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Telling Grimm Tales

Can Stories of Abuse Build Healthy Societies?

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

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 brings 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 will explore issues including psychotherapy and child abuse, and the impact of storytelling through literature, cinema, theatre, and music.

Speakers confirmed to date

  • 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


    There are two ways to register and pay for Telling Grimm Tales: by direct registration (payment by PayPal or by credit card via our PayPal system), or by requesting an invoice. Cumberland Lodge also offers a limited number of student bursaries for each of its Programme events - find out more here.

    The standard (single occupancy) rate is £150, the double occupancy rate is £100 per person and the student rate (shared occupancy) £65. Both rates include all meals and accommodation. There is also a non-residential rate of £45 which includes meals but not accommodation. All enquiries should be directed to Janis Reeves.

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