Fife new town to tell its story in time for 70th an­niver­sary

Dig­i­tal sto­ry­telling project will help peo­ple tell their sto­ries of liv­ing and work­ing in the town

The Courier & Advertiser (Fife Edition) - - NEWS - LEEZA CLARK leclark@the­courier.co.uk

Glen­rothes be­comes a sep­tu­a­ge­nar­ian next year and the “new town” will be the fo­cus of a spe­cial dig­i­tal sto­ry­telling project.

Lo­cals will be en­cour­aged to tell their story as part of the an­niver­sary.

A seven-month project funded by Scot­tish Book Trust and hosted by Fife Cul­tural Trust is tak­ing place in Glen­rothes in the run up to its 70th birth­day.

Dig­i­tal sto­ry­teller Dan Brown – not to be con­fused with the au­thor – is work­ing with com­mu­nity groups to cre­ate dig­i­tal sto­ries that cap­ture life in Glen­rothes.

Dan will work with var­i­ous groups for two hours a week over six weeks to give them the skills and con­fi­dence needed to record their own sto­ries.

When com­plete, the short pieces will be made avail­able on­line and screened at a cel­e­bra­tion event in Rothes Halls in Jan­uary.

“The his­tory of Glen­rothes is fas­ci­nat­ing and I’m look­ing for­ward to work­ing with lo­cal res­i­dents to help them tell their own per­sonal sto­ries of liv­ing and work­ing in the area,” said Dan.

Beth Wil­liams of YMCA Glen­rothes, one of the groups work­ing on the project, said: “The Y Academy are ex­cited to in­cor­po­rate dig­i­tal sto­ry­telling into our six-week pro­gramme tar­geted at peo­ple who are af­fected by home­less­ness in the Glen­rothes area.

“Dig­i­tal sto­ry­telling will in­crease IT and lit­er­acy skills for the group in a re­laxed en­vi­ron­ment and will al­low each par­tic­i­pant to re­flect on pre­vi­ous ex­pe­ri­ences and the im­pact this has made on them.”

Linda Ballingall, of Glen­rothes and Area Her­itage Cen­tre, said the or­gan­i­sa­tion was de­lighted to be in­volved with Dan on “this ex­cit­ing project” be­ing held in Glen­rothes to mark its 70th an­niver­sary.

Any­one who would like to find out more about the project and get a taster of what th­ese six week work­shops hold in store, should go to the drop in in­tro­duc­tion to dig­i­tal sto­ry­telling ses­sions at Rothes Halls from noon to 2pm and 3 to 5pm on Septem­ber 14 and 15.

Al­ter­na­tively, if there are any groups of up to six peo­ple who may be in­ter­ested in tak­ing part in this project they should con­tact dan.brown@on­fife.com.

Dig­i­tal sto­ry­telling will in­crease IT and lit­er­acy skills for the group in a re­laxed en­vi­ron­ment and will al­low each par­tic­i­pant to re­flect on pre­vi­ous ex­pe­ri­ences and the im­pact this has made on them.

BETH WIL­LIAMS YMCA GLEN­ROTHES

The Queen and Duke of Ed­in­burgh (back, third right) with town dig­ni­taries dur­ing a visit to Glen­rothes in 1958.

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