Creative Responses: amplifying stories from the grassroots

A series of online workshops for those with lived experience of poverty, activists and allies to learn new skills, unlock creative potential and explore different ways of amplifying stories from the grassroots.

Monday 18 May 4.00-6.00pm: Sound Bites – how to tell your story in sound, part 1

Learn to tell the story of your life in sound with professional podcaster and journalist, Gilly Smith. Over two workshops, Gilly will teach you how to find the focus of your own story and how to record the sounds in your own home to let listeners see what you have to say by the power of audio storytelling.  In this first workshop:

  • Storytelling – why and how to tell your story
  • Finding the story you want to tell
  • Pulling out the headline of your story and finding focus
  • Learning how to record voice and atmosphere

Wednesday 20 May 4.00-6.00pm: Sound Bites – how to tell your story in sound, part 2

This time, Gilly Smith will cover:

  • Listening back to your stories
  • Feedback on storytelling and microphone technique

A further editing workshop will be available for those who want to learn how to make their own podcasts.

Thursday 21 May 4.00-5.30pm: Creating your own work, part 1

Ellis Howard will be leading exercises to get you in touch with your inner artistic voice and help you create work which is exciting and authentic. A multidisciplinary workshop and no experience is needed.

Thursday 28 May 4.00-5.30pm: Activism and campaigning

Matt Sowerby, activist and Church Action on Poverty’s poet in digital residence, will lead a group discussion around some of the most important questions activists must ask: Who are the decision-makers in our society? How does change happen? What are the most important tools activists have for building a better world?

Thursday 4 June 4.00-5.30pm: Using film to tell your story and Edgelands Q&A 

Broden Salmon will lead a group discussion about how film can be used to creatively amplify different voices and explore what story it is you might want to tell. Followed by a Q&A with cast, crew, and those involved in producing Edgelands.

Thursday 11 June 4.00-5.30pm: Creating your own work, part 2

Ellis Howard will be leading exercises to get you in touch with your inner artistic voice and help you create work which is exciting and authentic. A multidisciplinary workshop and no experience is needed.

You can’t eat the view

Reflecting together, 21 May: inhabiting the public realm in the midst of lockdown

Book review: Bread of Life in Broken Britain

Staying connected: 3 stories from Sheffield

Gathering on the Margins – 26 May

You Can’t Eat the View

You can’t eat the view

Staying connected: 3 stories from Sheffield

Gathering on the Margins – 26 May