Billy the Kid

Billy the Kid was inspired by a collection of transcript excerpts from a number of different story-telling events. Dale Hannah, a writer from the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, created the storyline using a combination of our young participants’ reflections on foster care and relationships with social workers, combined with his own experiences of Read More …

The Old Armchair

The Old Armchair was written by one of the Stories2Connect researchers in collaboration with a young person participating with the project. The material for the story was collected through a series of interviews and events where the writer observed and talked with ‘Alex’ about his life and future hopes and dreams. This story was written Read More …

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 …

Dance with a Difference

Dance with a Difference was inspired by the life story of a young woman who shared some of her experiences of living with autism with young researchers at a Stories2Connect story-telling event. After the event, the project team re-worked transcripts of these conversations into an animation brief. UCLan animation students, Max Jordan, Kenny Dean, Natalie Jeffers 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 …

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 …