Libraries across Scotland are being urged to take part in Scotland’s Year of Stories 2022 which celebrates the wealth of stories inspired by, written, or created in Scotland.

Led by VisitScotland, the Year of Stories builds upon the momentum of proceeding Themed Years, showcasing a nationwide programme of major events and community celebrations.

More than 60 events have already been organised to take place throughout 2022 including book and story festivals, musical journeys, and poetry celebrations. The events will share stories old and new, covering everything from local tales and oral traditions to iconic books and movies.

The Community Stories Fund

For 2022 VisitScotland’s Themed Year celebrations will also include a brand new events programme strand. The Community Stories Fund has been designed to support organisations and community groups to take part in and celebrate the year, spotlighting the unique stories that matter to them. The fund is being delivered in partnership between VisitScotland and Museums Galleries Scotland with support from National Lottery Heritage Fund, thanks to National Lottery players. The next round of funding opens on January 24th, with applications due before 5pm on Friday March 18th 2022.

Culture Minister Jenny Gilruth said: “2022 is the year we celebrate Scotland’s Year of Stories. Storytelling and celebrating our unique oral history tradition has never been more important as we continue to respond to the impacts of the pandemic.

“We must ensure our Scotland’s stories are preserved and celebrated. 2022 will have something for everyone from some of the biggest cultural events of the year taking place at the Edinburgh festivals, to small community festivals in our towns and villages.

“I’m looking forward to celebrating the very best in Scottish storytelling talent throughout 2022 - which will be absolutely vital to our continued culture recovery.”

Events already confirmed to take place in 2022 include One Upon a Time in South Ayrshire, Stories Like Starting Points as part of Scotland’s International Poetry Festival StAnza and The Dundee Summer (Bash) Street Festival which celebrates the famous cartoon characters, stories, history, and upcoming talent from Dundee.

You can find out more about events happening throughout Scotland's Year of Stories by watching the VisitScotland video below. For more information on the Community Stories Fund - including how to apply – visit the VisitScotland Website. You can also access a marketing toolkit, featuring an industry guide, FAQs and the Year of Stories 2022 logo to help you plan events throughout the year.