News reaches us of a local history event that we think AddressingHistory users/blog readers, particularly those in the Borders, may be interested in. This guest post from Heather Rea, Edinburgh Beltane Network, explains the project and event Tales from the River Tweed:Â
One intrepid family are about to begin a 97 mile storytelling trek along theÂ River Tweed. Equipped with walking boots, waterproofs and a ukulele, RossÂ Winter and Sophia Collins, and 6 week old baby Taliesin, will walk from oneÂ end of the Tweed to the other this September. It’s all part of a project toÂ celebrate the River Tweed, its landscape and its stories.
The family will stop at various places along the way and put on events – inÂ village halls, pubs, museums and schools. Each event will featureÂ traditional storytelling and talks from Tweed experts, followed by a ‘storyÂ sharing’ session where members of the audience can tell their own talesÂ about the river. “Scotland is world-famous for its natural landscape, andÂ also for its story-telling tradition, so it seemed to make sense to bringÂ them together.”, says Sophia.
“This is the first project of its type in theÂ world and we’re delighted that the Scottish Government and Creative ScotlandÂ have been forward-thinking enough to fund it.”
“I like the idea that the river has seen so much history and has always beenÂ a place that people are drawn to, a thing that connects people together”Â says Ross. One way that they’ll be ‘connecting people’ will be through theirÂ website which will include photos, drawings, journals and audio recordingsÂ of stories they have collected as they walk along the river, and from theÂ people they meet. Sophia says:
We’re like wandering medieval bards, butÂ with laptops, iPhones and sound recorders.
You can also view a Preview here:
If you have tales from the River Tweed to share please do get in touch with Sophia, Ross and Taliesin would love to hear from you and to welcome you along to the events they are planning. Contact details are on the website and Sophia can be contacted viaÂ firstname.lastname@example.org.