Wales celebrates a Summer of Stories in 2014

Tuesday 11 March 2014

From June to September, people across Wales can immerse themselves in the living heritage of Welsh storytelling, as part of Summer of Stories 2014.

Picture of a storytelling event

Summer of Stories

This new initiative will raise awareness of the importance of storytelling in many aspects of our lives. It will feature an online platform with listings of storytelling events happening around the country, which was launched today at National Museum Cardiff.

Storytelling is a fundamental part of human nature, and is particularly prevalent in Welsh culture. It celebrates the heroes of our past and the communities in which they lived, whilst allowing us to come to terms with times of oppression, depression and poverty. Our collective stories contribute to the positive perception of Wales around the world, and those who are drawn to visit from near and far – whilst making a valuable economic contribution – are often drawn into the collective story, taking it forward with us.

As well as providing a collective narrative, stories can also help us to forge our place in the world as individuals, through our ability to interpret the personal and professional relationships that make up our daily lives. Proficiency in the skills of everyday storytelling can not only contribute to our general wellbeing and the happiness of those around us, but also boost literacy, with positive knock-on effects for educational attainment and employability.

The Summer of Stories 2014 is an initiative of the Storytelling in Wales group, convened by the George Ewart Evans Centre for Storytelling at the University of South Wales, and including representatives of Beyond The Border Storytelling Festival, Literature Wales, Voluntary Arts Wales, NIACE Dysgu Cymru, CyMAL: Museums Archives and Libraries Wales, Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales, and Cadw, along with independent storytellers.

At the launch of the Summer of Stories website at the National Museum Cardiff on 13 March 2013, John Griffiths, Minister for Culture and Sport, said: “We have thousands of stories to tell in Wales, and this initiative is a great way to raise awareness and encourage people to engage in storytelling this summer.  

“This also supports the Welsh Government’s literacy campaign, Make Time to Read, which aims to raise awareness of the benefits of reading with a child for just ten minutes a day. Storytelling is a great way to capture a child’s imagination and inspire a love of stories and reading from a young age.”

Visit the Summer of Stories website at www.summerofstories.org.uk and follow the initiative on Twitter @summerofstories.