LARNE man Mitch Bresland recently took part in a storytelling course at Gouda, in the Netherlands, as part of a 20-strong group selected from 160 applicants from across the European Union.
Mitch is a development officer with the NI Phoenix Project set up to support former members of the security forces, and their families, who served in NI during The Troubles. He said he found that the course was of particular relevance as storytelling has been proven to be a therapy tool for those who have been involved in conflict.
It was timely as well, because one of the NI Phoenix Project’s aims for 2013 is to encourage members to come forward and tell their stories, to have them recorded in a book and for a travelling exhibition.
The course was open to non-professional adult learners who wanted to improve their knowledge about storytelling as a tool and learn storytelling skills and was highly practical in preparing those attending in facilitating better understanding between generations and cultures.
Learning how to organise and inspire storytelling circles and storytelling projects in local communities was also covered in detail highlighting the fact that storytelling is an old, effective and borderless communication tool.
If there is anyone – or their families – who served during The Troubles who have stories to tell, whether they be serious, funny or just what life was like between 1969 and 2007 in Northern Ireland and would be interested in finding out more, then they are encouraged to phone Mitch on 028 9181 5827 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.