Scottish Book Trust’s Digital Storytellers in Residence project is inspired by our belief in the potential of telling stories to help us connect with those around us and get a better sense of who we are, where we’re going and what we’re aiming for.

Our project, funded by the Scottish Government, was designed both to help people see the value in their own story and also to provide an enjoyable and meaningful hook into digital participation.

Aims of the project

In 2017 Scottish Book Trust began its Digital Storytellers in Residence project, funded by the Scottish Government. The project supported people to create digital stories and share them with a wider audience. The aims of the project were:

  • To help people see the value in sharing their story with a wider community
  • To introduce people to online culture in a way that emphasised personal relevance
  • To increase libraries’ ability to collect stories from their community

How the project worked

Initially, we ran two successful pilot residency projects in 2017-18 in partnership with Fife Cultural Trust and North Ayrshire Libraries. You can find out more about these projects in the video below.

In partnership with these library services, we recruited creative digital practitioners to work as Digital Storytellers who would work within the library service, reaching out to local groups and engaging them with digital storytelling workshops. In these workshops, participants were supported to use tablets and editing software to create digital stories about experiences in their lives. Following this, they had the choice to share their stories online and at a celebration event at the project’s end.

In 2018/19 we have run another five residencies in partnership with Leisure and Culture Dundee, Orkney Library and Archive, Falkirk Community Trust, East Ayrshire Leisure and Inverclyde Libraries.