Tell me a story

Craigmillar Books for Babies will for the first time host a Storytelling Residency thanks to funding from the Big Lottery Fund’s Communities and Families Fund. Storyteller Eric Brennan takes up the residency this month which will last until the end of 2016.

On the last Saturday of the month he will be delivering a Saturday Storytime at Craigmillar Library for mums, dads, carers and children under the age of 4. Older siblings are more than welcome to attend also. Saturday Storytime is a mixture of rhymes, songs and stories with storytelling activities for families to take part in.

The residency aims to promote storytelling, encourage storytelling and collect stories from those taking part.

Eric expressed his delight at being the Storyteller in Residence “I am thrilled to be the first Storyteller in Residence with Craigmillar Books for Babies. Storytelling helps children develop a love of language and vocabulary, and for families with young children, engaging in story making activities will encourage active play and creativity”.

Families taking part in the residency will have an opportunity to develop storytelling skills, contribute stories and have fun listening to and sharing stories.

The idea was welcomed by parents who are looking forward to taking part in the residency. One parent said “I think it is a great idea and I welcome the fact my older son can take part. We’re really looking forward to it”.

Saturday Storytime takes place on the last Saturday of the month from 11am-12noon for mums, dads, carers and children under the age of 4 who live in Craigmillar, Niddrie, Bingham and Magdalene.

For information about the Storytelling Residency or the Craigmillar Books for Babies project please contact Kara Whelan at Craigmillar Books for Babies on 0131 621 2621 or email


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