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  • What is Postcode Stories? ..... Postcode Stories is a location-based story challenge in which teams create their own guided tour to a neighbourhood.Run your own This guide enables facilitators to run their own Postcode Stories challenge in an easy step-by- Challenge step format, tailored to their setting. The How-To pack also includes 1-Page Guides to using each of the technical tools described and templates for content. Further assistance can be delivered by the Postcode Stories team. 1
  • How it works: In this kit you will1. Teams find and create location-based stories find:(fictional or non-fictional) using a pack of cards The step-by-step plan for facilitators, in this set which helps them through the process of of cards. selecting locations, story themes and ideas. Templates for creating the cards which help 2. They develop their ideas into a narrative participants choose their story themes and ideas.plotted onto a map, on which the stories unfold from point to point. Story creation guides and inspiration words to help transform initial ideas into fully-fledged3. They bring their stories to life through audio narratives. recording and imagery, using simple digital tools. 1-page guides showing facilitators how to use all of the digital tools suggested in this kit.3. They share their stories and invite people toexperience them as an alternative audio guided A template for creating printed maps. walking tour. This can be in situ as an MP3 /online audio, on a website using googlemaps, or in a printed / drawn map tour guide 2 3
  • Setting up your challenge: Decide when you will run the sessions: it could be as part of a lesson, at a series of weekly / monthly meetings, or an intensive one-day / two day workshop... Set a minimum of 1 hour to complete each of the 5 chapters. The more time you have, the richer the output. Work out your team’s technical abilities and the equipment available to you, so you can decide whether to follow digital or non-digital steps.4 5
  • What you need: On your marks, getThe challenge is inexpensive to run, and if you set... are part of an organisation / school you are likely to be able to access everything needed Before you start make sure you have read for free. If the cost is to be covered by your through all of the cards in this deck, and havegroup it should only be around £10 to prepare checked out the 1-Page Guides to any digital all the things needed for 20 participants. tools you plan to use. The basic content includes printouts of maps, Depending on the number of participants we printouts / digital prints of photos, and recommend no more than 6 per team so printouts of the templates in this kit. everyone can be involved in the creative process. You can have any number of teams. If you are running a digital version of the challenge this can also be achieved If you as facilitator are deciding on the teams inexpensively using free software on internet- you may wish to ensure a mixture of enabled phones. Other kit including extroverted and quieter people are computers / cameras / tablets will be needed partnered, as each team will need at leastfor a more advanced version, and if you want to one person who is happy to be vocal. create a website for your challenge this may have additional costs. For inspiration, listen to the stories on postcodestories.co.uk and play them to your group if you like. 6 7
  • Checklist In this preparatory chapter you will: - Choose the geographical area your stories will cover.CHAPTER 1: - Take photos of local places - or get the teams to take photos - Plot the photo locations onto maps.Preparation - Create your deck of cards for teams: Theme Cards, Picture Cards and Knowledge Cards. For this chapter you might need: - 1-Page Guide to Twitpic - 1-Page Guide to Flickr 8 - Cards templates 9
  • The local safariGo out and take photos of local places for story inspiration, using a camera or mobile phone. Before you go, decide on the geographical areayour stories will cover. If you want the groups totake the pictures themselves, which can enhance the challenge, try choosing a smaller more doable radius, or even limit yourself to one street. If you are going to take the photosyourself you may want to venture out wider. We chose a 1km radius.Pictures can be of anything that looks interesting or might make a good story point - from an abandoned building to a garden gnome. As you take photos make sure you take a noteof their locations.You could take a photocopy of an A-Z page and mark where things are, or ifyou are using a smartphone you could use a geo- tagging photo site like Twitpic which gives you the option to include location data. (see the 1-Page Guide to Twitpic) 10 11
  • Get historical Create your mapIf you want to add a layer of local history to Once you have your photo-set, you need your stories there are two simple ways to printed maps of the area which flag-up the do this: locations of all your photos. 1 -Talk to the people you see as you go A very simple way is to enlarge a photocopy around taking pictures. This could be the of the relevant page in an A-Z, then put local librarian / shop owner / pub landlord , numbered stickers over the locations of theanyone who has lived in the area for a while. pictures you have taken, making sure you giveYou never know what true stories you might the location and the image the same number. uncover! Covering the maps with sticky-back plastic means groups can draw on them. 2 - Go online and use a search engine like google to look for your area’s name or If your group is digitally literate you can use postcode together with the words ‘history’ online geotagged maps.You could upload youror social history, or look for anything in your pictures to Flickr and use the ‘Add this photo area that might be protected by National to your map’ option. You can then print the Trust / English Heritage. map page which automatically includes the location points. 12 13
