Ruth Kirkpatrick, storyteller

RuthKirkpatrickBigRuth's decision to return to Scotland helped develop her natural flair for storytelling. Being in Edinburgh really opened her appetite for Scottish stories, particularly the gusty tales from the traveller tradition. Scotland has a great tradition of oral storytelling. To enjoy some you should go to Guid Crack, a club that meets on the last Friday of every month at The Waverley Bar. It is really informal and friendly, just a lovely bunch of people who get together to tell stories live – anyone is welcome to go and listen to them. And, of course, céilidhs (traditional Scottish dances) are such good fun! The people from the Adult Learning Project do a very good céilidh once a month, in the St Bride's Centre on Gorgie Road. I love taking my friends there. Don't worry if it is your first time, they are very good at explaining the steps...

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