Past RIDERS Events

Riders event - June 2012



Morning Session: Role-Play with Debbie Manship from Role Call - After a successful career as an actress, including several TV series (Angels, Dr Who, The District Nurse), Debbie established Role Call in 1989 as a training consultancy specialising in providing role-players and facilitators for training courses within both public and private sectors.  Role Call's clients include HMRC, AstraZeneca, The Cabinet Office, Fujitsu and Deutsche Bank, for whom Role Call has provided everything from management development courses through to live event productions. Allen and Overy are a long standing client - Debbie's first Partner and Associate Development programmes were in 1993! Debbie also has more than 20 years experience working with health professionals at all levels and disciplines, both as a facilitator and role-player. 


Afternoon Session: Storytelling and Narratology with Richard Walsh from  The University of York - The afternoon session focused on exploring narratology and its driving mechanisms and concepts from the perspective of Interactive storytelling and an interactive user/inter-actor.  Richard Walsh came to York from a Research Fellowship at Cambridge, during which he pursued research interests in American Literature. This resulted in several articles on contemporary American novelists, as well as Radical Theatre (1993) and Novel Arguments: Reading Innovative American Fiction (Cambridge University Press, 1995).

His research interests have since moved beyond the horizons of the American and contemporary towards a theoretical concern with fiction and narrative in general. He has published articles interrogating some of the core issues of narrative theory: the status of the narrator; the nature of emotional involvement in fiction; authorship and narrative creativity; the concept of fabula; fictionality and mimesis, narrative media and narrative voice.

The Rhetoric of Fictionality (Ohio State University Press, 2007) is the culmination of this work; but it has also led on to new research into the relation between the narrative imagination and newly emergent media.


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