  • Create your cards Picture cards This challenge uses three types of cards: To create your PICTURE cards start byTHEME, PICTURE, and KNOWLEDGE. Each printing your location photos.team in the group should be given their own set of cards to work from. You could use simply a home printer, or a developing service at a place like Snappy To create your THEME cards think about Snaps, or an instant printing booth (try what is relevant and interesting to larger Boots stores) where you attach your participants. You could chose completely phone or camera for instant photo prints. fanciful themes such as time travel or ghoststories, or topical issues such as local life or On the back of your printed pictures make families. We recommend at least 3-5 theme sure you write the location number as on options. the maps. Once confirmed, you can also find imagesthat explain the theme to use as the front of You can also write some story inspiration the cards. on the back - look at the picture and think On the back of the theme cards write the of the questions that might aid the creative name of the theme - and add some thought thought process. These would generallystarters to help people. For example a ghost start with: why, what, where, how, theme might say: ‘maybe they have who, when. unfinished business...’. 14 15
  • Did you know? Any interesting local information you discovered can be turned into KNOWLEDGE CARDS. Put each piece of information on its own card with the title ‘did you know’. If the content is relevant to a particular photo or location you might also want to number it accordingly on the map. We suggest you print out all cards the same size, although this is not necessary. KNOWLEDGE and THEME cards can also be printed out by photo developers should you wish: simply save your file as a PDF and loadAsking Questions from a Location it onto a USB or a CD. Photo, an example: You can find a template for all cards in the Why is the church boarded up? Templates download file. What happened here? Who built it and when? What’s behind the gates? 16 17
  • CHAPTER 2: Structuring your story18 19
  • Checklist Pick a card... In this chapter teams will: At the start of this session all groups should have a map in front of them. Choose the theme for their stories First up, give each team their THEME cards and Choose their photos that make up the story give them around 5 minutes to choose a theme. locations With their chosen THEME card in front of Plot their locations onto a map them, the groups should then receive the PICTURE cards and the KNOWLEDGE cards.Start to develop story ideas out of each picture Within a chosen timeframe each team must choose the pictures that they want to use for For this chapter you might need: their tour. From the wider pool the team should pick roughly one photo per person. You The inspiration words may decide to use more or less, depending on the time you have available for the whole challenge. 20 21
  • Starting the storiesWith the theme decided and the picture cards chosen the teams can start coming up with their story ideas. We recommend having paper / post-it notes available and giving the teams at least half an hour. During this they should: - look in detail at each photo and developpossibilities on what might have happened here - look at where the pictures are on the map - think about connections and similarities between the pictures - plot the order and route of their tour - where does their story start and end?To help get the creative juices flowing you can print out the page of inspiration words (found in the Templates download file) 22 23
  • Checklist In this chapter teams will: CHAPTER 3: Develop their individual picture stories Connect the stories together into an overall tour that makes narrative senseCREATING STORIES Test out their stories so far by reading them to their team. For this chapter you might need: - Story creation template 24 25
  • The story arc Get exciting To help with this process you could get theOnce the teams have decided initial story ideas teams to think about the questions that the and the order of their images, it is time to story is answering and what makes it exciting develop a full story arc. as a tour for someone to follow:This means developing the plot, looking at how • What is hidden in the photo? and where the ideas link, and fleshing out the • What happened and what journey did the ideas into engaging stories. character/s go on to get there? • How did this lead to what you see before This is slightly different to traditional story you now? development as these will make up a tour, so the physical location is an important element. Each story point needs to be an episode in The team needs to decide what the thread is the overall narrative, with its own beginning, that links the locations together. Is it a middle and end. character? A period in time? An occurrence? To assist the teams you may want to give Stories can be as short or long as the teams them one of the story creation templates choose, and obviously the less time the included in the Templates download file. challenge has to run, the less story These templates enable all the main points in development will be possible. the story to be plotted down. 26 27
