Amanda Edmiston Storyteller, Artist and Writer

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FORTHCOMING EVENTS AND WORKSHOPS

-The next workshop for grown-ups An Enchanted Journey 12 stories and plants is going to Edinburgh this November, tickets are limited this is only for a small group, so do book up if you would like to come, more details of the magic I'm cooking up coming in the next few weeks! Tickets here: http://www.tracscotland.org/scottish-storytelling-centre/centre-events/8239/a-heros-journey-%E2%80%93-storytelling-pathways

-And for families: Well I'm currently creating a new mini-project with primary students for TOPfest Stirling following on from last years project: The Walls have Ears, this years title is Plants Hold History, (more lovelieness on the websites via highlighted  links) ties in with History Live and has a free public event sharing herbal stories, potions to try, history and folklore at The Tollbooth in Stirling on Saturday the 30th September :
http://culturestirling.org/creative-learning/botanical-storytelling-family-workshop/
AND there is the brilliant Light up the Forest at Aberfoyle on the 14th of October it's always the cosiest night by the fire in the pine wood with the magical waterfall tickets are here:http://scotland.forestry.gov.uk/forest-parks/queen-elizabeth-forest-park/the-lodge-forest-visitor-centre
and this year I'm also the lovely Claire Hewitts guest storyteller for two nights at The Enchanted Forest in Pitlochry...it's definitely the best time of year for woods!
I've been working on two or three long term projects :

-The Grow 73 Nature Trail intergenerational project is into the next phase so working with the brilliant community gardening group and fantastic sculptor Rob Mulholland to create the story inspired trail is something I'm really excited about with the trail ready to launch hopefully by Christmas. You can follow the progress here: https://grow73naturetrail.wordpress.com/

-A Kist in Thyme has also  emerged! The artwork created by some of the groups, the handwritten stories and  photos from the project is currently on exhibition at  The Scottish Storytelling Centre in Edinburgh do drop in and have a look as it runs 'til the 7th of October and we've had some awesome feedback, students from the schools have helped every step of the way helped me and headteacher Lindsey MacNair hang the exhibition!. Take a look at the blog too if you get the chance: www.botanicafabula.co.uk/apps/blog/categories/show/2116560-a-kist-in-thym
 
I'm also guest hosting Folklore Thursday on Twitter on the 5th of October when the theme will be tree-lore and the26th of October for everyone's fave Halloween special from 6.30 til 8pm so do come along and regale me with your best folktales, and folkloric facts and say hello @HerbalStorytell and  @FolkloreThurs . I've got quite a lot of writing to catch up with my last post for Folklore Thursday is here: http://folklorethursday.com/folktales/meadow-dandelion-chippewa-folktale/#sthash.MsZUkDWp.dpbs
-There are a few other things about to flourish too and big things planned for next Spring, so do catch me on facebook and I'll keep you posted: https://www.facebook.com/AmandaEdmistonBotanicaFabulaHerbalStorytelling/?ref=bookmarks          
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

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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'.

REVIEWS:

“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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