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A public voice

11 June 2008

Digital storytelling in Harlech

The sustainability of digital storytelling across Wales has been the focal point of research presented by a Cardiff expert at a national conference.

Dr Daniel Meadows, of the School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies has found that more people across Wales are choosing to use digital storytelling as a way to document their own life and the issues that affect them.

Digital stories are short films made by ordinary people using their own photos, words and voice. Once complete, the stories are broadcast on dedicated community websites, television and radio.

Dr Meadows has been working with BBC Wales on the BAFTA award-winning digital storytelling project Capture Wales since 2001. He is currently undertaking an audit of digital storytelling practice in Wales as part of an Arts and Humanities Research Council and BBC Pilot Knowledge Exchange Programme Scheme. Dr Meadows with the BAFTA award

Presenting his latest research at the third annual Digital Storytelling Festival in Aberystwyth, Dr Meadows said: "There are more than fifty projects currently running across Wales. When I first pitched the digital storytelling idea to BBC Wales almost eight years ago there were none. But when we got Capture Wales going and the stories started playing on radio and television, it was like a pebble in a pond. Today people across Wales are doing it, from Caernarfon to Carmarthen and from Caerphilly to Conwy."

Dr Meadows audit is part of a project entitled ‘A Public Voice - Access, Digital Story and Interactive Narrative’, which examines digital storytelling, its development and how to sustain the work in Wales and elsewhere.

Other partners in the project are the University of Glamorgan and BBC Wales.