Mandy Rose – Digital Cultures Research Centre UWE


Mandy Rose is Senior Research Fellow at the Digital Cultures Research Centre, University of the West of England. Her research looks at the space where documentary meets networked culture.

Drawing on her experience as a practitioner on projects including Video Nation and Capture Wales and on recent digital work, Mandy Rose will consider how non-fiction storytelling is being reinvented within networked culture. She will explore how practices that were at the margins of media are coming to the fore and storytelling re-emerging as a co-creative practice as media becomes social.

Mandy has been responsible for a number of ground-breaking participatory media projects. She was co-founder and producer of BBC 2’s Video Nation, executive producer of the pioneering UK digital storytelling project, Capture Wales/Cipolwg ar Gymru, devised one of the BBC’s early forays into transmedia, Voices (Webby nominee) and co-executive produced MyScienceFictionLife for BBC 4 (Webby Honoree). Her work as a documentary maker includes Hilda at Darjeeling for Channel Four and Meeting the Masai Mob for BBC2.


Yasmin Elayat – 18daysinegypt.com

YElayat Pic Yasmin Elayat is a new media artist and creative technologist who merges arts and technology when designing and developing interactive installations for physical spaces and interactive storytelling projects for the web. Her work seeks to push the boundaries and form of storytelling.Yasmin is the Co-Creator of 18 Days In Egypt: A Collaborative Documentary Project about the ongoing Egyptian Revolution which calls on the Egyptian community to tell their story of the ongoing revolution using their own media. The project was awarded the Tribeca New Media Fund grant and was one of six artist projects selected by the Sundance Institute New Frontier Lab, awarded an Honorary Mention in the Digital Communities Category of the Prix Ars Electronica 2012, and featured in the Margaret Mead Film Festival 2012. Yasmin is also a member of OpenLabEgypt, a media art collective in Cairo, and has been exhibiting interactive installations and public art installations in various digital and visual art festivals.

Carlotta Allum – Stretch

Carlotta PicCarlotta is the founding director of the arts charity Stretch, delivering projects to disadvantaged groups since 2003.  The aim of Stretch is to re-engage marginalised groups through partnerships with museums and galleries and increase life choices through cultural activity. Stretch works mainly with offenders and Looked After Children. Stretch projects are very diverse and range from digital stories to drama. Carlotta has an MA in Museums and Galleries in Education from the London Institute of Education and a first degree in Classics from Kings College London where she specialised in antiquities in the British Museum. Carlotta lived in Tokyo for 18 months and taught English; upon returning she undertook a PGCE at Roehampton. She taught for 2 years in Hammersmith. In  2006 Crlotta was awarded a fellowship from the Griffins society and LSE and completed a research paper looking at the arts in the rehabilitation of female offenders. Digital stories have become a new passion since attendeding a CDS workshop with Joe Lambert in 2011. ‘Stretch Story Box’, is a digital story telling project inside prisons; a rolling project to collect prisoner-stories and educate the education staff in digital story telling.

Alex Henry


Alex is a freelance Digital Storytelling, oral history and creative heritage practitioner based in the North East of England.

Alex works with communities and individuals to support them to document their own meaningful stories about aspects of their lives.  Whether this is a story about recovering and living with mental health issues, personal experience of alcohol misuse within a community, a young person’s experiences of living in poverty, or a personal recollection of memories of Newcastle past. Alex has over ten years experience working in the museum and heritage sector in the North East of England.  Between 2002 and 2012 she worked at Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums (TWAM), mainly based within the Outreach team engaging excluded audiences on creative heritage projects inspired by museum and gallery collection and local heritage.

Between 2008 and 2011, Alex successfully project managed on time and on budget, the HLF funded project, Culture Shock, a partnership project led and managed by TWAM and included Beamish – The Living Museum of the North, The Bowes Museum, Hartlepool Museum and Heritage Services and Culture:Unlimited.  Culture Shock became one of the largest Digital Storytelling projects to take place in the world and is internationally recognised as an example of good practice.


Rose Thompson – National Centre for Mental Health, Cardiff University

rtresizeRose is a social scientist and have a particular interest in stories and how the stories we tell and consume can shape the way people think about themselves and the wider world. Rose currently works for the National Centre for Mental Health in Cardiff University and her recent work has involved projects exploring the genetics of epilepsy, intellectual disability and mental illness. Rose has recently been developing projects to make digital stories with people with epilepsy and mental health issues about their experiences with the hope that sharing these personal stories will help dispel the stigma surrounding these conditions. She is also interested in how using stories about the personal experiences of people with various health conditions in conjunction with science education can help humanise that information and make the science more relevant for people who are not from scientific backgrounds.

