Bute embraces Scottish storytelling festival

Storyteller Donald Nelson (far left) pauses outside the Winter Gardens - now the Isle of Bute Discovery Centre - during a guided walk of Rothesay, taking place as part of teh Scottish International Storytelling Festival.
Storyteller Donald Nelson (far left) pauses outside the Winter Gardens - now the Isle of Bute Discovery Centre - during a guided walk of Rothesay, taking place as part of teh Scottish International Storytelling Festival.

THE Scottish International Storytelling Festival arrived on Bute this week - embracing the ‘island culture’ theme of the 2011 event.

Bute’s contribution to the event was divided into three parts - two guided walks around Rothesay, revealing some of the stories behind the buildings of the town, and an evening at Rothesay Library exploring the shared heritage of Bute and Malta.

Instalment number one was a two-hour walk visiting some of the sites of Rothesay’s churches, both past and present, led by Bridget Paterson, co-ordinator of the Discover Bute Landscape Partnership Scheme.

That was followed by a two-hour storytelling session at the local library, featuring contributions by the noted Scots storyteller and former banker, rhubarb harvester and social worker Ewan McVicar, and his Maltese counterpart, Marlene Mifsud-Chircop.

The last Bute contribution to this year’s festival took the form of two one-hour walks around central Rothesay, led by Donald Nelson from the Scottish Storytelling Centre, a regular visitor to the island.

More on the three Bute contributions to the 2011 festival in the next issue of The Buteman - on sale on Thursday, November 3.