There isn’t much of a difference between writing and map-making. You can tell a story by mapping a place and map a place by telling a story.
Last year I launched a project via National Collective for people to send me their stories; to send me their reasons, their hopes and their dreams for an independent Scotland. I didn’t know any of these people, of course, and they didn’t know me, but they were kind enough to contribute. I asked them not to send me the facts and figures but simply to say what they feel about independence. I think it’s a more human and more worthwhile debate that way.
And so, over the space of a few weeks I got to work scribbling these statements down into a big map of Scotland. I had never drawn using words before but I wanted to create something that really showed a nation talking to itself, something to which anyone could contribute and which was a public creation as opposed to just being a creation of my own.
Below is a film of the result. Thank you all who contributed, and to the wonderful singer Alyth McCormack for kindly letting me use her song, ‘The Vices Set’.
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