Dreaming Bread and Skyrie Stanes (2018)

A woman holds her hands out holding a handful of hawthorn berries in the light from above.

Dreaming Bread and Skyrie Stanes was the Taibhsear Collective’s first event. It took place in November 2018 at the Scottish Storytelling Centre in Edinburgh, and focused on exploring Scottish folk magic and traditions. It also tied in with the launch of the Taibhsear Collective’s recorded album of Scottish folk tales and songs, Tales of the Taibhsear.

This event was a day long celebration of Scottish folk magic, lore, legends, and community traditions. It took place on Old Halloween, and brought together academics, storytellers, artists, and specialists from diverse fields including folklore, animism, the fairy faith, herbalism, and traditional crafts. They shared their knowledge through performances, presentations, and workshops, and gave participants the chance to engage with and enjoy a glimpse into the everyday enchantment to be found in Scotland’s traditions and lore.

Read the Full Programme


To help us understand what went well and how to improve things for future events, we collected anonymous feedback from event attendees. Here is some of what they said…

"I enjoyed the atmosphere of camaraderie and the sense that we were all united for a common purpose."

"Experiencing things I had not had a chance to experience before; wonderful storytellers, beautiful music, a connection to my heritage, & knowledge that google cannot give me!"

"Variety of speakers from different fields, mix of music/storytelling and academic papers, venue was great, interesting stalls."

Collage of Scottish scenery and charms: A stone circle, some red thread, a cross made of rowan twigs, and a woman tying a cloth to a tree.


  • ‘Dreaming Bread and Skyrie Stanes: A Celebration of Scottish Folk Magic and Community Traditions’ by Valentina Bold, featured in The Bottle Imp (issue 24)
  • ‘Dreaming Bread and Skyrie Stanes: Scottish Folk Magic and Community Traditions’ by Amelia Starling & Amanda Edmiston, featured on #FolkloreThursday
  • ‘A Touch of Magic and Tradition as Scots Folklore Celebration Dreaming Bread and Skyrie Stanes Comes to Town’ by Nadine McBay, featured in The National