Medieval Storytelling: Engaging the Next Generation is an AHRC-funded collaborative skills development programme. The aim of this project is to train UK research postgraduates and Early Career Researchers in the art of storytelling. Learning to tell stories helps hone general communication skills, enabling participants to disseminate their research more confidently. The further aim of the project is to enable participants to engage in outreach.
Professional storytellers Daniel Morden and Jenny Moon provided dedicated workshops in April 2014, designed to develop participants’ story adaptation and performance skills. Following this training – and extensive rehearsal at ‘Story Circle’ meetings – participants have gone on to perform medieval stories to schoolchildren.
Please see this short video for more on the workshops:
In addition to school-based performances, other recent events featuring medieval storytellers include: Banbury Literary Live, the Cambridge Festival of Ideas (two events: here and here), and storytelling for adults in a London pub. The co-organisers were delighted to present papers about the project at conferences in Oxford and Cork. A participant from the Medieval Storytelling project is also involved in a medieval conference on the theme of Stories and Storytelling.
We are currently developing exciting plans for the future of the project. Please get in touch with us if you have any questions, ideas for collaboration, or to arrange a performance.