April 2022


Fable Makers
Fable Makers
Story making and tabletop roleplaying

Fable Makers is a new story making and tabletop roleplaying club for creative 9-13yr olds.

Rooted in Scottish myths and legends and introducing simple roleplay mechanics, we will create a fantasy Scottish village, its inhabitants and the surrounding landscape. As these characters and places come to life over the course of the 7 weeks, we will also learn how to create tabletop adventures and interactive stories for each other.

Fable Makers runs from the 22nd April – 3rd June, Fridays 4.30-6pm. Places are limited, so please book early if you wish to join us.

Cost: £20 for all 7 sessions (recommended) or £4 per session.

Fable Makers
May 2022


Fierce Bad Rabbits: The Tales Behind Children's Picture Books
Fierce Bad Rabbits
Clare Pollard

Fierce Bad Rabbits: The Tales Behind Children's Picture Books

What is The Tiger Who Came to Tea really about? How is Meg and Mog related to Polish embroidery? And why does death in picture books so often involve being eaten?

The best picture books are far more complex than they seem - and darker too. Monsters can gobble up children and go unnoticed, power is not always used wisely, and the wild things are closer than you think.

Join us for an evening at Moat Brae as Clare Pollard talks about the stories behind our favourite picture books, weaving in tales of her own childhood reading and her rediscovery of them as a parent. What, she asks, is so vital about those early stories that we carry them through our adult lives?

About the speaker

Clare Pollard is an award-winning poet, playwright and novelist based in London. She is the author of five poetry collections and the Editor of the Modern Poetry in Translation magazine.

Date: Thursday 19th May
Time: 19:00
Tickets: £0.00 to £6.00

Fierce Bad Rabbits: The Tales Behind Children's Picture Books
June 2022


Tapestry by the Galloway Consort
by the Galloway Consort

An afternoon of renaissance music, song and storytelling with a focus on the beautifully restored unicorn tapestries in Stirling Castle and the myths and history they reflect.

The tapestries, created in Flanders, came to Scotland as part of the wedding celebrations for James V and Marie de Guise in 1538 - this is where we start our exploration. Among the voices are those of The Weaver, King James, The Queen's Lady in Waiting, The Maiden, the Unicorn, and the tapestry itself.

The music, played on viols, recorder and renaissance guitar,  includes opular hunting and woodland songs, dances and love songs.

Tapestry by the Galloway Consort