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Telling Grimm Tales

Can Stories of Abuse Build Healthy Societies?

Starts on24/03/2014
Ends on25/03/2014

Conference Information

The Brothers Grimm regarded their tales, many of which are violent and disturbing, as character-building. Others see them as dangerous and harmful; it was even argued that they fuelled Nazism. This two day multi-disciplinary conference brought together a wealth of expertise to consider the value of storytelling, and in particular whether the reworking of traditional tales by the Brothers Grimm and others can be a force for good. The conference explored issues including psychotherapy and child abuse, and the impact of storytelling through literature, cinema, theatre, and music.


Nick Bicât, composer

Mary Leay, musician

Karen Lury, Professor of Film and Television Studies, School of Culture and Creative Arts, University of Glasgow

Edmund Newell, Principal, Cumberland Lodge

Philip Ridley, writer and film-maker

Jeany Spark, actress (subject to availability)

Tim Supple, theatre director

Maria Tatar, John L. Loeb Professor of Folklore and Mythology, Harvard University

Judith Trowell, child and adolescent psychiatrist; Co-founder, Young Minds

Salley Vickers, novelist


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