Falkirk Storytelling Festival

2019 PROGRAMME

Wednesday 2nd October

Tea Party Storytime at Falkirk Library

10.30am Wednesday 2 October

Falkirk Library, Hope Street, Falkirk FK1 5AU

Our one and only Festival Fringe event for this year.
We’ll have a very special guest at Storytime this week – with stories from Alice in Wonderland.
Suitable for families with children aged 3 and up.

Free

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Suitable for ages 3+ years

Thursday 3rd October

Victoria Williamson – The Boy with the Butterfly Mind

9.30am Thursday 3 October

The Howgate Shopping Centre, High Street, FK1 1HG

Join author Victoria Williamson for an interactive exploration of the characters and issues in The Boy with the Butterfly Mind.

Free

This event will be attended by P6 – 7 classes of school children. Members of the public are welcome to attend. Contact the Howgate for further information.

The Fun Gang

11.00am and 1.00pm Thursday 3 October

 Falkirk Trinity Church, Manse Place, FK1 1JN

Children’s author Gerry Ogilvie will be reading ‘Is The Moon A Balloon?’ and showing what a lunar eclipse is. Also meet the hilarious Scottish pirate McBlackbeard the Pirate who plays the bagpipes and has mad adventures all over Scotland. 

Free

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Suitable for ages 3+ years

Michelle Sloan

1.30pm, Thursday 3 October

The Howgate Shopping Centre, High Street, FK1 1HG

We all know and love the story of Greyfriars Bobby – Scotland’s favourite four-legged friend, but what about his early life as a puppy? Author Michelle Sloan brings new life to a favourite character with an adorable, beautifully illustrated picture book.

Free

This event will be attended by P1 – 3 classes of school children. Members of the public are welcome to attend. Contact the Howgate for further information.

Mary Paulson-Ellis

6.30pm, Thursday 3 October

Falkirk Library, Hope Street, FK1 5AU

Sunday Times best selling author Mary PaulsonEllis, joins us to celebrate her new novel The Inheritance of Solomon Farthing. Mary was awarded the 2009 Curtis Brown Prize for Fiction and the Tom McGrath Maverick Award in 2011.

David Hamilton:
How Your Mind Can Heal Your Body

7.30pm, Thursday 3 October

Falkirk Trinity Church, Manse Place, FK1 1JN

Falkirk Storytelling Festival brings you Dr David R Hamilton to discuss his updated book ‘How Your Mind Can Heal Your Body’. In this new edition, David has added four new MORE

Alan Bissett – Moira Monologues

8.00pm, Thursday 3 October (doors 7.30pm)

Behind The Wall, 14 Melville Street, FK1 1HZ

By popular demand, Alan Bissett and the legendary Moira are back in Falkirk at Falkirk Storytelling Festival. Buy tickets online or at the venue. Tickets can be purchased from BTW to attend both Alan Bissett events at the festival for £15.  MORE…

£9.50

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The event will take place in an upstairs location.There is no lift.

Falkirk Folk Club: Folk Session

8.00pm, Thursday 3 October (doors 7.30pm)

Folk Club: Tolbooth Tavern, Tolbooth Street, FK1 1NL

Come along and listen or bring your favourite instrument if you have one and join in. The venue is in an upstairs location and we regret that no lift access is available. We are expecting spaces to be in demand so please book early.

Free

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The event will take place in an upstairs location.There is no lift.

Friday 4th October

Danny Scott: Scotland Stars FC

9.30am, Friday 4 October

The Howgate Shopping Centre, High Street, FK1 1HG

Danny Scott’s Scotland Stars FC series is packed full of football fun and non-stop action, and his events are no different! Discover amazing football facts, the power of teamwork and the wonder of books – there might even be a chance to take penalty shots against the author!

Free

This event will be attended by P3 – 5 classes of school children. Members of the public are welcome to attend. Contact the Howgate for further information.

Burrow Into A Book at Caffè Nero

9.30 – 10.15am, Friday 4 October

Caffe Nero, 134 High Street, Falkirk FK1 1NR

Perfect for toddlers and families to enjoy together. Make sure your not late for a chance to meet up with our very special guest who’ll be joining in with the fun.

Bookbug at Falkirk Library

10.30 – 11.30am, Friday 4 October

Falkirk Library, Hope Street, FK1 5AU

Stories, songs and rhymes for families with toddlers and babies from ages 0 and up. Just come along!

Emily Ilett

1.30pm – 2.30pm, Friday 4 October

The Howgate Shopping Centre, High Street, FK1 1HG

On the morning of Gail’s birthday, her shadow escapes. She isn’t surprised – everything is falling apart, and it’s all her sister Kay’s fault. Join Kelpies Prize-winner Emily Ilett on a moving journey around The Girl Who Lost Her Shadow, complete with readings, videos and creative activities.

Free

This event will be attended by S1 – 2 classes of school children. Members of the public are welcome to attend. Contact the Howgate for further information.

Alice in Wonderland Storytime

4.00pm, Friday 4 October

Waterstones, 119-121 High St, Falkirk FK1 1ED

Enter the beautiful and curious world of Alice in Wonderland in this special Falkirk Stortelling Festival event.

