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Return of the Story Chair

7th March - 2nd April


Changing Lives

Watch this short film about the creation and development of the Story Chair.

The Story Chair will return to the Cathedral in time for International Women’s Day on Friday 8 March. It was designed with women in touch with the criminal justice system in collaboration with charity Changing Lives, Northumbria University and Newcastle Cathedral, supported by the North East Probation Service and The British Academy.

The Bishop of Newcastle’s upcoming Good Friday Meditation, due for broadcast on BBC Radio 4, will also feature a discussion about the chair and bring its story to a wider audience.

As part of the project, over 50 individuals from Newcastle, Ashington, North Tyneside, and Sunderland participated in eight weeks of workshops, honing storytelling and craft skills to illustrate their experiences – many marked by domestic violence and trauma.

The Cathedral’s involvement in the development of the chair came about through the Lantern Initiative, which takes inspiration from our iconic Lantern Tower and strives to be a beacon of light for those experiencing dark or difficult times. The Revd Jon Canessa explained, “We wanted to ensure these women’s inspiring, humbling and powerful stories are celebrated and heard.”

Together, the women wrote complex, emotionally difficult, funny, and, most importantly, real-life stories. The Story Chair, crafted by Nick James from James Design, is an abstract representation of the twists and turns of the women’s lives, the need for a solid base and the lightness once stories have been shared, representing the unique realities the women experienced, while highlighting the interweaving nature of shared experience.

Click below to find out more about Newcastle Cathedral’s Lantern Initiative.

The Lantern Initiative



7th March
2nd April
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