Digital Story telling travels

tenantspin has been traveling round North Liverpool for some time now developing digital story-telling sessions with our partners Breckfield and North Everton Neighbourhood Council, Anfield, Breckside Community Council and individuals from across the breadth of this diverse and ancient suburb.

The resulting stories have been a rich tapestry of human life and endeavour from the tales of a 94 year old woman, who has lived in the neighbourhood all her life and remembered, amongst many other things, the time she was conscripted to build breach-blocks for sten guns in World War 2 to a scouse miner, a sailor, an evacuee, tales of work, happiness and above all what it has been like to grow up and in some cases grow old in the heart of a suburb so famed for its football connections, cakes, parks and rows of densely packed terraced streets.

You can view some of the stories at the North Liverpool digital story-telling channel on youtube here or have a listen to our audio boo collected voices here collected during the workshops described by Jon Turton in his post above.

tenantspin wins a Plus Dane Partnership Award!

Plus Dane Young People

Back in 2010 tenantspin project workers Patrick Fox and Laura Yates where approached by Plus Dane Housing Group and partner organisations including Anfield Detached, Merseyside Youth Development Services, Merseyside Youth Association and Liverpool City Council to take part in a new film for the Anfield Area. The project would be working with an intergenerational group from across Anfield on a new narrative for the district, something that would incorporate elements from the past, present and future of this changing neighbourhood.

Part of tenantspin’s work focuses on the Anfield/Breckfield area and so it was fantastic for us to be involved.

As part of the project Alex Harrison, a long-term collaborator with tenantspin and former FACT Young Persons Programme graduate was brought in to fill the role of lead artist and filmmaker. Along with Chris and Peter from MYDAS, Sue from Anfield Detached and Lisa and Julie from Plus Dane we engaged with a group of young and older people from the area and began to develop ideas for the film.

The project was a brilliant success and an accolade to the fantastic relationship and shared vision of the young people, older people and project leaders involved.

It finally premiered at FACT on the evening of March 24th 2011. Since then the film has been playing on a continuous loop in Gallery 1 @ FACT as part of the Anfield Pavilion in the Knowledge Lives Everywhere exhibition running at FACT until the 12th June.

We thought that was the end for now of a partnership which taught us so much about the power of collaborative working. However this was not to be! Imagine our surprise when we got an email informing us that we had been shortlisted for an award by the Plus Dane Young Persons forum! Alex and I went along to the interview which lasted 10 minutes and covered everything we did as a project as well as asking us about This is Anfield.

We went along nervously to the awards night, held in Liverpool’s Contemporary Urban Centre not expecting to win. We where the first award up and couldn’t believe our ears when tenantspin was called out.

The award was a brilliant coo for us and was presented in part for our role in This is Anfield but it also recognises the fantastic work tenantspin through FACT and Arena Housing has been striving at now for coming on 12 years, art for people and by people.

Alan’s take on Closing Time a book by Kevin Casey

Alan Kelly is a member of tenantspin, in particular our North Liverpool Digital Stories Group. We recently held a webcast to celebrate the launch of Kevin Casey’s recent publication ‘Closing Time’ which documents the decline of the Liverpool Pub over the last 3 years.

As a response to the book Alan has written the below review from the perspective of a citizen who has seen the decline of the pub over his life.

“A picture speaks a thousand words. The saying could not be more appropriate to explain the subject matter of this book. The photography is a stunning reminder of days long gone.

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Bibliography for North Liverpool Digital Stories screened at Bluecoat, Liverpool Jan 2011

Below is a bibliography for North Liverpool Digital Stories screened at Bluecoat, Liverpool Jan 2011. Its a bit long to display here so hit the jump to see it in all its glory.

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Closing Time….

tenantspin got together with Kevin Casey last week to help with the launch of his new book Closing Time. The book, which chronicles 3 years in the demise of the public house in Liverpool (2007-2010) tells a harrowing and poignant story about the speed at which this is happening and the absolute volume of pubs effected by the rot/demolition/bad planning.

We got on the coach with kevin to talk about the book and share the thoughts of the room about the effect of the closures all suitably well-oiled by the free booze on offer from all of the amazing micro-breweries of Liverpool.

The webcast can be watched here.

The book can be purchased from the shop at FACT and Waterstones for a small fee you can have a piece of Liverpool Public House History!

More pictures after the jump!

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North Liverpool Digital Story Group; 2008/2009

The inaugural North Liverpool Digital Story Group after almost a year of working together has completed its creative programme. In that time the tenantspin group; consisting of several elderly members of the Anfield/Breckfield community along with project leaders; has produced an assortment of short film’s documenting the personal stories and anecdotes of participants. The group set out to create an archive of ‘Digital Stories’ intended to record a local, social history through actual members of the Anfield/Breckfield community.

The films produced have varied in content. The narrative of each digital story has been subject to the wishes of the story teller. Project leaders Laura Yates, Jonathan Turton and Pauline Rowe have primarily assisted with articulation and technological production, with the idea’s for the films growing organically from discussion. Themes have ranged from working life to family and child hood, heroes and friends, to general gripes and opinion, but always with a Liverpool flavour. The films adhere to the creative ‘rules’ of the ‘Digital Story’ as established by the BBC upon creation of the concept. All of the ‘Mini-Movies’ are roughly two minutes long using approximately 12 images in each and aim to tell a personal story of an individual supported by still and moving image.

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