  • Get feedback Once the stories are more formed we CHAPTER 4:suggest that a team member reads them out to the team. This will help identify anything they feel doesn’t make sense or they want to change. Storytelling Remember the final stories are a tour solistening to them and understanding them is important! 28 29
  • Checklist Scripting Once the teams have their ideas formed they In this chapter teams will: need to craft these into a script for the tour.Put their stories into a script for recording This includes thinking about how to introduce each audio clip and its relevance to where the Record their stories in audio listener might be standing. For example you might begin by saying: ‘In front of you you canResearch further images to enhance their see .....’ or ‘You are standing at the exact spot stories where .....’ The teams should take some time to finalise For this chapter you might need: their scripts, adding or changing sections as they read through them. - 1-Page Guide to Flickr When reading through the scripted story it is - 1-Page Guide to Audio recording also a good idea to think about how to bring the story alive with your voice. Participants - 1-Page Guide to YouTube may want to mark the words they want to emphasise / places to breathe. It is important to think about how someone listening will hear the story. 30 31
  • Once the scripts are complete the stories are ready to be recorded. You can use a variety of free or cheap applications for phones / laptops / portable devices, which let you record directly onto the device, and either upload live to the internet or save the files onto the device itself. We recommend trying Soundcloud or Audioboo. Alternatively you can use a dictaphone, or even create videos instead of audio and upload these to YouTube. Participants can either decide to each record a section of the story, or one or two members Create a script to tell the story of a may want to record it all. Location, an example: An extra stage in the storytelling challenge is‘This may look like any abandoned church,’ but .... finding images online that help to bring the stories to life. For this teams should be sure to‘Standing in front of the boarded up church you use creative-commons images which can be would never guess that...’ searched for easily using Flickr. (for how to do this see the 1-Page Guide to Flickr) ‘This church was once....’ 32 33
  • CHAPTER 5: SHARING YOUR STORIES34 35
  • ChecklistIn this chapter you or your team members will:Upload the audio stories to a computer or the Get uploading internet and name them Once all the stories are recorded and saved it and optionally.... is time to upload the content. If you have been using Audioboo or Soundcloud there will have Plot them on a google map been an option to upload directly.Share the stories through offline and/or online channels When uploading be sure to give your Create a physical print map recording a title so that it is easy to find again. Enjoy their creations! For example give the story name and then a reference to the chapter of the story. (see the For this chapter you might need: 1-Page Guide to audio uploading) - 1-Page Guide to Flickr If you recorded using software that doesn’t automatically share content online, make sure it - 1-Page Guide to audio uploading is all emailed to one place so it can then be uploaded to the internet manually. - 1-Page Guide to YouTube - 1-Page Guide to Googlemaps 36 37 - Printed map template
  • Get sharing More ways to share Sharing doesn’t have to be digital. To share this content you could: You could also: Download the audio from the website or - Host a storytelling event and either play Soundcloud (or similar) into an MP3 which the content or read them liveyou can play directly in iTunes or Quicktime. - Run the stories as an event for a local festivalPut all the stories onto a CD and give a copy - Organise a walking tour to all the story to participants. locations - Share the stories with your local radio Put all the stories in a zipfolder (in the stationcorrect story order) and upload them to your website - or your organisation’s website. You can also design your own printed tour map for people to use. Head to theAttach the MP3 files an email attachment and Postcode Stories homepage where you can send it to people. download the map that we created for the Kings Norton challenge, and see the mapPlot your audio into a googlemap (see how to template in the Templates folder that youdo this on the 1-Page Guide to googlemaps). use to make your own version. 38 39
  • and now.... ENJOY YOUR TOURS!If you would like to reward your participantsfor all their hard work you can find a special If you want to run a digital version of PostcodePostcode Stories certificate template in the Stories but don’t have the technical skills, get inTemplates folder. touch and we can run a workshop to teach you all you need to know.We’d love to hear about your PostcodeStories challenges - if you want to share them Be sure to check out the 1-Page Guides too,or for us to upload them to the website let us these will show you how to use audioknow at hello@postcodestories.co.uk uploading tools, googlemaps, Twitter,YouTube, and Flickr. 40 41