Seeing Stories

Recovering Landscape Narrative in Urban and Rural Europe

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Largo de S. Estevão: Ulysses leaving and the Seven Hills

Remember when Ophiussa snaked from the top of the hill, where the Castle is, to reach Ulysses boat? Desperate, furious, insane, Ophiussa and her serpent maidens slid down the valley towards the river, bleeding all the way through. But when they reached the waters, the boat... the boat was long gone. From the snakes twists and turns, the seven hills were formed. And from their heavy blood and tears, the rosy river Tagus flowed in. Eventually, the snakes dispelled, becoming the enchanted watery genies of Lisbon, the city of longing.

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Seeing Stories is ending as a project. But through the project we have met many individuals and organisations who want to share good practice and creative skills. So we are forming an international network called Stories in Place. The network is open to all those who through their work, art or volunteering wish to strengthen the connections between people and place through storytelling. Our aim is to further strengthen international friendship and collaboration.

If you would like to be part of Stories in Place please contact Donald Smith, Project Manager of Seeing Stories, and Director of the Scottish International Storytelling Festival, on