Island People’s Story

…a celebration of the women of the Northern Isles of Scotland

This is an Orkney Island Community Project which we are hoping to start in the Autumn of 2016

The aim of this two year community project is to explore, discover and present the lives of the Orkney women, their men and families who worked the land and fished the sea in the North Atlantic Islands of Orkney in Scotland.

Through telling their stories and presenting their social customs and work traditions, the roles they played in the Orkney Island life and work cycles can be brought alive and recognised. Alongside their men who worked the land and fished the sea the island women nurtured their families and sustained the Orkney Booksisland way of life on a daily basis for many generations.

Using multimedia techniques, storytelling, expressive arts and traditional Island crafts alongside audio and visual reminiscence we can bridge the gap of time – Community groups, families and individuals can listen to the spinning of their tales and stories, discover and practise their island life and work traditions. The Island people’s Story is an invitation to celebrate these Island women and their families who worked the land and fished the sea, discovering how they carved and moulded who the indigenous Orcadian Islander is today.