Telling tall tales (Being Human Festival 2017)
A Being Human Festival 2017 event
Our daily lives are filled with fictions large and small. Through a series of fun and frolicsome activities, this highly innovative creative writing workshop will look at the history of telling ‘tall tales’ before you have a go yourself! Who will you choose to be as you spin your own yarns fit for the social-media generation?
Suitable for all, especially ages 8-12. Zero creative writing experience required. Hosted by popular local actor and tutor Eddie Small.
Jonathan Swift at 350: Lost and Found
The world’s greatest satirist, Jonathan Swift, turns 350 in November 2017. Lost amid a series of fantastical places, the narrator of his most famous work, Gulliver’s Travels, enthrals everyone he meets with his adeptness in lying – storytelling, in short. Through a series of hands-on activities and immersive events centred on tall tales in Dundee, the City of Discovery, Jonathan Swift at 350: Lost and Found engages with the extraordinary legacy of a writer who found wondrous and shocking perspectives on being human like no one else could.
The School of Humanities at the University of Dundee has received funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council and The Wellcome Trust to retain its status as a national “hub” in the UK’s Being Human Festival of the Humanities, building on previous successes (“Mary Shelley’s Dundee: Frankenstein Begins” in 2015 and “H. G. Wells at 150: Hope and Fear” in 2016).