New Voices Mentoring Programme

Beyond the Border’s New Voices Mentoring Programme is a bespoke training programme designed to support the development of new voices in storytelling in Wales. Beyond the Border Storytelling Festival seeks to identify two Mentees working in Wales or with a demonstrable connection to Wales and support them in crafting and shaping a mentoring programme across 6 months. Mentees will identify specific areas of development that they wish to tackle and the festival team will support them by matching them with Mentors, who will be established storytellers. Mentees will be identified by their potential for development and not their current situation, age, or phase in their careers.

It is anticipated that the New Voices supported as part of the mentoring programme will continue to work with the festival following the culmination of the programme.


If you are offered a place on the New Voices Mentoring Programme, the festival will ring-fence a budget to support your mentorship. £500.00 will go to you, to help you take time out of other commitments to work on your storytelling development and to pay for your travel or expenses in attending workshops or events. You will also be allocated a budget for paying your Mentor(s). We will work with you to identify what training needs you have and how you would like to develop as a storyteller, and help you to find the right Mentor(s) to support you.

A little later in the application, we will ask you to give us an idea of who you might want to work with as your Mentor(s). If you don’t know of any established storytellers who you might like to collaborate with, don’t worry – please note instead how you’d like to develop your voice and what kind of mentorship you are looking for.

A note on the application

We welcome applications from anybody who is interested in the art form of oral storytelling and feels they have a training need that would help them develop as storytellers. You don’t need to be working professionally as a storyteller to apply. Neither do you need to have a vast knowledge of storytelling, but an interest in practicing the art form.

However, we do need to know that you understand what oral storytelling is, which is why we have stipulated that you film yourself telling a story. If for any reason you can’t do this, please let us know, and we will find another way to hear you tell.

Please also get in touch with us if there are any other parts of the application that you feel you cannot complete, for whatever reason. We want this application to be as accessible to as many people as possible, and we will support you in completing it in a way that works for you.

Please send your completed application to Tamar Williams, the Festival’s Engagement Coordinator, at by 5pm on August 3 2020.

Please send films by WeTransfer, or by uploading to YouTube and sending us a private link to view. If you have any problems with sending your film, please email the address above.

What happens next?

Once applications close, the Beyond the Border team will consider every application carefully. We will contact shortlisted applicants by 7th August 2020 and arrange to have a relaxed, informal chat with you over Zoom or the phone.

We will make final decisions by 14th August 2020.

If your application is unsuccessful at this stage, we would like to reassure you that the festival would still like to stay in touch with you and keep supporting your development. We anticipate that the New Voices Mentoring Programme will be a rolling programme and that we will re-open applications for the next cohort in the future.

New Voices Mentoring Programme Application Form

Rhaglen Mentora Lleisiau Newydd 2020 Ffurflen Gais

Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form

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