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Wild Change: Storytelling in the Midst of Climate Crisis

Tutor: Joanna Gilar
Location: Evolution Arts, 2 Sillwood Terrace, Brighton BN1 2LR

Next Start Date: Sunday 15 March 2020

What is the role of storytelling in a rapidly changing world? A follow-up to Wild Word Worlds or a stand alone workshop, this is a space to consider the potentiality of storytelling in response to our transforming planet. In the morning, we’ll explore the range and capacity of eco-stories, their role in  allowing us to imagine outside of ourselves, build respect for the biodiversity of the planet and provide us with an artistic, mythic space from which to discuss the critical intersection  between civilization and wilderness. The afternoon will be a space to discuss and practice the use of these stories, exploring questions about the role of imagination in response to a crisis of increasing urgency. 

Who is the course for?

The course is relevant to anyone with an interest in storytelling and the environment, including teachers, storytellers, and story-enthusiasts. Whether you are building on previous experience of storytelling, or coming anew to the craft, the workshop invites you to come together to explore how to tell tales that restory the world. 

Who is the tutor?

Dr Joanna Gilar has a PhD in fairy tales and ecological storytelling from the Sussex Centre for Folklore, Fairy Tale and Fantasy. She is currently teaching Folk and Storytelling at the University of Chichester, and working with Sharon Blackie to develop teaching for the Hedge School.  Her recent publications include The World Treasury of Fairy Tales and Folklore (Wellfleet Press, 2016). As a professional storyteller she has been running storytelling and creative writing workshops for ten years, and has performed stories and poems across Europe. She is passionate about telling stories that reconnect us to our places, open us to our others, and re-embed us within our world.