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I Wish To Go To The Festival

It’s August in Edinburgh, and that means Festival time. So far I have – perhaps not surprisingly – mostly been to storytelling and poetry events. Here are a couple of listicles – although not with gifs in the way that Buzzfeed would do it, I don’t want to get too populist – of what I’ve seen and what i have yet to see. Just in case my opinions are likely to sway you. Continue reading “I Wish To Go To The Festival”

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Storytelling Lessons I’ve Learned From ABBA

AbbaMusic is a way of telling stories, and so it stands to reason that you can learn a thing or two about storytelling from music.  Nowhere is this more evident than in the words of Swedish pop band, Abba.  Here are three things they have taught me.

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If You Buy This eBook Your Life Will Be Better

Homespun Threads 4Do you like fairytales?  Do you like supporting children’s theatre?  Then have I got the eBook for you!

Posts on here have been sporadic of late because I’ve been putting together Homespun Threads, a book of 35 fairy stories featuring dragons, princesses, selkies, kelpies, manticores, sheep and all manner of other magical beasties.  Continue reading “If You Buy This eBook Your Life Will Be Better”

Storytelling and Smiles – an interview with Electric Tales

Electric Tales: March Edition
Sian at March's Electric Tales © Chris Scott

There’s always a lot of literary activity happening in Edinburgh – just look at UNESCO’s What’s On page if you don’t believe me – but there’s nothing quite like Electric Tales, returning to The Stand once again tomorrow night.  I spoke to comedian, writer and ET founder Sian Bevan to find out more.

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Are You Sitting Comfortably?

A couple of people have suggested lately that one way to get more words done is to record myself telling the story rather than taking ages typing it all up.

Whilst doing the whole thing that way would undoubtedly end up as a rather mad sounding stream of consciousness for about 90% of the time, I think there’s a lot to be said for doing some audio excerpts. It means that interested parties can have a listen, and it’s helpful to me to read out what I’ve written because hearing it back will help me decide what works and what doesn’t. I also recently read an article by A L Kennedy pointing out that if you want to find your writing voice, you should probably try speaking in it.

So, here is a wee excerpt about Ingmar, a troll who looks out for our vampire heroine from afar. I think the introduction to his character works quite well in the third person, although at some point his internal thoughts are going to be put out there. But I’m not sure I’ll be able to do it in a Swedish accent without sounding like an awful caricature. At the moment I am leaning to having a different character’s voice or perspective in every chapter, to make it easier for the reader to engage with individual characters.

Incidentally I did four takes of that, so the notion that it’s quicker than typing is somewhat misleading!

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