Waterways Storymaking Festival 2019/20 – closing 31 Oct

Do you have a story, memory or link with your local waterway?

The Waterways Community is inviting people who are interested in the rich heritage of rivers, canals and waterways and we aim to encourage people to record their memories and to create new stories and visual memories of their waterway.

With a theme this year of ‘Altogether Now’ the festival hopes to inspire people to reminisce and record their memories of a waterway that is special to them. The festival will aim to connect people through sharing their stories and memories of the waterways.

Calling out to individuals, community groups and schools to take part in the Festival. Categories are entered on a competitive basis and are designed to be accessible to everyone irrespective of age, gender, ethnicity or ability. Specialist facilitators encourage and develop skills and capture memories, this makes our Festival exciting, it allows everyone to express their creativity celebrating waterways past and present.

Workshops will run to the end of October 2019. Open session workshops will be held at Waterstones in Lisburn and Belfast – 17 October Workshop (Lisburn) and 10 October Workshop (Belfast).

All stories and poems submitted will be collected and published in an anthology of works following the festival. Prizes will be awarded at our awards event in Craigavon Civic Centre on Saturday 1st February 2020.

The categories for the competition are:

  • Age 11 and Under
  • Age 12-17
  • Age 18 and Over

Stories should be no more than 500 words and poems should be no more than 30 lines.

Submissions should be emailed to storymaking@thewaterwayscommunity.org

Deadline for submission is Thursday 31st October 2019 at 5pm.

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