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Coming Home to the Other: a Greek, a Turk and Stories of a Shared Past

Greeks and Turks are brought up as enemies, but when Pelin and Stella met they discovered hidden within their own family pasts, shared destinies of exile, exclusion and love. These swept away what they had been taught to believe. Join Stella Kassimati, Pelin Turgut and musicians Huseyin Alpaslan and Nazli Alatli in a storytelling adventure beyond borders into our common humanity.

The performers

Stella Kassimati is an experienced facilitator of workshops. She teaches around the world in both Greek and English, including at The International School of Storytelling and Schumacher College, UK. Stella loves Greek myths and offers workshops on how relevant they are to us today. She has a deep passion for biographical storytelling, with an emphasis on ancestry stories. She has co-developed a successful program called “Gifts from our Ancestors”, enabling adults to craft and publicly perform family tales with the goal of increasing empathy and creating community. She loves teaching the craft of the storyteller because it gives people a voice and empowers them to bring more of themselves into the world.

Pelin Turgut was a writer for publications such as TIME magazine and The Independent and co-founder of the Istanbul International Independent Film Festival before training with The International School of Storytelling. She works with adults of all backgrounds drawing on stories to enable a felt sense of the mythic nature of a human life. She has a particular interest in the richness of ancestor stories; her own background is Turkish-British and her grandparents came from a vast and varied geography. She is trained in family constellation and Systemic Ritual, approaches that see the individual as part of a larger family of relations.