Heritage Lottery Grant for Kirknewton Comic Graphic Novel


Burke and hareKirknewton has received a grant from the National Lottery Heritage Fund to produce a history comic graphic novel.

Kirknewton Community Development Trust has been awarded £40,000 from The National Lottery Heritage Fund to produce a graphic novel on the history of Kirknewton.   It will be made free for all Kirknewton residents.

The project, which involves engaging with young and old and capturing their stories about life and work in Kirknewton, will then be translated into a graphic novel with art from top comic writers and artists as well as community members.

The project includes training in capturing stories and local history, liaising with history partners across West Lothian, history and comic workshops for children with an expected 80 page graphic novel that will hopefully make the local community discover and consider more about local history for future larger projects.

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CEO of the Trust Tony Foster said today, “Our team has been working on this funding application for three years and we thanks the Heritage Lottery for their support.  This project will hopefully inspire people to learn about the history of Kirknewton in a new and exciting way.  It will capture stories that includes the Waterloo Tower, the first mail order medic William Cullen, Burke and Hare trail judges, performer Max Bygraves, German fighter pilots, Cold War spies, sporting word cup and football champions, Gala celebrations, big cats, ghost stories, alien spaceships, environmental campaigns and the original residents of the iron age fort at Kaimes Hill and their defence against attack, now captured in a piece of artwork at the gateway of the village by the late Charles Jencks.”

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He continued, “We have a book about Kirknewton history up to about 1974, based on records of the time.  Five years ago the local Yarnbombers group developed a fantastic tapestry of local history for the Green Room Community Building.  We now want to capture true life stories and history, including early 21st Century history, and present it in a digestible comic graphic novel format.  We can’t wait to see how artists and writers capture our story.”

If you have a interest in local history or the project and wish to get involved in the Project Team e mail infokirknewton@gmail.com by end of November 2019.  The project will take 12 months.

About the National Lottery Heritage Fund

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