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Teenagers trade personal stories: 'It's great to find you are not alone'

1 day ago   |   By The Guardian

These students from Birmingham and Limerick have only just met. What did a weekend of sharing their most intimate stories teach them? In 2012, the Irish author Colum McCann and a group of fellow writers hit on an idea. They were at a festival in the US, and it started with a challenge they set themselves: “What is the highest aim of storytelling, and how can we harness that energy to transform our society?” They believed the stories they told had power - writers are not short of confidence - but could they change the world? McCann believed they could. Art for society's sake. What emerged...
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