Botanica Fabula: Herbal Storytelling
Amanda Edmiston of www.botanicafabula.co.uk grew up with plants, first learning from her grandmother, she then went on to study for a couple of years at the Scottish school of herbal medicine, before leaving to have her eldest daughter. She then went back to the roots of her plant knowledge and decided to grow her own career taking her love of plants, folklore, stories and traditional plant use and becoming a herbal storyteller.
Coming from a family of artists, gardeners, writers and storytellers, Amanda’s work combines researching, retelling and writing stories which share the role of plants that connect us to each other and our land, her workshops often involve creating art as part of the exploration process. She has created storytelling sessions for schools, care homes and venues including: Chelsea Physic garden, Achamore Botanic Gardens, the National Museum of Rural Life and The Folklore Society of Great Britain; recent projects have included the Kist in Thyme, which has collected plant memories and lore across rural Stirling and Perthshire working with two schools and older people leading to interactive storytelling workshops and a touring exhibition of art; and creating new work for The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons in Glasgow. She is currently working with musician Debbie Armour and The Cailleach’s Herbarium on ‘Tales of the Taibhsear’ a look at traditional Scottish folk magic and creating a new project ‘The Rashiecoats Club’ an enchanted pop-up storytelling club which will be sharing stories and traditional wisdom wherever it is summoned!
New workshops, sessions and projects for schools and a variety of venues sharing the wisdom of plants held within stories and folklore constantly germinating!
She works across Scotland and the UK and has just returned from her first international tour: taking Scottish traditional herbal stories to schools in China.
Contact Amanda Edmiston by email: [email protected]
Social media links facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AmandaEdmistonBotanicaFabulaHerbalStorytelling/
and for the pop up enchanted storytelling club, sharing traditional wisdom: @RashiecoatsClub