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Brexit and National Story Telling week 2020

At 11.00pm on the 31st January 2020, Britain left the European Union. Narratives around Brexit have been characterised by themes of disagreement and division.

The 1st of February 2020 marked the start of National Storytelling week 2020 (1st-8th February 2020). I read a quotation in the February monthly update for the UKLA (UK Literacy Association) that I especially resonate with:

The idea of storytelling goes beyond the boarders [sic] of language, culture, or traditional education, and has historically been a tie that bonds families, communities, and nations*.

Whatever your views on Brexit, it seems to me that storytelling has potential to make a big and important difference to society in the future. Here’s some thoughts of the stories I think we need to hear…

  • Stories that tell us eye opening experiences of migration over the last 2 decades and further back, to inspire, challenge and add understanding.
  • Stories that celebrate different cultures, to learn from one another and enrich our experiences.
  • Stories that celebrate family, community, national and international bonds, especially those in the last couple of decades.

This year I’ll be posting a number of blogs about story telling, Europe and enriching communities. Stay tuned for more information!

*Found in Call for Chapters: Connecting Disciplinary Literacy and Digital Storytelling in K-12 Education, Editors: Leslie Haas, Buena Vista University 
Jill Tussey, Buena Vista University,

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