Pathways / Llwybrau has been creating story performance podcasts over the last 3 months to be experienced in the Welsh landscape and at home. It is now entering phase 3 of its development and is looking to work with emerging storytellers based in Wales.

Developed by award-winning storyteller Tamar Eluned Williams, Pathways / Llwybrau encourages audiences to walk specific routes in and around Cardiff, while listening to a curated set of stories at the same time. So far, the routes walked have included part of the Taff Trail, the Greenbelt, and the Penrhys Pilgrimage Way, and have included themed sets of stories involving the mythology of the “Crossing Over” to the “Otherworld”, “Fantastic Beasts” and “Pilgrimage”.

During the pandemic, the development of emerging voices in storytelling through story circles, training and festivals has been hugely impacted. Pathways/Llwybrau is looking to support emerging storytellers, mentor them, and provide them with paid opportunities to work on two future podcasts.

For the final two performance podcasts, Pathways/Llwybrau is looking to commission new stories by six emerging storytellers from diverse backgrounds in different geographical locations across Wales.

The storytellers will be supported in the development of their stories with a 1-2-1 online development day with Tamar Eluned Williams, as well as a fee of £250.00 for the creation and recording of their story. The stories can be between 10 and 20 minutes in length and will broadly fit the theme of Pathways/Llwybrau: walking local pathways, journeying along forgotten roads, and delving into local history/mythology/folklore. 

Stories will have their roots in traditional folklore or mythology (not necessarily of Wales) but could be adapted.  The podcast is recorded separately in both English and Welsh and storytellers will ideally be able to work in both languages, although support is available if they are Welsh learners.

HOW TO APPLY

Please contact tamarelunedwilliams@hotmail.co.uk with the following information in response to the brief above.

1.    What is your interest in storytelling? What experience do you have of oral storytelling to date? (Don’t worry if you don’t have much!)

2.    What is your idea for a story to be recorded as part of Pathways/Llwybrau? If you don’t have a full story yet, please share your ideas so far. 

When answering this question, please consider how your story connects to landscape (rural and/or urban), and the experience of walking or moving through that landscape.

3.    Are you able to work in both Welsh and English? 

4.    Please send a short voice recording of yourself either telling the first few lines of your story or sharing a few ideas for it. These recordings can be sent via WeTransfer to the email address below. If this isn’t possible for you to do, please email Tamar.

Please send your application to tamarelunedwilliams@hotmail.co.uk by 5th December 2020. Successful applicants will be notified by 9th December 2020.

Closing date: 05/12/2020