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Your Next Botanica Fabula Event
Amanda's sessions bring history, folklore and traditional stories to life.
Glamorous gala goers suddenly spot rosehips in a hedge and long to taste their syrup.
Families leave museum events noticing exhibits they've never seen before, making them desperate to return and seek out more lost stories and hidden treasures.
Schools and community groups come together to learn, share stories, memories and connect to the places they live.
From intriguing interactive exhibitions, through workshops and experiential performance graced by co-curated menus and conversation pieces each element of Amanda's work is bespoke so that it will be perfect for your venue and will enhance and add humour and enchantment to your programme.
Talk to Amanda about how Botanica Fabula can help you create a magical event today.
Call on +44 7884107466 or email her direct at [email protected]
A Kist in Thyme
A Kist in Thyme has a fabulous track record of getting everyone laughing, whilst also thinking about social history and changes to our relationship with plants that have happened in the last 70 years. The multi-dimensional, experiential Kist sessions have had been loved by audiences at The National Museum of Rural Life, The Scottish Storytelling Centre in Edinburgh, The Ashmolean Museum in Oxford and The MacRobert Art Centre in Stirling amongst others with new tour dates available from Spring 2020…read more
The Very Curious Herbal
An enchanted journey into the extraordinary, verdant world of the 18th century.
Inspired by Elizabeth Blackwell’s book: ‘A Curious Herbal’,
the first herbal created by a woman, to be published.
This interactive, multisensory work by Amanda Edmiston of Botanica Fabula, layers pages from the book, traditional remedies and flavours revealed by the plant collectors, recipe creators and apothecaries of the day with legends, history and folklore adding vivid dimensions to the plants revealed in the pages of this beautiful book, using traditional storytelling techniques.
The piece consists of an episodic interactive online and touring performance pieces and accompanying workshops...
Feasting, Folklore, and Florence
Fascinated with F. Marian McNeill since she inherited her great-grandmother’s copy of A Scots Kitchen, Amanda Edmiston reveals the world of this Scottish folklorist, cookery chronicler and suffragette. Bringing a pivotal point in history to life using an emotionally luxurious combination of recipes, biographical insights, traditional tales, life story and the lore Florence collected.
To discover more about Botanica Fabula's Folkloric Food sessions click here
-Amanda is currently immersed in creating the online layers of The Very Curious Herbal project.
The project starts with a connection to the work of C18th creator of 'A Curious Herbal': Elizabeth Blackwell.
Amanda was inspired after seeing the original herbal in a beautiful library whilst creating a bespoke workshop for The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons in Glasgow and she is using this new work to draw participants into an incredible world of amazing plants and determined women, inviting audiences to reflect on the insights offered into the modern world by cultural shifts which took place around Blackwell's lifetime through stories which reveal the plants she drew and wrote notes on.
The piece also offers live performances and experiential workshops, setting out at The National Library of Scotland in October 2019 as part of The Scottish International Storytelling Festival, with dates confirmed in Aberdeen, London and across the UK, updates on ticket sales and new dates are always shared on Amanda's facebook page first. The project is also available as a series of weekly online elements which you can join in with here at Botanica Fabulousness #CuriousHerbal
The Kist in Thyme is growing! There are new stories being collected, exciting workshops being honed and tour dates being juggled. We really can't wait to see what comes next after last years fantastic tour!
"THANK YOU for taking part in the OneWorld Festival.
Your being there meant a lot to us and there has been very positive feedback from people who were there...
Many thanks Amanda it was so wonderful to have you there"
Dr Sarah K. Doherty, The Ashmolean Museum.
- After last years sell out 'Celebrating Scottish Folk Magic and Community Traditions with Dreaming Bread and Skyrie Stanes' Amanda is co-creating a second event in Edinburgh, again this year with The Taibhsear Collective: Scott Richardson Read (The Cailleach’s Herbarium) and Debbie Armour (Burd Ellen):
Amanda, Debbie and Scott are also already writing a second album for release as the nights draw in towards the end of 2020, to follow on from their 2018 album Tales of the Taibhsear.
To hear clips from and order or download the album click here
-Amanda has also been delving deeper into the stories hidden in iconic Scottish Folklorist and Recipe collector: Florence Marian McNeill's work, her performance piece 'Feasting, Folklore and Florence' was very well received at The Scottish International Storytelling Festival 2018 and her online elements to accompany the work give a sneaky glimpse of exciting elements and new work to be revealed in the near future.
You can read an insight into her research on this leading light of the Scottish Suffrage Movement and Renaissance Woman in The National newspaper here
Amanda is taking a look at the threads connecting stories, folklore, history and medicine to be found in Scotland’s traditional and lost recipes there will be work delivered in some incredible venues with additional magical online ways to interact with the project.
For exclusive access to online elements of her projects and to be the first to hear of next seasons events come and join her friendly facebook group: Botanica Fabulousness
What I’d love to do next...
I love creating intriguing, site-specific work looking at plants and history in gardens. Uncovering the traditional stories that bring them to life and the food and remedies which are associated with a place and revealing them in interesting ways to new audiences, tying in factors that make them relevant and insightful for new audiences today.
There's nothing more exciting than being given the opportunity to develop a package of multi-layered engaging and dynamic experiences designed to add a new element to gorgeous and fascinating venues!
I can help you add a unique experience to a glamorous gala-night or add interest to family events: engaging younger audiences; and I would love to create work for somewhere fabulous like Singapore Botanic Gardens or Brooklyn Botanic Gardens in the not so distant future.
I also have plans to create an aesthetically appealing, beautiful book curating a mixture of traditional and ‘mended’ herbal stories with folklore, history and ancient remedies and recipes, The Very Curious Herbal may well be about to grow!
I dream of lavish illustrations and unfurling multidimensional pages… and I’m looking for a fearless publisher who still believes in the power of enchantment and is not frightened of connecting the work to live and new online interactions to create this with.
Call on +44 7884107466 or email me at [email protected] today if you would like to discuss how I can create a Botanica Fabula event for your venue.
Feedback from A Kist in Thyme
“The Kist in Thyme exhibition is absolutely fantastic. Amanda's work has been really inspirational!’
PGDE student from Edinburgh University.
From the launch of A Kist in Thyme, Scottish Storytelling Centre
How Bespoke Botanica Fabula Can Transform Your Event
Or maybe you'd love me to create an entirely unique, one-off project tailored perfectly to suit your needs?
Call on +44 7884107466or email me at [email protected] today to plan for a Botanica Fabula event.