Storytelling for Refuge/ Storytelling as Refuge

Event Date April 6, 2018 9 a.m. – April 7, 2018

Location – ATRiuM, University of South Wales

We are delighted to announce details of this year’s George Ewart Evans Centre for Storytelling Annual Symposium. This year the theme is Storytelling and Refuge / Storytelling as Refuge. Following on from our two most recent symposia, looking at themes of Storytelling and Justice and Storytelling and Place respectively, this year’s symposium explores an important cross section of these themes: storytelling as a means of creating awareness of refugee and migrant issues, as well as its ability to provide moments of refuge in the midst of chaotic events. In a world where migration and refugees are constant talking points in political and cultural spheres, story and storytelling take on crucial roles in crafting and shaping narratives around migration and refuge. But story can also act as refuge; as a sanctuary for the lost, for the wanderer, and those who seek spaces of literal or metaphorical peace.

We aim to inspire, encourage and showcase exciting projects across a wide spectrum of storytelling activity which focuses on refuge. The conference will feature invited keynote presentations, a panel discussion with leading researchers, performances of stories and provocations by prominent thinkers in the field of story and refuge. Confirmed contributors include: Eirwen Malin, Professor Bambo Soyinka (Bath Spa University), Dr Jodie Allinson (University of South Wales). The two day event is held on Friday 6th and Saturday 7th April 2018 in The Atrium, University of South Wales, Adam St, Cardiff, CF24 2FN.

Keynote speaker: Patience Agbabi


If there is anything you would like to discuss further please get in touch with Denis Cryer-Lennon (

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