Nature stories in the great Angus countryside

​Storyteller Cara Roberts will run sessions at Gannochy and Montrose on October 22.​Storyteller Cara Roberts will run sessions at Gannochy and Montrose on October 22.
​Storyteller Cara Roberts will run sessions at Gannochy and Montrose on October 22.
The Scottish International Storytelling Festival is coming to Angus next month with sessions at Gannochy Gorge near Edzell and Montrose Basin.

On Sunday, October 22, local storyteller Cara Roberts will conduct a story walk at the gorge, while the sessions at Montrose, at the SWT visitor centre on Rossie Brase, will focus on wild geese, while watching them take off and land on the wildlife reserve.

Cara has a background in outdoor, environmental and sustainability education, and she originally trained as a Countryside Ranger before founding One Nature Education, which works with schools, community groups and individuals to reconnect people to our natural world.

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Both ‘Gorge-ous Nature Stories’ and ‘Wild Geese and Other Tales’ are part of the festival’s Go Local programme, which will run throughout October and November. The festival, which has been taking place annually in autumn since 1989, runs from 13-29 October at various indoor and outdoor venues in Edinburgh, and is organised by Traditional Arts and Culture Scotland (TRACS).

SISF audiences from further afield can also tune into the Festival’s new podcast series Another Story - six weekly episodes themed around our right to be human.

And, audiences can also join in online at Global Lab - a series of digital storytelling and development sessions. In week one (October 16-19) Global Lab will look at our planet’s eco-system and how ecological passion drives 21st century storytelling in association with Earth Charter International and, in week two the workshop theme Shared Lives (Oct 23-26) will focus on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the importance of valuing dignity, respect, equality and compassion in our lives.

Festival Director, Donald Smith said: “All over the world human and environmental rights are under threat. But against that there is an activist and creative tide building towards a different future. The Storytelling Festival is part of that wave.”

Details of the Angus events are available by contacting Cara Roberts at [email protected] or at

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