Storytelling and Anniversaries

Event Date June 8, 2012 – June 9, 2012

Location – Zen Room - CB403

Keynote: Professor Sioned Davies, provocations by Dr Simon Heywood, Professor Kristin Wardetski and Professor Darryl Jones.


  • Professor Sioned Davies is Chair of Welsh and Head of School of Welsh at Cardiff University
  • Dr Simon Heywood, Storyteller, Lecture in Creative Writing in the Schools of Humanities at University of Derby
  • Darryl Jones, Head of English, Trinity College Dublin
  • Professor Kristin Wardetzky, former Professor at the University of Arts in Berlin

Professor Sioned Davies is Chair of Welsh and Head of School of Welsh at Cardiff University and will launch the George Ewart Evans Symposium. 
Her lecture is on early versions of the Mabinogion (late 19th and early 20th century), many of those written specifically for children, and include illustrations. 
This will be to celebrate the birth of Charlotte Guest, the first English translator of the Mabinogion in her bicentenary year.

Dr Simon Heywood Storyteller, Lecture in Creative Writing in the Schools of Humanities at University of Derby will discuss the work of Charles Dickens. 
In the bicentennial of Charles Dickens’s birth, Simon’s provocation talk will explore the work of Charles Dickens as a model and source for today’s storytellers 
and the influences of folklore and oral storytelling on Dickens’s own writing.

Professor Darryl Davies Head of School of English, Trinity College, Dublin will present a talk on the Irish writer Bram Stoker, as 2012 is the centennial 
of the famous gothic novelist’s death. He will explore the influence of Irish folk superstitions and of other Irish Gothic writers on Stoker’s work, as well 
as the impact of Stoker, vampires and the Gothic on storytelling.

Professor Kristin Wardetzky was Professor at the University of Arts in Berlin from 1991 until 2007. Her talk will focus on the Grimm fairytales and speak about 
our experiences with telling them at primary schools. This will surely make for an exciting and stimulating discussion in this 200th anniversary year of the publication 
of Kinder- und Hausmärchen.

Booking Information

  • Lecture by Professor Sioned Davies Friday June 8th at 6.30pm FREE
  • Symposium on Saturday June 9th at 9.30 am £30 (full price) £20 (unwaged)


Contact Dawn Matthews [email protected] for further information or a booking form

DS7 Digital Storytelling Festival 2012

Location – Chapter Arts Center, Cardiff

The George Ewart Evans Centre is very pleased to be hosting this year’s annual Digital Storytelling Festival on Thursday 7th June. It will be held at Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff, but all bookings will be administered by us at the Centre.

Guest Speakers

The seventh anniversary of the Digital Storytelling Festival in Wales promises to inspire, encourage and showcase exciting projects across a wide spectrum of digital storytelling activity.

This year it is hosted by the George Ewart Evans Centre for Storytelling (University of Glamorgan) and will be held at Chapter Arts Centre in Cardiff.

Whether your interest is in the arts, lifelong learning, community or heritage, this is your opportunity to share experiences, explore new creative ideas and look at examples of approaches to digital storytelling in the UK, Europe and worldwide.
DS7 presents a jam packed day of inspirational speakers and sessions on a wide range of topics within the field and offers an exciting opportunity to network with the national and international digital storytelling community.

Booking Information

Fee: £40, including refreshments and lunch plus a fun filled evening of live stories and music
There may be a small number of £30 student concessions available

Further Information:

Keep posted to the DS7 blog for more information and a full programme


Contact Dawn Matthews [email protected] for further information and/or a booking form

Organised with support from Arts Council for Wales