Telling Tales in Bushmills

There’s more to storytelling than you might think, as twelve people are finding out in Bushmills this month on the NOCN Storytelling Course. Drawing on local folklore and heritage of the area from the past 100 years trainees are being guided by experienced storytellers, Liz Weir MBE and Stephen O’Hara. Each will each a certification, opening up doors for employment.

Liz Weir MBE said of the course, “This is our sixth time running the NOCN Level 2 course in storytelling. To be able to develop the skills of another group of people in this rich oral tradition is something very special to me. There is a saying that when we lose an older person it is like a library burning down, which is why it is so important to keep this heritage alive and people telling stories”.

Causeway Coast and Glens Heritage Trust is running the course as part of their continued efforts for everyone to share and celebrate the heritage of the area. Nikki Maguire from CCGHT says, “Everyone and every place has a story to tell and through this training I hope we will see more stories told and retold and kept alive for generations to come.”

The course is being supported be the Council’s NI100 fund. Trainees will shine a spotlight on the last 100 years of our history. The NI Archive website will be used for researching local stories from the past century. Some of the stories from the course will be posted on the NI Archive where you will be able to delight in hearing them yourself.

Why not come along to a storytelling evening in Market SQ, Bushmills Main Street, Tuesday 29th March to hear some new stories and plenty of old tales. Book via Eventbrite by searching for Causeway Coast and Glens Heritage Trust.

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