Firing the heart – storytelling workshops this autumn


Tales of Exile and Sanctuary – storytelling masterclasses and workshops at Fusion Arts, Oxford.

Fusion Arts will host a series of inspiring storytelling masterclasses and community workshops this autumn, held at the studios in Oxford with storytellers Gauri Raje and Sef Townsend. The workshops are the final sessions of the Inside Out/Outside In project, funded by The Tolkien Trust, Lankelly Chase and supported by Oxford City Council.


Explore the art of storytelling and what stories mean today, using traditional story-telling from cultures around the world.


Saturday Masterclasses: open to storytellers, students, writers, teachers and those who work or want to work with refugees, developing skills, ideas and techniques with multi – language storytelling.
Sunday sessions – All welcome / open to all ages.


Bursaries and concessionary rates are available on request;
Limited places, early booking recommended.

Masterclass 1 Exile Saturday 11th October 2014 10.30am – 4.30pm £20
What is Exile? What is it like to be a refugee? To be forced from your home? Arriving in a strange land and starting again from scratch? Walk in their shoes…
An experiential workshop day in which we look into the whole phenomenon of asylum and the journey of exile. Using materials developed by the UN Refugee Agency, this day will put us into the shoes of a refugee on his or her journey to sanctuary.


Sunday Story Sessions Sundays 19th October – 23rd November 2014 2.30pm – 5pm £15 series of 6 sessions
All welcome / children should be accompanied by an adult; Exploring working with multi cultural migrant groups, these practical and hands on sessions with stories at the heart take place at Fusion Arts, and run alongside sessions held at Campsfield House IRC.


Masterclass 2 Sanctuary Saturday 29th November 2014 10.30am – 4.30pm £20
Sanctuary – what does it mean? What is involved in the transition from an unsafe space and how do we arrive at a sense of safety? Re-experience and work through ‘story’ as a gateway to one’s own personal journey. Explore what is the place of visual art and craft work in story-telling, particularly with refugees and marginalised communities.


To book a place or for more information, please contact: or call 01865 245735


Fusion Arts Block A, Princes Street Oxford OX4 1DD


‘Firing the Heart’ brings together experienced storytellers, refugees and other members of the Oxfordshire community, to share stories, learn from one another, and explore issues around migration, family, community, culture, love, and loss. Many of the participants will be sharing their stories for the first time, and previous sessions with past groups have been rich and rewarding experiences.