Aberdeenshire’s greatest ghost stories to be revealed as part of the Scottish International Storytelling Festival

As part of the Scottish International Storytelling Festival’s (SISF) ‘In the Flow’ programme, The Scottish Storytelling Forum (SSF) is casting a net across Scotland to catch ghost stories haunting each local area and to celebrate these tales with an online discussion, workshop and a ghost story event on the last day of the Storytelling Festival - Saturday, October 31, Hallowe’en.

By Dawn Renton
Thursday, 15th October 2020, 10:31 am

Fans of ghoulish tales in Aberdeen and across Aberdeenshire are encouraged to unearth and share the best stories from their local area.

It could include the tale of Downie’s ghost, a sacrist scared to death by students at Aberdeen University or the story behind the name of the settlement Rosehearty which has been given after a lad had helped a ghost to find rest.

Of course, not all ghost stories are found in castles or cemeteries so the perfect scary tale may be right under your nose.

So if readers know of a White Lady spectre that haunts a derelict house, a ghost train that’s still making stops or tales of witches and warlocks, then you are encouraged to get involved.

If readers are not sure of a tale but would love to unearth something ghoulish, fear not, The Scottish Storytelling Forum has partnered with the University of Edinburgh’s School of Scottish Archives and is offering some great research tools, expertise and archive portals on how to bring to light your local dark tales.

If there’s something strange in your neighbourhood, who you going to tweet?

The Scottish Storytelling Forum’s social media channels will be alive with paranormal activity on Monday, October 19 with an online spook fest discussion.

#SISFsaysBoo will showcase all things ghoulish and gory from Scotland’s past and present.

This will be followed by an online ‘How to Tell a Good Ghost Story’ workshop hosted by a professional storyteller on Monday, October 19 from 6.30 – 7.30pm and is a must for those keen to discover the perfect ingredients and skills for sharing ghostly tales such as tone, atmosphere, setting and suspense.

Audiences are then welcome to tune into a free ghost story sharing event on Saturday, October 31 (Hallowe’en) as part of the final celebrations and last day of the Scottish International Storytelling Festival’s programme.

Storyteller Fiona Herbert who is leading the How To Tell a Good Ghost Story workshop said: “The storytellers in Scotland go by the proverb, ‘A story is told eye to eye, mind to mind and heart to heart’.

“That sense of connection is why I love telling stories. When I’m telling a ghost story something else is at play; a sense of unease shared by both the teller and the listener. I only tell stories that frighten me too.

“Scotland’s history is so long and so dark, that is has birthed a plethora of ghostly tales, well suited to its brooding landscape.

“Our ghosts don’t just lurk in castles, they are in our cities, our towns, our country lanes, and the most terrifying place of all – our own imaginations.”