Scottish Biodiversity Stories

An on-line project hosted by the Royal Botanical Gardens in Edinburgh and sponsored by Scottish Natural Heritage provides a searchable data base of audio and textual stories and information about Scottish species.   The sources for these stories, and story-material, vary from interviews with elders, to scientific documents, to Scottish literature, to collections of traditional andContinue reading “Scottish Biodiversity Stories”

A Candle to Remember: Stories and Songs to Mark Holocaust Memorial Day

To commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day, storytellers Rachel Smilie, Julie Dawid and friends told stories and sang songs at the Scottish Storytelling Centre. HMD commemorates the day that Soviet soldiers liberated Auschwitz-Bikenau in 1945.  The anniversary is used in the UK to mark the genocides in Cambodia, Bosnia, Rwanda and Darfur as well as the Nazi-perpetratedContinue reading “A Candle to Remember: Stories and Songs to Mark Holocaust Memorial Day”

Collective Encounters: Liverpool Arts Group Uses Theatre for Social Change

It’s an exciting time to be involved in arts for social change with so much going on.  I recently found out about a group in Liverpool called Collective Encounters that uses theatre as a tool for social change.  Professional actors and community members collaborate to create dramatic pieces that explore lives and issues that areContinue reading “Collective Encounters: Liverpool Arts Group Uses Theatre for Social Change”