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The George Ewart Evans Centre for Storytelling (GEECS) is the only UK academic research centre devoted to the study of storytelling and its applications. We believe storytelling creates better understanding between individuals and communities across society.
Our expertise includes digital storytelling, applied and community arts, folkloric studies, performance, oral history and storytelling in health and social care. Students, academics and anyone who wants to include storytelling as part of their professional practice will find a wealth of resources at the Centre.
The Centre is based at the University of South Wales (formerly the University of Glamorgan) and is dedicated to promoting, teaching, developing and researching storytelling in all its forms. GEECS was launched in April 2005 by Prof Hamish Fyfe and Prof Mike Wilson. The Centre is now led by Prof Joseph Sobol and employs a growing number of researchers on projects ranging from explorations of the challenges of changing energy use through personal and cultural heritage projects and to storytelling in health and social care. The Centre consolidates and builds upon the University’s existing strengths in storytelling and is named after the socialist and oral history pioneer George Ewart Evans, who was born and raised in the former mining community of Abercynon, a stone’s throw from the University’s Treforest campus.