Northern Stories Festival

Northern Stories Images

We’ve picked a few of our favourite images from the festival, see below…



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Northern Stories Festival 2022 was a spectacular celebration of the stories of the Far North of Scotland, taking place across Caithness this October. 

‘Sharing the stories of the Far North of Scotland.’

Celebrating our ancient Nordic connections and our close ties to North America, the festival connected the lochs and coastline of the North Highlands, the fjords of Norway and the Great Lakes of Canada. 

An exciting programme of online and in-person events included an international line-up of performers and story-tellers from the Highlands, Scandinavia and Canada. With talks, workshops, films and exhibitions, there was something for all the family to get involved in. 

Events included;

  • The Tale of The WhaleA 50ft whale will wash-up in Wick. Are you brave enough to enter and hear tales of shipwrecked pirates and siren songs? 
  • Painted PeopleA new photography and sound exhibition coming to Thurso. Inspired by our Pictish heritage as ‘painted people’, the exhibition will document contemporary tattoo stories of Caithness. 
  • MoraineA moraine is material left behind by a moving glacier, the type that shaped the landscapes of Scotland, Canada and Norway. Moraine is a new collaborative storytelling commission from three emerging writers from Caithness, Bergen and Northern Ontario popping up in unexpected places. 

The festival took place from Friday 7 October to Sunday 16 October 2022 across Caithness.

Supported by EventScotland as part of the Year of Stories 2022