Welcome to our Storytelling Highlights, this where we share what we’ve seen, heard or read about and would like to share with you from the worlds of charity communications and digital storytelling. We’re always on the look our for great examples of storytelling so get in touch if you have one to share. We’re now recovered from our flagship digital storytelling training event The Social Media Exchange, you can explore the highlights and more in our February e-news that came out yesterday! So back to our highlights, you know the drill, put the kettle on, grab a pair of headphones and enjoy.
1. I, Daniel Blake
We wanted to say a huge congratulations to I, Daniel Blake which won Best British Film at the Baftas on Sunday evening. This landmark film released last year has had a huge impact and touched the hearts of so many individuals for which the poverty portrayed in the film is their reality. What was so refreshing about Ken Loach’s film was the voices of those with firsthand experience of poverty were shared (read our blog on the film here). Both Loach’s Bafta acceptance speech and the film are well worth watching. I, Daniel Blake is still at some cinemas and available to buy online now.
2. Desert Island Discs: Nigel Owens
We love BBC Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs, it provides a great platform for a diverse range of individuals to share their often-unknown personal stories, and favourite songs. Last week world-renowned Rugby Union referee Nigel Owens joined Kirsty Young to share his experiences of coming to terms with his sexuality and the impact that this had on his mental health. It is well worth a listen.
3. My Brain and Me
On Tuesday evening BBC2 brought us My Brain and Me a documentary in which Andrew Marr share his story of recovery following his life-threatening stroke four years ago. The programme showed his frustrations in living with after effects of his stoke and seeking out a new cure. My Brain and Me provided an insight into an issue many people have little experience of and really showed the resilience of individuals.
4. The F Word
Our friends at the Forgiveness Project have curated their latest thought-provoking exhibition around journeys of meaning and hope. The F Word will take place at the Oxo Tower Gallery this March. The exhibition uses personal narratives to examine alternatives to cycles of conflict, violence, crime and injustice. The exhibition will also be accompanied by a series of talks, conversations and storytelling events. Find out more here.
5. Ouch: Disability Talk, Not so Undercover Boss
Ouch is a great BBC Radio show sharing disability news and insights. Earlier this month NHS mental health director Mandy Stevens joined the Ouch team for their monthly talk show to discuss being hospitalised for depression herself. She recently posted about it on social media and the unusual “back to the floor” perspective helped it go viral. On the programme she really helps to raise awareness about mental health difficulties through her experiences and openness. She shares how her experience as a mental health nurse affected her time in hospital and how having been a sufferer of depression has since affected her work. You can listen to the Disability Talk episode here.
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Jude and Helena the sounddelivery team