‘Shaah iyo Sheeko’: A Storytelling Workshop

Join us for a free Storytelling Workshop with MACWO and Richard Neville – as part of The Flourishing Lives Series at Barbican.

Mother and Child Welfare Organisation (MACWO) invites you to Shaah iyo Sheeko.

What does storytelling mean to you?
How do personal experience stories and shared cultural stories sustain community?
How can stories and storytelling be used as resources to power community development?
Why should every organisation have an embedded storyteller?

Explore these questions and more in the company of Mother and Child Welfare Organisation (MACWO) as they welcome you to an afternoon of Shaah iyo Sheeko – ‘tea and story’ in Somali. 

You will participate in an unfolding conversation and find out more about the significance of storytelling in Somali culture and contemporary life, together with the work that MACWO have developed with their storyteller in residence, Richard Neville. 

Please note: this event has limited capacity to ensure ample time and space for stories to be shared, so early booking is advised!

This workshop is part of The Flourishing Lives Series at Barbican – an innovative series of free workshops, events and activities that are open to all, celebrating the immense contribution that older people make to both art and society. Our aim is to change the public discourse around ageing by fostering an intergenerational exchange of ideas, knowledge and inspiration, and showcasing the incredible work that arts and wellbeing organisations are developing and creating in collaboration with older people.  

Mother and Child Welfare Organisation (MACWO) is a grass roots organisation, led by Somali women, that addresses issues of poverty, inequality and social isolation through services developed and delivered in the community.

Richard Neville is a professional storyteller. He specialises in work with community groups where he links a conversational approach to storytelling with existing cultures of story sharing. These projects have led to many unforgettable experiences of discovery and connection. Richard’s conversational and improvisational approach has proved valuable in all settings. You can read more about his work here: https://www.storycircles.co.uk/

Barbican inspire more people to discover and love the arts. We attract new arts audiences and participants, creating inspiring arts experiences for all. From first encounters to higher education programmes, we develop interests, skills, confidence and careers. We work with outstanding artists to create an innovative international programme that crosses art forms, collaborating with organisations from around the globe to give audiences opportunities to experience outstanding work by acclaimed international companies and artists.

Wednesday 19th July 2023, 12.30pm – 2.30pm BST

The Barbican Library, Level 2, Barbican Centre, Silk Street, London EC2Y 8DS