Reflections (part 1)

Storytelling workshop participants Emily Dolmans and Alex Paddock joined me (Hannah Ryley) in a presentation at the English Graduate Conference Oxford. Chaired by Britton Brooks, our panel took place first thing on Friday 6 June 2014. I began by introducing the project and its aims, and outlined progress thus far. Emily and Alex then went on to describe their own responses to the ‘Medieval Storytelling’ workshops by offering personal accounts of developing storytelling skills (Emily) and adapting a medieval tale (Alex). Collectively, our presentation responded to the conference theme by addressing the ‘marginalisation’ of Continue reading

Telling stories at the workshops

When Hannah and I came up with the idea for the Medieval Storytelling project, one of our main aims was to provide training which would develop graduate students’ and ECRs’ narrative and oral performance skills. While such skills are often taken for granted – most of us are pretty used to giving conference papers – it’s rare that these skills are explicitly taught. We thought that training in storytelling would Continue reading

‘What is story?’

Jenny Moon, one of our professional storytellers, led the first session of the ‘Medieval Storytelling: Engaging the Next Generation’ workshops. This initial session was an open discussion around the question ‘What is story?’ and sparked conversations which were continue over the course of the two days of workshops. To get the juices flowing, Jenny asked us to jot down our responses to the question on our notepads. Continue reading