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Shared Stories project turns its attention to Tomintoul

2nd April 2019

The next in the series of creative writing workshops for the ‘Shared Stories: A Year in the Cairngorms’ project, take place in Tomintoul later this month and early May.

Whether you’re already a writer or totally new to creative writing this is your chance to explore your relationship and attitude to nature in the National Park through fun and supportive creative writing activities.

‘Shared Stories: A Year in the Cairngorms’ has been organised – and part funded – by the Cairngorms National Park Authority (CNPA) with a funding award of £8,000 from Creative Scotland and £10,000 from the Woodland Trust. Led by the Park’s first ever Writer in Residence – Merryn Glover from Kincraig – the project aims to encourage people to put pen to paper to share and explore the ways in which people and nature thrive together in the Cairngorms National Park.

Four workshops are taking place at the Discovery Centre in Tomintoul from 6.30pm-8.30pm on Tuesday 23rd and 30th April and on Tuesday 7th and 14th May. The workshops are open to anyone over the age of 16. If possible, participants are encouraged to attend all four sessions but it is not essential. The workshops are free to attend but spaces must be booked by emailing [email protected]

Writer in Residence Merryn Glover said: “I am really excited about delivering the workshops in the Tomintoul and Glenlivet area as it has so many extraordinary things that people can explore in their writing. Not only is it renowned for its wildlife and cultural landscapes, but it’s now also the most northerly Dark Skies Park in the world. I can’t wait!”

Whether attending workshops or not, people are encouraged to submit their writing on the themes of people’s relationship to nature to the ‘Shared Stories’ project, some of which will be published online, on displays and in an end-of-year anthology. For more information about ‘Shared Stories: A Year in the Cairngorms’ please visit the CNPA website. Through the year, Merryn will also be working on her own writing around people, nature and a sense of place, which can be followed on her blog.