Suitable for ages 1 – 3 years.

Lin Anderson – Rhona MacLeod

7.00pm, Friday 4 October

Waterstones, 119-121 High St, Falkirk FK1 1ED

Forensic scientist Rhona MacLeod discovers that a terrifying war is unfolding on Scotland’s Isle of Skye. A chance encounter leads to what seems to be a crime scene. Enlisting the help of tracker dog Blaze, Rhona starts to search for a connection.

Rowan Morrison

7.00pm – 9.00pm, Friday 4 October

The Therapy Workshop 9B East Bridge St, Falkirk FK1 1YD

Rowan Morrison kicks off the first of the events at The Therapy Workshop with storytelling in Scots for wellbeing.

£5

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The event will take place in an upstairs location.There is no lift.

Katee Kross

7.30pm Friday 4 October

Falkirk Trinity Church, Manse Place, FK1 1JN

Katee has worked with some top names including Dougie MacLean, Barbara Dickson, Karine Polwart, James Grant and Seasick Steve and graced the stage at Wembley, Kelvingrove, SSE Hydro, and King Tuts. Katee brings her new country sound to Falkirk following a sell out tour of Germany. MORE

Saturday 5th October

Play Talk Read Bus

10.00am – 4pm, Saturday 5 October

Falkirk Steeple / The Howgate High Street Entrance FK1 1HG

The PlayTalkRead bus provides a safe, welcoming and relaxed environment for parents and carers to pick up lots of fun, easy and low‐cost ideas that they can adopt and build upon at home.

Free

No need to reserve a place. Just turn up on the day. Hop on board and meet the team on the Play Talk Read Bus.

Especially suitable for children from Nursery to P1

Big Lego Myths and Legends Build

10.30am – 2pm Saturday 5 October

Falkirk Library, Hope Street, FK1 5AU

Drop-in fun with Lego to celebrate the Storytelling Festival. Which mythical monster or legendary Lego figure will you create? This is an unsupervised event, so young children should be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Free

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Suitable for ages 5-12 years.

Myths and Legends

11am – 4pm, Saturday 5 October

The Howgate Shopping Centre, High Street, FK1 1HG

This year our family day is about Myths & Legends. There will be interactive workshops, a craft zone, market traders, a Game of Thrones exhibition and author events throughout the day. Please reserve your free space for the author events by completing their Eventbrite booking, All other activities are drop in throughout the day. Come along and join in the fun. MORE

Free

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Please help us to estimate numbers by reserving your place here or via the Howgate Help Desk.

David McPhail:
Thorfinn and The Dreadful Dragon

11.00am – 12.00pm, Saturday 5 October

The Howgate Shopping Centre, High Street, FK1 1HG

Meet Thorfinn the world’s most polite Viking and Hazel the Dreadful Dragon in the latest addition to David’s hilarious Thorfinn the Nicest Viking series. Have bags of fun learning all about Vikings (and dragons) in this interactive session.

Free

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Suitable for children in P4 – 5

Lindsay Littleson:
Guardians of The Wild Unicorns

1.00pm – 2.00pm, Saturday 5 October

The Howgate Shopping Centre, High Street, FK1 1HG

Lewis and Rhona are caught up in a dangerous adventure to save the world’s last herd of wild unicorns! Discover a word of wild landscapes, dark forces and ancient magic – can the two best friends rescue the legendary creatures in time?

Free

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Suitable for children in P6 – 7

David Weinczok: The Castle Hunter

3.00pm – 4.00pm, Saturday 5 October

The Howgate Shopping Centre, High Street, FK1 1HG

Ruthless seaborne warriors raid the coasts from their war galleys, yearning to regain lost glories. A warrior king becomes a legend when he smites his foe with one swing of his axe during a nation-forging battle. Castle Hunter David Weinczok draws on a vast array of characters and events from Scottish history echoing Game of Thrones at every dramatic turn.

Alan Brown: Overlander

3.00pm – 4.00pm, Saturday 5 October

The Wheatshealf, Baxters Lane, Falkirk FK1 1PF

Seeking an escape from city life and a world gone mad, Alan Brown challenged himself to an off‐road coast‐to coast ride through the Highlands without creature comforts or high‐tech cycling gear. This is a story of ups and downs, weather and wildlife and the sheer pleasure of freedom and self‐reliance.

Free

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Age limits apply at this venue. Over 18’s only.

Jim Crumley: Seasons In The Wild

7pm, Saturday 5 October

Falkirk Trinity Church, Manse Place, FK1 1JN

Jim Crumley’s wildlife and wild Scottish landscape writing has been shortlisted for prestigious awards such as the Wainwright Prize and the Saltire Society Literary Awards. A widely published journalist with a monthly column in The Scots Magazine, Jim is also a poet and broadcaster.

