Please Come And Listen: The 365 Project

Whether you have 5 minutes or 50 minutes to spare why not pop by Orkney Library and Archive and have a listen?

The Library in Kirkwall is hosting the 365 stories and music installation

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There are easy to follow instructions. Put on the earphones shift the indictators to a month/day and you can listen to a story, story and music or music. That is done by simply turning a dial.

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There’s also a book at each table which contains the stories in written form.

What is the 365 project?

In 2013, James Robertson – one of Scotland’s leading authors – set himself the challenge of writing a short story every day for a year. Each story was to be 365 words, no more, no less. It became an enchanting, roaming collection of fairytales and memories and provocations published in 2014 by Penguin as 365:Stories. That was only the beginning.

Aiden O'Rourke

Photo credit: William Moss

In 2016 Scottish fiddler and composer Aidan O’Rourke (of Lau) wrote a tune every day in response. The result is a major new body of 365 tunes – a significant addition to the Scottish traditional music canon.

Robertson’s stories and O’Rourke’s music now form a touring installation designed by inventor Yann Seznec in collaboration with design team Old School Fabrications.

From January 2020, readers can also receive a daily story and tune to be delivered to their email inbox. With no need to buy a CD or book, the 365 Stories and Music will arrive every day free of charge – a daily miniature piece of public art.

365: Music + Stories created in partnership with Edinburgh International Book Festival, with support from Creative Scotland, PRS for Music Foundation’s The Open Fund, the University of Glasgow’s Scottish Literature department, BBC Scotland, the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Scottish Poetry Library, An Tobar, Reveal Records and Penguin Books.

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