StoryWorks: Looking for the Story workshop

Delivered on April 28, Pontypridd, Wales, by Gilly Adams and Georgie Meadows, who say:

“To be effective practitioners and offer compassionate and good care, we need to be able to see each patient as a special and unique individual…Using pictures as our starting point, we will explore how we can be more aware of the stories of those who cannot tell their own.”

The cost of this half day workshop is only £30 and there are details here.

StoryWorks has a new website at with mainly health-related digital stories about OCD, ADHD, cancer, etc. This organisation has also done work with explanatory storytelling. For example, they worked with the National DNA Database to tell a story about how information from DNA swabs is stored and used. You can watch stories on the StoryWorks website.

Led by Karen Lewis, it’s a fabulously talented, likeable and experienced team (declaration of interest: I’ve worked with many of them) and if you’re looking for people to guide you through the benefits of storytelling and stories in your organisation, it would be worth contacting StoryWorks.

Digital Storytelling in Nordic countries

I had a query recently from Liz Milner, Bristol, via Mandy Rose, asking about digital storytelling in Scandinavia and northern Europe. Here’s a list of the ones I could think of; please feel free to add others using Comments:

Hanne Jones, Christer Fasmer and Eli Lea of Digital Fortellinger . See also the end of this blog post for more in English about that project. Lisa Heledd, formerly of the BBC Capture Wales team has trained trainers in Norway.

The European Center for Digital Storytelling is part of the CDS and they have a Ning Group. You need to join (free) to read and post.

CDS has run other projects in the Nordic Countries, including Deltagarden. There’s an English synopsis halfway down this page.

The Swedish Disability Network has run digital storytelling activity called MediAbility. See also this page.

Knut Lundby of the University of Oslo contributed to ‘Story Circle: Digital Storytelling around the World’, Edited by John Hartley and Kelly McWilliam. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell 2009.

Simon Stromberg, Sweden The City of Stockholm, Culture House, Shahrazad
Project. This is more of a story exchange than a digital storytelling project, but it’s still worth investigating. Simon was one of the presenters at BBC Wales’s Digital Storytelling Conference back in 2002.

Aske Dam is a Norwegian professor who’s worked extensively in the East. His work on the use of keitai (mobile phones) in Japan is fantastic and, having met him twice here in Wales, when I visited University of Tokyo I was delighted to learn he’s held in high regard in Japan.

In March 2010, an academic journal called Seminar, has a special edition about digital storytelling. This journal is published by Lillehammer University College.