Scottish Book Trust, the national charity transforming lives through reading and writing, has today announced that applications are open for their What’s Your Story? programme. Now in its fifth year, the scheme has so far assisted around 30 young people from across Scotland to develop writing, illustration and performance projects.
Alongside traditional applications by young people themselves, this year adults are also encouraged to refer those who are passionate advocates of teenage participation in
Teens selected for the
The young people will also have the opportunity to preview their creative projects at a showcase event, wrapping up the work they have completed during the What’s Your Story? programme. Industry experts will train
Organised and run by Scottish Book Trust, What’s Your Story? was originally funded by Time to Shine, Creative Scotland’s national youth arts strategy and is the first nationwide programme of its kind in Scotland. This year it is funded by private donors and The Gaelic Books Council funds a Gaelic-language place. What’s Your Story? is free to take part in and travel expenses are covered for all participants.
Applications close on 27 November, and can be made online at thestoryis.co.uk/storyboard
Marc Lambert, CEO of Scottish Book Trust, said:
Nurturing new young talent in the Scottish literary scene is so important and Scottish Book Trust is proud to launch the fifth year of What’s Your Story, focused on supporting young people. The
programmeoffers a truly unique opportunity and we urge parents and teachers to encourage the teens in their lives with a passion for writing or illustration to apply.
Alison Lang, Director of The Gaelic Books Council, said:
The Gaelic Books Council is always keen to support writers of any age, but it’s particularly important to encourage the next generation, and through this programme a young Gaelic speaker will get the opportunity to make their voice heard and express themselves in a creative way that allows them to develop their skills and confidence. We’re delighted to be working with the Scottish Book Trust again this year, and we hope to hear from young writers from all parts of Scotland.
Beccie, What’s Your Story participant 2019, said:
I would really encourage everyone to apply to the What’s Your Story?
programme. The mentoring is amazing, Scottish Book Trust really think about what story you want to tell, and what you want to learn during the programmeand then match you with someone perfect. I think it’s really important that young people’s voices are heard, and through organisingStoryCon we had the chance to define exactly what we wanted to learn!”