Bay Tales

Bay Tales website

How the project began . . .
This invitation was issued to people around Morecambe Bay in 2004:

WSI is gathering personal stories that reflect people's feelings about what it means to live and work in or around Morecambe Bay. We will be holding workshops for local people to share their words with others, as well as develop story-writing skills. We are looking for a variety of stories from people of all ages and backgrounds, particularly those who have little previous story telling experience. You may be involved with the traditional or contemporary industries of The Bay or have particular connections and experiences to share - funny, sad or quirky, we would like to hear from you.

These stories will be gathered together as a limited edition book, a unique exhibition and on WSI's website. They will provide the stimulus for new Longline artworks being created through the year and, when seen together, will offer a picture of Morecambe Bay today based on the truth of people's own contrasting experience rather than presumptions, assumptions and stereotypes.

Workshop places are free, but limited. We will be selecting participants to ensure a variety of perspectives are encompassed. If you are interested to take part please respond in writing by May 21st, with a brief idea of what your story is about. If you need to respond in a different format, please contact to discuss.

The Book and Website Launch

Illustration by John FoxThe Bay Tales project reached a happy conclusion on 13 July 2005 when many of the participants who had given their personal stories to the project gathered at Lanternhouse, along with John Fox and Ania Grom Yoncali, whose paintings and photos illustrate the book, and editor Gilly Adams.

The book was produced in a limited edition of 100, with most copies going to contributors, but some will be on display in local libraries.

There is a Bay Tales website (click here to launch the site) including an online animated 360 degree panorama of The Bay by artist Simon Byford using stories from the project.