Pip Hardy – Pilgrim Projects

Pip HardyPip Hardy is joint chief executive of Pilgrim Projects, a small education consultancy specialising in quality improvement in health and social care. In 2003, Pip co-founded the Patient Voices Programme (www.patientvoices.org.uk) as an effective, affective and reflective way of communicating patients’, carers’ and clinicians’ experiences to those who design and deliver healthcare.  The high quality patient feedback provided by Patient Voices reflective digital stories is used around the world to connect hearts with minds, encourage reflection, stimulate discussion, promote empathy, and remind viewers of the need for compassionate and humane care. Each story offers viewers the chance to walk in someone else’s shoes for a few moments, reminding us all of our shared humanity. The programme has won several awards, including the 2010 BMJ award for Excellence in Healthcare Education. Pip has published in a variety of nursing and healthcare journals, and is a regular speaker at national and international conferences where the Patient Voices stories never fail to elicit a moving response.

David Frohlich – Digital World Research Centre, University of Surrey

dfrohlichresizeDavid Frohlich is Director of Digital World Research Centre at the University of Surrey and Professor of Interaction Design. He joined the Centre in January 2005 to establish a new research agenda on user-centred innovation in digital media technology. Current projects are exploring a variety of new media futures relating to digital storytelling, personal media collections, and community news and arts. One such future relates to the use of digital storytelling and community journalism in an international development context. This is embodied in the release of the Com-Me community media toolkit for mobile digital storytelling and will be explained at the DS8 Festival.  Prior to joining Digital World, David worked for 14 years as a senior research scientist at HP Labs, conducting user studies to identify requirements and test new concepts for mobile, domestic and photographic products. Towards the end of that period he explored the capture and playback of sound with still images, and documented the findings in a book entitled ‘Audiophotography: Bringing photos to life with sound’.


Grete Jamissen – Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences

gjresizeGrete Jamissen is associate professor at Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences (HiOA). Here she has been project leader for Digital Storytelling for learning since 2006. She headed ”create-share-listen”, the 4th International Conference on DS in Lillehammer 2011. She is also co-editor of the first Norwegian book on DS, published in 2012. Originally a teacher and pedagogue she has a varied career in both business and primary and tertiary education.  Her research interest is the qualities of DS in formal learning, and the aim of her work is to contribute to the integration of DS into the regular curriculum in the study programs at HiOA. Her presentation builds on experience with DS activities in a number of higher education programs qualifying students to the professions of the welfare state, and examples of pilot projects involving research communication, interprofessional collaboration and students’ learning are discussed. As the DS practice in higher education moves from a pilot stage to regular practice several issues arise, and this presentation will touch on some, like for instance questions related to quality criteria and assessment.


Aske Dam – IMA Norway

askeresizeAske Dam graduated the visual arts department of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen in 1965. Since 1970 he has worked mainly with electronic and digital expressions in art, media and education.

He has produced programmes for the Scandinavian broadcasters, interactive training for the Norwegian oil industry and started 6 community TV stations in his native Denmark. He was a lecturer at the Danish Art Academy in the nineteen seventies, has been a research fellow at Nihon University and the University of Tokyo in Japan and has worked as a senior advisor at the R&D department of Telenor in Oslo. He has written about new media, followed the democratization of digital storytelling tools, and taken part in their implementation in communities around the world.

Since 2000 he has taken part in the introduction of digital cinema and is particularly interested in developing digital storytelling venues as part of a toolbox for promoting local democracy. He is based in Vestfold, Norway where he is developing and producing digital media experiences.

Suzana Sukovic – St Vincents College, Potts Point, University of Sydney

suzanaresizeInnovative applications of technology in research and education have been the main focus of Suzana’s career as an information professional, researcher and educator. In her current role as Head of Learning Resource Centre at St.Vincent’s College, Potts Point (Australia) she is developing a cross-curricular model of transliteracy. She also works as Research Associate on the project A history of Aboriginal Sydney at the University of Sydney. Suzana is currently researching transliteracy and digital storytelling as part of her Research Award granted by the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA). Her doctoral study explored roles of electronic texts in research projects in the humanities. She published papers on information behaviour in the humanities, use of technology in Indigenous history, and play and creativity in libraries.


Other Confirmed Speakers:

Darcy Alexandra http://www.darcyalexandra.com/