Amanda Edmiston Storyteller, Artist and Writer

Botanica Fabula



Exciting plans are afoot!

On the left you can see the gorgeous creation of Deborah Mullen, that's the new info pack for schools interested in booking me and finding out about my work, we're working together to make everything you want to find out about my work a bit easier (and lovelier ) to find, if you'd like an emailed copy of this or other workshop and session info do get in touch , I'm also planning a irregular newsletter in the near future so feel free to subscribe using the link below. [email protected] 

I recently returned from a big Spring tour of schools in China with Pana Wakke more on that here:
I was given some beautiful Chinese legends to retell which are just magical, schools coming along to the National Literacy Trust's Young Readers Programme tour of Scotland were amongst the first to hear me tell them and the feedback was fantastic: " ...the best story ever..." and "absolutely spellbinding...I have never seen them (the P5 and 6 classes attending ) sit so still!".  'Silk Road Stories' is now available to book for Autumn and Winter 2018 and I'm assured is 'captivating for all ages', so do get in touch if you'd like to make a booking.

If you're a fan of Herbal folklore and traditional Scottish folk practices you may have spotted my collaboration with the fabulous Cailleach's Herbarium we got talking about stories and spoken word charms, those little rings of words which seem to almost link this world to a more ancient and magical one, so we're delighted to announce that our kickstarter  to create a spoken word album Tales of the Taibhsear along with Gaelic speaking musician Debbie Armour was hugely well received. To connect with the project and to find out more about our plan to host A Scottish Folk Magic Symposium as part of the launch celebration on old Halloween the 11th of November 2018 please visit our kickstarter page, !

I've also been working on the continuation of two or three long term projects:

-Very excitingly the Grow 73 Nature Trail intergenerational project is into the final phase,  brilliant community gardening group and fantastic sculptor Rob Mulholland have brought the story inspired trail to life , there is now a gorgeous map by illustrator Rosie Cunningham with my stories and activities available to download here: , . You can follow the progress and read the stories here: I'll be joining Grow 73 and the folk of Rutherglen for the official launch as part of The Big Lunch on June 3rd 2018, so if you're in the area do dropping to hear the stories and see the sculptures.

-A Kist in Thyme   is also still bringing local plant knowledge and memories to life. The artwork created by some of the groups, the handwritten stories and  photos from the project had a fantastic month on exhibition at  The Scottish Storytelling Centre in Edinburgh in October 2017 with  some awesome feedback and it's now in the Macrobert arts centre in Stirling until 31st of  May  2018, so do keep in touch if you'd like to get the chance to see it and hear the stories! Students from the schools and headteacher Lindsey MacNair have helped every step of the way, a really great example of how creative storytelling can enhance learning and engage students and the wider community. Take a look at the blog  if you get the chance:

I've also been making storyteller dolls with my elder daughter, housed amongst herbs, each with their own story in a vintage tin, these little treasures are available on my Etsy site here: it's also the easiest place to buy my mum, storyteller Jean Edmiston's gorgeous first book 'The King's Table' for more on that see .
our interview with the lovely Willow Winsham about the book and our storytelling  is available  on the  Folklore Thursday  website, so do take a look!

-There are a few other things  flourishing and several fantastic events happening over the summer, so do catch me on facebook and I'll keep you posted:          
Very Warm Wishes Amanda xx

These are some of the types of places I regularly story-tell in and the people I tell stories to, click on the pictures below to find out more!

Storytelling sessions and creative literacy workshops in Education Settings

Amanda delivers bespoke storytelling which compliments the curriculum and is designed to raise attainment in literacy and inspire children to be creative with schools and nurseries across the UK.

She has also created sessions for The National Literacy Trust and The Scottish Ballet Education department. She has PVG membership (enhanced disclosure) to work with children and regularly attends training sessions with 'Children in Scotland' to make sure her practice meets current recommendations for practitioners working with children and young people.

Amanda is listed on the Scottish Book Trust's website so you can apply to them for 'Live Literature funding' to help fund a session from Amanda with your class, school or other group in Scotland.

Gothic Fairy tale performance for grown ups

Botanica Fabula performance

storytelling pieces are

Fairy tales for grown ups: Stories are often told in collaboration with musician and songwriter Louise Cairns.

An evening of live music and dark, dreamy and humorous tales. We have had sell out shows at The Secret Herb Garden in Edinburgh and Glasgow's Tron theatre, with 'Atropa nights: tales of dangerous plants, wilful women and the men who loved them' and 'Witchcraft'.


“A spellbinding performer with echoes of the otherworldly romance of Patti Smith –  with dirtier jokes.” Nadine McBay, Atropa Nights preview 
“I was incredibly impressed by Amanda's storytelling. I found her performance gripping. Her incredibly theatrical physical presence, involving and enthralling her audiences in equal measures .” Lynn McAdam Events and Promotions Officer East Renfrewshire

Historic Herbal Stories and Tales full of flavour for events and venues

Storytelling sessions and workshops are always hugely popular at family days  and corporate events. Fascinated by history and with a wealth of knowledge on plants, herbal medicine and botanical folklore Amanda has delivered sessions based on a variety of  themes for venues including The National Museum of Rural Life, Chelsea Physic Garden in London, Edinburgh International Science Festival, Glasgow Museum of Religious Life and a number of corporate events and conferences including Herbfest.
A former student of herbal medicine, with background which includes running award winning hotels and restaurants, Amanda loves creating sessions which share stories about food and plants. Amanda holds comprehensive public liability insurance with Equity.
Amanda loves creating bespoke sessions, workshops and new work designed to add a dimension to family events and promote engagement with heritage venues, museums, gardens and other projects.

Reminiscence stories workshops and sessions with older people

Amanda has spent 4 years working on the Living Voices project a collaboration between The Scottish Poetry Library and The Scottish Storytelling centre. As one of the facilitators on the project she delivered sessions using reminiscence, storytelling, poetry and song with groups of older people in residential settings across Scotland and trained care staff and librarians to use stories and objects to facilitate reminiscence.

Amanda also wrote stories and sessions for use as part of the project and delivered training sessions encouraging and empowering carers to use these  skills with residents in daily life.

She continues to work with older people and adult groups as a freelance artist using storytelling to promote creativity in later years, enhance emotional well-being and encourage social connection.

Living Voices is currently  in its third stage  but enquiries for venues seeking future sessions as part of the scheme or businesses interested in being funding partners should get in touch with Lilias at The Scottish Poetry Library

Writing and collaborations with musicians, visual artists and Community arts projects.

Over the past 5 years I have had the great privilege to collaborate with a number of talented visual artists, herbal practitioners and musicians. Creating small books (see shop for details), schools workshops that culminated in works of mosaic and sculpture, responses to PhD projects, and family workshops for National heritage sites amongst others.
I also love collaborating with education and outreach departments, restaurants, scientists...really I am genuinely excited and inspired by other peoples ideas, for details of some past project and for ideas of how we can work together please get in touch!
In addition I have contributed a number of short stories to published collections, have written for museum exhibitions as part of the 26 writers collective, guest blogs and magazine articles. If you feel my work would look great in your publication please give me a shout, click on the pic above for links and examples.

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