Digital Storytelling

Learn more about our programme, which is helping people share their life stories

What is a digital story?

Digital storytelling is a simple, honest and powerful way for people to share stories. A digital story is an audio recording of a personal story, accompanied by pictures, created using digital tools. The unique appeal of digital storytelling is that it puts people in complete control of how their story is told: all stories are scripted and edited solely by their creators. It's a person's story told the way they want to tell it.

The best introduction to digital storytelling is always to watch some stories! You can watch a small selection of digital stories from our projects on our website.(this will open in a new window)

Over 230 people have created and shared stories on our project website at digital-stories.scot(this will open in a new window).

Our Digital Storytellers in Residence project

In 2017 we began a Digital Storytellers in Residence project, funded by the Scottish Government. The project supported people to create digital stories and share them with a wider audience. The aims of the project were:

The project helped people develop their digital confidence and skills, and had a considerable impact on aspects of their health and wellbeing.

We worked with a fantastic evaluator, Marge Ainsley(this will open in a new window), whose report on the project can be downloaded at the bottom of this page.

How the project worked

We ran two successful pilot residency projects in 2017/18 in partnership with Fife Cultural Trust and North Ayrshire Libraries. You can find out more about these projects in the video below. In partnership with these library services, we recruited creative digital practitioners to work as Digital Storytellers. The Digital Storytellers would work within the library service, reaching out to local groups and engaging them with digital storytelling workshops. In these workshops, participants were supported to use tablets and editing software to create digital stories about experiences in their lives. Following this, they had the choice to share their stories online and at a celebration event at the project’s end.

In 2018/19 we ran another five residencies in partnership with Leisure and Culture Dundee, Orkney Library and Archive, Falkirk Community Trust, East Ayrshire Leisure and Inverclyde Libraries.

Watch digital stories