An exhibition and screening at Brighton University on Friday 15 December brought together storytellers from Bournemouth, Brighton and Sheffield to view an exhibition based on the AHRC funded Reading on Screen project, led by Professor Bronwen Thomas from Bournemouth University. Also in attendance were members of the project’s Advisory Group and Rose Attu from The Reading Agency who spoke about the fantastic work the charity is doing encouraging more young people and adults to read.
The exhibition gave centre stage to all of the project storytellers, featuring each of their portraits and biographies. A projector also showed the digital stories on a loop as the attendees gathered.
We then moved into the auditorium to watch the project story which Ross Adamson from Brighton University has put together. This is a really important, entertaining and moving overview of the work of the project over the course of the last year, and it was wonderful to hear from our storytellers again and see the images of our time together from the workshops.
In total, 10 storytellers made the journey, by coach (Bournemouth) train (Sheffield) and on foot (Brighton). Each of the storytellers recounted their experiences of the project and it was lovely to hear about the lasting legacy of the stories as these are shared with friends and family. It was also inspiring to hear about how some of the storytellers have gone on to make more stories equipped with the skills and confidence using new technologies that the workshops have given them.
Following the event, an exhibition has been set up at Brighton’s Jubilee Library, where members of the public will be able to view the stories, read about the project and leave comments.
Over the next few months the project team will be putting together some of the images and the audio from the event. We’ll also be reflecting back on the project and what we’ve achieved. If we are successful in attracting more funding the plan is to take the project on the road, reaching out to new audiences and capturing more responses.