Scotland's annual celebration of traditional and contemporary storytelling, the Scottish International Storytelling Festival, begins today and runs until the end of the month.
For centuries, live oral storytelling, blended with music and song, has carried Scotland's voices from generation to generation, and around the world. This year, the 21st Scottish International Storytelling Festival carries on the ancient tradition with stories of Highland and Lowland Scotland, and of Scots who travelled eastwards.
The Scottish Storytelling Centre, on Edinburgh's Royal Mile, leads the way with live storytelling performances complemented by talks and discussions, rare film screenings, training workshops and meet the storyteller sessions.
There is also an array of local events, an education and community outreach programme and a regional Festival on Tour.