Call for Contributions and Booking Information: ‘Storytelling for Health 2 International Conference’, Cardiff and Swansea, 27th, 28th, 29th June 2019

Date: 27th, 28th, 29th June 2019

Location: Cardiff and Swansea, Wales

Closing Date for Proposals: 23.59 GMT on Sunday November 18th 2018

CFP: Storytelling for Health 2 International Conference

The organisers are delighted to announce that ABMU Health Board and the University of South Wales are working together with a range of partners towards the next conference ‘Storytelling for Health 2: Patient Stories’, which will take place on 27th, 28th and 29th June 2019. We will be narrowing the focus slightly for this conference to look at how patient experiences are captured, presented and understood through story. We hope this will make for some provocative and productive conversations.

Thursday 27th June will be a student conference hosted by the University of South Wales at the Atrium in Cardiff. Delegates will then go by coach to Swansea to join the first event of the main conference at 7pm on the 27th.

Keynote Performance
We are thrilled that Peggy Shaw and Lois Weaver, aka renowned performance company Split Britches, will be bringing a new version of their show ‘the RUFF Story’ as the keynote premiere performance. See

The RUFF Story
In the performance of RUFF, Peggy Shaw ruminates on life before and after the stroke she had in 2011 and pays tribute to those who have kept her company over the last 70 years. Peggy says there are dark spots and blanks in her memory now and the performance is a lament for the absence of those who disappeared into the dark holes left behind and a celebration that her brain is able to fill the dark spots with new insight.

The RUFF Story is an unplugged, storytelling version of the original performance, a freewheeling monologue laced with deadpan humour, arresting honesty and some up to the minute reflections on life before, during and since her stroke.

‘A powerful ode to vulnerability’ – Diva Magazine

Performed by Peggy Shaw
Written by Peggy Shaw and Lois Weaver

Invited Speakers
As well as Peggy Shaw and Lois Weaver other invited speakers include Pippa Hardy & Tony Summers of Patient Voices and Susan Ashby & Rachel White from Keele University

We will also be welcoming speakers from the fields of health, storytelling and policy – keep an eye on the website and social media for the latest news on invited speakers.

Call for Contributions
See more information here
The deadline for submissions is at 23.59 GMT on Sunday November 18th

Booking Information
Book your place now at the early bird rate (full rate from March 1st)
Separate tickets can be purchased for the student event

Please Note
All speakers will be expected to register for the conference
A limited number of bursaries will be available to enable those not funded by organisations or not in receipt of a full time salary to attend
Please contact for an application form


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