Devon Folklore & Storytelling

Ref: C3527511

This course introduces you to the rich folklore of Devon through storytelling in which students are encouraged to creatively explore and share their own experiences and favourite stories, through a series of presentations.

Additional information about this course

No session 13 Apr 17

Course aim

To explore the folklore of Devon through storytelling in order to re-connect the individual to their creativity and cultural/natural heritage.

Who is the course for?

What topics will this course cover

An introduction to storytelling; discussions on the meaning of folklore and its relevance to our lives in the 21st century, as well as its historical context and cultural legacy (e.g. the influence on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle); an introduction to the main aspects of Devon folklore. Topics covered include customs/festivals/superstitions, rural crafts, witchcraft, charmers/cunning-folk, haunted happenings (prehistoric sites, buildings, roads, etc.), faeries & the Devil on Dartmoor. Students will be invited to share their own stories/experiences by performing a folktale of their choice at the end of the course. A variety of art materials will be available for the making of storytelling props such as puppets, masks, and other visual enhancements.

What will it be like?

WEA classes are friendly and supportive. You will be encouraged to work together with your fellow students and tutor. You will be asked to share your ideas and views in the class and work with the group to give and accept feedback in a supportive environment. The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you to be actively involved in your learning. You may be asked to undertake work to support your course outside of your class.

By the end of the course I should be able to:

Demonstrate a greater understanding of the folklore of Devon, including an awareness of some of the locations, and how these and their associated stories inspire them. Deepen their connection to the local environment through cultural and historical means. Explore some of the folklore for themselves, being able to more confidently collate, interpret and process the stories.

How will I know I'm making progress?

Discussion; observation; profile

What else do I need to know, do or bring?

Students should bring their own writing material. Art materials provided by the tutor.

Reading and information sources

None necessary, but if interested the students can peruse some of the many guidebooks on Devon Folklore.

What could the course lead to?

Follow on WEA course available Devon Folklore: Out and About -find a course- C3527513 Further study/development through a series of similar courses based on different aspects folklore as well as via resources such as books, DVDs and other training opportunities in storytelling, folklore, myths, and legends.

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Devon Folklore & Storytelling Course Outline


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  • have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2016
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