Drawing from Nature

Drawing from Nature with Alison Philp

In this workshop we will primarily be using observational drawing as a tool of attentiveness to our natural surroundings. We will look at natural forms and processes and learn drawing techniques to creatively engage with them.

The emphasis will be on spending time with, and tuning into, nature whilst also enhancing drawing skills. We will also be drawing inspiration from some historical and archived resources.

We will explore outside to find suitable subjects to draw and/or to collect matter, then try out some drawing exercises. We will finish by creating a sustained drawing piece using the techniques we’ve learned.

Graphite pencils will be provided, and participants are free to bring along other art materials as well.

Saturday, April 23, 10 AM – 1 PM.
Falkland Community Hall, Falkland.

Silhouette Art

Silhouette Art - Your Life In Stained Glass Pictures with Leigh McCalister

Creating people/places and the things you love with simple card and light techniques.

Silhouette Art is a wonderful expressive artform, creating people and places long ago. Come to a workshop run by artist Leigh McCalister to help you create yourself or a character on a journey round Fife – either in the past or today.

We will look at simple ways of drawing, cutting out and creating almost ‘stained glass images’. Simple ideas and shapes are the key here.

If you have a special picture or idea please bring it along, i.e. if you like boats, bring a picture of boats/flowers/people/animals/places.

Saturday, April 16, 10 AM – 1 PM.
Strathmiglo Village Hall, Strathmiglo.

Pinhole Photography

Introduction to Pinhole Photography with Kit Martin

In this back to basics workshop you will experiment with pinhole cameras made from whisky tubes, tins and card, to celebrate World Pinhole Day!

We all spend so much time staring at screens and consuming digital images that it’s good to slow right down. We will learn about the basics of pinhole photography followed by the magical chemical process of developing black and white prints in a darkroom.

No experience is necessary. All materials provided, but if you have a pinhole camera at home, bring it along! We will be working outdoors for some of the time.

Sunday, April 24, 2 PM – 5 PM.
Off The Rails Arthouse, Ladybank.

Fun with Animation

Fun with Animation with Bun Mitchell

Bun will provide objects to make movies from including lego, plasticine, cardboard for sets, markers and blutak and other props. We will work in teams of three or four, helping each other with stories, set building, moving characters and filming to produce short movies. Then we will make our own soundtracks for the films. Each team will be given a sentence to start them off.

Participants need to download the free app Stop Frame Studio (which has lots of helpful tips) prior to the workshop onto a mobile phone or iPad. Having a set of earphones with a volume control is handy to take shots without touching the phone.

The photo shows a scene from a collaboration Bun was involved in recently for the story Red Riding Hood.

Sunday, May 8, 10 AM – 1 PM.
Letham Village Hall, Letham.

Felted Landscapes in Fife

Felted Landscapes - A Wool Painting of Your Favourite Fife Place with Kirsty Tudor

In this workshop Kirsty will show you how to use a variety of pure wool fibers to create a picture of your favorite Fife landscape or place. We will use wet felting techniques to create a background and embellish your scene using 2D needle felting.  We will utilize the fascinating range of British wool fibers to create amazing textures while learning about wool and its amazing properties and how magically versatile it is.

Please bring a picture or photograph with you of the scene you would like to create. All materials and equipment will be supplied.

Sunday, May 8, 2 PM – 5 PM.
Lumsden Memorial Hall, Freuchie.


Sashiko – Little Stab Stitching with Andrea McMillan

Sashiko is the Japanese art of sewing two or more layers of material together, using a simple running stitch. The designs are made up of straight lines and curves, ranging from the very simple to complex and beautiful. Traditionally white thread is used to contrast with dark blue cloth.

Few materials are needed – the basics are a needle, thread and fabric. Today we often miss out on the simple pleasures of creating our own work and the sense of companionship and community found sitting and sewing with other people.

Everyone will be given a fabric sample with a ready-marked Sashiko design, there will be the opportunity to design more complex patterns and mark them on to fabric, and advice on how to use the technique to make items such as bags, runners and wall hangings.

