Reading the Old Woman From Friuli at Brockley Max

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Katy Darby channelling bad-tempered Duke, clever councillor and stubborn old woman!

Reading Ghillian PottsThe Old Woman From Friuli for Brockley Max in the Storytelling tent at Art in the Park. Just some little bits of video because there was so much background noise!

 

Songs of Protest and Liberty Tales

A taster of what we got up to at St Hilda’s for Brockley Max – (there would be more but I forgot to turn the recorder back on after the interval for a while)

A barnstorming performance by both our readers, and an exciting mix of traditional and modern protest songs from Vocal Chords.

Silas Hawkins reads Liberty by Andrew McCallum, followed by We Raise the Watch Word Liberty, and Bread and Roses sung by Vocal Chords.

Silas reads The Branded Hand by Brian Johnstone after Vocal Chords singing Dougie Maclean’s Ready for the Storm and finishing with Erile

Carrie Cohen reads Wigtown Bay 1685 by Elinor Brooks with Senzenina before it, and Give Me Wings to finish.

Silas again, reading Tabernacle Lane by Jeremy Dixon followed by Labi Sifre’s Something Inside So Strong

Arachne Press does Brockley Max

Brockley Max is coming – and we are getting involved.

2nd June 7pm at the Talbot Pub in Brockley SE4 1QG, Arachne authors Bartle Sawbridge, Rosalind Stopps  and Cherry Potts join other writers from WooA (Writers of Our Age), Neil Lawrence, Anna Somerset and Hilary Dunn for Urban Myths. (the link says 7-7.30 that means 7 for 7.30, we aim to be there at least 2 hours.

You can join in with 100 words of your own urban myth, and get stuck in with the epic writing relay, which is definitely best experienced slightly sozzled.

On Sunday 4th June at 3.30, we join Vocal Chords Choir (who have supported Solstice Shorts Festival a couple of times) at their Songs of Protest gig at St Hilda’s Church SE23 1NL when actors Silas Hawkins and Carrie Cohen will read some of the poems from Liberty Tales to complement the songs.

Vocal Chords Sing Songs of Protest 4th May

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Our final drop-in session is at Art In The Park Story-telling tent on Hilly Fields, on Saturday 10th June at 2.30, when Arachne stalwart Katy Darby will be reading our forthcoming younger children’s book, The Old Woman From Friuli by Ghillian Potts which is in the shops 6th June – you can buy direct from us NOW post free.

Solstice Shorts Video: On Winter Days in Northern Norway

On Winter Days in Northern Norway, a poem by Megan E Freeman, read by Patsy Prince and BSL interpreted by Martin Fox-Roberts at Solstice Shorts Festival 2016: Shortest Day 21st December 2016 at Made in Greenwich Gallery London #ACEFunded

Catch us on tour

Tuesday 10/1/2017 7.30  St James Wine Vaults 10 St James Street, Bath, BA1 2TW
Combined reading with Liberty Tales. poem: Bernie Howley,  Elinor Brooks, Jeremy Dixon, Jill Sharp;  story: Nick Rawlinson,  Pippa Gladhill, Cherry Potts, Polly Hall

Wednesday 11/01/2017 7pm Lewisham Library, Lewisham High Street SE13 6LG
Poems: Lisa Kelly, A J Akoto. Stories: David Steward, Cherry Potts, Liam Hogan

Solstice Shorts is almost here

Manic running about is happening, getting everything done. Cider and Apple Juice mulled, car to be packed, then get changed and head over to the library to set up – then to Made in Greenwich for the first (sold out) event. Tickets still available for Stories at the library at 7.30. just turn up, as it is free and we can make room. Tickets available for writers to write through the night, but you do NEED To BOOK, if you want to do that, as there is a small fee. Right on to the next thing. I WILL have forgotten something. It is officially inevitable.

See you there!

Shortest Day writers chosen

When better than the autumn equinox to announce the writers we are working with for the third Solstice Shorts Festival, Shortest Day. As we asked for SHORT work, there are quite a lot of them!

Some we have worked with before, for others it’s the first time. Work by all these people will be performed by actors at the Solstice Shorts Festival on 21st December 2016 in Greenwich, and will join the work from last year’s Longest Night event in the anthology Shortest Day, Longest Night

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(early evening at Made in Greenwich Gallery):

A.J. Akoto
Alison Craig
Frank Rubino
Jill Sharp
Joan Leotta
Karen Bovenmyer
Karina Lutz
Laura Page
Lisa Kelly
Mario Duarte
Marlee Cox
Megan E. Freeman
Moira Quinn
Pat Tompkins
Peter Branson
Scott-Patrick Mitchell
Steph Thompson
Tim Cremin
Vanessa Owen

and prose writers (A bit later, at West Greenwich Library):

C.B. Droege
David Mathews
David Steward
Jamie Wahls
Katy Darby
Lee Nash
Liam Hogan
Pippa Gladhill
Polly Hall
Roger Hecht
Rosalind Stopps
Sarah Evans
Sarah James
Tom McKay

This year the process was to collect music and stories in advance and then ask people to respond to them, so several of these pieces are responding to music from Zav Gvi, which will be played at the Festival, and Juliet Desailly has written a song based on Joan Leotta‘s poem. Rumour has it that Vocal Chords MD Melanie Harrold is working on something in response to a poem too.

