Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Storytelling for Health International Conference

One of the most exciting International Storytelling Conferences is happening right here in Wales next week and I am so proud to be part of the team that is making it so.

Based in Swansea, the Storytelling for Health International Conference is led by Prue Thimbleby who is Co-ordinator of Arts in Health as part of ABMU Health Board in collaboration with The George Ewart Evans Centre for Storytelling at the University of South Wales, The University of Wales Trinity, St.David's, Swansea University, as well the Glynn Vivan Art Gallery, The National Waterfront Museum and Volcano Theatre.

My role has been a small cog in what is proving to be a Storytelling Movement in terms of changing the perception of storytelling in health based practice. 

I am the Creative Digital Developer for the Conference and have been focused on designing a website called Stories for Change to help New Storytellers, as well as devising Creative Evaluation techniques for the training and at Conference itself.

At Conference I will collate evaluation from delegates and create ethnographic poems from their feedback. I am also leading on the Storytelling Coat from a Doctor's Coat interactive installation.

I will be based in Volcano Theatre to take account of my own health needs with regard to hearing loss, tinnitus and hyperacusis. 

Massive thank you to all the volunteers in knitting groups across the UK that have been knitting flowers for our Storytelling Cloak, with the intention of Reclaiming our Well Being. 

After Conference I will make a little film to go on the website showing the story of how the cloak came to be. so, keep an eye out for your knitted flower.

Heartfelt thanks to Prue and the Storytelling Conference Team for what has been nothing short of a joyous 6 months run up to this incredible event. 


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