Terrie has a first-class honours degree in Drama and Theatre Arts from Queen Margaret University, and whilst specialising in Dramaturgy became interested storytelling. After graduating in 2007 Terrie established a storytelling and production company (Red Phoenix), and in 2012 completed a Winston Churchill Fellowship in Canada and the United States of America focusing on methods to support new and young storytellers. Terrie begun her doctoral studies in 2016 and has been awarded a department scholarship to research applied storytelling and the intangible cultural heritage of Milton Keynes.
Title of thesis: A ‘City’ of Stories: Storytelling as matter and mode of intangible cultural heritage creating ‘sense of place’ in Milton Keynes residents.
My doctoral thesis concerns the process and application of storytelling in relation to the intangible cultural heritage of Milton Keynes and the effect it has on the residents’ ‘sense of place’. This study challenges the popular conception of Milton Keynes as a place lacking in heritage, and regards how these commonly repeated narratives effect the mindset of residents of the New Town and their ‘Sense of Place’. Stories are both intangible cultural heritage and the medium by which intangible cultural heritage is conveyed, therefore a practice as research project engages residents directly with local stories and storytelling as a process including elements of oral and digital storytelling. This research considers how the intangible cultural heritage often pre-dates the more modern and well documented tangible heritage, and the dissemination of this early heritage could improve the ‘sense of place’ of the resident of Milton Keynes, and other ‘New Towns’. Quiddity underpins the research to discern the ‘whatness’ of storytelling and Milton Keynes in order to understand one in relation to the other using diffraction theory, and to generate further knowledge on both.