The Scottish Cartoon Art Studio will collaborate with writer Kirtsin Zhang on a new project throughout the spring and summer of this year. Inspired by the national initiative “Year of Creative Scotland 2012” Creative Communities is a community project hosted by St Columba’s School which aims to encourage people, especially young people, to enjoy the power of storytelling. Stories, of course, are not limited to the written word. They can be told in song, a six-frame cartoon, a photograph or a film.
People live and leave their stories and a community is a place where stories collect. In discovering and animating the stories of the people and the place we share our hopes, our fears, and our histories. We entertain, we teach and we learn.
We’ve just finished developing “Olympic Superghero” strips with P7 pupils at Kilmacolm Primary; look for those to appear on the Creative Communities site soon. More on this project in the coming weeks.
Following a MLitt, Kirstin has completed the first year of a PhD in Creative Writing at the University of Glasgow. In 2005 she won the Scotsman Orange Short Story Award and in 2007 was shortlisted for the Harper’s Bazaar and Orange Short Story Prize. She has recently been commissioned to write a Japanese fairy story for New Fairy Tales, which will be published in 2012.