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Woodside’s haunted past to be brought to life

16/01/13

An exciting month-long free arts project based around the haunted past of the Woodside area of Aberdeen has been organised by the Arts Development team of Aberdeen City Council.

Author Graeme Milne. Woodside's Haunted Heritage kicks off with a fun event aimed at all ages at 1pm on Saturday 19 January at Woodside and Fountain Community Centre,Marquis Road.

This two-hour event will include art and craft activities based on Woodside in the Victorian age, storytelling on the subject of ghosts with free ice cream available to participants.

The Woodside Haunted Heritage initiative is part of Creative Communities – Aberdeen City Council's Arts Development programme of imaginative and inspiring art projects for residents of all the city's regeneration areas which is funded by the Fairer Scotland Fund.

A week later, Author Graeme Milne will host an afternoon of paranormal storytelling from 2pm until 4pm on Saturday 26 January at Woodside Library, Clifton Road, Aberdeen.

Admission is free but advance booking is required for this event by contacting Aberdeen Libraries on (01224) 484534.

A month-long series of Friday drop-in workshops which offer participants the chance to try their hand at creative writing on the subject of all things haunted will start on Friday 01 February at Fersands and Fountain Community Project, which is based at Woodside and Fountain Community Centre, Marquis Road.

The workshops run from 10am to 12.30pm and from 1pm to 3pm each week until 22 February.

Graeme Milne will be on hand at the workshops to discuss aspects of Woodside's past and to offer participants advice on how to create spooky stories.

The project will culminate with a grand finale on Saturday 23 February with events being held at two locations.

A Victorian dress up, photography and art activities will be on offer from 1pm to 3pm at Woodside and Fountain Community Centre.

At the same time an exhibition of artwork created by project participants and the creative writing produced from earlier workshops will go on show at Woodside Library.

Aberdeen City Council's Convener of Education, Culture and Sport Committee Councillor Jenny Laing said: "This Council has a real focus on providing increased cultural opportunities for the people of Aberdeen, particularly at grassroots level. We believe this is a really exciting project and we hope the people of Woodside will take the opportunity to get involved.

"As we continue to make plans to bid to become UK City of Culture 2017 we will ensure there are many more cultural opportunities for local residents."

Graeme Milne, author and arts tutor said: "The Woodside area of Aberdeen has a rich and sometimes dark past. Though it has undergone huge changes it retains many fine buildings each with its own story to tell which I hope participants can use as inspiration when creating their own stories.

"Participants will be able to research the area's past by looking at old photographs and newspaper articles to inspire work based on real events, some which they may have experienced firsthand. The finished work will be compiled and used as a resource for the local area and provide suitably spooky reading for future generations."

Elspeth Winram, community arts officer, Aberdeen City Council added: "By working together with local people on this project we hope to unearth old stories and create new ones about the Woodside area."

For more information on the Creative Communities programme telephone Arts Development on (01224) 814740 or visit

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