Soundcheck

Soundcheck was inspired by the interview transcript of a conversation between a young person and a young researcher at a Stories2Connect story-telling event at a youth group. This story is aimed at young adults and may also be of interest to education and social work professionals. The story contains references to abuse and mild expletives. This Read More …

Jobs are Like Hens’ Teeth

Jobs are Like Hens’ Teeth was inspired by the transcript of a conversation between two young men and a young researcher talking about the challenges that they have faced finding employment, as well as sharing their future hopes and dreams. Alison Padley-Woods, an author from the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, worked with the project Read More …

Rainbow

Liam saunters. That’s the way he walks, making him seem confident and happy. So does his infectious high-pitched laugh that often erupts suddenly when no-one is expecting it. But Liam’s laughter masks a multitude of emotions. And as Liam begins a new chapter in his life at hairdressing college, he hopes it will be the Read More …

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 …