Can Stories of Abuse Build Healthy Societies?
The Brothers Grimm regarded their tales, many of which are violent and disturbing, as character-building. Others see them as dangerous and harmful; it was even argued that they fuelled Nazism. This two day multi-disciplinary conference brings together a wealth of expertise to consider the value of storytelling, and in particular whether the reworking of traditional tales by the Brothers Grimm and others can be a force for good. The conference will explore issues including psychotherapy and child abuse, and the impact of storytelling through literature, cinema, theatre, and music.
Speakers confirmed to date
- Nick Bicât, composer
- Mary Leay, musician
- Karen Lury, Professor of Film and Television Studies, School of Culture and Creative Arts, University of Glasgow
- Edmund Newell, Principal, Cumberland Lodge
- Philip Ridley, writer and film-maker
- Jeany Spark, actress (subject to availability)
- Tim Supple, theatre director
- Maria Tatar, John L. Loeb Professor of Folklore and Mythology, Harvard University
- Judith Trowell, child and adolescent psychiatrist; Co-founder, Young Minds
- Salley Vickers, novelist
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