Festival of Ideas
On October 19, Grahame Davies took part in the Cambridge
Festival of Ideas as one of the panel for the session 'Making
the Past Present' The discussion looked at the relevance of world
classics, epics and oral traditions to schools, museums and cultural organisations.
The panel included:
Dr Vayu Naidu, storyteller and academic, and founder of the Vayu Naidu
Company whose range of activities includes storytelling and performance,
training and education and community work all based in the Indic oral
Claire Wheeler from the World oral literature Project, a global initiative
to document and make accessible endangered oral literatures - including
ritual texts, curative chants, epic poems, musical genres, folk tales,
creation tales, songs, myths, legends, word games, life histories or historical
narratives - before they disappear without record.
Gillian Mead, teacher, librarian and campaigner for the reintroduction
of classics into the schools. Her work includes recent research into the
teaching generic skills through the use of the internet for GCSE Latin
students starting independent research for coursework.
Mick Gowar representing the Nordic side. Children's author, poet and storyteller.
Over 120 books for children and young people, including re-tellings of
epic stories - recently a new version of Beowulf for children pub OUP.
At present working on further re-tellings of medieval romances for younger
readers including Gawain and The Green Knight and The Geste of Robin Hood.
The session, was presented by Anglia