The Armstrong Storytelling Trust welcomes donations from organisations or individuals in order for us to continue and expand our work in bringing storytelling to communities throughout Northern Ireland.
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The Armstrong Storytelling Trust is a registered charity set up to promote the art of storytelling, develop new storytellers and preserve and enhance access to stories by taking stories into schools, care homes for old people and communities throughout Northern Ireland.
Telling Through The Pandemic
After an initial shock when all planned work had to be cancelled the tellers from Armstrong Storytelling Trust started working online.
Liz Weir, Janice Witherspoon and Karen Edwards recorded children’s stories on a specific theme each week for Libraries NI’s YouTube channel. Tullycarnet Yarnspinners last session of the season featuring Dougie McKay from Scotland took place via Zoom with almost 60 people online. Local listeners were joined by an international audience from California, North Carolina, New York , Florida, Illinois, Canada, Germany , Switzerland and Scotland.
Bangor FM radio station is airing stories by our tellers every fortnight in lieu of Bangor Carnegie Yarnspinners monthly meetings.
Three professional development workshops for storytellers have taken place. Sal Tonge facilitated a six hour workshop over several days via Zoom on telling stories to people with special needs and Ruth Kirkpatrick did one on storytelling for children. Daniel Morden facilitated a weekend workshop on taking texts to performance. About a dozen tellers took part in these very practical workshops and feedback was excellent.
The Glens Storytelling Festival
Members of the Glens Storytelling and Cultural Heritage Group have got together to create a virtual festival with events on seven days from Monday 18th to Sunday 24th October 2021. This is felt to be essential to hold a space for next year's festival and to remind our listeners of the beauty of The Glens area and of its rich heritage of storytelling and music.
Our local tellers and musicians have recorded stories many of them set in our stunning landscape and we will also be offering live zoom sessions and virtual sessions tailored to groups within our community including children and people who are living with dementia.
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Help us with funding
With seed funding, much has been achieved in four years on the basis of just one day a week but the response has shown that there is potential for considerable expansion. Further funding is necessary to enable this development to take place.
The Armstrong Storytelling Trust is offering interested organisations, companies and philanthropic individuals the opportunity to provide financial support to ensure the on-going development and sustainability of the Trust.
The aim is to show what storytelling can do within communities. Through arts sponsorship, companies and individuals can fulfil social responsibilities, contribute to good citizenship, help enhance societal wellbeing with storytelling’s positive health and educational outcomes.
If you would like to help, enquire for more details.