Seeing Stories

Recovering Landscape Narrative in Urban and Rural Europe

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Rua Norberto Araújo: Mythological Lisboa

Lisbon, Land of Serpents, legend says. Oh yes. When Ulysses arrived, the land was populated by the People of the Serpents: great feathered woman-snakes ruled by Ophiussa, the Great Serpent Queen. No man should step on the land journeying through the river, she ordained. This is my kingdom and woe betide who shall venture to step foot on it. But when Ulysses saw the land from afar, he fell in love with it. And Ophiussa... fell in love with him. She tamed her serpents and invited the sailors to taste the treasures of the land. And she took his beloved hero to the top of the hill. Lisbon, Ulisseia, was then formed. But when Ulysses left in his boat back to Troy, Ophiussa, enraged, snaked from up above trying to reach the river and stop him from abandoning her. So come along. Let's follow the snake.




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