he has written on the history of Falkirk that he has published in the Falkirk Herald including some humorous anecdotes behind the headline stories.

Ian Scott was until 1995 the Assistant Principal at Falkirk College where he taught history for a number of years. He is the present Chairman and past Director of the Saltire Society and a founder member of Falkirk Local History Society.

Join Ian for this insightful look into Falkirk’s past and enjoy the opportunity to ask Falkirk’s historian the questions you’ve always been curious about.

Free

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Falkirk Historic Town Centre Walks

2.30pm, Sun 24 Sept

Falkirk Trinity Church, Manse Place, FK1 1JN

Come along to our walk led by an experienced guide, of the historic town centre of Falkirk commencing at 2.30pm each day of the festival from Falkirk Trinity Church grounds. Maximum group of 10 people per walk.

Free

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Falkirk Storytelling Festival Alan Bissett

Alan Bissett ‘More Moira Monologues’

7.30pm, Sun 24 Sept

Behind The Wall, 14 Melville Street, FK1 1HZ

Alan Bissett brings his hilarious sellout Fringe Hit to Falkirk as part of the Falkirk Storytelling Festival 2017. MORE…

£7

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