We have left our stories wherever we have lived: on mountain sides, on the walls of caves, in the spoken word through myth and song, and synopsised billions of tales through poetry and rhyme. Indeed, everyone has a story to tell…
A new, innovative and accessible way of story telling has now emerged in the form of Digital Stories.
These anecdotes are short, personal multimedia tales told from the heart which put the narrator at the centre of the process. As such, the audience receive a genuine, unedited, more democratic form of storytelling.
In 2013, two groups of service users, the Creative Writing Group from the Rehab Care Resource Centre in Lifford and the Social Group from the Garden Centre in St Conal’s Hospital, Letterkenny, were given the opportunity to create their own digital stories.
The project meant the coming together of a number of other agencies, including: the Donegal Education and Training Board, Letterkenny Institute of Technology and the Regional Cultural Centre in Letterkenny. Each agency became an integral part of an overall process which was expertly and sympathetically facilitated by Kevin Mc Monagle.
Kevin said: “The digital stories project was transformational for all involved. Creating these autobiographical short narratives allowed us to reflect on the core events in our lives, whilst at the same time providing us with a rare and wonderful view into the real lives of others…
For more information on Digital Storytelling, please contact: Mr Seamus Gordon, Social Worker, St Conal’s Hospital Letterkenny – 087 267 1367