A GROUP of West Kilbride volunteers are proving that it’s good to talk with their latest special event in the village.

Creative Works is the team behind Microtalks – special six minute talks from locals and guests on any subject.

Since Microtalks was launched in March last year almost 50 speakers have shared their inspirational ideas with more than 500 people over eight events.

Creative Works and Microtalks volunteer Jeni Lennox said: “Microtalks are six minute stories with 20 pictures that give a quick glimpse into the extraordinary experience and knowledge of our neighbours.

“We have six speakers at each event; anyone can speak on any subject and we love having volunteers approach us with their stories.

“Ideally, we look for a good mix of local superheroes including a young person when we can and include a visiting speaker at each session.

“We try to encourage people from all walks of life and all ages to contribute - our youngest speaker to date was nine and our oldest in his 70s.”

Jeni says that Microtalks has attracted volunteer speakers on subjects ranging from designing bank notes to running festivals and from motorbiking across America to being a young karate champion.

Jeni said: “You don’t need to have public speaking experience as long as you are happy to talk and share a passion, hobby or experience.

“The short format and range of topics ensures each session has something in it for everyone.”

Entry is free, with donations collected going towards more Microtalks and Creative Works projects.

As well as Mictotalks, Creative Works is also the driving force behind West Kilbride Gets Plastered, creating a living archive of 500 of our neighbours in sculpture, photography and story.

The group is also behind the Textile Trail – a series of workshops in weaving, printing, textile painting and sculpture culminating in a decorated walk from the town to the sea on display October 6 to 28.

For younger creatives in the village, the volunteers support Micromakers – young folks who want to make and sell their creations – and Microfilmmakers who make their own films of local events, including capturing the many amazing speakers at Microtalks.

Creative Works is made up of Jeni and fellow West Kilbride residents Claire Johnston, Siobhan Staples and Jade Bousinesq, while youngsters Oscar Lennox Gaunt and Cam Hardy run the Microfilmakers project.

The next instalment of Microtalks involves subjects including saving lives through social media and being the Scotland rugby team doctor.

The event starts at 4pm in the village's Barony Centre this Saturday, August 25, with the chance to try some plaster casting, textile printing and weaving, as well as finding out more about some of the other local festivals like Tidelines and Vertex before the talks begin at 5pm.

Younger guests can sign up to get behind the lens as part of the Micromakers project.