The George Ewart Evans Centre for Storytelling at the University of South Wales (formerly the University of Glamorgan) is dedicated to promoting, teaching, developing and researching storytelling in all its forms. The Centre was launched in April 2005 by Prof Hamish Fyfe and Prof Mike Wilson.
The Centre consolidates and builds upon the University’s existing strengths in storytelling and is named after the socialist and oral history pioneer George Ewart Evans, who was born and raised in the former mining community of Abercynon, a stone’s throw from the University’s Treforest campus.
Storytelling is both a unique art form and a valuable tool for promoting understanding and communication. Its uses range from health care to working with disadvantaged communities, from social work to oral history. We believe storytelling should be instrumental in enhancing inclusion, social justice and cultural life at individual, local, national and international levels. Our work contributes to the development of storytelling, raises public and civic awareness of storytelling, and challenges cultural values and social assumptions.
The Centre is led by Director Professor Hamish Fyfe and Karen Lewis. Dr Patrick Ryan is Research Fellow at the centre. The Centre Research Associate is Emily Underwood-Lee. The Stories of Change Research Associate is David Llewellyn. Dr Steve Killick is our Visiting Fellow and Prof Mike Wilson is our Visiting Prof.
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