Stories in Transit III

Stories in Transit III

Stories in Transit III

Ruskin School of Art, Oxford and Birkbeck College, London
22-23 September, 2017

To read the PDF programme of the workshops please click here. The workshop report can also be read here.
To watch videos of the single sessions, please visit our youtube channel here.
To view some photographs from this workshop series, please click here.

Day One: Ruskin School of Art, Oxford
This workshop began with practical explorations of possible designs and uses of the ‘Story Box’ or ‘Story Well’ or ‘Story Bale’. The project’s plans have always included the design of a toolkit or story box to spark creative activities, independently of visiting teams or individuals (nessi) coming to work with them; this kit would include elements for making music, masks, puppets, characters, devising scenes and plots, games and activities. It will also demarcate a space or ‘sanctuary’ for free flowing narrative and make-believe to take expression.

Day Two: Birkbeck College, London
The second phase of Stories in Transit III took place in the Keynes Library, 43 Gordon Square, Birkbeck, London.


Students of Centro Provinciale per l’Istruzione degli Adulti (CPIA)

James Attlee - writer, author of Isolation: A Different Oxford Journey (2017)

Clelia Bartoli - teacher, writer, and coordinator of the educational experiment Polipolis at the "CPIA - Palermo 1," dedicated to unaccompanied foreign minors; lecturer in Human Rights at the Department of Legal Sciences of the University of Palermo, she has served as an expert at the Italian Ministry of Integration

Kate Bland - Director of Cast Iron Radio

Lauren Bon - artist and activist

Stephen Brichieri-Colombi - writer and engineer of water resources planner focused in 35 countries in Africa, Asia, and South America. In retirement, he designed and built innovative sea-side housing in the Caribbean; Director of SynAquaNon

Valentina Castagna - lecturer, translator, writer, former Associate Research Fellow at the Birkbeck College (University of London), worked for several years as an independent interpreter and translator for the Law Courts of Palermo

Judith Cowan - artist

Selma Dabbagh - writer and human rights lawyer, author of the novel Out of It (2011)

Maurizio Detomaso - designer

Saifoudiny Diallo - representative from Giocherenda

Garry Fabian-Miller - artist

Sara Fanelli - artist and illustrator

Marcia Farquhar - artist

Jem Finer - artist, musician and composer

Aydan Greatrick - Project and Communications Coordinator for Refugee Hosts

Claudia Gualtieri - Assistant Professor of Anglophone Literatures and Cultures at the University of Milan

Rahila Haque - curator and writer

David Herd - poet, critic, teacher, and co-organiser of Refugee Tales

Luke Jones - architect, lecturer, and co-host of podcast About Buildings & Cities

Antonia Karaisl - PhD student at the Warburg Institute

Mercedes Kemp - writer and Director of Community and Research for WildWorks Theatre Company and Senior Lecturer in Fine Art at Falmouth University

Peter Laidler - engineer, Structure Workshop

Gassimou Magassouba - representative from Giocherenda

Roger Malbert - Head of Hayward Touring and author of Drawing People: The Human Figure in Contemporary Art (2015)

Paola Moretti - writer and creative writing facilitator

Sasha Nemeckova - theatre-maker and dramatherapist, children’s therapist at the Refugee Council

Renato Pino - architect

Yousif M. Qasmiyeh - poet and translator, tutor in Arabic at the University of Oxford, and writer-in-residence at Refugee Hosts

Ben Rawlence - Writer and journalist, author of City of Thorns (2016);

Matthew Reynolds - writer, Professor of English and Comparative Criticism and Tutorial Fellow, St Anne’s College, University of Oxford

Conrad Shawcross - artist, see his work here

Lyndsey Stonebridge - Professor of Modern Literature and History at the University of East Anglia, and co-organiser of Refugee Hosts

David Swift - artist and toymaker, see his work here

Wafa' Tarnowska - published children's writer, storyteller and translator

Roma Tearne - artist and writer, author of the novel The White City (2017)

Philip Terry - poet, professor at the University of Essex, where he teaches Creative Writing; writer and editor of The Penguin Book of Oulipo (2019)

Leslie Topp - Head of Department of History of Art and Senior Lecturer in History of Architecture at Birkbeck, University of London;

Daniel Trilling - writer and journalist, author of the forthcoming Lights in the Distance (2018)

Marina Warner - writer and cultural historian, Professor of English and Creative Writing at Birkbeck College, University of London, Fellow of the British Academy and President-Elect of the Royal Society of Literature

Jane Wentworth - design consultant

Elizabeth Wickett - Canadian writer and film-maker, scholar of oral tradition and performance, documentary film maker and social scientist currently living in Italy; she has worked as a development communications specialist in Egypt, as an EFL teacher in North Africa and Director of English and Arabic Departments in Cairo, and as a researcher/community participation expert across in the Nile Basin in Bangladesh, India, Yemen, and in Ghana on water management projects

Steve Willey - poet and lecturer in Creative and Critical Writing at Birkbeck College, University of London, co-founder of Watadd, a research and creative writing network that explores the intersection of Western and Arabic poetic traditions to create new communities through poetry

Stevie Wishart - musician and composer, B.A. Hons Music (University of York), MLitt (Unviersity of Oxford), fruitful and passionate career in experimental as well as traditional music, focusing on the ability of music to bring people together

Thank you to Anthony Gardner, Richard Sykes, Jon Roome and students at the Ruskin.

Supported by the Metabolic Studio, the warden and fellows of All Souls College, Oxford. With the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), London; The Ruskin School of Art, Oxford; Diparmento di Scienze Umanische, University of Palermo; School of Arts and Humanities, Birkbeck College, London; Oxford Comparative Criticism (oCCt); Holberg Prize.


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