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GEDOK - Nottingham Writers' Studio - 5K Központ Kft. Budapest
EU-funded GRUNDTVIG programme of Lifelong Learning Partnership (LLP)

1st of August 2012 through 31st of July2014





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Through the EU's GRUNDTVIG programme of Lifelong Learning Partnership (LLP), three organisations, the GEDOK from Karlsruhe, Germany; the Nottingham Writers’ Studio from Nottingham, UK and 5K Központ Budapest from Budapest, Hungary were afforded the opportunity to take part in a tri-national project that ran from between the 1st of August 2012 and the 31st of July 2014.

Lifelong Learning Partnerships were conceived to be collaborations of various types of institutions involved in adult education. It was expected that the content and areas of interest in the field of general adult education of the learning partnership were to be developed together.

The DOVETAIL Lifelong Learning Partnership was involved with the area of "Creative Writing". Cultural exchanges were used as a vehicle to further cultural understanding and expand the English language ability of all the participants involved. The main goals of the project were to take the ideas and experience of those participating and enable them to "write their stories" down. Regular local meetings were planned in all three project partner cities, as well as three tri-national joint workshops in each of the three project partner cities. Each of the tri-national workshops was deemed to be the most important cooperative activity on a truely international / European level.

The DOVETAIL partnership in Karlsruhe was financed by the EU GRUNDTVIG's National Agency NAA at BIBB (Federal Institute for Vocational Training) and through the Department of Culture at the city's Town Hall.

A first of the three international six-day workshops was from the 12th to the 17th of February, 2013 in Nottingham, UK and organised by the Nottingham Writers' Studio. The second from the 4th to the 9th of June 2013 a further 6-day workshop was held in Budapest Hungary and was organised by 5K Központ Kft Budapest, Hungary. The third workshop took place from the 8th to the 13th of May 2014 in Karlsruhe, Germany during the European Culture Days (Europäische Kulturtage).

The "lingua franca" of the overall project was English, whereby the "local workshops" in Karlsruhe were in German and in Budapest in Hungarian. The GEDOK was fortunate to have two members of the organising team that have Hungarian roots and a project coordinator whose mother tongue was English.

This anthology is the last-but-one in a series of four. All the anthologies document both visually and more importantly textually, material written during the inspirational workshops. The texts were created by the DOVETAIL project participants and reflect their stories about themselves, stories about their lives, stories about their cities, stories about their history, stories about their culture and stories about their experiences during this time.


DOVETAIL Anthologies

Nottingham Workshop February 2013 - Nottingham Anthology 2013 - Download PDF (6 MB)

Budapest Workshop June 2013 - Budapest Anthology 2013

Karlsruhe Workshop May 2014 - Karlsruhe Anthology 2014 - Download PDF (4 MB)

Dovetail - Telling Our Stories 2012-2014