How can we use storytelling as a vehicle for healing and community building?
As part of the international literaturefestival berlin, we were delighted to welcome 60 people for a reading and discussion on storytelling and changemaking with expert and trauma psychotherapist Justine Hardy. The author read from her book, 'In the Valley of Mist', which is set in strife-torn Kashmir and explained her approach of using storytelling as a vehicle to build resilience and create healing.
She was joined by Zozan and Salman who have taken part in the 'storytelling for resilience' training led by Questscope and MeWe at the Migration Hub Network the weeks before the event. Together, they shared their experiences of using storytelling as a technique to unravel their past stories in order to rewrite the future. Their words were kindly translated by Victoria Victoria Hugelsdorfer from Questscope.
“Storytelling is a way of communicating between human beings but also a way to dig deep in ourselves to have a better understanding of ourselves.” - Justine Hardy