Everyone has a story to tell, be it a funny or touching reminiscence, an influential memory or a life-affirming experience.
Storytelling brings us together and gives us a glimpse of places and people beyond our usual circle. Our aim is to collect stories presenting a range of experiences from the people of the Easingwold area.
Your story doesn’t have to be about living in the area – it could be from a million miles away! It just has to be a story about you.
What can I write about?
You can write about anything you like; we only ask that the story is your own, that it is true, authentic and accurate to your memory of the time. You could write about something that maybe made you laugh, feel excited, feel sad, or feel inspired – anything!
Please don’t worry if spelling and grammar aren’t your strong points, or if English isn’t your first language. This is your story and it can be told in your own way.
A story idea could be about your younger self, schooldays, home events, work experiences, or situations that you’ve found yourself in. Here are a couple of examples:
Your story should be no longer than about 500 words (one side of A4) and can be shorter – even a paragraph is fine.
Please be aware that your story could be used publicly so make sure you only write about something that you’re happy to be read by others. If you are writing about another person, please do not use their full name or any identifying information.
You can submit your story with your name or anonymously. Please also tell us your age for funding purposes.
How do I submit a story?
You can let us have your story by either:
- emailing your story to: firstname.lastname@example.org
- posting your story in the special 101 Stories letterbox outside the library; or
- coming into the library where a volunteer will record the story for you. It will be then transcribed and returned to you for checking. Please call into the library to book your storytelling time
Our plan is to collect all stories by the end of July 2023
How will we use your story?
We will use the stories as the basis for a number of creative activities. For example:
- a ‘story walk’ around the Market Place in July:
- a set of changing story boards in the library from August onwards;
- a storytelling performance in the library in early December;
- a collection of stories published in a book by the end of December; and
- a wall painting in the library to celebrate the project.
IMPORTANT: THE SMALL PRINT
In sharing your story as part of the 101 Stories project, you are agreeing that:
1. Your story is true and accurate.
2. At the discretion of the project team, your story can be edited before publication or performance.
3. Your story can then be stored, shared and used publicly by the project team as part of ‘101 Stories’. The project is likely to include (for example) the public reading, performing and displaying of the submitted stories.
4. Unless you give your express written consent, your story will be anonymised, both in respect of your identity and those named in it.
5. Although the project is planned to be non-profit making, funds might be raised to cover any extra costs. Any resulting profit will become part of Library funds.
6. Finally, your story will be held on file for an indefinite period of time appropriate to the nature of the project and to provide evidence to our funders.
Want a leaflet?
Click here for a printable leaflet containing all the information on this webpage. The leaflet is designed for A4 double-sided printing on any home printer.
HOW TO CONTACT US
Get in touch by email at email@example.com or by ringing 07526 107448 and leaving a message.
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