The conference is presented by ABMU Health Board in collaboration with The George Ewart Centre for Storytelling at the University of South Wales, The University of Wales Trinity St Davids, Swansea University, The Learned Society of Wales, Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, The National Waterfront Museum and Volcano Theatre.
Our aims are to acknowledge and celebrate the importance and growth of storytelling for health and to understand and promote good practice and new research.
See www.artsinhealth.wales/conference for more information re programme, walking map to venues and accommodation links etc
Sharing Thinking Sharing Stories
Two of the conference venues will host opportunities to hear the latest research and thinking from across the world – come and be part of the conversations that will be created about different people’s practice and experiences. One venue will be a space for sharing performed stories. There will also be art exhibitions, posters, stories with music, therapy stories, an international panel, a children’s venue on the Saturday and, if you have never told a story before, there will be an opportunity to have a go!
We are delighted to welcome Baroness Eluned Morgan to open the conference and Phil George chair of Arts Council Wales to talk about the Arts Council of Wales’ plans for developing Arts and Health evidence based work in Wales.
Confirmed keynote speakers
Daniel Morden is one of the UKs leading storytellers, he has been enchanting audiences with his tales since 1989. He has performed at events across the globe, has won numerous awards including the Audience Choice Award for Outstanding Storyteller- Words Festival, Helsingbor, Denmark and the UK Classical Association Award for ‘the most significant contribution to the public understanding of the classics’, and has published 12 collections of stories. Daniel’s recent work has focussed on the performance of stories when going through a major health event.
Dan Yashinsky is a Toronto-based storyteller, writer, and community animator. In l978 he founded 1001 Friday Nights of Storytelling, North America’s longest-running adult storytelling series. In l979 he founded the Toronto Storytelling Festival. His books include Swimming with Chaucer – A Storyteller’s Logbook, and Suddenly They Heard Footsteps – Storytelling for the Twenty-first Century. In l999 he received the first Jane Jacobs Prize for his work with storytelling in the community. He is currently the storyteller-in-residence at Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care, working with patients, staff, and family members.
Keynote title – Storycare: imagination, memory, and storytelling in healthcare
Prof Mike Wilson is Professor of Drama at Loughborough University. He is a leading authority on storytelling and performance and has written seven major books on the subject. Mike’s research on storytelling has led him to work on the interface between storytelling and digital technology and the way in which the internet has enabled the telling and sharing of ‘extraordinary’ stories of the everyday experiences of people. He is a Co-Investigator on the major RCUK projects: ‘Creative Practice as Mutual Recovery’, a collaboration led by the Institute of Mental Health at the University of Nottingham, exploring the value of creative interventions as a tool for mutual recovery in the field of Mental Health.
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