Year of Stories 2022

EventScotland Year of Stories

Stories are entwined in Scotland’s DNA, and 2022 is Scotland’s Year of Stories, which spotlights, celebrates and promotes the wealth of stories inspired by, written, or created in Scotland. From icons of literature to local tales, the year is encouraging locals and visitors to experience a diversity of voices, take part in events and explore the places, people and cultures connected to all forms of our stories, past and present.

This year Edinburgh International Book Festival champions home-grown talent from well-loved Scottish authors and new ones. In a special project earlier this year we invited people of any age or ability, to submit a story responding to the prompt, ‘On this day’. The stories have painted a unique picture of Scotland today and are published on our On The Road blog for the world to experience, enjoy, and respond to.

Scotland’s Stories Now is supported by EventScotland as part of Scotland’s Year of Stories 2022. The year spotlights, celebrates and promotes the wealth of stories inspired by, written, or created in Scotland. Find out more about Scotland's Year of Stories 2022 and join the conversation online using #YS2022 and #TalesOfScotland.

 

 

Chasing the Edinburgh Sirens with Elle McNicoll

Age 8-12

Sunday 14 August 10:00 - 11:00

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Multi award-winning author Elle McNicoll talks about Like a Charm, her third unputdownable novel championing marginalised voices. Ramya Knox has the power to see the real-life mythical creatures that exist in Edinburgh. She meets a vampire in the...
 

Claire Askew & Salena Godden: Life and Death

Sunday 14 August 14:15 - 15:15

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Meet two writers who are forging their own paths. Claire Askew’s second collection, How to Burn a Woman, is a tale of power and resilience. She’s joined today by poet and writer Salena Godden, whose debut novel Mrs Death Misses Death is a daring,...
 

Scotland’s Stories Now: On This Day

Monday 15 August 17:00 - 17:45

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This year, we asked people across Scotland – of any age, background or ability – to submit their own stories responding to the prompt ‘On This Day’, to build a fascinating portrait of Scotland today. Every day at 17:00 different storytellers...
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Louise Welsh burst onto the Scottish detective fiction scene in 2002 with The Cutting Room. Her enigmatic protagonist Rilke, auctioneer, cruiser, man of indeterminate morals, has retained his place in readers’ hearts for two decades, as has his...
 

Alexander McCall Smith: A Writer for Good

Tuesday 16 August 11:30 - 12:30

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Who better to turn to in trying times than literature’s undisputed king of kindness, Alexander McCall Smith? He has new books to introduce, including the deliciously quirky Tiny Tales, the latest Number 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency novel and a...
 

Scotland’s Stories Now: On This Day

Friday 19 August 17:00 - 17:45

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This year, we asked people across Scotland – of any age, background or ability – to submit their own stories responding to the prompt ‘On This Day’, to build a fascinating portrait of Scotland today. Every day at 17:00 different storytellers...
 

Scotland's Stories Now

Saturday 20 August 13:00 - 14:00

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Everyone has a story to tell; through stories we can make sense of our world. Earlier this year writers Andrew O’Hagan, Eleanor Thom, Ryan Van Winkle, Mae Diansangu, Roseanne Watt, Bea Webster and Siân Bevan collaborated with community groups across...
 

Scotland’s Stories Now: On This Day

Saturday 20 August 17:00 - 17:45

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This year, we asked people across Scotland – of any age, background or ability – to submit their own stories responding to the prompt ‘On This Day’, to build a fascinating portrait of Scotland today. Every day at 17:00 different storytellers...
 

Kathleen Jamie & Don Paterson: Memories and Meltwater

Saturday 20 August 17:30 - 18:30

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Join us to welcome back two of the most gifted writers of their generation. Kathleen Jamie is the virtuosic poet and essayist named as Scotland’s fourth Makar last year. Working in English and Scots, Jamie’s work spans the personal and the natural...
 

Itchy Coo’s Big Birthday Hoolie!

Families & 6+

Sunday 21 August 10:00 - 11:00

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The Scots language imprint Itchy Coo was launched at the Edinburgh International Book Festival in 2002. 20 years and many much-loved titles later, it’s time to party! Join co-founding authors Matthew Fitt and James Robertson and special guests in this...
 

Scotland’s Stories Now: On This Day

Monday 22 August 17:00 - 17:45

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This year, we asked people across Scotland – of any age, background or ability – to submit their own stories responding to the prompt ‘On This Day’, to build a fascinating portrait of Scotland today. Every day at 17:00 different storytellers...
 

Diana Gabaldon: The Outlander Phenomenon

Tuesday 23 August 14:30 - 15:30

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In 1991, Diana Gabaldon published Outlander, the tale of a post-Second World War nurse who accidentally time travels to Jacobite Scotland. Outlander became one of the bestselling book series of all time and spawned the hugely popular TV programme. In...
 

Scotland’s Stories Now: On This Day

Tuesday 23 August 17:00 - 17:45

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This year, we asked people across Scotland – of any age, background or ability – to submit their own stories responding to the prompt ‘On This Day’, to build a fascinating portrait of Scotland today. Every day at 17:00 different storytellers...
 

Scotland’s Stories Now: On This Day

Wednesday 24 August 17:00 - 17:45

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This year, we asked people across Scotland – of any age, background or ability – to submit their own stories responding to the prompt ‘On This Day’, to build a fascinating portrait of Scotland today. Every day at 17:00 different storytellers...
 

Abir Mukherjee: Raj-Era Mysteries and Political Fallout

Wednesday 24 August 18:15 - 19:15

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A truly unique voice in crime fiction, award-winning Abir Mukherjee brings us the fifth book in the Wyndham and Banerjee series. With The Shadows of Men, set in Raj-era India, simmering political tensions form the background to the murder of a Hindu...
 

Scotland’s Stories Now: On This Day

Thursday 25 August 17:00 - 17:45

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This year, we asked people across Scotland – of any age, background or ability – to submit their own stories responding to the prompt ‘On This Day’, to build a fascinating portrait of Scotland today. Every day at 17:00 different storytellers...
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Last year Val McDermid launched a major new series of connected thrillers. After the stellar success of 1979, McDermid discusses its follow-up with Allan Little. In 1989 Allie Burns is older, wiser and a senior journalist on a Scottish tabloid. Against...
 

Scotland’s Stories Now: On This Day

Friday 26 August 17:00 - 17:45

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This year, we asked people across Scotland – of any age, background or ability – to submit their own stories responding to the prompt ‘On This Day’, to build a fascinating portrait of Scotland today. Every day at 17:00 different storytellers...
 

Scotland’s Stories Now: On This Day

Sunday 28 August 17:00 - 17:45

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This year, we asked people across Scotland – of any age, background or ability – to submit their own stories responding to the prompt ‘On This Day’, to build a fascinating portrait of Scotland today. Every day at 17:00 different storytellers...
 

Scotland’s Stories Now: On This Day

Monday 29 August 17:00 - 17:45

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This year, we asked people across Scotland – of any age, background or ability – to submit their own stories responding to the prompt ‘On This Day’, to build a fascinating portrait of Scotland today. Every day at 17:00 different storytellers...

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