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Our storytelling programme

This new International Summer School capitalises on Northern Ireland’s long established culture of storytelling and its significant, diverse contributions to creative industries around the world. Our communities have produced storytellers of international acclaim from the Nobel Prizewinning poet Seamus Heaney and the novelist C.S Lewis to Lisa McGee, the writer of Channel 4’s hit TV series ‘Derry Girls’.

The contemporary creative landscape is vibrant environment for aspiring writers, producers and performers too with emerging voices given a place to thrive and experiment at Queen’s University, which houses the Seamus Heaney Centre, The Sonic Arts Research Laboratory, Brian Friel Theatre and Queen’s Film Theatre.


Our International Summer Schools are fully credit bearing.

We offer students a flexible credit-bearing curriculum across four weeks. Based in the School of Arts, English and Languages, Story capitalises on the School’s diverse research and teaching strengths with concentrations on: songwriting; storytelling; testimonial theatre; myth and memory; immersive storytelling; prose/script/screenwriting; arts and cultural sector engagement.

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Intl Summer School Brochure 2020

Core programme

Week 1: Introducing Story This week introduces perspectives on story e.g. whose stories are told in arts and cultural institutions and whose stories are funded?; political story via social media; translation and world literature; theatre and workshop; the role of story after trauma in different social and cultural contexts; the production of story.

Week 2: Making Story I Students will opt into a strand of their choice on story e.g. music or creative writing.

Week 3: Making Story II Students will opt into a second strand of their choice e.g. screenwriting, prose, drama or drama/theatrical production/radio drama.

Week 4: Producing Story All participants take the final broadcast element, which is key to their themed strands creating one project online output, podcast, short video/film, piece of writing or poster/visual art piece. The Summer School will conclude with a showcase event of students’ productions.


Our facilities are among the best in the UK

The Harty Room in the Music building, characterized by its wonderful natural acoustic, and the Sonic Lab at SARC which has variable acoustics and facilities for 3D sound projection. The Drama & Film centre houses a professional Theatre (Brian Friel Theatre), a 2 screen cinema (QFT) and a purpose-built film studio. The Seamus Heaney Centre has some of Ireland’s most notable writers and critics and host reading events throughout the year.

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