Storytelling Saturday at Pictavia

The Pictish storyteller adds the finishing touches to the Pictish symbol chosen by James Adamson.
The Pictish storyteller adds the finishing touches to the Pictish symbol chosen by James Adamson.

Young Pict fans from across Angus enjoyed an afternoon of storytelling and face painting at Pictavia on Saturday.

According to his mum, Vikki Urquhart, Ruairidh Urquhart (aged seven) from Montrose has been fascinated by the Picts since visiting Pictavia, which is on the outskirts of Brechin, last summer.

“During the school holidays, we’re hoping to visit several of the local Pictish sites of interest, so Pictavia’s Storytelling Saturday was the perfect start for us,” said Vikki, as Ruairidh had an intricate Pictish snake symbol painted on his arm.

Pictavia’s storyteller and face painter explained that the snake on Ruairidh’s arm symbolised the circle of life while the fish painted on his cheek was a salmon.

“The Picts called the salmon ‘the fish of knowledge’ as they believed it could foresee the future,” explained the storyteller.

James Adamson (aged seven) and his mum had travelled to Pictavia from Kirriemuir to listen to the stories of the Picts. “I liked the story about the great battle fought by the Picts best,” said James, who chose to have the Pictish symbol which is thought to mark the death of a great warrior painted on his face.

Storytelling Saturday takes place at Pictavia, the award-winning visitor centre devoted to the Pictish tribes who once lived in Angus, on the first Saturday of every month throughout the summer.

For more information, call 01356 626241 or visit www.pictavia.org.uk.