Wales celebrates a Summer of Stories

Monday 20 July 2015

From June to September this year, people across Wales can find new opportunities to immerse themselves in the living heritage of Welsh storytelling, as part of Summer of Stories, a national initiative that raises awareness of the importance of storytelling in many aspects of our lives.

Picture of a Summer of Stories event

Summer of Stories event

Storytellers are encouraged to list their events on the Summer of Stories website and publicise the initiative through their networks.

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 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.