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Storytelling for Medievalists: A Workshop at Leeds International Medieval Congress
July 1, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm£8.50
‘I prey yow, in desdeyn;
This is the poynt, to speken short and pleyn,
That ech of yow, to shorte with oure weye
In this viage, shal telle tales tweye’.
(Prologue to The Canterbury Tales)
Telling stories is one of the oldest art forms, and forms the heart of our medieval canon. Throughout the world, stories are shared to entertain, to educate, to make political points and to preserve old tales.
This workshop will provide an introduction to the principles of oral storytelling. We will look at how to break stories down into their ‘bones’; adding memorable details; adapting medieval tales for modern audiences and how to use storytelling skills in our teaching and research.
Workshop participants are encouraged to attend the IMC open mic night on Tuesday to share their new found skills!
Daisy Black is a medievalist, theatre director, and storyteller. She works as a lecturer in English at the University of Wolverhampton and is one of the BBC/AHRC New Generation Thinkers. Her storytelling weaves medieval narratives together with English folk song. Often moving, occasionally political, frequently feminist, just a little queer and regularly funny, Daisy’s stories underline the relevance and vibrancy of medieval narratives for today’s world.