• 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…

  • empowerment,  inclusion,  story

    Digital storytelling contract: call for quotes by Social Care Wales

    I’m grateful to Dr Emily Underwood-Lee of the George Ewart Evans Centre for Storytelling at University of South Wales, Cardiff, Wales, for sharing this call to quote from Social Care Wales. They want to receive quotes for the following piece of work from digital storytelling projects. I’m pasting the bilingual text verbatim here: Stories around the Act: Digital stories Overview In order to inspire practitioners to work in new ways, we’re looking for real-life stories about positive ways of working, as part of our work to support the implementation of the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014 (the Act). The purpose of the project is to capture stories that…

  • 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…

  • digital storytelling,  digitalstorytellingpod,  education,  empowerment,  links,  media literacy,  people,  story

    Digital Storytelling Pod Ep02-Tamales and Stories with Cheryl Colan

    This is the second episode of the audio podcast for digital storytellers: Digital Storytelling Pod with Gareth Morlais. (See ep01 too). dspod-ep02.mp3 (Right-click and ‘Save Link As…’ if you’d like to save the audio mp3 file ‘Open Link in New Tab’ if you want to keep the shownotes open) Cheryl Colan is a digital storyteller and trainer from Phoenix, Arizona, USA. I recorded this interview with Cheryl in Cardiff, Wales, July 2011. She was in the UK leading a Digital Storytelling summer school with Study Abroad Britain. She’s led digital training groups to Australia and her motto is Trust Your Story. Shownotes: links Cheryl Colan – http://hummingcrow.com Shelley Rodrigo –…

  • 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…

  • digital storytelling,  DS Cymru,  empowerment,  inclusion,  media literacy,  people,  Wales

    Daniel Meadows – early photographic works (video)

    Many readers of this blog will be familiar with the work of Daniel Meadows. He was founder and creative director of BBC Capture Wales and teaches digital storytelling module at Cardiff University. Before this, he was a well-known documentary photographer. There are retrospective views of his work coming soon: 1. in the form of a new book called “Daniel Meadows: Edited Photographs from the 70s and 80s” by Val Williams. Published by Photoworks. 2. in an exhibition at the National Media Museum, Bradford, called “Daniel Meadows: Early Photographic Works” curated by Val Williams. It runs from 30th September 2011 – 19th February 2012. Daniel has just published a video setting…

  • empowerment,  inclusion,  Wales

    Stories from the Sole at the Eisteddfod

    I’ve been working at the National Eisteddfod in Wrexham all this week and there have been some nice digital inclusion stories here that I’ve come across… Age Cymru have been doing some great work in encouraging older people who aren’t currently using computers or the internet to get an idea of how digital tools might be able to enhance their lives. Merched y Wawr – a Welsh women’s organisation – had the fantastic idea of raising money by auctioning famous women’s shoes. They called the campaign Sodlau’n Siarad / Stories from the Sole. The lovely touch was the story the auctioneers told about each pair. At the auction last night…

  • 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…