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Bespoke Sessions~engaging participants with plants, heritage and storytelling.
-Amanda has been sharing work from the Kist in Thyme across the UK. The exhibition with accompanying workshops, school sessions and evenings of herbal magic for grown up audiences has been to The Scottish Storytelling Centre in Edinburgh, The Ashmolean Museum in Oxford, The National Museum of Scotland: Rural Life near Glasgow amongst others.
"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.
- Celebrating Scottish Folk Magic and Community Traditions with Dreaming Bread and Skyrie Stanes a sell out day of events in Edinburgh and the launch of the album of stories, folk magic charms and music with Scott Richardson Read (The Cailleach’s Herbarium) and Debbie Armour (Burd Ellen):
Tales of the Taibhsear.
to read Dr Valentina Bold’s review of the day in The Bottle Imp click here.
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 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 a 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 my projects and to be the first to hear of next seasons events come and join my facebook group: Botanica Fabulousness
What I’d love to do next...
I love creating exciting site specific work looking at plants and history in gardens, the traditional stories that bring them to life and the food and remedies to be found that we associate with them.
I love bringing these aspects to life in new ways for people of all ages.
Creating packages of multi-layered events for gorgeous and fascinating venues, from the glamorous gala night to the family event engaging younger audiences and would love to work with somewhere fabulous like Singapore Botanic Gardens or Brooklyn Botanic Gardens in the not so distant future to do just this!
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.
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 +44 786842831 or email me at [email protected] today to discuss how you I can create a Botanica Fabula event for your venue.
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.
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 the way we eat that have happened in the last 70 years. The immersive Kist sessions draw on archive material from Tobar an Dualchais, traditional stories and folklore gathered during a year long intergenerational project in rural Scotland and open up an insight into people’s lives in Scotland in the years following WW1, with just a hint of magic…read more
Feasting, Folklore and Florence
Fascinated with F. Marian McNeill since she inherited her 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 a emotionally luxurious combination of recipes, biographical insights, traditional tales and the lore Florence collected.
To discover more about Botanica Fabula's Folkloric Food sessions click here
Herbal Magic and Potent Potions.
Ever wondered if real plants live up to the chronicled claims in stories?
Fascinated by potions?
A hilarious and inspiring experiential selection of enchanting sessions designed to help audiences fall in love with a spellbinding garden world, the place where magical lore, traditional tales, ancient legends and helpful herbs meet.
Click here to reveal more
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 2017
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 7884107466 or +44 786842831 or email me at [email protected] today to plan for a Botanica Fabula event.