Gorgie CIty Farm

Down at the Farm in Gorgie: Storyteller Rosie Mappleback shares some animal tales amidst the cows, sheep, pigs and ducks. Suitable for all ages. 11.30am-12 noon or 1.30-2pm, Gorgie City Farm, 51 Gorgie Road. Free – donations welcome! Part of the Scottish International Storytelling Festival 2014.

Tales of a Granny: storytelling sessions to introduce younger children, parents and carers to the riches of Scotland’s story. 11am-1pm (drop-in sessions), Scotland Galleries, National Museum of Scotland, Chambers Street. Free. Suitable for children under 5 and accompanying adults.

GENERATION Tours at the Academy Building: free, discussion-led tours of the exhibition, focusing on key themes and artists. 11-11.45am or 1-1.45pm, Royal Scottish Academy, The Mound. Free and unticketed.

Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh PalmhouseStorytelling for a Greener World: experience natural stories of all kinds in the beautiful setting of the Royal Botanic Gardens. Stories will emerge gently in different locations, while story walks meander between the story encampment and the outer reaches. Also includes introduction to Hawthorn Press’s Storytelling for a Greener WorldTented Village: 20 minute storytelling sessions for ages 4+ and 6+; Story Journeys: leaving from the Tented Village every 15 mins 1-4pm (for all ages); The Dell & John Hope Gateway: short informal sessions for all ages, on the hour and half hour between 1-4pm; Where Curlews Call: specially commissioned performance for adults and older children of stories crafted from the landscape of the North Pennines 3-4pm, Real Life Science Studio, John Hope Gateway. All events at Royal Botanic Garden, Inverleith Row/Arboretum Place. Free. Part of the Scottish International Storytelling Festival 2014

Art In Nature: an exhibition by local artists Jill Ashforth, David Bain and Wendy Baillie. Open preview today 3-6pm; contact gallery for opening hours thereafter. Patriothall Gallery, 1D Patriothall, off Hamilton Place, Stockbridge.

wp books frontEdinburgh Independent Radical Book Fair concludes today with more book launches and discussions . See The Edinburgh Reporter’s article for more details; for full programme visit Word Power Books‘ or Out of the Blue’s websites.  All sessions at Out of the Blue Drill Hall, 35 Dalmeny Street. All events free: donations very welcome.

Broom Making at Beecraigs Country Park: collect and make your own Harry Potter style broom to be proud of – perfect timing for Halloween. For all ages. 2-3.30pm, Beecraigs Country Park, near Linlithgow, EH49 6PL. Prior booking essential, email mail@beecraigs.com or call 01506 844516 between 10am and 4pm.

Storytelling – Macastory: A Soldier’s Tale. In 1914 young Scottish soldier Archie is away from home for the first time, in the trenches of the Western Front. A few hundred yards away is Rudi, a young German soldier. Featuring shadow puppets, song and rhyme, hear the story of their meeting during the 1914 Christmas truce. For ages 7+. 2-2.45pm or 3-3.45pm, Scottish National Portrait Gallery, 1 Queen Street. Free, unticketed: part of the Scottish International Storytelling Festival.

Whighams Jazz Club: weekly jazz jam and open mic session. This week: Maria Speight. 7.30-11.30pm, Whighams Cellar Bar, 13 Hope Street. See website for more information.

africa in motion posterAfrica in Motion Children’s Day: fantastically exciting animal stories from across Africa. Join in this interactive and engaging storytelling session with Mara the storyteller: let your imagination run wild, practice your roars and meet other cheeky monkeys! 11.15am, Filmhouse, Lothian Road. Free but booking required via Filmhouse box office. Part of the Scotland African Film Festival.

St Giles’ At Six: Nenthorn Ensemble. Lis Dooner (flute). Mozart Flute Concerto No.1 in G, Haydn Symphony No.51 in B flat. 6pm, St Giles’ Cathedral, High Street. Free: retiring collection.