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6 September 2022

Young Gaelic storytellers invited to put their spin on history

Historic Environment Scotland is searching for young storytellers as part of the Year of Stories 2022

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Young people from across Scotland are being asked to take inspiration from over 5,000 years of Scotland’s history as part of Year of Stories 2022.

Historic Environment Scotland (HES) seeks to inspire young storytellers through heritage as part of its national ‘Sgrìobh is Aithris’ (Write and Recite) competition which launches today (Tuesday 6 September).

To take part, young people aged five to seventeen will be asked to tell a tale in Gaelic about their favourite place in Scotland in either written or spoken storytelling.

Entrants are invited to submit a written story of up to 1,000 words or a spoken story video up to five-minutes long, including a drawing of the place featured in their story. The accompanying drawing will not be considered as part of the judging criteria.

The competition closes for entries at 5pm on Friday 28 October, with winners announced on Wednesday 30 November.

Catriona Morrison, Gaelic Language Policy Manager at HES, said:

“Storytelling is one of Scotland’s oldest traditional art forms and is a huge part of the Gaelic language and culture.

"We’ve seen more and more young people showing interest in the tradition of the written and spoken word.

“This is a great opportunity for young Gaelic storytellers to express themselves and enter the competition to share their tale inspired by their favourite place in Scotland. I’m looking forward to seeing and hearing all of the entries that come in.”

Find out more and enter.

Image Credit: The Story of Tom Jenkins © Rachel Park

About Year of Stories 2022

The Year of Stories (#YS2022 #TalesOfScotland), led by VisitScotland, will be showcased throughout 2022 and will spotlight, celebrate and promote the wealth of stories inspired by, written, or created in Scotland. From icons of literature to local tales, Scotland’s Year of Stories encourages locals and visitors to experience a diversity of voices, take part in events and explore the places, people and cultures connected to all forms of our stories, past and present.

About Historic Environment Scotland (HES) 

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For further information, please contact:

Barry McPherson
Historic Environment Scotland Media Office
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