On Monday I was at the University of Glamorgan in Cardiff to take part in a meeting about storytelling in Wales. Voluntary Arts Board member, Hamish Fyfe, is Director the George Ewart Evans Centre for Storytelling at the University of Glamorgan and called this meeting to look at how storytelling might be celebrated, supported and encouraged in Wales. Joining us around the table were representatives of museums, libraries, Cadw (the Welsh Government’s historic environment service) and several storytellers. We considered the possibility of trying to establish a centre in Wales along the lines of The Scottish Storytelling Centre in Edinburgh, though I think we felt that there were other ways of supporting storytelling that might be more effective than a building. Broadly we looked at three themes which I categorised as past (capturing and preserving traditional Welsh stories), present (supporting, celebrating and raising the profile of storytelling across Wales) and future (developing skills in storytelling and encouraging more people to participate). It was a really interesting first meeting and we agreed to meet again later in the year to develop these thoughts.
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