On Saturday 30th April ten trainees completed a National open College Network Level 2 qualification in Storytelling with a storytelling showcase at Ballycastle Golf Club. The training was part of Causeway Coast and Glens Heritage Trust’s ongoing work with celebrate the outstanding landscapes of the area and support communities to thrive.
Mayor Richard Holmes said of the training and event, ‘It is fantastic to know that local people are keeping the art of storytelling alive. The training takes some dedication and work but the stories I heard today are excellent and I wish the trainees the best of luck.”
The 10 trainees are not well prepared to find work as storytellers, take part in fantastic festivals such as the Rathlin Maritime Sound Festival or the Glens Storytelling Festival later this year.
“Thanks to the Causeway Coast and Glens Heritage Trust for running the course and the tutors Liz Weir MBE and Stephen O’Hara for guiding me through it. After lockdowns, having COVID and feeling isolated for so long, I had the chance to hear other people’s stories and develop the skills and confidence to tell my own. I feel privileged to have taken part” Said Frances McNeil, course participant from Cushendun.