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World Heritage Young Guides

A team of Edinburgh teenagers delved into the city’s history to offer their own perspective on its heritage.

Aug 12, 2011

The project was collaboration between Edinburgh World Heritage and the Scottish Storytelling Centre, with funding by the Brownlee Trust.

During a three day workshop in July the participants learnt storytelling techniques and then researched, designed and delivered their own tour of the Canongate, with the help of professional storyteller Donald Smith and resources from Edinburgh World Heritage’s archives.

Storyteller Donald Smith said: “We’re hoping it’s going to be something we build on and develop and bring in new angles and skills. Storytelling is the essential difference between giving people a historic lecture and giving people an imaginative interpretation - people don’t want a list of dates.”

The young guides chose a wide range of stories to tell; the inspiration for a Charles Dicken’s character, tales of Robert Burns, an aristocrat who turned cannibal and the murder of David Rizzio. With much positive feedback from both the young people and their audience, it is planned to organise another Young Guides course in the near future.

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