March 20th marks World Storytelling Day!

Everyone has a story to tell. Our stories reflect the journeys our lives have taken and the places we want to go. They reveal who we are and shape how others see us.

Today we take a look at some upcoming events from our wider community, Refugee Festival Scotland 2022, and resources to support you when sharing your story in the media.


Year of Stories

This year is Visit Scotland’s Year of Stories.

This weekend, a couple of new Scots-led community groups are holding events centred around storytelling. Please support if you can!

Glasgow Short Film Festival

A series of short films looking at small acts of resistance and their ripple effect.

Filmmaker Razan Madhoon, who works in our Arts and Culture team, presents Go Home. The short film follows a young Palestinian woman’s journey through the UK’s bureaucratic asylum system.

Where? Centre for Contemporary Arts

When? 6.30pm

Book your tickets here.

Yemeni Scottish Foundation – The Stories behind the Faces

“The Stories behind the Faces” highlights the stories of Yemeni people in Scotland.

5 speakers will share their stories, journey and life in Scotland.

Where? C7 Conference Centre.

When? 4pm

Cost? £3.50

Find out more and book your tickets.

LGBT Unity – Storytelling

Join our friends at LGBT Unity Scotland this Saturday for an afternoon of storytelling, food and dancing!

Where? Garnethill Multicultural Centre

When? 5pm

Cost? Free!

Find out more.


Refugee Festival Scotland

The theme of this year’s Refugee Festival Scotland is all about storytelling too.

By sharing the stories of people and communities who have made their lives in Scotland, we can get to know each other better and build understanding, solidarity and friendship. We can all play a part by listening, sharing and creating together.

So what’s your story?

Sunday 27th March marks our deadline for event submissions for #RefugeeFestScot 2022.

We can’t wait until June to celebrate storytelling in all of it’s many forms – from art to sport, dance to cooking.


Resources for sharing your story in the media

Storytelling is one of the tools we have to fight back against dehumanisation, and it helps us to understand each other and the world around us.

Many people are keen to speak up and share their stories. But speaking to the media as somebody with lived experience can be a difficult process, and can even be re-traumatising.

We have compiled some resources to help you decide whether speaking to the media is right for you, and to help you decide what parts of your story to share.

Chris Afuakwah
Author: Chris Afuakwah