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Scotlandsfest 2019: Meaning and mystery - the standing stones of Scotland

  • Quaker Meeting House 7 Victoria Street Edinburgh, Scotland, EH1 2JL United Kingdom (map)

Part of ScotlandsFest 2019, a week-long festival of stimulating conversation, readings and debate in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. For more information and the full programme, please visit

What can we know about our inheritance of ancient megalithic monuments? How can story passed down through the generations help us understand them? Pictish expert and storyteller Stuart McHardy, co-author of The Stones of the Ancestors explores the history of standing stones in Scotland and the wealth of local stories associated with them, through oral storytelling and music.

STUART McHARDY is a writer, historical scholar, poet, musician, folklorist and renowned lecturer about Scottish history and culture, at home as well as abroad. His unique understanding of tradition comes from a thorough immersion in the storytelling arts and history alike. Former President of the Pictish Arts Society and Director of the Scots Language Resource Centre, McHardy has occupied lead positions with organisations working towards the aim of rediscovering Scottish national identity.

Tickets are £5/£3 conc and are available from the Scotlandsfest event page here.