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Border Talk

International Fund for Ireland

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“Border Talk” is a creative partnership between Storytellers of Ireland (SOI) and the Armstrong Storytelling Trust using the ancient oral tradition of storytelling to work with communities, in the border region as part of peace and reconciliation outreach. 

This project aims to bring people together through the power of storytelling with communities from across the north and south collaborating on the exciting new initiative funded by the International Fund for Ireland (IFI) as part of their Communities in Partnership Programme (CiPP). 

Throughout the year-long programme, both organisations will work with communities in Monaghan, Armagh, Cavan and Fermanagh, promoting and using the ancient art of oral storytelling with the aim of building connections and forging new relationships. 

With funding of over €90,000 allocated, the project will focus on cross-border engagement and bring people together with the opportunity to participate in four different strands of the project including training in the art of storytelling, public events and the creation of an audio archive of stories. 

The final and fourth element will comprise of a showcase event, hosted by Cavan County Museum with a day-long celebration of storytelling. 

Both the Storytellers of Ireland (SOI) and the Armstrong Storytelling Trust (AST) have a long and proud tradition of working with communities, and a deep commitment to bringing people together with creativity and shared experiences central to building long-lasting positive relationships with communities on both sides of the border. 

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