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Scotland's Stories: Community Campfires

As part of Scotland's Year of Stories, Scottish Book Trust brings Scotland's Stories: Community Campfires – a new series of story making residences in communities across Scotland

Scottish Book Trust are thrilled to be running this new series of story making residencies as part of Scotland's Year of Stories 2022(this will open in a new window).

Scotland's Stories: Community Campfires

Throughout April and May, we will run Scotland's Stories: Community Campfires, a tour of story making residencies across four Scottish communities.

Working in partnership with local library services in North Ayrshire, Inverclyde, Fife and the Western Isles, we will bring a band of story makers – including Luke Winter and his Story Wagon(this will open in a new window) – to support individuals to tell, make and share the stories that matter to them.

Each residency will end with a Community Campfire – an event for the community to share the stories they have made over the preceding five days.

This project is designed to celebrate the power of storytelling in all forms. There will be opportunities for participants to capture their stories in a variety of ways including the written word, through digital stories, in collaboration with a professional filmmaker and through a recorded conversation. The stories that are created will reflect Scotland's rich tradition of storytelling and the vibrancy of its communities.

Residency details

North Ayrshire

Monday 18 April, 10am–3pm: Story Wagon in Eglinton Park

Tues 19 April, 10am–3.30pm: Kilbirnie library

Wednesday 20 April, 9.30am–3.30pm: Kilbirnie library

Thursday 21 April, 9.30am–3.30pm: Kilbirnie library

Friday 22 April, 9.30am–3.30pm: Kilbirnie library


Monday 25 and Tuesday 26 April, 10am–5pm: Story Wagon at Port Glasgow Library

Wednesday 27, Thursday 28 and Friday 29 April, 10am–5pm: Story Wagon in Clyde Square, Greenock

ONFife Libraries

Monday 23–27 May, 10am–5pm: Story Wagon at Lochgelly Centre

Na h-Eileanan Siar/Western Isles

Monday 30 May: Castlebay Harbour, Barra

Tuesday 31 May: Isle of South Uist, venue to be confirmed

Wednesday 1 June: Balvinich School, Benbecula

Thursday 2 June: Taigh Chearsabagh, Lochmaddy, North Uist

Friday 3 June: Taigh Chearsabagh, Lochmaddy, North Uist

Your Stories

The funding support from Scotland's Year of Stories has allowed us to build on our existing Your Stories project which encourages people all over Scotland to share their stories, their way. Every person taking part in our Scotland's Stories: Community Campfires residencies will have the option to submit their stories to our Your Stories project and have their story featured on the Scottish Book Trust website. Additionally, over 16s will have the chance to be featured in a free book, made up of some of our favourite pieces, which Scottish Book Trust will distribute 70,000 copies of during Book Week Scotland (14–20 November).

About Scotland's Year of Stories 2022

Scotland's Year of Stories 2022(this will open in a new window) spotlights, celebrates and promotes the wealth of stories inspired, written or created in Scotland. Stories are vital to every part of Scotland. Every community has its own tales to tell, places to highlight as inspiration for well-known books and films, visitor attractions that showcase our literature, poetry and storytelling heritage and all kinds of places and spaces where stories, old and new, can be enjoyed. From icons of literature to local tales, Scotland's Year of Stories encourages locals and visitors to experience a diversity of voices, take part in events and explore the places, people and cultures connected to all forms of our stories, past and present.

Join the conversation #YS2022 and #TalesOfScotland

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