Nottingham UNESCO City of Literature presents Story Valley at Roundtable on Engaging with Language as Heritage at Nottingham Trent University
On Wednesday 1st March, Nottingham UNESCO City of Literature presented Story Valley to a group of academics, heritage sector professionals and creative practitioners at a roundtable organised by Professor Natalie Braber and Dr Victoria Howard at Nottingham Trent University.
The roundtable was centred around the theme of Engaging with Language as Heritage. Story Valley was one of a number of exciting language-focused projects showcased at the event, along with the Dialect and Heritage project based at the University of Leeds, the University of Sheffield’s Multilingual Children’s Library, and the Community Language School at York St John University.
Hannah Trevarthen, Director of Nottingham UNESCO City of Literature, and Katy Birch, Research Associate, introduced the Story Valley project and gave an overview of Edinburgh College’s Story Valley pilot. We were keen to share how Story Valley has helped Scots-speaking students to express themselves creatively and put their Scots language skills into practice through songwriting, driving forward the Story Valley mission of improving language and literacy skills in a fun and engaging way. We also shared some of the feedback from our evaluation, highlighting the success that Story Valley has had so far.
All in all, it was great to find out so much about some amazing language projects taking place across the UK, and to share Story Valley with such an engaging and knowledgeable room of experts.