The People's Story - Days Like This project launched
Scottish Book Trust, Scottish Arts Council and BBC Radio Scotland join forces for groundbreaking book and radio project Days Like This
People the length and breadth of Scotland are being offered the chance to share their stories, as part of a unique new project.
Helmed by the Scottish Book Trust and produced in collaboration with BBC Radio Scotland and the Scottish Arts Council, the Days Like This initiative is set to showcase the true and often extraordinary stories of people throughout the country as part of a book and radio project to be showcased next year.
Author Irvine Welsh, broadcaster Hardeep Singh Kohli, actress Siobhan Redmond, mountaineer Jamie Andrew, percussionist Evelyn Glennie and Idlewild frontman Roddy Woomble will assist in the project as celebrity curators, and will write and record their own story as an inspiration for people to do the same.
Anyone can contribute their work to the project and all stories will appear on the BBC website, with the best ones set to be recorded and discussed in a series of radio programmes and a book published next year.
Marc Lambert, chief executive of Scottish Book Trust, said: 'Days Like This is a groundbreaking national project which will showcase the ordinary genius of Scotland's people: their everyday lives are full of incident, colour and variety, which we want to capture and celebrate with as much participation and diversity as possible. By the end of the project we hope to have created a map of the country through its people's stories – a resource which will entertain, inform, and generate a shared understanding of what it is like to live in this creative modern nation.'
Author Irvine Welsh said of his involvement: 'The great thing about Days Like This is that it simplifies and demystifies what writing is actually about. When people start from the known or the personal, it gives them the confidence to build up and then explore new issues and forms of storytelling.'
Details of how to enter can be found on www.bbc.co.uk/radioscotland/dayslikethis