Sunday, 8 February 2015

Artslab Courses at Dartington: Telling Tales: Oral Narration, Folklore, Radio April 20-24, 2015

Sam Richards
Lucinda Guy
Shelley Hirsch


This course is produced in association with Soundart Radio 102.5fm

Once upon a time…
Have you heard the one about…
Yes we can repair this world: yes we can…
Woke up this morning, my baby was gone
Good evening, this is the News…

For writers, songmakers, composers, media artists and performers of all kinds.
Oral narration, in the form of stories, anecdotes, jokes, spoken poetry, or speechifying, is fundamental to how we communicate. This course aims to show how to recognize, collect and document this basic communicative resource, leading to its use in creative projects, performance and radio. Each participant will be invited to make a short piece for broadcast on Soundart Radio. There will be a presentation on the seminal BBC Radio Ballads, as well as plenty of time for discussion and collaboration.

Places are limited to 15.


Course Directors: Sam Richards, Lucinda Guy (Creative Director at Soundart Radio)
Guests: Shelley Hirsch


Book a place on this course at the Dartington Box Office.

Practical Details

Residential fees for the five days are £735. This includes all meals and accommodation.

If you live locally and would prefer to attend as a non-resident, the fees for the course are £495. This includes lunch, but please note that many days there will be evening sessions or activities lasting until 9pm or later. You can purchase an evening meal onsite, or bring your own food and use the limited kitchen facilities available at Space (which is where all courses are based).


Our student housing was built in the 1960s. All rooms are single with shared bathroom and WC facilities. There are also small kitchens available with limited facilities. All rooms look out over fields, down to the River Dart. Some overlook the outdoor swimming pool, available during the summer months. The accommodation is spartan but comfortable.

There is better accommodation available (see more information) at an additional cost. If you prefer more comfortable accommodation please book as a non-resident and then arrange your own accommodation through Dartington Hall. There is also a good supply and range of B&B accommodation nearby in Totnes, which is within walking distance of the Hall assuming you are reasonably fit and happy to walk 2-3 miles.


Courses are housed in Dartington Space within their own dedicated learning space. We also use the excellent studio spaces, and you have access to the 1200-acre estate of mixed woodland, agricultural land, and formal gardens, which often form part of our learning space. During times for independent study you are encouraged to use all of these spaces (although some of the studio spaces may have limited accessibility at times). Spaces are open from 9am to 10pm.
Practice rooms are available for music courses.
Internet access is available free of charge across the Estate.
Find out more about the Dartington Estate.

Getting here and getting around
Dartington is located in the far southwest of England, about three hours from London by rail or four hours by car. It is a rural area; the Dartington Hall Estate is located about two miles outside Totnes, its nearest market town. The nearest cities are Exeter to the north and Plymouth to the south, both about 25 miles away.

Public transport is relatively limited, so if you expect to get out and about during the limited free time available you will need your own transportation. However, as these are intended to be intensive learning experiences, little free time is programmed in. If you want to explore this wonderfully rich area, plan to spend some extra time here. The area abounds in extraordinary land- and seascapes and this area of the country has more protected landscapes than any other part of the UK.

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