Story Wagon tours Outer Hebrides

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To mark the 14th year of their Your Stories campaign – Scottish Book Trust is hosting a week-long story-making celebration in Barra and Uist from Monday May 31 to Friday June 3, in partnership with the Comhairle’s library service, Western Isles Libraries.

The Community Campfires residencies will take place over five days, and people in the community will be supported to tell the stories from their lives that matter to them. The residencies are supported by EventScotland as part of Scotland’s Year of Stories 2022.

The focal point of the celebration will be the magnificent Story Wagon, which will stop off at key areas between Barra and Berneray over the week, for people to visit, create and share their own stories by Luke Winter, Navigation Officer of the Story Wagon, along with film-maker Dòmhnall Eòghainn MacKinnon.

All members of the community, of all ages, are invited to visit the Story Wagon while to travels from Barra to Berneray to take part in creative writing, traditional storytelling and story sharing activities.

A visit to Uist would not be complete without including the mobile library, Lachaidh and mobile driver, Donald Ewen Morrison. Rachel Kennedy, local actress and podcaster, will be joining DE and Lachaidh as they go on the road to chat to folk as they go, and capture unique local stories as they go.

Liniclate Library will also host a storytelling session with local author and poet, Ian Stephen, on Thursday June 2.

The week’s residency will culminate in a wonderful Community Campfire celebration at Berneray Community Hall on Friday June 3. It will be a chance for everyone to gather and share the stories they have created over the week.

The Story Wagon will be at the hall for the day and writer Katharine Macfarlane will be on hand to work with anyone interested to create a Community Poem together.

Katharine will also be available to help people prepare their stories, for them to share at the campfire.

All these activities are free of charge and open to all.