2014 - Present
Wonder Years Centre of Excellence (WYCE)
Photographs by Eleanor Atkins
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.