Saturday, May 14, 2 PM – 5 PM.
Auchtermuchty Community Centre, Auchtermuchty.

Map Poems

Map Poems – a Map of the Changing Self with Mick Kitson

Come and explore your own life and experience through poetry. An easily learned and used technique to find your own language to express ideas and feelings in a structured, image-heavy piece of poetry.

Map poems are made using a self-made drawing of a place you know and love,  but require no skill in drawing. These poems are great for people who have never written poetry before and offer a way into translating your experience and feelings into powerful words and images.

Map poems create a striking and often moving snapshot of a moment in a life in accessible and recognisable language. They are often very funny and always forge a unique connection between poet and reader.

In this workshop you will learn techniques to find and develop you own voice as a poet.

Sunday, May 15, 10 AM – 5 PM.
Collessie Victory Hall, Collessie.

Illuminated Lettering Art

An Introduction to Illuminated Lettering Art with Carolyn Higgins

An interesting, relaxed, and fun class for all artistic abilities, exploring the form and art of illuminated lettering.

You will be helped to design a detailed letter (or various letters) with the use of basic calligraphy, flourishes and borders.

You will have time to sketch various ideas, experiment with different mediums and tools such as dip pens, brush pens, watercolour, ink and metallic pens and inks. Finally creating a pleasant personal image for use either to be a framed piece of art or as a design to be used on a greeting card.

Saturday, May 21, 10 AM – 1 PM.
Dunshalt Village Hall, Cupar.

Just Write!

Just Write! - a Fun Creative Writing Workshop with Geoff Barker

Whether you're a beginner or have some experience of writing, this stimulating, interactive workshop – for adults and teenagers – is sure to encourage you in your creative writing.

Just Write! is facilitated by local professional writer, Geoff Barker. This invigorating three-hour session is packed full of varied exercises and writing tasks. Shake off any writing worries or inhibitions with these tried-and-tested quick-fire exercises that will be fun to do, as well as providing you with skills to use in your future writing.

Whatever might be holding you back, it's never too late to try... Just Write!

Sat, May 28, 10 AM – 1 PM.
Kettle Memorial Hall, Kingskettle.

Intro into Storytelling

Intro into Storytelling – In Scotland’s Year of Stories with Sarah Wedderburn Ogilvy

In this workshop, we will be looking at the art of oral storytelling and introducing the basics that will have you telling a short story by the end of the workshop. 2022 is Scotland's year of Stories - are you ready to discover your inner storyteller? No experience is required - all you need is a desire to start telling stories to others, without having to rely on notes or books.

Your workshop facilitator is Sarah Wedderburn-Ogilvy -  a storyteller, artist and life coach based in Fife. She loves to tell stories that invoke the wilder side of being human, and tales that connect us with the cyclical rhythm of nature.

Sun, May 29, 2 PM – 5 PM.
The Village Hall, Newton of Falkland.



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Village Hall Creative

‘Everyone is an artist,” wrote Joseph Beuys. This first series of The Village Creative is about helping communities reconnect, inviting each of us to discover the benefits of developing our creativity, finding new ways to express ourselves and dusting down hidden talents. Why not come and try?

The Village Creative is funded by The University of St Andrews Community Fund.

Haiver FM – Howe Community Radio Station

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Haiver FM broadcast on 87.9FM and simultaneously across the Community Media Association portal with daily bulletins across Mental Health Awareness Week from 9th – 15th May followed by two weeks of 12 hours of live daily scheduling from 16th to 29th May from the temporary studio in the Jubilee Hall, Burnturk.

The Haiver FM media player attracted 2500 listener sessions across 22 countries, with listeners tuning into a staggering 28353 minutes. Across the month of broadcasting, Heids and Hert's social networking pages reached 12,900 people with 2,291 engagements.

Please subscribe to our YouTube Channel for regular podcasts and project updates as we move forward with the Haiver FM project - giving the community a Voice.

This project funded by the Fife Communities Mental Health and Wellbeing Fund, administered by Fife Voluntary Action with funding from the Scottish Government.

