Oral History and Folklore Workshops with Michael Fortune

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This series of six online workshops will teach participants the fundamentals of collecting and recording oral history and folklore.

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This online workshop series will be delivered by renowned folklorist Michael Fortune. Michael has helped people of all ages all over the country to record the past and tell their stories.

Oral history allows us to record the stories of the past in the words of those that lived it. Oral history can also be the medium through which stories pass down through generations. Folklore and folk tales are the beliefs and customs on which we have relied to try and understand the often strange realities in which we live.

Michael will teach participants how to collect and record oral history and folklore over the course of these six workshops. Please note that you only need to book once for all six workshops. Please do not book a place if you cannot attend all six workshops. Please note that dates and times of each workshop.

Priority for this course will be given to those who apply from South Dublin County and who are in possession of a South Dublin County Library Card.

In order to login to the workshops you must have access to a pc / laptop / tablet with internet access so that you can attend the workshop via Zoom. It is also recommended that you have access to a smartphone to record your work.

Session 1 Wednesday 13 October 10am-12pm

Folklore Presentation, Methods etc.

• Camera Use on Mobile Phone/Tablet and Editing on Phone/Tablet using InShot.

• Set group task to record shop interview based around an object

Session 2 Wednesday 20 October 10am-12pm

Editing and Peer Review of Content

• Record Interview with neighbour or family member using phone

Session 3 Wednesday 27 October 10am-12pm

Social Media/ZOOM Use and Peer Review of Content

• Record Interview Remotely with neighbour or family member using ZOOM

Session 4 Wednesday 3 November 10am-12pm

Audio Editing and Peer Review of Content

• Record interview based on Halloween folklore and customs (It will be that time of year)

Session 5 Wednesday 10 November 10am-12pm

Detailed Editing (depends on level we are at) and Peer Review of Content

• Record short film based on old photos in their own archive.

Session 6 Wednesday 17 November 10am-12pm

Archiving and Backing Up and Peer Review of Content

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