Tales from the River Tweed

A storytelling journey along the River Tweed, from the source to the sea. Over two weeks, we will walk from one end of the Tweed to the other, like modern-day troubadours. Each day we will run storytelling events in communities along the way. These events will bring together professional storytellers and relevant academics and other ‘experts’, to tell stories about the Tweed. They will also include storysharing from the audience, so local people will contribute their own knowledge, experiences and memories.

Events will be organised in a variety of venues – from village halls to pubs, from libraries to wildlife centres – allowing us to reach diverse audiences.

The whole project is a way of getting people to reflect upon landscape and the environment around them and their own relationship to that landscape, and to talk about it with others.

The project will be co-ordinated by Bright Club Scotland, in partnership with the Beltane Public Engagement Network and the Scottish Storytelling Centre. Beltane will recruit relevant academics from their four university partners. Another partner will be John Stuart-Murray, Head of Landscape Architecture at Edinburgh College of Art, with research interests in Forestry, Human ecology, Anthropogeography and Cartography – the Gaelic landscape. As a landscape ecologist he will provide a holistic academic perspective to the project. John has not only studied and worked on the River tweed, but also lives in Kelso and is part of the local community. He is a published poet and has extensive contacts with both communities and organisations involved with the River Tweed.

We will also be contacting other organisations with an interest in the Tweed (e.g. SEPA), to offer other relevant professionals the chance to take part in events.

The walk itself will be carried out by Sophia Collins and Ross Winter. Ms Collins is an award-winning public engagement practitioner, who will compere events and document the journey live on social media. Mr Winter is a sound engineer who will record shows and interviews along the way and upload audio recordings to the website.

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