Through our imaginations, stories connect with our heart and souls. Through their imagery, stories can communicate complex ideas more clearly than written words.
We wish to explore the use of stories and storytelling to communicate complex ideas commonly used within academic public health. And the use of stories to communicate the findings from our research.
Join us on Tuesday, 29th October to consider the ways in which stories can be gathered and used to present key concepts in public health. The day will be split into 3 sessions, you may come to one session or attend the whole day.
The first session (10am-12.30pm) will be a series of presentations:
The Liverpool Health Stories research team will give a short introduction to the differing levels of health experienced by the people of Liverpool, and key concepts in public health.
Actor Stephen McGann, most recently of Call the Midwife, will talk about his book Flesh and Blood: a history of my family in seven maladies. Stephen, born in Kensington, Liverpool is an actor, author and communicator of science. His talk will explore the gathering and sharing of family history stories, and the links between social contexts and ill-health.
Welsh storyteller, Daniel Morden has delighted audiences all over the world with his storytelling performances. He has also worked on television and radio, and has published six children’s books. He was recently awarded the Hay Festival Medal for his contribution to storytelling. Daniel will talk about the power of stories for promoting positive change.
The second session (12.30-1.30pm) will be a networking lunch.
The third session (1.30-4.00pm) will consider the practicalities of gathering and sharing stories for public health:
Liverpool storyteller, Roy, will tell some tales of Liverpool life.
We will facilitate a short storytelling exercise to experience telling and listening to personal stories (nothing too personal).
Prue Thimbleby, community storyteller, artist and arts in health coordinator, will talk about her work creating digital stories in health and social care settings in South Wales. Prue will describe how these stories are created and used for advocacy.
Finally, we will discuss the way forward and look for partners in creating Liverpool Health Stories.