Hearth in the Howe

Hearth in the Howe is a series of community story-catching events. Sharing stories strengthens common values, combats loneliness, and inspires compassionate actions.

Please join professional storyteller Sheila Kinninmonth for a celebration of diverse stories and reminisces about rural living. Mixing with neighbours to share tales and stories about the local characters, traditions, and family tales that help nurture our sense of place and belonging.

Come and Join Us. All Ages Welcome.

Sunday 2nd October

Letham Woodsday Celebration. Children from Letham Primary School and The Secret Garden have been exploring some of the wildlife of the woodland and surrounding neighbourhood. Help us celebrate the woods and how it benefits us all. Home Baking, Tours of the Woods, Local Produce and Crafts, Nature-based activities and games, bat, moth and swift specialists, animal tracking and story sharing activities.

From 2:00 pm in Letham Woods.

Wednesday 12th October

Soup and Homemade Bread Lunch. A historic building set on lovely grounds, Giffordtown Village Hall is a community-owned, community-run centre providing a hub for the local hamlets of Giffordtown, Charlottetown, Edentown and Kinloch. Join us for a bit of a blether, an opportunity to meet new people, socialise and reminisce.

12.30 pm – 2.30 pm in Giffordtown Village Hall.

Thursday 20th October

Coffee and Chat Get-Together. People make places – places make people – In 1897, Hugh Veitch Haig of Ramornie gifted the Jubilee Hall to the Community who have continuously owned and run it since then. The Hall was expanded to take in the building next door in 1966. Back in August this year, neighbours gathered to celebrate the 125th Anniversary of the hall as a hub of community life. Join us and help us remember our stories and characters.

10.30 am – 12.30 pm in Jubilee Hall, Burnturk.

Friday 4th November

First Friday Lunch Meeting. In the Nineteenth Century, Gateside was a thriving community. It was also the location of Gateside Mill, which manufactured lint, but by the Twentieth Century, the mill produced bobbins and shuttles and provided employment for about 80 people.  Bobbins and shuttles were accessories in the textile trade and were primarily shipped to India for the jute and hessian industries.  This trade ceased virtually overnight in 1947 when India was granted its independence; after that, this core business declined sharply. Today, community life centres around the village hall, a vital resource in bringing the community together. Join us for a special lunchtime celebration and help swap a few stories of your own.

12:00 pm – 2:00 pm in The Memorial Hall, Gateside.

Thursday 17th November

The Voices of Falkland panel, Betty Gilchrist, Bob Beveridge, Dave Dryburgh & Bert Dalrymple, have shared their memories and reminiscences on www.voicesoffalkland.com. Two of our panel, Dave and Betty, are Falklanders born and bred.  Two are not Falkland-born, Bert and Bob, but they settled in Falkland many years ago.   They all have unique and special memories recorded for posterity and many more to share.

7:00 pm – 9:00 pm in Falkland Community Hall.

Thursday 24th November

For more than 100 years, “The Morison Duncan Hall” has been the main focal point for many village-based community activities. The Thursday Cafe is one of the many regular initiatives organised by local people designed to bring the community together. Join us for a session with Sheila our storyteller and swap some stories of village characters old and new.

10:00– 11:00 am Morison Duncan Hall, Gauldry

Wednesday 30th November

A special celebration with the congregation of St. Johns Parish Church and Fife International (formally Migrants) Forum on St Andrews Day with stories and music reflecting on belonging and place together with members of the Conversational Café and broader international communities who now call North East Fife their home. 

7:00 pm – 9:00 pm in St Johns Parish Church, Cupar.

Hearth in the Howe Sponsors

Hearth in the Howe part of the Year of Stories 2022 Community Stories programme. With Fund support from EventScotland, MuseumsGalleriesScotland and National Lottery Heritage Fund.

Scotland’s Year of Stories 2022 is a celebration of stories inspired by, written, or created in Scotland. Stories are a vital part of Scotland’s culture, and every community has a different tale. A host of events are being held across Scotland this year – by community groups, museums, culture and heritage organisations and visitor attractions – showcasing our rich storytelling and literary heritage.