Storytelling night at Coia’s Cafe

Photographer Eoin Carey

Stories and storytelling are at the heart of our project. Across this body of work there is a story more universal about community and our society as a whole. We are interested in how basic habits cease, maintain or morph as an area changes. Rather than looking always at the bigger picture of Dennistoun’s changing landscape, we have found great significance in smaller, domestic rituals like washing and conversation. These can only be found in individuals though, and so we are spending a lot of time in Dennistoun meeting and talking with people.

Last week we attended a terrific Storytelling (&pizza) night at the locally legendary Coia’s Cafe. The night was organised as part of Representing Dennistoun and led by seasoned storyteller Wendy Wolfson. The night was a chance to hear stories told, but more importantly, to contribute your own. As Wendy was the only accomplished and official storyteller, the content of the night was up to the audience so, confident or not, everyone stood up and shared their stories of Dennistoun. It was inspiring to see people speak, some for the first time, but what made a real impact was to hear how many people had strong and significant stories about one area.

We stood up to share our own stories and some info on Washing Lines and received a great response. There was a lot of curiosity about how our outdoor washing lines are being used and a lot of discussion about our own routines and habits. In the next week we are hoping to meet even more people from all walks of life. The conversation continues…

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