Scottish International Storytelling Festival 2023!

October marks the Scottish International Storytelling Festival 2023! This year’s theme is ‘Right To Be Human’. Alongside our annual poetry competition, Hillfoots Tales is hosting three special events during the festival including:

Stand Up for Your RightsAn afternoon of traditional tales, as well as tea/coffee and biscuits! Sat 21 Oct, 14:30-16:30 at Dunmar House, Alloa.

Rights of the Round Table  – An evening of tales on the theme of right to be human. Wed 25 Oct, 19:30-21:30 at Dunmar House, Alloa.

Finding the Right Story  – A storytelling workshop for beginners in the cosy Ladybird Tearoom. Cake included! Thu 26 Oct, 19:30-21:30.

Tickets available on Eventbrite. Get your early bird discount now!

Hillfoots Tales Poetry Competition!


Today is the launch of Hillfoots Tales’ annual poetry competition!

This year’s theme is ‘Freedom’.

This coincides with the Scottish International Storytelling Festival 2023 in October. This year’s festival will explore the ‘Right To Be Human’, to mark the 75th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and ongoing human rights crises. Read more about the Festival here!

Alongside events during the festival, Hillfoots Tales is hosting a poetry competition. We invite local writers (both amateur and professional) to submit work (maximum 40 lines) on their interpretation of ‘Freedom’, be it personal, political, or freedom in nature.

Enter for the chance to win recognition and prizes! The winner and runners up will be announced following the deadline.

The closing date is 31st of October.

Send your submissions to

Good luck!

Storytelling session theme: LESSONS

Tonight’s storytelling session will be on the theme of school/lessons. 

Stories are essential to learning. We pass down knowledge through the generations by telling anecdotes, cautionary tales, and bedtime stories. 

If you’re a lover of listening to or sharing stories please join us this Wednesday in the Woolpack at 7.00 for 7.30pm. All are welcome! 


Cancelled Storytelling Session

Hi Hillfooters!

Tonight’s storytelling session is cancelled due to the summer holidays. Our next session is on Wednesday the 19th of July at The Bridge Inn, Tillicoultry, from 7.30-9.30pm. Hope to see you there! 

Hillfoots Tales Storytelling Session: FOOD


On Wednesday we enjoyed an evening of storytelling based on the theme of ‘Food’. Very appropriate for the meeting’s restaurant setting!

We had a storytelling smorgasbord. Starting with the whimsical ‘The Blairlogie Baker’ and the twisted tale of ‘A Boy and A Broonie’. Followed by the heartfelt ‘As Meat Loves Salt’ and the thought-provoking ‘Mallie and the Troll’. We finished with a sing-song redo of a classic fairytale with ‘Goldilocks Rap’. 

Do you enjoy listening to or telling stories? Then join our next session on June 21st for an evening of story sharing, drinks, and merriment.

The theme is ‘Right To Be Human’, ahead of the Scottish International Storytelling Festival in October. A fitting theme in our troubling times of political conflict, climate change, and culture wars! 

Storytellers old and new are welcome at The Bridge Inn, Tillicoultry, from 7.30-9.30pm.