Cafe Voices

Cafe Voices is held in the beautiful John Knox House, where the elegant wooden panels of the large bright room provide perfect acoustics for storytelling. This event was one of two Fringe specials being put on by the Scottish Storytelling Centre which meets monthly, so even when the Festival is over you can continue to attend similar evenings.

Apart from enjoying accents from around the world this is also a wonderful opportunity to appreciate the diversity that exists within Scotland.

Beverley Bryant hosted and opened this session with some traditional stories and legends from long ago filled with mythical creatures, unknown to those from outside the Scottish borders. Her captivating, lyrical voice was a joy to hear. Before her opening Bryant had gone to each table, welcomed people and asked if they had a story to tell. Each evening will only be as good as the audience that provides the stories, but that evening we heard from a lady from the US, another telling a tale she had previously only ever recited in German, two young lads in full tartan and a resounding finale from two newly-landed Aussies, minus luggage, who gave an hilarious poetic performance from their free Fringe show What Rhymes with Kangaroo? Apart from enjoying accents from around the world this is also a wonderful opportunity to appreciate the diversity that exists within Scotland.

There is a warm, hospitable welcome for all ages at the Centre, where you will be made to feel relaxed and uninhibited. The next session will be hosted by Colin McEwan on 14th August with the usual open-floor section for storytellers to tell their own tales. If you are new to this sort of event give it a try. I had no idea such groups existed, but found the whole occasion delightful. I might even go in search of others, brounies (a Scottish folk house elf) permitting.

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The story is told eye to eye, mind to mind and heart to heart. Two Fringe Festival specials of the Scottish Storytelling Centre’s monthly session, with live storytelling in the relaxed surroundings of the Storytelling Court. Hosted by storytellers Beverley Bryant (7th) and Colin McEwan (14th), with an open-floor section for storytellers to tell their own tales.

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