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The film of the story of The Sad Demise of Dr Spade

I made a film of the full story of The Sad Demise of Dr Spade.  Here it is.


The session itself

Photo by Hannah Waldram

Photo by Hannah Waldram

It was great fun, thank you so much to everyone who came along and played!  For a participant’s perspective, read Hannah Waldram’s lovely post about this and other #TAL11 unconference sessions she attended.

The picture map


This is the picture map workshop participants will be creating their stories with – click on the tags to see the photo and some text which will hopefully provide some food for thought!

The photos

These are the mapped photos that the #TAL11 stories workshop participants will be using to create their stories.

For the questions on the back of the picture cards that will hopefully stimulate some stories, see this google doc. Can you match the questions up with the images?

The themes

For the workshops with the Girl Guides, A+E created story themes they knew would appeal to young girls, such as Detective, Vampires, Time Travel and Enchantment.  However for this tongue-in-cheek workshop I’ve gone with themes that are decidedly hyperlocal, here they are:

Piling on the pressure

dog poo

Dog Poo in Kings Cross by William Perrin

Sometimes you need to campaign so things are as they should be. Do you want something new to happen or something to change? Something to start or something to end? Something to be saved or something to be lost?  Who are you putting public pressure upon and how? How do they react?

What was lost

Doctor on

Doctor on

Something precious is fading away.  Are you happy or sad to see it go? What void will it leave? Will you strive to save it or replace it?

The journey

Sorry! by Tim Ellis

Sorry! by Tim Ellis

How do people get from A to B? Is it plain sailing or a rocky road?

Local life

Wake Green Park Mole by Karen Strunks

Wake Green Park Mole by Karen Strunks

Is it animal, vegetable or mineral? Do they live harmoniously with those around them or do they clash? Who or what are they key characters of the community and why?

The introduction to Postcode Stories: earn your #TAL11 Communications badge

So here’s the session suggestion I posted on the Google group for the #TAL11 talk about local unconference on Saturday 2nd April:


I’d like to talk about a project from I’ve been working on:

‘Postcode Stories is a project run by A+E working with the Girl Guides in Birmingham to produce interactive and shareable maps that encourage people to rethink their local environment and find a new way to experience their every day surroundings. Produced in a series of workshops that encompass storytelling, audio capture and geotagging, the resulting ‘guided tours’ will take you on a fictional journey around an area – inviting you to see a neighbourhood through a creative lens of possibility and play.’

Through a series of workshops the Girl Guides group earned their Communications badge through creating and telling a fictional story drawn from the local area’s characteristics using social media. Their stories, which form fictional tours of the B14 Birmingham area, will now be circulated through a paper and online audio/visual map. This method of earning the Communications badge is quite unusual for the Girl Guides – it’s usually gotten through learning things like semaphore or morse code.

A+E are now trying to create a toolkit from this project for other community groups working with children, to help them discover, create and tell stories from their areas.

I’d like to talk about the experiences of the project with a fun little workshop that will have you creating a story from key characteristics from the area surrounding The Atrium unconference venue and earning a #TAL11 Communications badge! 😉

Cheers, Nicky.