Seeing Stories

Recovering Landscape Narrative in Urban and Rural Europe

The Road To Meikle Seggie cover

'My drawings are about what I see in the real world all around me. They are about the magic in all things we recognise as normal. They are about ordinary houses and farm buildings, drainpipes, gutters, chimney pots, windows, doors, washing hanging out to dry, balconies and all forms of useful street furniture. The road does not concentrate on castles, palaces and cathedrals. It is governed more by small apparently insignificant details and hidden forces, by underground 'blind' springs and the ever changing movements of shorelines, rivers and of moonrises and sunsets.'

To travel the road to Meikle Seggie is to undertake any journey which offers unexpected opportunities for intellectual growth and self-discovery. In the 1970s, Richard Demarco embarked on a series of journeys, starting in Edinburgh, to recover a sense of our living culture in the environments around us. These radiated out across Europe, underpinning the internationalism of this unique Scottish-Italian artist's own extraordinary journey. Forty years later, the journey is renewed with this reproduction of Demarco's original artwork and his first Meikle Seggie essay, along with a new translation into Italian.





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