Words and pictures for the Hounslow Digital Festival of Storytelling

Hounslow's Digital Festival of Storytelling is offering residents the opportunity to have their stories brought to life by professional illustrators.

Published: Thursday, 23rd February 2023

photo of the work of one of the illustrators.
Drawing inspiration: A piece by Hounslow illustrator Ana Trichkine, who is one of the illustrators who will be bring the stories to life.

The Hounslow Digital Festival of Storytelling is in full swing with residents being offered the chance to contribute their own stories to the celebration of spoken word.

And the beauty is that some of these stories will be given extra special treatment and be brought breathtakingly to life by a team of professional illustrators.

The Council’s Culture team has enlisted the services of three top-notch visual artists who will lovingly turn a selection of tales into works of art.

Artists Alice Roseberry-Haynes, Miguel Galue and Hounslow’s-own Anna Trichkine, are poised, pen-in-hand, ready to turn the words into a series of vivid images.

Alice has created professional designs for the likes of Nando’s and Kraken Rum. Miguel, who came to London from the US has enjoyed a series of successful exhibitions, including the recent Home Is Where The Art Is display at Waterman’s Art Centre in Brentford. While Chiswick local Anna has used her love of travel to create colourful illustrations from across the world.

The Digital Festival of Storytelling opened earlier this month with performances and workshops from professional storytellers.

Now the team has thrown down the challenge for residents to record their own epic on video via their mobile phones and submit them to a library of stories from Hounslow.

Stories submitted to the festival can be anything from the tales passed down from generation to generation to family histories about how people made their home in Hounslow.

Hounslow Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Equalities, Councillor Shivraj Grewal, said: “We’re delighted to say that the Digital Festival of Storytelling has been a huge success so far and captured people’s imaginations.

“The online workshops have been well-attended and we hope everyone has taken a lot from them. The festival is all about celebrating our shared heritage as residents of the borough. Now, it’s your turn to tell us your story and possibly see it captured for all-time in pictures by one of our incredibly talented artists.”

  • There is an online toolkit available to help people put their stories together. You can find it here.
  • You can submit your stories to the Digital Festival of Storytelling mailbox- Summerofculture@hounslow.gov.uk until Monday, 6 March.
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