LBU Together

Online story experience for children in isolation across world

With the closure of schools and in these current times of change, exploring stories has taken on increased importance for children and parents. 
Female teacher reading book to pupils
Academics and artists from Story Makers Company, based within the Carnegie School of Education have created an online interactive story experience which they are asking children and families in isolation across the world to participate in.

At its heart, the Reimagining Home Together project is about the joy of creating stories and exploring social change in a way that can help children to imagine possible futures. Children and parents will be asked to upload their ideas online and respond to each other as the narrative unfolds over three weeks.

The project which launched on 11 May will see children between the ages of 7 and 11 being called upon to become Story Rebels. They will reimagine histories and create new worlds through time travel. It is a collaborative story but within that children will create their own individual stories. They will start by mapping the setting and then move into developing character and place through drama, creative writing, art, and science. The story will then be brought to life using elements of 360 technology developed by Tom Jordan from Interplay Theatre. At the end of the project, children will have the chance to share their stories to be in with a chance of winning a creative writing and art competition.

The imaginative story experience is led and created by LBU drama specialist Lisa Stephenson and developed with travelling teacher Hywel Roberts.

To register to take part, email storymakers@leedsbeckett.ac.uk and for further information, visit www.storymakersco.com/reimagining-home-project

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Lisa Stephenson

Senior Lecturer / Carnegie School Of Education

Course Leader for the MA in Drama and Creative Writing in Education, Lisa's specialist area is Drama pedagogy. She works in partnership with schools and communities to develop meaningful and motivational learning opportunities for children. As Director of the Story Makers Company, she also works with a wide range of Theatre and Arts Practitioners developing research opportunities in areas such as Social Change, Critical Pedagogy and Mental Well-being.