Burgh Blethers in Inverkeithing

Starting on 31st July 2016, Fife storytellers Burgh Blethers are moving their monthly storytelling club to The Friary in Inverkeithing. We are delighted to welcome them to the town, and in particular the beloved Friary, a fitting venue for safeguarding and promoting the oral traditions in Scottish culture.

The club is free and open to adults and young people of secondary school age who are interested in storytelling in all its guises. Usually there is a theme and if folk want to tell a story or give a poem or sing a song related, however loosely, to the theme, they can let Kate and Rowan know at the start of the session. People might simply just want to listen or join in the chat, and that’s fine too – it’s all fairly informal.

Here is the club’s current newsletter:

New Venue and Dates for Club
From this month our storytelling club will be moving to the old Friary beside the Civic Centre in Inverkeithing. Rowan has booked the venue for the next 6 months as a trial and the date will revert back to the last Sunday of every month from 2-4pm, starting this month on Sunday the 31st of July. This means there is NO session at the Bruery on July 24th.
I hope the short notice of this change  will not inconvenience anyone too much but the idea of the venue was introduced to us only very recently . It seems a really good location for us and an opportunity we thought we should not miss. The Friary is the oldest building in Inverkeithing, has lovely gardens to the rear and inside has a great space for storytelling. The building currently belongs to the Common Good and as long as we are not charging and the local community can access our sessions, the venue is free to us. There is also free car parking close by or, if you are coming to the club by bus or train, the Friary is a 5 minute walk from either Inverkeithing Railway Station or Ferrytoll  Bus Park and Ride. This may be of particular interest to tellers and members who are coming from further away.
The actual building is much more accessible than The Bruery or Abbot House and has a nice kitchen which we can  have use of too. As some of you may know, Inverkeithing is also one of Fife’s many Royal Burghs, so our club name is still very relevant for a local Fife Storytelling club.

Birthday Bash
It’s hard to believe, but our next session in July will see Burgh Blethers reach its first birthday ! To celebrate this we’re having a bit of a birthday bash. Our theme for the session will be’ Presents’ and we will be indulging in a bit of cake eating too……
Our guest for the afternoon will be writer Mary Easson, who will share with us the inspiration behind her well received first novel ‘Black Rigg’, a story set in a Scottish Mining Village in West Lothian in 1910. Mary also recently was a joint winner of the Scottish Storytelling Centre’s ‘Create a Legend’ competition with her short story ‘The Legend of the Witches Crag’ and you will be able to hear about the ‘roots’ of this story too.
So-Please join us in The Friary on the 31st of July from 2-4pm.  Let us know if you are intending to come and bringing any friends ( to help with the size of the cake slices….) !

Looking forward to seeing you all there.
Best wishes,

Kate Walker

Chatterbox Stories, Fife

Ph:  01383 724876
07745 957134

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ART:JAMMING in Inverkeithing

Some fantastic photos of Inverkeithing Arts Initiative’s most recent event, the ART:JAM on Saturday 12th September at the Inverkeithing Civic Centre.

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Images: Getting Ready for the first visitors & Tea and Biscuits

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Images: Creative Workshops in Inverkeithing & Tom Bishop-de-Main


Images: Lainy Allison & Tartan Hearts


Images: Earthen Images & Maria Hickman

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Images: Children’s Creative Activities & Karen Trotter and Tubular


Images: Elaine Bews & Norman Bews Photography


Images: Alchemist’s Forge & Ann’s Doodles


Images: Filo di Lana & Seacycle


Images: Yellowboots & Bigbyrd Designs

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Images: Serenity & Barbary Wood


Images: Boxoftrix & The Jammy Piece of Art Raffle

Eighteen artists and crafters got together to show and sell their work, chat, make connections, and to see old friends and make new ones. Visitors to the ART:JAM Art & Craft Market had a fun day out, with lots to see and do, and had the opportunity to stock up on beautiful, quirky and original art and crafts to treasure and give inspiration.

There was a fantastic FOOD:JAM too, provided by the Inverkeithing Food Group, next door in the Inverkeithing’s beautiful medieval Friary, offering a delicious selection of locally produces fresh food for visitors to sample.

Visitors could also strike a pose and take a snap in the Matty and Vee Vintage Caravan Photobooth. The brainchild of Sue Walker and Iwan Thomas, the caravan is a happy marriage of vintage styling and design coupled with the latest in modern technology.

All in all, a great day in happening Inverkeithing, and the only question everyone kept asking was “when’s the next one, count me in!”