"Are you listening, I'm about to begin"
Tallin Tallin is a project based in The Gambia, West Africa, that aims to locate and document the rich oral tradition of storytelling, the stories told around African fires at night, the evening entertainment that captures the imaginations of so many adults and children.
Through sound recording, translating, transcribing, illustrating, printing and binding them as books to use as a Gambia-centric rather than western centric teaching aid in every primary school in the country; preserving them both digitally, live and in paper form before the generation that knows them passes and they are lost to this rapidly developing country forever.
The aim of this project is to revisit these stories, get younger generations listening to them again, and introduce them into schools, so creating a strong resource that celebrates local heritage and culture, encourages engagement with literacy, and has direct relevance to the people of The Gambia and their culture, landscape and society.
About Tallin Tallin
Why this project matters...
It’s vital that we act now, as it is evident that these stories are becoming rare.
With financial support, artistic resources, and technological resources, we
can preserve these stories, meaning children and adults will be able to hear
and share them for years to come.
Tallin Tallin will enable children and adults to personally relate to, and engage
with, stories and literature inside and outside of school.
It will celebrate the rich cultural heritage of the stories, inspiring the
creativity and nurturing the individual imagination of all generations through
storytelling, reading narratives, and verbal and visual communication.
Imagination and creativity are important tools for problem solving and
future progression in each individual’s life path.
It will allow children to be enchanted and empowered through literature
and narratives that are about their very own landscapes and culture.