Albert Einstien once said: “If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales.”
Here at Small City, we love a good story and can think of nothing better than sitting in rapturous silence, listening on as tales of faeries, folklore and Scottish mystery wind their way around the room and terrify our wildest imaginations.
If you're one of the fortunate folk, who can tell a tale, spin a story and conjure up frightening characters full of fantasty and fiction then read on...
Pitlochry Festival Theatre is inviting storytellers from across Scotland to send in tales of faeries, folklore and the supernatural for their annual Fearie Tales writing competition.
This unique competition has grown hugely since its launch in 2005, and there are now hundreds of entries each year which a terrified panel of judges spend hours, peering through their fingers, reading. These are then shortlisted down to just a few entries which are read aloud at two special Fearie Tales evening events as part of the theatre's sensational Winter Words Festival.
Annie Hibberd, General Manager at Winter Words commented:
“Our Fearie Tale evenings are extremely popular with audiences and form an integral part of our annual Winter Words programme which celebrates both the written and spoken word. Part of the attraction, undoubtedly, is the opportunity to hear new and original work, presented by familiar faces from Pitlochry Festival Theatre’s stage - Dougal Lee and Helen Logan - in the atmospheric Theatre Bar.
This longstanding competition attracts submissions from both aspiring authors and more established writers and the number of entries never fails to increase year upon year. I’d encourage anyone who enjoys creative writing to take part in this wonderful competition which as well as bringing new and original work to the Winter Words Festival, helps to keep the tradition of Scottish folklore and tales of the faeries alive.”
Competition entries must contain an obvious connection with Scotland such as location, characters or history, and should offer up a tale of the mysterious, the macabre or the supernatural. Each entry should be a minimum of 2,250 words up to a maximum length of 3,250 words. Entries must be original piece of work and received at Pitlochry Festival Theatre by 12 noon on 31st January, 2017. Full competition details are available on their website here>>>
BE SPOOKED WITH A FEARIE TALE:
If you prefer to listen on as someone else terrifies you with a spooky tale then book now for a space at one of these free events to be held this year on Friday 17th and Saturday 18th February. Cosy up in the River Room and enjoy hearing winning tales with a wee dram or two. All Fearie Tales are Read by PFT actors known to be in touch with their darker side, namely, Baron Beelzebub-Lee and Dame Lilith of Logan. MORE>>>
Between 10th and 19th February, Pitlochry Festival Theatre will play host to more than 40 authors, wordsmiths, filmmakers, adventurers and journalists for the 13th annual Winter Words literary festival.
Celebrating both the written and spoken word, it promises to be yet another thought-provoking programme of inspiring events designed to stimulate mind, body and literary souls.
Check out the full Winter Words Festival over in our What's On Arts & Culture section>>>
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