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The write stuff at Stirling Castle

29 July 2008

Rarely-seen artefacts and one of Scotland’s greatest castles will be the inspiration for a series of creative writing workshops.

Historic Scotland has teamed up with Stirling Council’s Adult Learning Team and the regimental museum of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, located at Stirling Castle, to offer the sessions.

The workshops will be led by award winning playwright Gill Bastock, along with castle education staff, and are due to take place on Fridays in August and September.

Kirsten Wood, Historic Scotland education officer, said: “We are always looking for ways to allow local residents make imaginative use of the heritage in the heart of their communities.

“These sessions will be a chance to create stories inspired by the castle and its remarkable past.

“The museum will also get some of its rarely-seen objects out of storage, so people will have the chance to see and handle some remarkable artefacts.

“With all this, plus the help of Gill Bastock, we hope to see some truly amazing tales being written.”

The writing will be published on the Historic Scotland website and in its members’ magazine.

A selection of the work will be illustrated and put on display at the castle as part of the national Big Draw arts event on Friday, 29 August.

Pat Morrissey,  a literacy development worker with the council, said: “The castle and the museum are ideal places for creative writing workshops.

“It will be a tremendous chance to look at them in new ways and to think about objects from the museum in new and unusual ways.

“People have been so enthusiastic about taking part that all of the spaces are already booked and we have started a waiting list for future workshops.”




Place:Stirling Castle

Photo:         Creative writing sessions inspired by the castle and some of the unusual objects from the military museum.


  • Stirling Castle is at the head of Stirling Old Town.

  • Entry prices are £8.50, children £4.25, concessions £6.50.

  • All places on the workshops need to be booked in advance. For details contact Pat Morrissey at the Cowane Centre, Stirling, on 01786 472713 or at  
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