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 and this week we’re thrilled to feature a project we’ve been a part of. So you know the drill, put the kettle on, grab a pair of headphones and enjoy.
1.Untold Story Hull
Untold Story Hull featured in last week’s highlights, and yesterday we were thrilled to hear them featured on BBC Woman’s Hour on Radio 4. Emma Crick, Project Manager at Hull Lighthouse spoke about how she worked with the women the charity supports to share their journeys from the street and back in their new book and clips of the women’s stories and experiences were broadcast live. It’s a project we’re really proud to have been involved in. Listen here, 30-minutes in and follow this project and their next steps on Twitter @UntoldStoryHull #UntoldStoryHull.
2.Lemn Sissay – The Report
The Report was a one-off show by poet and #SMEX17 keynote speaker Lemn Sissay in which he heard – for the first time – the record of his suffering as a child in care. In this moving interview with Channel 4 he talks about the experience and why he chose to do it. He has, and continues to use his experiences of the care system to create real change for those in care, and for care leavers alike and we were honoured to have him speak at the Social Media Exchange this year.
3.Organ Donor beauty Pageant
Radio 4’s Lesley Curwen looks at organ donation as increasing amounts of people turn to the internet and social media to try and find their donors.#SMEX17 lightning talk speaker Nicola shares her story with Radio 4 about her search for a donor for her son. It raises interesting questions on the impact of social media on organ donation and the reaction amongst the donor community.
4.Can a life-swap exercise stop a community tearing itself in two?
We think this is such an interesting way of using storytelling to try and create change in a community. The ‘story exchange’ was arranged by Narrative 4 a global organisation using empathy to create action. Each immigrant or refugee was partnered with a native Midwesterner, and on the first day the partners will tell each other a story from their lives. The next day, each participant tells their partner’s story in the first person, as if it was their own. The outcome for some was a new understanding and a willingness for change.
5.Horizon – Why did I go mad?
In ‘Why did I go mad‘ Horizon follows three people living with voices, hallucinations and paranoia, to explore what can cause them. It’s rare to hear individuals share their firsthand stories and the impact of living with these phenomena day to day. The programme also shared new approaches to managing voices, such as the Hearing Voices Network where people can come together and share their experiences with one another.
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Jude and Helena the sounddelivery team