Storyopolis is a literacy project with a difference. A vibrant, city-centre based initiative for Swansea, Storyopolis offers an innovative framework for schools and families from areas of socioeconomic and cultural disadvantage to engage with high quality activities that build the confidence, communication skills and creativity of children and young people, empowering them to make their voices heard in the world.
Storyopolis is conceived by Tim Batcup and was initially developed between 2015 and 2018 under From the Station to the Sea, an Ideas People Places Project supported by the Arts Council of Wales. Storyopolis has received support from The Garfield Weston Foundation, The Oakdale Trust and the Ernest Cook Trust.
In 2019 and 2020, Storyopolis embarks on a new phase of activities supported by the Garfield Weston Foundation.
Creative Producer for Storyopolis 2019+ is Roz Moreton.
Open/public events will be posted here. If you are a teacher, group leader, author/storyteller or illustrator interested in the project, please get in touch.
From the Station to the Sea was a project about Swansea High Street, running between 2014 and 2018. It is about the idea of the High Street, the lived reality of the place, and the possibilities of its transformation. The consortium, led by Coastal Housing and Volcano Theatre, devised a programme of diverse yet connected projects, each of which addressed particular perceptions or concerns and focussed on the needs and desires of specific constituencies. Working with residents, traders, schools, workers, commuters, visitors and socially excluded people, the project aimed to disrupt the prevailing power relations through imaginative interventions in the material and social realm of the street. The programme made possible by the Arts Council of Wales's IDEAS PEOPLE PLACES initiative and was managed by Carrie Rhys-Davies.
Tim Batcup is owner/manager of indepent Swansea bookseller Cover to Cover.
Banner image by Ray Hobbs.
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