“Oor Toon”

Scotland’s Year of Stories 2022 (YS2022) is a celebration of stories inspired by, written, or created in Scotland. Stories are a vital part of Scotland’s culture and every community has a different tale to tell. In 2022, a whole host of events will be held across Scotland – by community groups, museums, culture and heritage organisations and visitor attractions – showcasing our rich storytelling and literary heritage.

The PCAA project “Oor Toon” will run FREE story-telling workshops at West Street Arts Centre during summer, led by our own local professional story-teller Ruth Kirkpatrick.  In these workshops, Ruth will show participants how to recognise and develop their own stories. Ruth will also offer individual mentoring to help individuals with their delivery.

At the end of the year, there will be a series of story-telling “club nights” where participants will have a chance to practice their new skills in small, very informal settings with wee friendly audiences.

Ruth says “ I am thrilled to be taking part in this project. I’ve lived in this area for over 20 years and know it well. I look forward to helping people to uncover historical, personal and traditional stories, then relish the process of seeing them flourish as storytellers. We are all storytellers, but the art is in crafting the story and practice makes perfect! A community of storytellers can support and inspire each other,  growing and sustaining a local network into the future.”

(You can read more about Ruth’s work here).

Ruth Kirkpatrick

We’re now looking for people to join us in the exciting venture! No writing skills are needed – this is an aural tradition. No experience needed – we start from scratch!

The workshops are now full, but we need audiences for the club nights (see below)! Contact us now to reserve your place! Email Sue on pcaa@penicuikarts.org, or text 0781 505 2929.

Dates for the free workshops are:

  • Saturday 2nd July (10:30am – 12:30pm; 1:30 -3:30pm – full day workshop)CANCELLED DUE TO COVID
  • Tuesday 19th July 7:30 – 9pm – THIS IS NOW THE FIRST WORKSHOP – A FURTHER TWO TBC
  • Tuesday 9th August 7:30 – 9pm
  • Saturday 13th August 10:30am – 12 noon; 1-3pm
  • Tuesday 23rd August 7:30 – 9pm
  • Tuesday 6th September 7:30 – 9pm

All workshops will take place at the Arts Centre, 4 West Street, Penicuik, EH26 9HY

Dates for the free club nights are on Friday evenings 7:30pm

  • Friday 14th October
  • Friday 11th November
  • Friday 9th December

Club nights will probably will take place at the Arts Centre, 4 West Street, Penicuik, EH26 9HY

Workshop places are now FULL!

But we need audiences for the Club Nights – Contact us now to reserve your place! Email Sue on pcaa@penicuikarts.org, or text 0781 505 2929.

Find out more about Year of Stories 2022 here: https://visitscotland.com/about/themed-years/stories

This event has been supported by the Year of Stories 2022 Community Stories Fund. This fund is being delivered in partnership between VisitScotland and Museums Galleries Scotland with support from National Lottery Heritage Fund thanks to National Lottery players.