Talking to an Octopus

Talking to an Octopus was inspired by a young woman who shared with the Stories2Connect team some of her experiences of feeling frustrated and excluded. Children’s author, Susan Gates, worked with the transcript and developed a humorous story using a combination of real events and fictitious characters to explore more serious issues, such as difficulties Read More …

Finding Family

Finding Family was inspired by the life story of a young man who shared experiences of being separated from his siblings and managing difficult relationships at home. The transcript was re-worked into a brief by project researchers and shared with a group of 2nd year animation students at UCLan. Margaret Vanderlaan, Tong Cao, Hayley Covell and Read More …

Tall Ships and Small Steps

Tall Ships and Small Steps was written in collaboration with a young person participating in the Stories2Connect project. The material for the story was collected through a series of interviews and events where the writer observed and talked with Jessica (a name chosen by the young person) over a period of many months. Tall Ships Read More …

Purpose and Paws

Purpose and Paws is suitable for a general audience and is especially relevant for children and young people who might face difficulties speaking out about bullying at school. The story was co-created by a young woman participating with the project and the author, Amy Lee Tempest, at a story-making workshop event and is inspired by Read More …

Donna’s Retreat

This is a story about a young woman called Donna who loves animals but finds people confusing. Donna sometimes feels nervous being by herself and wishes that she could be more confident like her friend Swampy. With the help of a furry friend, Swampy helps Donna to realise she already has everything she needs to begin making Read More …

Jake Speaks Up

‘Jake Speaks Up’ was inspired by the life story of a young man who participated with the Stories2Connect project. This film was co-created and produced by the Stories2Connect team. The illustrations were created by one of UCLan’s talented Illustration students, Alice Cullinane. This story is suitable for young children and families, and is especially relevant Read More …

First Day on the Job

Last week we welcomed our new summer intern, Deanna, to the project. Amongst other things, Deanna will be involved in talking to lots of children and young people to find out what they think of our ever-growing collection of stories and phygital objects. Here in her first blog, she reflects on her first day with Read More …

How do you connect with stories?

As part of Stories2Connect’s wider community engagement we were interested to find out how young people connect with stories in their daily lives. Our guest Blogger, Sophie Smith, has shared an article that forms part of her sixth form study towards an Extended Project Qualification. Here she tells us more about how she connects with Read More …

Our Summer Workshop – phygital and story making

This Summer, the ‘Stories to Connect’ group gathered together for yet another creative workshop. The workshop was hosted at Lancaster University with both the story making and the phygital teams coming together. Both provided plenty of activities over two days to help inspire creativity and help progress the story and phygital making. Our UCLan intern, Read More …

Let the training begin!

It’s been an eventful couple of weeks on the Stories2connect project! We have been very busy preparing for our young researcher training sessions, which took place during the first two weeks of August. During the last three months we have been talking to lots of different people, trying to find out how different individuals and Read More …