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360 Narratives

360 Narratives was a cross-platform project encouraging professionals from different art forms to collaborate and create new work together.

Teams of professionally produced or published artists across a range of narrative fields - including playwrights, novelists, graphic novel artists, TV writers, children's book writers, puppeteers and multi-platform digital creators - came together to develop new ideas.

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Six teams were selected to attend a week long intensive residency to develop their projects and prepare to approach industry for further development.

The six teams were:

  • Cairn (Fin Cramb, Cormac Quinn and Bevan Tait)
  • Darklands  (Laura Grace, James Malcolm and Elizabeth McGuane)
  • Dreadcode (Gavin Inglis and Ali Maloney)
  • Glasgow Kiss (Virginia Heath and Alton Milne)
  • Snow White and Rose Red (Lynda Radley and Jenny Soep)
  • The Secret Life of Suitcases (Ailie Cohen and Lewis Hetherington).

Together, they explored storyworlds, approaches to intellectual property, building business plans and pitching and selling their ideas, as well as spending time creating their narrative worlds. All that and a blistering darts competition! 

The teams were supported throughout the residency and beyond by a core of experienced industry advisors - Jenny Brown, David Griffith, Mark Grindle, Fiona Sturgeon Shea and Grant Keir; with additional input from a variety of guests and panellists including:

  • Bob Last (Ink Digital)
  • Emma Hayley (SelfMadeHero)
  • Phil Parker (Nyac)
  • Dave Sapien (davesapien.com)
  • Carol Sinclair (Cultural Enterprise Office)
  • Aly Barr (Creative Scotland)
  • Angie Bual (Trigger)
  • Simon Parsons (BBC Scotland)
  • Liam Sinclair (macrobert)
  • Scott Donaldson (Creative Scotland)


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Before applications opened for the residency, the project began with an exciting Open Weekend in the beautiful Barcelo Stirling Highland Hotel on 19th and 20th November 2011.

The participants gathered and enjoyed inspirational conversations with peers and writers who have had experience and success across genres; advice on intellectual property and how to exploit it; and exercises and workshops to get them mingling across artforms.

Grant Keir acted as facilitator for the two days, and case studies included Tom Knights, Vivian French, Rona Munro, Rodge Glass and Andrea Gibb.

Following the open week, a Facebook group was formed to share opportunities and help potential residency applicants find collaborators.

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