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Spirit Of The Highlands - Autobiography - Call For Stories

7th October 2020

As a key stakeholder in the everyday life and culture of the Highlands, I hope that you will want to support the Spirit of the Highlands - an initiative specifically designed to help boost tourism and economic growth throughout the Highland area by promoting its culture and heritage, supported by the Inverness and the Highlands City Region Deal.

One of the project's aims is to create an ‘Autobiography of the Highlands', a unique collection of stories held in a digital archive, all told by the people who live, work and visit here.

This "Spirit:Autobiography" will be an authentic insight into life in the Highlands today, and the heritage that has shaped this unique region, in the words of people from across the Highlands.

We're looking for stories behind the headlines of history, stories about people you might hear at a ceilidh: the uncle who worked on the hydro schemes; the sister that set up the local fèis, the niece that kayaked the Great Glen in record time.

And we want to hear stories of communities too, large and small - the local events that shaped it, or how global events have affected it; about its singing sands or Viking graffiti - the things that give it a distinctive fingerprint.

All the stories will be available for present and future generations to enjoy in the "Spirit:Autobiography" digital archive. Some of the stories will be used to inspire artists in a series of commissions in the Spirit:360 project, and others will be the foundation of the ‘Spirit of the Highlands in 100 Stories' exhibition in Inverness Castle when it reopens.

The call for these stories is now live, and people across the world are being invited to share them at

Find out more through this short short video narrated by Julie Fowlis

The closing date for submission of these stories is November 30th 2020.

You can also follow and share the project through our social media channels,