Amanda Edmiston Storyteller, Artist and Writer

Botanica Fabula


Collaborations: Music, Art and Storytelling

Louise Cairns and Amanda Edmiston bring Burn's 'To a Mouse' to families at The National Museum of Rural Life January 2015.
Making recycled percussion instruments, building a barley field, a visualised walk through the seasons, a new song in Scots and a story...interaction all the way!

Louise Cairns and I have years of experience working in education settings, we are both passionate about the ability of music and stories to inspire everyone to find out more and engage with subjects and places, we've collaborated on sessions for The National Museums of Scotland, Woodend Barn in Banchory, The Scottish Storytelling Centre, The Secret Herb garden and family groups at events across the UK. Our sessions are engaging, vibrant and a great way to make family events and workshops appealing to all age groups. Louise is an experienced music teacher and we are both PVG registered and hold full public liability insurance. We site visit and create bespoke sessions whenever possible but also have an extensive range of 'ready to tell' sessions for all seasons and situations.    EMAIL: [email protected] TEL: 01786 842831


Its always a pleasure to be asked to create or be part of a community arts project and I'm always happy to talk over how I can contribute or get involved.
I've contributed to a number of community arts projects and also had the great privilege of being lead artist on the year long Battlefield Story Spiral project. Over the course of the project I worked with a fantastic range of community groups including adults with learning difficulties who helped build and plant the garden space with plants featured in stories. Local schools and family groups who along with visual artist Caroline Campbell helped me to create a small book of stories and pictures to accompany the garden. Adult groups found out more and recorded songs with myself and songleader Cath Campbell on the themes of the songs and stories and helped build our lovely 'stone soup' wishing well. A copy of the Battlefield story spiral book can be purchased here:  (for more info on the book click on pic below)
four marys
cath campbell amanda edmiston (battlefield community project)
The Grand-daughter of a sculptor, daughter of a storyteller and a toymaker, I love collaborations with visual artists, I believe the more elements, the more holistic an event or story, the more people it feels accessible and exciting too.
If you're a venue or project who'd like to book me and either have existing artists in residence and you feel a storytelling arts collaboration would be exciting or an artist or herbalist looking to collaborate...then I'd love to hear from you, I'm also in touch and planning future work with visual artists who work with a range of mediums and make my own art work 'the storyboxes' so can make links and create finished pieces when requested.
'Orpita' the Storybox below has the story of a girl lead by meteorites on a journey to find spices around the world, on tiny handwritten sheets across a collage of herbs, cut paper and original watercolours in a 52x52cm glass fronted frame by Amanda Edmiston 2013