• audio,  citizenship,  digital storytelling,  empowerment,  hyperlocal,  people,  story,  Wales

    Recording of Ysgol Emrys ap Iwan students reading some of the names of WWI participants from Abergele

    As part of Cofia Abergele Remembers, one of the websites I produce AbergelePost.com, worked with local historian Andrew Hesketh and Ysgol Emrys ap Iwan learners to list and record the names in audio of all the people of Abergele (a seaside town in north Wales) and surrounds who participated in WWI. I’m proud to have produced this project in my hometown. Click the triangle at the top-lift of this Soundcloud widget to hear part of the audio recording. Here’s a list of students who made the recordings: Jordan Harwood Chloe Merrison Anna Humphreys Teigan Thompson Scott Carney Alice Naylor Chantalle Cox Eleanor Lloyd Iwan Coghlan Cian Hanna Mike White Ben…

  • citizenship,  conference,  digital storytelling,  inclusion,  media literacy,  museums,  story,  Wales

    Telling Truths, Changing Minds – digital storytelling evening

    As a round-up of digital storytelling activities in south Wales, it’s hard to beat this event TELLING TRUTHS, CHANGING MINDS in Cardiff, Wales, on Thursday, 29 November 2012. It’s been organised by the CommsCymru network for communications professionals in Wales and it’s open to all members of that CommsCymru network (joining details below). The event is all about the ‘practice and tactics for making effective comms narratives plus the latest applied research from experts at our national centre for storytelling’. The programme is impressive: Professor Hamish Fyfe of the George Ewart Evans Centre for Storytelling at the University of Glamorgan will be hosting the evening. Lisa Heledd-Jones of StoryWorks will…

  • citizenship,  digital storytelling,  empowerment,  inclusion,  Wales

    New website for BBCA: see many of their 800 digital stories – and a bouncing rabbit

    On Facebook today, Natasha James, manager of Breaking Barriers Community Arts*, announced the launch of the organisation’s brand new website: “We have a new website http://www.breakingbarriers.org.uk We’d love you to check it out and give some feedback as well as enjoy watching some stories.” Apart from viewing digital stories and community videos, the website gives details of Training the Trainers workshops, talks about how they develop and manage both digital storytelling and video projects (including video examples of past projects). There are insights into the storytellers, such as Conway Caswell was part of a group of stroke victims who met regularly. He graduated with a degree in English Literature later…

  • citizenship,  digital storytelling,  education,  empowerment,  inclusion,  media literacy,  people

    Premila Gamage, Sri Lankan Digital Storyteller

    It’s International Women’s Day today. This year’s theme centres on Empowering Rural Women. So today’s the day I want to talk about a digital storyteller I met in Colombo, Sri Lanka, in December 2011. Premila Gamage works at the Institute of Policy Studies, Colombo; in her spare time she’s taking the tools of digital storytelling to rural areas of Sri Lanka, encouraging people to tell their stories, publishing them online and helping people realise the dreams they outline in their stories. I’d been was introduced to Premila via email by Sarah Copeland who’d met Premila because they were both studying at Leeds Metropolitan University. So Premila and I made arrangements…

  • citizenship,  digital storytelling,  empowerment,  inclusion,  people,  story,  Wales

    Digital Stories may be ideal for Welsh TV channel S4C

    This sounds like an interesting opportunity for someone who wants to pitch an idea for a series of Welsh-language digital stories to S4C. It’s from the Content section of S4C’s Vision for 2012 and Beyond (PDF). “We will establish a new brand, Calon Cenedl (heart of the nation), a series of short programmes approximately three-minutes long to be broadcast at 20.25. The content will offer us the opportunity to exhibit the full range of Welsh life in a series of portrayals about areas, communities and people. This new brand can be extended to include half-hour programmes at other times during peak hours when the editorial strength of the idea merits…

  • citizenship,  digital storytelling,  DS Cymru,  education,  inclusion,  media literacy,  mobile,  museums,  story,  technology,  Wales

    DS6 digital storytelling conference review 2011

    For the UK’s digital storytellers, a trip to Aberystwyth Arts Centre has been something of an annual pilgrimage for some years now. DS6 took place on Friday 16 June 2011. In keeping with previous years, here’s my review of the day. First on the DS6 stage was Angeline Koh of Singapore-based Digital Storytelling Asia. I first became aware of the interest in digital storytelling in Singapore when I wrote this blog post entitled 6,000 Storytellers four years ago. I could tell from hearing Angeline speak just how much of an inspiration Denise Atchley – wife of the late Dana Atchley – had been. Angeline says digital storytelling is still quite…

  • citizenship,  digital storytelling,  empowerment,  inclusion,  links,  mobile,  timeless

    From Truprint to Facebook

    Up until the 1990s, passing round a Truprint envelope full of 6″ x 4″ photographic prints was the norm; nowadays we publish our own online and ‘Like’ our friends’ photos on Facebook. Increasingly, that’s how we pass round our snapshots. This is a great moment to capture that change in the way we share our personal photos. “From Snapshots to Social Media – The Changing Picture of Domestic Photography” is a new book by Risto Sarvas and David Frohlich from University of Surrey. David has a fascinating history in Digital Storytelling as the pioneer of Audio Photography and one of the people behind the StoryBank digital storytelling sharing project in…