Wednesday, 6 July 2011

Salford Stories (15/July)

University urges Salfordians to come and share their stories

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The University of Salford is asking local people to attend a free storytelling and lunch event on Friday 15 July - in exchange for their own stories on anything and everything to do with Salford.
The Salford Sampler (10am-4pm, Salford Sports Village) is a part of a novel storytelling project designed to weave together historical accounts, first-person narratives, and artistic interpretations - and bring the University and the people of Salford together in the process.

With the aim of 'stitching together our history', University organisers want locals to come along on the day and tell their tales - whether it's memories of a Salford childhood or stories about health, housing, transport or leisure.

As well as getting an opportunity to meet like-minded neighbours, there will be pre-prepared storytelling sessions on topics as diverse as the history of the Salford pub and Salford during the Blitz, as well as writing workshops and an original drama.

Organiser Professor Lucie Armitt explained: "We're encouraging as many people as possible to come along, take part and contribute their own stories about life in Salford."

The taster day is the first of what is planned as a series of Sampler events (the next one due in December) - all with the aim of gathering stories about Salford, and uniting local people and their university.

"This is very much a two-way partnership," added organiser Dr Gareth Palmer. "We want to hear about lots of experiences - good and bad - of life in Salford. This promises to be a really informative and fun event and we're looking forward to welcoming as many local people as possible on the day."
The Salford Sampler takes place between 10am and 4pm on Friday 15 July at Salford Sports Village, Littleton Road, Lower Kersal, M7 3NQ. Admission is free and includes lunch. To attend, just turn up on the day.

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