Falkirk Storytelling Festival

A fun packed event in the heart of Falkirk town centre, this year’s Falkirk Storytelling Festival takes place between 3rd and 6th October 2019.

The Festival has its roots in storytelling but reaches out to cover music and performance.

Highlights of this year’s programme include: Scottish author Mary Paulson-Ellis the Times Bestseller and Waterstones Scottish Book of the Year 2017, best-selling author and inspirational speaker Dr David R Hamilton at Trinity Church. Tartan Noir best seller Lin Anderson well-being author plus Rowan Morrison, spiritualist Andrew Lindsey, acclaimed cycling author Alan Brown, the well-known wildlife writer and Scots Magazine columnist Jim Crumley and Steve Finan the journalist and celebrated author of Lifted Over the Turnstiles.

Children’s authors Victoria Williamson, Michelle Sloan, David McPhail, Lindsay Littleson, Danny Scott and Kelpies Prize 2017 winner Emily Ilett will also be appearing at the Howgate Shopping Centre in a series of fun-packed sessions for children. Trinity Church will also be getting in on the act with The Fun Gang children’s shows. On the musical front this year’s festival will feature rapidly rising country music star Katee Kross, a special concert from American folk musicians Audrey Knuth and Larry Unger plus some of Falkirk’s finest writers and musicians.

The fun and educational Play Talk Read Bus double decker will be rolling up at the Steeple on Saturday 5 October bringing a bus load of free interactive activities and educational ideas for youngsters. Also on Saturday, The Howgate will be hosting a magical Myths and Legends Day featuring cosplay, film props, fantastic beasts and interactive storytelling and artist’s workshops.

A number of new venues for this year sees The Wheatsheaf play host to Alan Brown, author of Overlander coast to coast cycling in the Scottish Highlands. The Therapy Workshop on East Bridge Street has a packed programme of author events and wellbeing workshops. North Star on Vicar Street has an all-day session on Sunday 6th October including the ever popular Chords and Coffee in the afternoon followed by poetry and music from Ross Fairweather in the evening with special offers on pizza and cocktails throughout the day. Sunday afternoon also sees well known Falkirk based solicitor and crime author William McIntyre, creator of the Robbie Munro series of fast paced and funny thrillers appearing at the Gin Lounge in Princes St. Café Nero on the High Street will feature a very special storytelling event for mums and toddlers on Friday 4th October with an extra special guest appearance for those able to make it along. Waterstones bookshop will also be hosting a number of free author events during the festival including award winning children’s author Lari Don, an Alice in Wonderland event and an evening session with Lin Anderson.

Falkirk born author Alan Bissett will return to the festival to perform both of his two hit plays ‘The Moira Monologues’ on the Thursday and More Moira Monologues live in Behind The Wall on the Sunday evening.

Each of the events taking place are organised either by the venues themselves or by the organisations mentioned under each individual event. If you have questions relating a specific event please contact the event organisers or the venue direct.

Please note that with the exception of the Howgate, Trinity Church and Falkirk Library which are fully accessible, a number of the venues are located on upper floors of traditional buildings which do not have lifts. If you have special access requirements please contact the individual event organisers direct – they will be pleased to discuss further with you.

A mini showreel of some of the highlights from last year’s event can be viewed here

We hope that you enjoy this year’s festival.