• 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…

  • digital storytelling,  instruction,  media literacy,  people,  story,  timeless,  tips,  Wales

    9 things digital storytellers can learn from Steven Moffat, Doctor Who & Sherlock writer

    Here are some lessons digital storytellers can learn from Steven Moffat, based on advice he gave in an interview: 1. Imagine someone with their hat on, their coat half on, stepping out of the door. Make them say: “I’ll just keep watching until I find out what this is about” 2. Have a big whallop at the start. 3. Start with a promise of something you’re going to deliver 4. Surprise them 5. Try to think of a brand new idea. 6. Keep giving them reasons not to turn off 7. Try to make what you do appeal to _everybody_, then you’ve a chance of making it somebody’s favourite. 8.…

  • conference,  digital storytelling,  education,  story,  Wales

    Just a quick post about Great British Story, HLF grants and an EdTech conference

    1. The BBC Great British Story roadshow is in St Ffagan’s, Cardiff, Saturday 16 June 2012. 2. Attending will be representatives of ‘All Our Stories’. There are grants of £3,000 – £10,000 available to from Heritage Lottery Fund for UK organisations “Using collections like archives, libraries and museums, including collections held by people in the community – and – Recording things like people’s memories … scanning old photographs and documents…” Now that sounds like an interesting source of money for digital storytelling projects. Spread the word. 3. Here’s some news of a free event in Cardiff on 26 June I heard of via Dysg’s excellent e-newsletter, mailed out every week…

  • conference,  digital storytelling,  DS Cymru,  mobile,  story,  Wales

    DS7 digital storytelling conference review 2012

    The George Ewart Evans Centre for Storytelling hosted this year’s annual Digital Storytelling Festival DS7 at Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff, on Thursday 7th June 2012. It has been held in each of the previous six years at Aberystwyth Arts Centre. This is my annual cribsheet, looking back at the day. There are links to past festivals at the end of this post. Annie Correal Cowbird, opened the batting at DS7 and she made everyone gasp when she revealed that her father had been kidnapped and held hostage in Colombia. You can hear about what happened in Episode 409 of This American Life. Cowbird was hatched when Annie met Jonathan Harris…

  • 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…

  • conference,  digital storytelling,  links,  media literacy,  story,  Wales

    DS7 digital storytelling festival ticketing and speakers announced

    The main speakers and registration details for the DS7 Digital Storytelling Festival 2012 have just been officially announced. DS7 will be held at Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff, Wales, on the 7th of June 2012. Tickets for the day cost £40, available from the DS7 website. Here are the details from the mail-out from Karen Lewis of the George Ewart Evans Centre for Storytelling, University of Glamorgan, who are hosting this year’s festival. This year’s speakers include: Annie Correal of the Cowbird storytelling community http://cowbird.com Natasha Armstrong of the Historypin mapping-meets-storytelling project http://www.historypin.com/ Patrizia Braga and Steve Bellis of pan-European digital storytelling partnership DeTales http://www.detales.net/wp/partners/united-kingdom/ Alyson Fielding of the Tower of…

  • conference,  digital storytelling,  DS Cymru,  Wales

    Call for Speakers: DS7 #digitalstorytelling festival in Wales

    The organisers of the DS7 digital storytelling festival in Wales have a new website and there’s a call for speakers. Here are the details from the site: “If you would like to contribute to the festival, please email klewis (at) glam (dot) ac (dot) uk with an abstract of 200 – 300 words outlining what you would like to present. Please submit by February 25th 2012” source

  • digital storytelling,  hyperlocal,  inclusion,  links,  Wales

    New local TV station in Wales wants your films and digital stories

    Today – 31 January 2012 – 3VTV is launched. It’s a local internet-based TV channel for the three valleys that make up Blaenau Gwent in south Wales, UK. On the website there are videos made by 3VTV themselves as well as from partner organisations like Breaking Barriers Community Arts, Made in Tredegar, etc. Viewers are invited to upload or suggest embed links to their own films. I especially like the navigation of films by map. That’s after all what local and hyperlocal are all about. To keep up to date with developments you can follow @3VTV on Twitter. Here’s a taste of the output. It’s a video called Pins and…

  • conference,  digital storytelling,  DS Cymru,  Wales

    Date of DS7 #digitalstorytelling festival announced by George Ewart Evans Centre for Storytelling

    I’ve just had this note from Karen Lewis, project lead of StoryWorks and co-director of the George Ewart Evans Centre for Storytelling: “The seventh annual Digital Storytelling festival is happening in Cardiff this year, not Aberystwyth. It will be hosted by the George Ewart Evans Centre for Storytelling (University of Glamorgan), and will be held in Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff on Thursday June 7th. “There will be more publicity out in due course, but I wanted to give you all the date for your diary now as you may be interested in attending.”

  • capturing assets,  education,  links,  media literacy,  mobile,  technology,  Wales

    Learn how to shoot for the web and edit video archive mashups

    Welsh media trainers Cyfle have two tantalising training courses which are open for registration now: 1. Archive Mashup Learn how to mix diverse archive video clips and sounds. A part-time course beginning 26 March 2012 2. Shooting for the web Learn how to plan, script, shoot, edit and upload footage specifically for the web and mobile devices. Using Sony EX3 cameras, the trainer is Simon Walker. A three-day course from 12-14 March 2012 For details of course fees, application and selection process, go to Cyfle’s website. The courses are held in Wales.