A Year of Stories project in East Renfrewshire featuring oral history, creative writing and an exhibition.
The Covid-19 pandemic will shape and impact our society for many years to come. Beyond 2020: Community Reflections will allow people across East Renfrewshire to share their own lived stories of this significant historical event through an oral history project. Together they will re-connect with one another, participate in library, arts and heritage activities and leave a shared community legacy for future generations.
East Renfrewshire Council will be offering a fantastic opportunity for a group of volunteers to attend professional Oral History Training Sessions (1 and 8 March) and be at the heart of this project. Running alongside this, Creative Writing Workshops (9, 16, 23 March and 6 April), led by novelist and playwright Alan Bissett, will offer an alternative way for people to tell their stories.
As well as preserving the local Covid story, the interviews and writing gathered through this project will be the inspiration for a photographic exhibition which will travel around East Renfrewshire venues in the latter half of 2022.
Details of the exhibition will be confirmed later in the year.
Oral history training sessions: 1 and 8 March 2022
Creative writing workshops: 9, 16, 23 March and 6 April 2022
Touring exhibition: 1 Sept to 31 Dec 2022