My name is Gareth Morlais and I was one of the BBC Cymru Wales Capture Wales Cipolwg ar Gymru Digital Storytelling team from 2001-2008. The first Digital Story I ever saw was Daniel Meadows’s Polyphoto. I saw it at an inspiring presentation Daniel made at BBC Wales in Cardiff in 2001, where he also showed Dana Atchley’s Home Movies.
I made my first Digital Story with Gilly Adams at a 2001 bootcamp for BBC Wales, led by Joe Lambert and Nina Mullen of the Center for Digital Storytelling in the Elan Valley, mid Wales. That workshop was organised by Karen Lewis, Mandy Rose and Maggie Russell.
The people I worked with in the Capture Wales Cipolwg ar Gymru Digital Storytelling team also included Gilly Adams, Huw Davies, Carwyn Evans, Lisa Heledd, Lisa Jones, Melanie Linsdell, Dafydd Llewelyn and Simon Turner. Nothing you read on this blog could have been written without learning what I’ve learned from the rest of the team.
BBC Capture Wales’ strategy has always been to try help make Digital Storytelling a sustainable proposition in Wales. We always planned to run fewer and fewer workshops ourselves as more and more community organisations began offering Digital Storytelling opportunities. We planned to stop running monthly workshops ourselves one day and that day came at the beginning of April 2008.
Two of our team moved on assignment to the University of Glamorgan, where the production activity and innovation continues. Inspired by the George Ewart Centre for Storytelling, the University has become a centre for excellence in Digital Storytelling and Karen Lewis has founded the highly-succesful StoryWorks at the University.
I may be less involved day-to-day in my work with helping people to make Digital Stories, but I’m still actively involved with digital storytelling. I’ll use this Aberth Digital Storytelling website to keep you updated.
Rwy’n siarad Cymraeg, ac mae na groeso i chi ddanfon sylwadau a chyfraniadau yn Gymraeg. The Welsh language is very important to me and contributions and comments in Welsh are most welcome.
By way of full disclosure, some of the links in this site are affiliate/advertising links which go part of the way of meeting the costs of hosting this site.
I left the BBC in 2013, but I’ve been able to stay involved in digital storytelling as a voluntary non-executive director of Breaking Barriers Community Arts, based at the Llanhileth Miners’ Institute in Blaenau Gwen, south Wales.
Although I worked for the BBC when I wrote much of the content of this site, the views and opinion I expressed in this blog were my own, not the BBC’s.
Originally written and published by Gareth Morlais on 9 September 2007, since edited to add BBCA and change tense.