Storytelling for Health

Event Date June 15, 2017 7 p.m. – June 17, 2017

Location – various venues, Swansea

We are delighted to be working on the Storytelling for Health conference with ABMU Health board.

This major international conference will bring together arts practitioners, health practitioners and researchers

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.

Sharing Thinking Sharing Stories

We aim to facilitate communication and build shared language across different cultures (eg: patients and clinicians, artists and commissioners), examine how storytelling might be embedded in the training of health professionals and influence policy, and showcase examples of project evaluations, methodologies, or projects which utilise different methodological approaches, inter-disciplinary evidence, and explorations of gaps in the existing research. Presentations will include formal academic papers, performed stories, workshops, art exhibitions, posters, stories with music, therapy stories, and international panels.

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, Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, The National Waterfront Museum and Volcano Theatre.


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Featured Speakers and Artists

In the run up to the conference five story tellers and a musician will be working with local people in different parts of the health service. Daniel Morden and Oliver Wilson-Dickson will be working in cancer services, Steve Killick and Nicola Grove will be working with foster care families, Jess Wilson and Prue Thimbleby will be working with different parts of the mental health service. Each of these projects will be presented at the conference and the participants, staff and storytellers will jointly share their reflections on the impact that sharing stories together has had.

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

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 well-known Canadian storyteller, author and community organiser. He will be speaking about ‘storycare’ – his work with older people in Toronto. He received, in 1999, the first Jane Jacobs Prize to honour his contributions as a storyteller to enhance Toronto’s cultural life. He also received a 2009 Chalmers Arts Fellowship from the Ontario Arts Council. Dan founded the Toronto Festival of Storytelling (in 1979) and co-founded the Storytellers School of Toronto. He also began the longest-running open session in North America: 1,001 Friday Nights of Storytelling (in 1978). Dan has performed at festivals in Israel, Sweden, Norway, Holland, England, Wales, England, Germany, Brazil, Austria, France, the U.S., Singapore, and Ireland, as well as all across Canada. He is the editor of four acclaimed collections of Canadian storytelling (Next Teller – A Book of Canadian Storytelling; Ghostwise – A Book of Midnight Stories; At The Edge – A Book of Risky Stories; Tales for an Unknown City) and the author of Suddenly They Heard Footsteps – Storytelling for the Twenty-first Century (Knopf Canada), which won the 2007 Ann Izard Storytellers’ Choice Award

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.

Dr Jac Saorsa is a visual artist, writer and researcher. She is based at her studio in Broadway, Cardiff. Jac works primarily within the field of medicine with a special interest in the qualitative exploration of the individual lived experience of illness. She works directly with patients and with health professionals, both in the UK and in Africa, towards the advocacy of patient autonomy, and the ‘humanisation’ of the medical relationship. Her work is in public and private collections in the UK, in Tanzania, and in the USA. In 2013 Jac founded The Broadway Drawing School in Cardiff.

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