Many Studios
Tawona Sithole
Tawona Sithole

Trading Stories is a research project drawing on memory and legends working with the local Barras community, across generations, to record stories of historical and contemporary moments in area. The project focuses on storytelling and the importance of recording intangible histories and short term creative interventions that are not conventionally archived.

Get involved! We're looking for your stories...

Tawona Sitholé and MANY Studios will run two workshops ahead of the public sharing event on Friday 25 November as part of Book Week Scotland 2016 to harness stories from around the East End of Glasgow with participants. All welcome, please email Natalia at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.?Subject=Trading Stories"> This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to say if you can make it along, or call 0141 573 9515. Snacks and drinks provided at all events.

Monday 21 November, 4.30pm - 6.30pm, Calton Heritage and Learning Centre: Kids (5-13yrs) Storytelling Workshop
Tuesday 22 November, 5pm - 8pm, MANY STUDIOS: Adult Storytelling Workshop (Tales of the Barras)
Friday 25 November, 6pm - 9pm, MANY STUDIOS: Trading Stories: Storytelling & Music open mic

ABOUT TRADING STORIES

In 2016, MANY Studios will work with poet Tawona Sitholé to harness a breadth of stories from The Barras from yesteryear to the present day. Trading Stories is a research project drawing on memory and the archives, working with the local Barras community, across generations, to record stories of historical and contemporary moments in The Barras. Our focus is on storytelling and the importance of recording oral histories and short term creative interventions that unlike permanent artworks are in danger of being forgotten. This project will merge the styles of ‘Glasgow Patter’ with the Griot culture’s oral traditions of West Africa.

In the Barras, stories are constantly referencing a time past, a time when things were different. 'In my day'. The phrase is territorial, claiming ownership of a place and time. However, the future of place lies with the youth, so we are also interested in today and the relationship that the youth has with The Barras at this moment. In their day.

Tawona will build stories with multiple groups, under the theme of legends, in the oral tradition of his griot heritage. This tradition is also very particular to The Barras, a place where legends are born, and the gift of the gab originated.

Tawona Sitholé is a poet, a storyteller, an artist and a musician. His passion is in stories, and has a multi-disciplinary approach to collecting, telling and sharing stories. Tawona will say that stories come from questions. With this statement as a starting point, he proposes to facilitate a series of workshops throughout November, building legends along the way. If you live or work in The Barras and would like to have a chat with us, please contact Natalia Palombo: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it./ 0141 573 9515. We would love to hear from you.

Title: 'Trading Stories'
Location & Host: MANY Studios

Collaborating 
Author: Tawona Sitholé

Date: 2016