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Several critical friends have pointed out that this blog has been silent for a while!  So – an attempt to mend that.  The reason is that I have started a three-year PhD in – guess what? – storytelling with teenagers!  This is a different model of PhD to the usual, in that it is ‘practice-led’ – based around my own practice as a storyteller for and with teenagers.  So I won’t just be sitting at a desk reading and having deep thoughts for three years – I’ll be out there in schools and youth provision of all kinds telling stories to teenagers and, more than that, helping them find their own voice as storytellers.  All my reading and writing will be based on what theory can teach my practice, and – hopefully – what my practice might have to add to theory.

The work is based in the iCAN centre (International Centre for Arts and Narrative), a new research centre jointly run by York Theatre Royal and York St John University.

For the first year I am exploring the territory, both through theory and practice.  Mostly other people’s practice, at the moment.  I am seeking out examples of where people are already using storytelling with adolescents, and trying to learn from them.  And I’ve just started some short pilot projects with groups of young people here in York.

So I’m not off the scene by any means – but I am having to focus most of my energies on a particular age group.  And really enjoying the challenge!  If you have any examples of storytelling work with 11-18-year-olds you can tell me about, or better still show me any evaulation of, please get in touch!  catherine.heinemeyer@googlemail.com

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