STORY WEBS: anecdotal narrative and the fabric of being
beings seem to spend a lot of their time together exchanging stories
about their lives. These so-called “small stories” are now regarded as
critical in building a sense of personal identity, relationships and
communities, but are under-represented in research in intellectual
disability. This talk draws on Jayne Clapton’s metaphor of the fabric
of integrality, and will illustrate some of the mechanisms whereby the
exchange of stories helps to break down barriers and stigma in the lives
of people with severe and profound intellectual disabilities.
Grove has been a teacher, speech and language therapist and university
lecturer. She left her job at City London University in 2004 to set up
the UK’s first company of storytellers with intellectual disabilities (www.openstorytellers.org.uk).
Since then she has been researching and developing ways of authentic
storytelling for people with severe communication disabilities. She has
worked internationally, in Japan, South Africa, Canada and Europe.
Dr Grove will be delivering the (Living with Disability Research Centre) LiDS March seminar at La Trobe University at 3pm on Wednesday 6 March.
If you would like to attend or join remotely via zoom, email Sophia Tipping - firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are interested in Nicola Grove's work we have a couple of her books in our library.