Botanica Fabula - Amanda Edmiston, Storyteller: 'Herbs, Movement and Grand Drama'
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Hidden spaces in a dear green place


This is the gate into my Glasgow…the one that drew me in…a gothic doorway into a cherished plant filled space. Now as we planned to leave, my daughter and I decided to create a photographic record of the stories we discovered whilst we were here, the hidden spaces in this dear green place.

A beautiful project caught my eye 'Hold Me Dear' an online photographic gallery of places people hold dear accompanied by a few words of the emotions and thoughts they linked to the place founded and curated by

Battlefield Spiral Stories: a guide to the plants and a tale or two

For your copy of our lovely little A5 spiral bound book click here and for £5 (no extra p+p in the UK) I'll post you one out!

Blog post to follow shortly! 

But in the meantime here are a few pics from the lovely book we made and a button (above) to enable you to buy a copy!

Children from Playing oot helped make 'sun prints' for The Battlefield Marathon 

Front cover design by Caroline Campbell, using plastercasts created by local children and families at our 'Illustrated' workshop in the Battlefield community garden in August 2013

Battlefield community project songs and stories

Four Marys
Cath Campbell, Amanda Edmiston and the group from Finn's Place, Glasgow.
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Atropa Nights: schedule three stories from the back of the poisoners almanac, tales of dangerous plants, wilful women and the men who loved them!

Well its nearly upon 
us....Atropa Nights is at the Tron theatre Victorian Bar Thursday and Friday the 17th and 18th of October half are a mere £7 through the box office, for that you get 4 stories told by me and four beautiful pieces of piano music played live by the incredibly talented Louise Cairns. It also comes complete with an amazing bit of corsetry and costume by the fabulous Betty Spoke.
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Living Voices

Living Voices a snapshot of a session….the planning and delivery 

Living Voices is a pilot project developed by the Scottish Poetry Library in conjunction with The Scottish Storytelling Centre, it has engaged professional poets, musicians and storytellers (of whom I'm one) to deliver workshops in care homes in three areas of Scotland, telling stories, reading poetry and singing a song or two, working with participants with a variety of needs ( including dementia and sensory impairment), the care home staff and volunteers.

Euan and the Elder: the launch party (the one with the recipe!)

HawthornI was the crimson, scarlet, fire colours of Autumn that underpinned Euan and the Elder form the start, both through its words it has Rowan berries'…forged by lightening rouged by blood…',the story of a man's search for wood for his pot bellied stove in a native Scottish woodland.
A search that sees him find berries and nuts for sustenance and health and ultimately leads him to disrespect nature and be admonished in a most poetic way by a green man type figure.
So it would only seem appropriate to ensure that the launch of our little book was done in a way that was

Euan and the Elder part one!

It all started with this view….. I was booked to storytell at Glasgow's lovelyHidden gardens , for Autumn 2011. 
I wanted a new story, I wanted inspiration….
Walking back home from dropping the child at school on a driech day, the naked girders of the cranes watching the Clyde, the Kelvin gravid and tidal, trees trembling as winter's portent sidled in on an October spiral, I leant on the bridge, and watched as the waste ground twisted and arched, subtly shifting its seasonal structure….

R says rrrred as beetroot S says sssspirulina and T says ttt…turmeric!

'Mum, have we got any algae….can I have a wee bit in a jug…..and the other things'…..the child appeared with an armful of plastic kitchenware balanced like the Lakeland company had revived 'Double or Drop' for the cupcake generation.
'I'm doing the ice cubes' came the explanation as the sound of the freezer door thunking and ice gliding across the bath….

This game has become an infrequent regular in our house, it started about 3 years ago when Glasgow based play company 'Rattlin Boag' did a brilliant and inspiring water workshop in the Hidden Gardens….

British Award for Storytelling Excellence and MP3 of The Mermaid of the Clyde

More excitement, I can barely stop myself twinkling at random people, friends who have claimed for years that I'm not really that fond of hugs have been stunned by my sudden love of cuddling them for the slightest reason, I've been remembering to tell people how much I appreciate them and generally been rather sweet recently, even if I do say so myself! 
Whats been going on…. too much maca root and chilli powder in my tea again? (well, yes, admittedly…). But more than anything else its been that the move to be closer to my friends in a house with a garden, with delightful neighbours has shown me more than ever what really lovely, kind, interesting, intelligent people I'm surrounded by these days, the house itself soothes and comforts me…even the raindrops tell stories (but thats the beginning of my next blog….

The (late) Kilmarnock edition

It has to be said that I LOVE MY JOB……really REALLY love it, and at any given moment I'm in raptures about a recent gig, I love everything about it, the excitement at new bookings, the struggle to grasp at and find inspiration for what I'll do, then the euphoria when the inspiration is found, the moment when I feel like a little kid as I get to rush around exploring places, counting trees, picking plants, researching history, then the thrill when it all knits together and the pieces all fit  like some amazing magical blanket.
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