STORIES MY GRANDPARENTS TOLD ME: STORYTELLING COMPETITION 2007
CROSS-GENERATIONAL BONDING THROUGH STORYTELLING
Once upon a time, in the not too distant past, an old man, wizened but wise, sat with his granddaughter, as he had done every evening since she was born, and started to recount his life as a young man in old Singapore. He told of floods and famines, wars and riots, hopes and loves, people and places that are now no more. Unbeknownst to them, one deep in the telling and the other lost in the listening, was that the old man’s daughter and the young girl’s mother was listening intently to her father’s story. Tears streamed down her face - she realised how little she knew of the lived history of her beloved father and country. She was moved to do something with this experience, to preserve or extend it in some way. Her story inspired the theme of our competition today.
The Singapore International Story Telling Festival 2007 and The Speak Good English Movement, in partnership with Acropolis English Centre, successfully presented the “Stories My Grandparents Told Me: A Storytelling Competition” held in August 2007. The event had the aim of fostering inter-generational understanding and appreciation of shared histories and traditions among family members.