Brasiliance Goes to School

Brasiliance Oral History Project


for secondary schools


StoneCrabs produced learning materials composed of a DVD and a book, for the Brasiliance Oral History Project, sponsored by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The DVD displays a selection of interviews that we have produced in the past few months – about Brazilian people that arrived in London from 1960 until 1989. The interviews found on the DVD are also available here, just go to the Brazilian Voices page and you will find them there.

The book is an extension of this DVD, however, with a creative twist. The people seen on the DVD will serve as inspiration for the fictional characters that will show in the book.

The book is targeted at KS3 students. The Book can also be downloaded from this site, just go to the Learning Materials page.


The workshop
We offer a two-hour workshop. The theme of the workshop is Identity and Oral History

After the workshop
After the workshop, the participants that feel drawn towards writing or drawing about this gets guidelines on how to approach the writing. The main idea is to merge these characters to the students’ own backgrounds and surroundings, creating a unique character and story that are somehow deeply connected to the young people’s roots.

It is up to the school how the actual writing and drawing will take place. It can well be linked to Literacy in the school curriculum; in which case, the students would probably do lots of the writing in the classroom, with the guidance of the teacher. Another option would be to let writers or illustrators use their own spare time to develop the stories and characters, and perhaps have an allocated Mentor in the school, to answer questions and offer support whenever needed.

When we ran these workshops Spring and Summer 2014, we had so many children submitting their work to us, but we could only select a few stories and drawings to be incorporated in the final published version of Brasiliance, London pathways book.


In this workshop, we will set up a dynamic and creative journey for the pupils to learn about the 5 characters that will display in the book. Youngsters will understand each story and be able to draft each characters’ profile, understanding a bit about their identities. In parallel, we will also work with the students’ perception of themselves, reflecting upon their own personal narratives, giving them a perspective on their own identities.

Sounds exciting?  Get involved!
Contact Mariana, our education officer  OR  07 828 879