Happy Ending: The Next Tour Date: Kensington

Liam Hogan is touring readings from his collection of eerie, darkly unsettling and frequently funny, fantasy stories, Happy Ending NOT Guaranteed

Join us at North Kensington Library, 108 Ladbroke Grove  W11 1PZ at 6pm on Thursday 20/4/2017

For this performance Liam is joined by actor Louisa Gummer

‘Deliciously Twisted’

In the realms of fantasy, it is foolish to upset the wee folk, downright dangerous to incur the curse of a witch, and above all, it is perilous to ignore a warning.

Happy Ending Not Guaranteed
Contains twenty-seven stories of dark fantasy, from chess-playing automatons to smooth-talking Celtic faeries; from the Longitude Act of 1714 to the End of the World (in fractal form). Bad Kings, bad demons, and bad days abound.

There is humour even in darkness. You just have to look harder for it.

#ACEFunded

final With Paper for Feet dates

The final two dates for the With Paper for Feet tour are Thursday 30th March, at Words and Ears at the Swan in Bradford On Avon, and Sunday 30th April at Buzzwords at Exmouth Arms, Bath Road Cheltenham: two events run by others, in pubs!

Jennifer will be reading, and we’ll be along to support her in Bradford on Avon, but she’s on her own for Cheltenham. So if you are local to Bradford on Avon or Cheltenham, come along and say hello, and other supportive noises. Small entry charge and Open Mic at both events.

The Story Sessions Winter tales videos

Videos of the readings from January’s Winter Tales Story Sessions.

Stories:

Poems:

Thank you to everyone who came along and read: Rosalind Stopps, Math Jones, Cath Blackfeather, Nancy Charley, Anne Macaulay, Michael Carey, Alison Lea, Annalie Wilson.

And to those who couldn’t make it and were read by Annalie: Megan E Freeman and Karina Lutz

if you want to take part in the NEXT Story Sessions, the theme is Retelling Tales (so… myth/ legend/ folklore/ famous stories with your own take) Headlining: Jennifer A McGowan.

We’ve got some great ones already, but we’d like more to choose from. Submit via Submittable, before the end of February for this one, or if you have something for May’s Fantasy theme you have a bit longer.

As usual, Annalie Wilson is available to read on behalf of people too geographically distant  to make it, and the very shy; and there is a SMALL budget for travel expenses if you want to come and read yourself. Plus of course, the audience luck dip that is Flash From the Floor. 100 words on theme prepared in advance or written in the interval!

Short Stories from Final Shortest Day Longest Night Tour Gig

Videos of the stories read at North Kensington Library for the final leg of the book tour for Shortest Day, Longest Night.

Katy DarbyIn the Blind

Pauline Walker Left of Earth Right of Venus

Cherry Potts The Midwinter Wife (extract)

Liam Hogan The End of Everything

Buy the book!

Stop Press: The pre-pub copies of Liam’s Collection Happy Ending NOT Guaranteed have arrived!

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The Story Sessions Freedom Tales recordings

The first of our new season of The Story Sessions – Freedom Tales

The headliners:

Sarah Lawson: Animal Liberation

David Steward The Last Goodnight

Annalie Wilson reading The Branded Hand by Brian Johnstone

And Liberty by Andrew McCallum

Jim Cogan Lag

We run The Story Sessions to showcase whatever we’ve published most recently, and to give authors a chance to experiment, show off and promote their work, whether published by us or not. There are three different ways of doing that: through applying to headline (see the end of this post) bringing something that is brand new, or not quite working, to the test bed to get audience opinion, or joining in with 100 words in Flash from the Floor

Test Bed: Cherry Potts Simple Girls (extract)

Flash from the Floor

David

Annalie (read by Cherry)

Music

Annalie Wilson is our Actor/Singer in residence for this season of The Story Sessions

Annalie singing We Will Be Heard, a song written to celebrate Emily Wilding Davison

and Save Me

If you’ve enjoyed these recordings, come along next time, 18th January 7.30 at The Brockley Deli 14a Brockley Cross SE4 1BE for Winter Tales, with a stories from Rosalind Stopps and probably that Liam Hogan, poems from Nancy Charley, Megan E Freeman, Karina Lutz and whatever we choose from the responses to the call out after the deadline which is…Tomorrow!!!. So if you are a writer, especially if you can GET to the event, send us your wintery offerings of under 2000 words NOW.

Liberty Tales at Housmans- recordings

Some recordings from our Liberty Tales event at Housmans

Katy Darby reads from Character Study

Carolyn Eden (Aka Carrie Cohen) reads from Free White Towel

Cassandra Passarelli reads from Girl in a Suitcase

Liam Hogan reads from The King’s Computer

Cherry Potts reads Bernie Howley‘s The Privilege of Departure

You can hear more at our touring events – Bath 10th Jan and Colchester 25th Jan. see the events page for details

Solstice Shorts Video: Star:Light and Wonderwork

Two poems by Pat Tompkins, read by Ray Newe and BSL interpreted by Paul Michaels at Solstice Shorts Festival 2016: Shortest Day 21st December 2016 at Made in Greenwich Gallery London #ACEFunded

Buy the book: Shortest Day, Longest Night

Catch us on Tour: Friday 06/01/2017 7.30 Oxford Albion Beatnik
Poem (and story): Sarah James. Story: Wendy Gill, Pauline Walker, David Mathews, David Steward.

Solstice Shorts Video: Daylight Saving Time

Daylight Saving Time a poem written and read by Lisa Kelly and BSL interpreted by Paul Michaels at Solstice Shorts Festival 2016: Shortest Day 21st December 2016 at Made in Greenwich Gallery London #ACEFunded

Catch us on Tour: Friday 06/01/2017 7.30 Oxford Albion Beatnik
Poem (and story): Sarah James. Story: Wendy Gill, Pauline Walker, David Mathews, David Steward.

Buy the book: Shortest Day, Longest Night

Liberty Tales Lewisham videos

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Welcome to the Liberty Tales Lewisham videos (yes, I got the video to work!), not posted until now because I was too busy doing other events!

so here are:

David Mathews Border Country

Jim Cogan Lag

Cherry Potts Knitting for Demons

Liam Hogan The King’s Computer

Incidentally, each time I post a snippet of video or audio, it will be a different pieces, so you can search around for more of the piece without repetition.

On which subject TODAY at 5pm, you can catch Katy Darby, Cassandra Passarelli, Liam Hogan and Carolyn Eden reading at Housmans, 5 Caledonian Road, N1 9DX from 5pm, and if you buy a book they’ll sign it for you.

Next week’s Liberty Tales Events- Newcastle and King’s Cross

img_1502We are taking our lovely new banner off to Newcastle next Thursday 1st December, to create the perfect ambience for our reading at Blackwells bookshop at 6.30, where Cherry Potts, Richard Smyth, and Alison Lock will read stories and Brian Johnstone will read poems. Slave ‘stealing’, the right to roam, escaping the past, and how freedom is punished.

Then we are taking it to Housmans on Saturday 3rd December for 5pm with stories from  Cassandra Passarelli, Liam Hogan, Carolyn Eden, Katy Darby. Freedom to travel and grow, love in captivity, walking out, and a small prison drama.