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Stirling’s stories will be brought to life in new human interest talk series from Tolbooth Stirling

Thursday 21 May 2020
Inspiring stories from Stirling will be showcased in a new series of powerful talks designed to inspire pride in the local area.
Tolbooth Talks

The talks will be led by a musician, an actor, a local entrepreneur, a historian and a film/TV location scout.

Tolbooth Stirling is launching Season 1 of Tolbooth Talks over the coming weeks, bringing a diverse array of stories from Stirling’s past and present directly into people’s homes, while Tolbooth remains temporarily closed.

A diverse arrary of stories

The Tolbooth Talks series will not only entertain, they will also offer some substantial food for thought. The inaugural line-up will feature Stirling actor Mirren Mack, who recently starred in BBC’S hit TV series - The Nest, and musician Saul Davies from the band James.

Marking 25 years since the release of Braveheart, Dr Murray Cook, author and Stirling Council’s Archaeologist, will deliver a talk on the story of William Wallace. Local entrepreneur Laura Burt will speak on how her business has evolved of late in reaction to the current situation, and what it was like to work with pop star Harry Styles. In an episode focusing on Stirling as a film location we’ll hear why Bannockburn House was chosen as the location for a Channel 5 ghost story.

This introductory offering of Tolbooth Talks will be available online only, but the hope is to continue with a follow on series of empowering and inspiring content about Stirling and its people, and for future events to include a live audience during filming, whenever that may be possible.

Talks hosted on Tolbooth Stirling's website and social media

The talks will be hosted on Tolbooth Stirling’s website, and further information will be shared via Tolbooth’s social channels over the coming weeks, @TolboothStirling, including how people can get involved and submit their questions for the Talk hosts.

Convener of Stirling Council’s Community Planning and Regulation Committee, Councillor Chris Kane, said: “Stirling has such a vast array of talented people and fascinating places that by sharing these positive stories via the new Tolbooth Talks series we hope to encourage others to chase their own aspirations and develop an even stronger sense of pride in our area.”

Vice Convener, Councillor Maureen Bennison said: “Stirling Council has remained committed to providing its cultural offering during the unprecedented times we are currently living in. We have so many inspirational stories to tell and Tolbooth Talks is a series which we believe will continue to flourish once life begins to return to normal.”

Series Dates

Talk 1 –Thu 4th June - Dr Murray Cook, Author and Stirling’s Archaeologist

Talk 2 –18th June  - Mirren Mack, Actor

Talk 3 –2ND July - Saul Davies, Musician (Member of band James)

Talk 4 –16th July  - Turnip The Beet, Laura Burt, Chef, Deli Owner and caterer

Talk 5 –30th July - Stirling on Film