Scotland’s Year of Stories is well underway with a bumper list of events for you to take part in throughout 2022. Stories are weaved into the fabric of Scotland’s culture, and every community has a different tale to tell. Wherever you are this year keep an eye out for local events and festivals that will bring Scotland’s stories to life. Find out more about Scotland’s Year of Stories 2022.
Below we’ve selected some events for you to look forward to this year and get excited about. Share your stories on social media with #TalesOfScotland and #YS2022.
Once Upon a Time in South Ayrshire, 23 Feb – 31 Dec
Check out Once Upon a Time in South Ayrshire, a year-long programme of events, exhibitions and experiences with something for everyone. Local tales and legends will be shared as well as iconic stories about some of Scotland’s most fascinating figures. Try the self-led journey Shadows of the Past… Ayr’s Myths, Legends and History where you will encounter life-sized character silhouettes, and experience Ayr and Alloway like never before.
Community Campfires, 18 April – 3 June 2022
The Community Campfires residencies project will see the Scottish Book Trust go on tour around Scotland in the wonderful Story Wagon, supporting people in the community to tell the stories that matter to them. The story wagon stops are as follows:
- Monday 23 May to Friday 27 May, Fife
- Monday 30 May to Friday 3 June. Western Isles – Barra, South Uist and Eriskay, Benbecula and North Uist.
Songs from the Last Page, March – October 2022
Songs from the Last Page is a brand-new collection of songs created by Chamber Music Scotland, each one taking the last page of a book and transforming it into music. In 2022, the project will deliver a special programme of song-writing workshops and live performances at book festivals, libraries and community groups across Scotland. Enjoy upcoming performances at Borders Book Festival (Melrose) in June and at Fèis an Eilein (Skye) in July.
RBGE: Of Scotland’s Soils and Soul: Scotland’s Voices, June – September 2022
Be inspired by nature this year as the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh hosts Of Scotland’s Soils and Soul: Scotland’s Voices. This series of events will tell Scotland’s stories through the world of plants across four gardens at Edinburgh, Benmore, Dawyck and Logan.
Borders Book Festival, 16 – 19 June 2022
Known as one of the UK’s friendliest book festivals, the Borders Book Festival is back for 2022 with a line-up of over 100 events for all ages. More than just a book festival, you’ll find health and wellbeing classes, film, opera, comedy, workshops, youth theatre and local Scottish food and drink.
Dundee Summer (Bash) Streets Festival, 14 – 24 July 2022
Summertime is sorted in Dundee with free shows, street entertainment, live music, storytelling, interactive activities, workshops and more at Dundee Summer (Bash) Streets Festival. Look out for special Beano themed events as the city celebrates its ties to this famous comic.
Edinburgh International Book Festival: Scotland’s Stories Now, 13 – 19 August 2022
Scotland’s Stories Now is a new mass-participation project from the Edinburgh International Book Festival. Organisers will gather and create stories from and for people across Scotland in response to Scotland’s Year of Stories 2022. Submit your stories today!
Wigtown Book Festival, 23 September – 2 October 2022 & year-round
Wigtown is a traditional market town, set in the beautiful countryside of Dumfries & Galloway. This lively place is Scotland’s National Book Town, owing to its dozen or so second-hand bookshops and annual literary festival. Festival highlights this year include Into the Nicht and Walter in Wonderland as well as an enhanced year-round programme of events.
Seanachas – The Year of Storytelling, April – December 2022
An Lanntair is a hub for creativity and the arts in the Outer Hebrides, based in Stornoway. An Lanntair’s Year of Stories begins in spring 2022 when they present Seanachas – a series of events, films and special commissions celebrating tales from the Hebrides. This summer An Lanntair will bring the festival described in Kevin MacNeil’s novel The Brilliant and Forever to life! Featuring humans and alpacas, this outdoor event combines a short story competition with readings and much more.
Figures of Speech, May – December 2022
The Scottish Storytelling Centre & Edinburgh UNESCO City of Literature Trust will proudly present Figures of Speech this year. Expect prominent and emerging figures engaging with iconic stories and imagining them afresh, sparking new dialogues and directions. A road trip through Scottish literature, these are live, in-person events which will be recorded and made available as online specials throughout 2022 in two seasons; May to July and September to November. Covering six universal themes (music, friendship, future, love, place, big ideas), each event explores literary blockbusters, hidden gems and modern classics.
Booking a ticket to an event this year is a great way to catch up with friends and family, as well as benefiting the local community. Scotland’s storytelling culture can bring people together and uplift local communities – and you can be a part of it. Find out more about Year of Stories events.