Amanda Edmiston Storyteller, Artist and Writer

Botanica Fabula


Storytelling for Venues and Family events

BIOG (suitable for schools, venues and family events)
Born in Aberdeen mother of two Amanda Edmiston comes from a long line of storytellers and artists.
 Shortlisted for a British Award for storytelling excellence, Amanda has written and told stories for The Scottish Ballet, Edinburgh International Science festival and the National Museum of Rural life amongst others, she regularly works in schools, botanic gardens and unexpected places across Britain and beyond.
A former student of herbal medicine Amanda loves retelling stories that feature  plants   and loves using history, fairy tales and  folklore to create new tales and to bring old fashioned uses for plants to a new audience. Her sessions involve interesting and unusual multisensory props...prepare to be surprised by unexpected noises, smells and objects from fantastic places.
 Amanda tells tales to all ages and hopes to leave everyone wanting to find more stories for themselves!

Please do share my website, facebook and twitter details on publicity materials, it all helps keep the love of stories and herbs alive!
I am occasionally available to write guest blogs so do please get in touch about this or writing for magazines and journals.
I have recorded for a number of  radio programmes and am always happy to discuss possibilities for the future.
Tickets available for reviewers at a number of future events please enquire with details of past work and publications featured in.
Short Biogs and Blurbs for specific events available on request please contact Amanda directly.

"I wanted to say thank you for arranging Atropa Nights for me.  I really enjoyed the show - really different and it worked well I thought.  Amanda was really engaging and I loved the mix of words and music.  The piano music was beautiful.  It was a lovely way to spend a Friday night".
The Secret Herb Garden

"I was incredibly impressed by Amanda's storytelling. I found her performance gripping. Her incredibly theatrical physical presence, combined with her the deep voice, she drew her audience through a series of tangled and entwined triptych of tales, involving and enthralling her audiences in equal measures whilst creating characters that bring a smile with humorous asides and observations that keep her voyeurs hanging on her every word and transfixed with her every gesture". East Renfrewshire Food festival

"Just wanted to thank you and Louise again for providing such a great activity for the day. It was great for us to have something a bit different at our event and I was pleased to see how busy the theatre was when your performances were on"
National Museum of Rural Life

I have been creating bespoke events for major venues and family events for the past 6 years.
Either as a stand alone  storyteller or as a cross arts collaboration with either  musicians, songleaders or     visual artists.
Previous commissions and collaborations have included 'Spice Stories for Chelsea Physic Garden in London, 'Which Came First The Science or the Story' for Edinburgh International Science festival, 'Commonwealth Stories' for Glasgow Museum of Religious Life and then later also performed at Glasgow Mela, 'Poison Stories' for Herbfest event and symposium in Dorset. I have also created and delivered workshops and sessions for Encounters festival North Lanarkshire, The National Trust for Scotland, the Secret Herb garden near Edinburgh and told stories for BBC Radio and STV.
But I'm also equally happy to create and deliver work for small venues , heritage sites and community events. History, Gardens, Herbs, Plants and food are my favourite themes!
I am equally comfortable with an audience of 5 or 200 and my sessions make an interesting, exciting and unusual addition to corporate engagement or celebration events. With previous commissions from Pret a Manger , Suti Skincare and Wholefoods Market.
I've even created personal romantic tales for families to keep after being honoured enough to present them as part of wedding celebrations!

I am always more than happy to chat over how storytelling can help engage new audiences or create a bespoke session to tie in with celebrations, events and themes.
I offer a range of prices, available on request, am excited by travelling to new places and have full public liability insurance.
For enquiries please email  : [email protected]
                                        tel: Amanda on 07884107466
Price Guidelines 2017 
NB Note for bookers, my prices are currently under review, bookings made before August 2018 for sessions up until April 2019 can still be made at 2017 prices.
Storytelling sessions
One Session (up to 1hr): £120 plus travel expenses
Half Day (up to 2hrs, normally 2 sessions with break): £180 plus travel expenses
Full Day (up to 4hrs, normally 4 sessions with breaks): £350 plus travel expenses
A full day consists of a morning and afternoon, or an afternoon and evening. A half day consists of a morning, afternoon or evening, comprising up to two hours of storytelling with a suitable break.
Storytelling training workshops (including CPD)
Half day £300 plus travel expenses
Full day £500 plus travel expenses Full day is up to 4 hours, guideline price only.
Not-for-profit/voluntary organisations:
Half day £200 plus travel expenses
Full day £350 plus travel expenses
Corporate sessions price on request
Tailormade training (e.g. private sector business management workshop)
Priced according to requirements
Travel costs are charged at 45p per mile or cost of public transport. Where events and projects require a period of research, preparation and attendance at meetings there may be additional costs. Rates for work overseas or for long term long term projects involving several weeks of work are open to negotiation
These rates are for reference only, as I advise venues such as museums, botanic gardens and events/organisations wanting to book a storyteller for sessions that may be drop in over a period of time that I find it best to work with a loose time scale in mind but to then respond as required to the audience as they turn up, so I am happy to say charge £150 for a 2 and a half hour session then deliver for example 8 or 9, 10 to 15 minute stories to audiences as they arrive and want to hear stories. From experience this is often a great way to work when there are uncertain numbers of people coming and a diverse range of ages and abilities.

Long term community projects can be charged at a reduced hourly rate which will include time for research and development or cost for the whole project can be quoted if required.
One off taster sessions and talks of half an hour in length free of transport costs are available to schools, care homes and other organisations in the Stirling area (and further afield dependent on date) for £50 depending on availability for those wishing to find out more about storytelling.