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The SJT and National Literacy Trust come together in a unique project for those who love a good story.

For six weeks from Monday 1 June, daily content will be released via the Our Stories Facebook page

This will include exercises on how to create characters and settings, such as storytelling bingo, role-playing, drawing comic strips and sound recording, and using all kinds of everyday things to create the adventure.

There will be short vlogs from author Saviour Pirotta, writer of best-selling children’s novels including The Orchard Book of First Greek Myths, the Ancient Greek Mysteries Series and The Unicorn Prince, and actor and poet Nadia Emam, who has worked extensively at both the Stephen Joseph Theatre and with Slung Low Theatre Company, including playing Gloriana the BBC’s televised version of their Flood: Part 2.

Saviour Pirotta story-telling in schools for Creation Studios

Nadia Emam

The pair will also give dramatic readings of some of the submitted stories, and recommend books in the form of accessible e-books and audiobooks.

At the end of each week, illustrator Simon Whittaker from House of Deadleg will create drawings based on some of the stories submitted. He will also give video tutorials on creating illustrations.

“Participants can choose to engage every day, or just dip in and out as they like. By the end of the six weeks they will have all they need to create an exciting adventure set in their hometown.

“Our artist will create illustrations of the characters and settings of the stories as well as drawing elements from them to create one brilliant mega story curated by Saviour Pirotta!”
Chelsey Gillard, Associate Director at Stephen Joseph Theatre

We can’t wait to hear ‘Your Stories!’

Our Stories

Our Stories brings people across Whitby, Scarborough and Filey together to champion literacy. An area-wide campaign inspires parents to share stories with their children every day, and community Literacy Champions promote the importance of reading, writing and talking.

Literacy Champions are local volunteers who want to make a difference in their area. The initiative tackles the North Yorkshire Coast’s literacy issues at a community level, empowering local people to improve the literacy of those around them.

Our Stories is supported by the North Yorkshire Coast Opportunity Area.

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funded by
Arts Council England
Whitby-Scarborough-Filey Borough of Scarborough
Discover Yorkshire Coast