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Tales Out of The Box 

August 7 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm


A Forest: an eclectic programme of music, performance, workshops around ideas of changing landscape happening at Courtshaw Hill throughout the duration of Cycle Arts Festival.

Tales Out of The Box 

A Kamishibai Storytelling performance inspired by Scotland’s ever-changing landscape.

Join the great Celtic hero, Fionn McCoul and his Hunting Party, and hear mythical tales from the time of the Great Caledonian Forest, conjured out of the magical Kamishibai, the bicycle theatre box as told by Harriet Grindley of Tales out of the Box.  

‘What is the sweetest music?’  asked Finn McCoul of his hunting band? And each answered with their own thought;  ‘the clash of arms and a fair fought fight’ ‘the cry of the curlew in the clear air’ ‘ the cry of a new born babe’ and Finn said ‘these are all good sounds, but I know that the sweetest music is the music of what is’ 

Kamishibai is a Japanese storybox tradition, where pictures slide in and out of a mini wooden theatre while stories are told to go with them.  Imagine them as the original ‘Ice Cream Vans’, as they would be attached to bicycles which would travel round the locality. The crowd was attracted using amazingly ear-piercing  hyōshigi or wooden clackers and the kamishibai operator would sell sweets to children before they settled down to watch the show. 


About the artist

Harriet Grindley  first set her course upon a traditional seven year apprenticeship in Traditional Scottish Storytelling back in 2013 under such mentors as David Campbell, Linda Williamson, and the Scottish storytelling centre in Edinburgh. Born in London to Scottish parents, she returned to her roots studying Mediaeval History at St Andrews and followed a varied career path before finding her tongue as a storyteller. 

Now she loves to bring the enchantment that comes from one voice holding a gathering in a collective yet individually unique imaginative experience back into everyday community settings.  She often adds songs, riddles, music from the clarsach and ukulele, and sometimes pictures from a Japanese storytelling box (kamishibai).  https://talesoutofthebox.home.blog/ 

Date & Location

Sunday 7th August, 3pm – 4pm,  at Courtshaw Hill

Courtshaw Hill Viewpoint is located in quite an exposed location with a short but steep climb to the top along a dedicated footpath.  

Please wear clothing suitable for the weather conditions on the day, including suitable footwear for moderate hill climbing and waterproofs in case of rain. For longer events there will be seating available but please be aware that it will be allocated on a first come first served basis. The nearest toilet facilities are located at Castle Semple Visitor centre, so please bear this in mind when attending events. 


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August 7
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm


Courtshaw Hill
Blackditch Burn
Lochwinnoch, Scotland PA12 4EA United Kingdom
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