2018 Storymaking Festival – Where My River Flows

2018 Storymaking Festival – Where My River Flows

Do you have a story, memory or link with the River Lagan or the Lagan Navigation?

The Lagan Navigation Trust (LNT) is inviting people and community groups who are interested in the rich heritage of river, canal, land and water, to get involved in it’s first Storymaking Festival.

The project “Where My River Flows” brings the past, present and future of this national treasure to life through the sharing of stories of those connected to it. Tapestry and creative writing workshops are two ways to get involved in this project which takes the Navigation, and all that it touches, as its inspiration.

The Festival will start in September 2017, with facilitated workshops available until the end of October. Each workshop will provide the group with the skills necessary to produce a tapestry panel or create individual or collective stories/poems. Submissions will go forward for shortlisting to be included in the Festival, the Festival eBook and the Festival Video

Individuals can get directly involved in the following ways;

  • By submitting a story (500 words max) or Poem (30 lines max) through the relevant age category (under 11 years old, Under 16 years old and 17 +) via the online form at the bottom of this page.
  • By attending an open workshop at Navigation House on Saturday 30th September or 29th October (Spaces are limited, so early booking is essential)
  • By picking up an”Where My River Flows” postcard from; Lisburn Visitor Information Centre, Ormeau Library or Lurgan Library and affixing a stamp and posting your story or poem to The Lagan Navigation Trust, Navigation House, 148 Hillsborough Rd, Lisburn, BT27 5QY. Or simply fill in your contact details along with your story or poem and return to the Storytelling Festival post box provided at each of these three venues.

The Festival will close with a celebratory event, as part of National Storytelling Week, with awards being given for selected stories in each age category. The event will be held on Friday 2nd February 2018 at the Island Hall, Lagan Valley Civic Centre, Lisburn.

Workshops are aimed towards all skill levels and ages, if you are interested in talking part either as a group or an individual, please get in touch by calling Maire on 02892 663232 or emailing admin@lagannavigationtrust.org


Stretching for 27 miles from Belfast to Lough Neagh, the Lagan Navigation links communities with some 300k residents, a host of wildlife habitats, a network of canals and historical locks, towpaths, weirs, and a vibrant industrial heritage that built up on and beside the river. The Lagan Navigation Trust offers an opportunity to walk along a forgotten history that helped shape Ulster, where you can encounter wildlife, enjoy peace and tranquillity and experience this nationally important heritage site.

The Lagan Navigation Trust is a partnership organisation which has been working to re-open the full span of the Lagan Navigation so that everybody can enjoy the benefit of its beauty and come to feel part of its fascinating and varied history. While working to develop physical access, the Trust are also working – with words and thread – to weave together communities and people through sharing experiences of where the waterway has been part of their life story.

Terms and Conditions – All authors and creators accept;

  • Max word count for stories 500 words
  • Max 30 line submission for poems
  • Only original work submitted will be accepted
  • Selection for eBook will be at the judging panels discretion
  • Closing date for submissions is 5pm on Wednesday 6th December 2017
  • No submissions will be accepted after this date
  • All submissions accept, agree and permit to works being used and published through the Lagan Navigation Trust
  • No cash alternative will be offered

Full T’s & Cs can be found here http://www.lagannavigationtrust.org/storymaking-festival-terms-conditions/