Scottish Storytelling Centre

Coordinates: 55°57′03″N 3°11′05″W / 55.95083°N 3.18472°W / 55.95083; -3.18472
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The Scottish Storytelling Centre on Edinburgh's High street. Adjacent to John Knox's House.

The Scottish Storytelling Centre, the world's first purpose-built modern centre for live storytelling, is located on the High Street in Edinburgh's Royal Mile, Scotland, United Kingdom. It was formally opened on 1 June 2006 by Patricia Ferguson MSP, Minister for Culture in the Scottish Executive.[1] Donald Smith is Director of the Scottish Storytelling Centre, and himself a storyteller, playwright, novelist and performance poet.

The new building, designed by Malcolm Fraser Architects, replaced the former Netherbow Arts Centre,[2] which itself replaced the Moray-Knox Church, demolished in the 1960s.[3] It incorporates John Knox House.[4]

It is also used as a venue during the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

In June 2016 the Centre celebrated its 10th anniversary, which coincided with a programme of events to mark the 20th anniversary of patron George Mackay Brown's death.[5]

In 2017, the centre was nominated for Best Performing Arts Venue in the Sunday Herald Culture Awards.[6]


The centre is home to two annual festivals:


  1. ^ "Scottish Arts Council - Archive - Storytelling Centre 2006". Retrieved 29 January 2018.
  2. ^ "City's new storytelling centre ready for a happy beginning". Retrieved 29 January 2018.
  3. ^ "Edinburgh, 43 High Street, Netherbow Centre | Canmore". Retrieved 29 January 2018.
  4. ^ "The word on the Royal Mile". 20 June 2006. Retrieved 29 January 2018.
  5. ^ Scotland, The Church of (30 July 2016). "Church celebrates Storytelling Centre's first decade". Retrieved 2 February 2018.
  6. ^ "Sunday Herald Culture Awards 2017 shortlist revealed". HeraldScotland. 11 June 2017. Retrieved 2 February 2018.

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