Sunday 6th October

Alan Parks

12.30pm – 1.30pm, Sun 06 October

The Howgate Shopping Centre, High Street, FK1 1HG

Alan’s debut novel Bloody January was one of the top crime debuts of 2018. The second gripping Harry McCoy thriller sees rival gangs competing for control of Glasgow’s underworld. It seems Detective McCoy’s oldest friend is tangled up in it all. Harry McCoy’s first day back at work couldn’t have gone worse.

Lindsey Porter: Whirlpools, Yoga and The Balance of Life

1.00pm – 3.00pm, Sunday  6 October

The Therapy Workshop 9B East Bridge St, Falkirk FK1 1YD

Join writer and Yoga teacher Lindsey Porter as she shares her adventure-packed world travel memoir. In addition to stories from some of the world’s most incredible locations, Lindsey shares her own personal journey, from financial services to training as a Yoga teacher in India.

Free

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

Lari Don: Legends

1.00pm – 2.00pm, Sunday 6 October

Waterstones, 119-121 High St, Falkirk FK1 1ED

Award-winning author and storyteller Lari Don will chat about using monsters and magic from myths and legends to create adventure books like the Fabled Beasts Chronicles and Spellchasers trilogy, and she’ll also share one of her favourite old stories.

Suitable for children in P4 – P7

Arshad Farooqui & Muhammed Nakib

1.00pm – 2.00pm, Sunday 6 October

The Howgate Shopping Centre, High Street, FK1 1HG

1pm: Arshad Farooqui – Pakisian & India (in English)
1.30pm: Muhammed Nakib – Syria to Scotland (in Arabic)

Each story will last 20 minutes with a slot for audience questions at the end.

This event will be held in the unit next to Dorothy Perkins.

Free

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Please note that the 1.30pm session will be in Arabic and is a change to the originally advertised speaker

Ian Scott:
Tales From The Steeple

1.00 – 4.00pm, Sunday 6 October

Falkirk Steeple, 100 High Street Falkirk FK1 1NW

Historian Ian Scott reflects on the history of Falkirk Steeple and some humerous anecdotes behind his headline stories.

William McIntyre: Fixed Odds

2.30pm – 3.30pm, Sunday 6 October

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

Defence lawyer Robbie Munro has a habit of getting too involved with the criminals he represents. Forever flying by the seat of his pants, Robbie juggles a host of difficult clients, rubs shoulders with dodgy acquaintances and battles the legal system, all while trying to figure out fatherhood.

Free

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

Audrey Knuth & Larry Unger

3.00pm – 5.30pm, Sunday 6 October

Falkirk Folk Club: Tolbooth Tavern, Tolbooth St, FK1 1NL

Guitar and banjo player Larry Unger and fiddler Audrey Knuth are a Boston based traditional duo who play exhilarating American and Celtic tunes with driving rhythms.

Join Audrey and Larry for an unforgettable afternoon.

£7

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

It’s In The Bag:
The Mystery of The Lost Haggis

3.00pm – 4.00pm, Sunday 6 October

The Howgate Shopping Centre, High Street, FK1 1HG

Oh No! Disaster strikes just as the Burns Ceilidh is about to begin. Grandad’s prize winning haggis has gone and Sam & Rosie must solve the mystery. There’ll be lots of well-known Scottish nursery rhymes and songs throughout.Guaranteed fun!

Free

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Suitable for children ages 3 – 6 years old

Elaine Henderson

4.00pm – 5.00pm, Sunday 6 October

The Therapy Workshop 9B East Bridge St, Falkirk FK1 1YD

Join Elaine and discover a beautiful written autobiographical account of Elaine’s journey to find her biological family.

Free

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

North Star:
Chords, Poetry & Sunday Social

from 2.30 Sunday 6 October

North Star, 28 Vicar St, Falkirk FK1 1JB

2.30 – 4.30pm Chords & Coffee
8.30pm Poetry
9.00pm Sunday Social with Ross Fairweather

Free

No need to reserve to attend the music and poetry sessions. Please call the venue in advance to enquire about bookings for food.
2 for 1 offer on pizza all day.

Steve Finan: Lifted Over The Turnstiles

7.00pm, Sunday 6 October

Falkirk Trinity Church, Manse Place, Falkirk FK1 1JN

Steve Finan is DC Thomson’s Heritage Editor. Join Steve in a trip down memory lane as he shares images and anecdotes from Scotland’s football stadium heyday, plus Pass It On Tips (shared between 1950s housewives) and The Doc Replies (medical advice and questions from the 1950s and 60s).MORE

Andrew Lindsey

7.00pm, Sunday 6 October

The Therapy Workshop 9B East Bridge St, Falkirk FK1 1YD

Andrew Lindsey walks between this world and the next. He is a teacher and international medium. Andrew uses his gifts wisely to help others and has helped many people to deal with loss enabling them to go on with their lives.

Free

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

Falkirk Storytelling Festival Alan Bissett

Alan Bissett ‘More Moira Monologues’

8:00pm, Sunday 06 October

Behind The Wall, 14 Melville Street, FK1 1HZ

Alan Bissett brings his hilarious original sellout play and Fringe Hit to Falkirk as part of the Falkirk Storytelling Festival 2018. MORE…

£9.50

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