Honorable mentions – long-listed writers who didn’t quite make it onto the ‘yes’ list:

Dennis Mombauer, Ruth Bennett, Oscar Windsor-Smith, Adrienne Silcock, Andrew Lucas, Wendy Gill, Carolyn Eden, Kim Russell, Timothy Hudenburg.

At the Bottom of the Sea of Troubles video

Katy Darby reads the delicious At the Bottom of the Sea of Troubles by Lucy Ribchester (originally a Liars’ League story), at our Shakespeare400 event, Midsummer Night in the Garden at Manor House Library.

oh, and we got a review – it’s only available on Facebook, so it is copied here in almost its entirety for those of you who don’t do that (I’ve left out some misapprehensions that just confuse the issue.)

“A miniature Kenwood or a pocket Glyndebourne” ? by RICHARD STOKER – Actor/Composer/Writer/Artist etc.

Some very talented actors and musicians treated us to a real summer open-air event last evening – June 21st 2016. It was luckily a warm sunny night with only one spot of rain ! The action started with music : ” From Songsters Raise the Roof ” and ended with a story ” At the Bottom of the Sea of Troubles ” these two items alone made an excellent start and end to the production – both as creations and in performance quality. You can guess by now that it was in praise of our greatest bard – William Shakespeare – in an almost authentic setting both in its venue – the splendid Baring public-library and gardens (even the two canons outside the front door were festooned with flowers for a change) – the birds flew over even one seagull – planes could be seen in the distance but did not drown in any way the music or the actors – one baby could be heard crying. We were very lucky no midges wasps or bees were about … the sound system worked extremely well too – refreshments were available including strawberries and cream tarts etc. People sat on the lawns Glyndebourne-style with picnics laid out over the grass. As it grew darker this setting was idyllic for Shakespeare …I was reminded of Kenwood House as the music was sung and the Scarborough open air library events came to mind which I always enjoyed. “Raise the Roof” was the splendid choir mostly a cappella conducted by Kirsty Martin – who reminded me of Imogen Holst herself – with the same determination of purpose. The actors were excellent – they included Cliff Chapman, Carrie Cohen, Katy Darby, Saul Reichlin – in fact Katy Darby was a star of the show having that rare ability to hold any audience anywhere at her finger-tips. There was also some original writing from many of our authors including the american-born Sarah Lawson, her “Next door to the Capulets” deserves mention. The printed program was well designed in Shakespearian style print and spelling. Much devoted thought had gone into this whole project. This evening will live long in the memories of all who were lucky enough to have attended …

BrockleyMax: The Story Sessions – Childhood

Story Sessions logo copyWednesday 1st June 7.30 at The Brockley Deli 14A Brockley Cross London, SE4 1BE FREE EVENT

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Stories and poems on the theme of Childhood.

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Kate Foley will be headlining with her adoption poems The Don’t Touch Garden,

and we have stories:

Liam Hogan Bullet-proof Papoose

Helen Morris Simon le Bon Will Save Us (Read by Carrie Cohen)

Courttia Newland Sound Boys (WE HOPE! Courttia has another committment so we are trying to find a suitable actor to read on his behalf, if that could be YOU get in touch)

Barbara Renel Blow Hole

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Liam Hogan reads from RAT

Carrie Cohen Flips thorugh Frog by Emily CleaverBarbara Rennel

and of course …. YOU!

The Story Sessions is run like a folk club – headliners, support acts and floor spots – you can join in with 100 words of fiction or poetry on theme. Come prepared or write something in the interval, pens & paper will be provided!

BrockleyMAX programme available

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The BrockleyMax programme is downloadable HERE. Lots of exciting things to do including our The Story Sessions on 28th May & 1st June.

Download, Browse… Get Out More.

 

Brockley MAX Story Sessions: Asylum

brockley max 16The Story Sessions is out of retirement for BrockleyMax. FREE EVENT

refugees welcomeSaturday 28th May 3.30pm in St Hilda’s Church, Courtrai Road Crofton Park SE23 1PL: Asylum – stories and poems and music around the concept of safety/sanctuary or the need for it. This is partly to showcase the Refugees Welcome anthology (not published by us, raising funds for Red Cross Refugee work) and will include stories from the book. Stories will be read by a mixture of authors and actors – where the author’s name is in bold, they are reading.

Refreshments avilable from 3pm. (if you have the stamina there’s a singing workshop with Various Voices on the same theme at 6:45 in the undercroft.)

The line up:

Music & story from Matthew Crampton from his book & show – Human Cargo

Story Mouse by David Mathews, which is featured in last year’s Solstice Shorts and will be in the forthcoming anthology Shortest Day, Longest Night Read by Alix Adams

Story Queues from Cherry Potts, from the Refugees Welcome anthology

Story This England by Oscar Windsor-Smith from the Refugees Welcome anthology Read by Alix Adams

Poems  Roots and Jail Break by Kate Foley* read by Katy Darby

Story Etymology of Happiness by Jane Roberts from the Refugees Welcome anthology read by Katy Darby

and of course …. YOU!

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*Kate Foley WILL be reading her own poetry at the NEXT The Story Sessions on 1st June at The Brockley Deli. Theme Childhood.