The Old Woman & Brat at Deptford Lounge

Carrie Cohen is reprising her readings of The Old Woman From Friuli & BRAT at

Deptford Lounge, 5 Giffin Street, SE8 4RQ on 1st July at 11am

For younger readers (5-9, and up to 90 really) Bad tempered dukes, clever counsellors, and really stuborn old women.

For young adults (11-16 plus) outlaws, missing fathers and beggar children in a fantasy novel which is the first of a trilogy.

Deliver Me at Urban Myth for Brockley Max

The last of the outings for Shortest Day, Longest Night, Rosalind Stopps reads Deliver Me  at WooA’s Urban Myths evening at Brockley Max

 

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!

 

Launching the Old Woman From Friuli and Brat at Eltham Library – video

I can’t tell you what a buzz it is to launch books in the Library where I spent great chunks of my childhood. Although there is an enormous centre out the back and the main body of the library is unrecognisable, the space we were reading in is the actual children’s library that I worked my way round book by book possibly three times before getting access to the adult books several years before I was entitled to. Thank you Eltham Library! (for then and now).

Brat cover by Gordy Wright

 

Carrie Cohen did us proud, reading from both books, Ghillian Potts talked to the children from Holy Family School, who asked really interesting questions about writing, and Gordy Wright, the cover designer for BRAT came all the way from Bristol to help us celebrate.

Here are some pictures of Carrie, and Ghillian, with a rapt audience.

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Video of Carrie reading the opening of BRAT

And some video snippets from The Old Woman From Friuli (Children kept popping up indentifiably so we couldn’t use all the video!)

and just for fun, a ringing endorsement from Carrie

Carrie is reading for us again at Deptford Lounge 1st July at 11am, and Lisa Rose will read at Stanmore Library 8th July 2pm.

 

The Story Sessions Fantastical Stories Videos part one

There is something about The Story Sessions, and Brockley, that makes it rain, and it came down stair rods last night. Actors and authors arrived dripping. But that didn’t stop us having some fun. I’m going to post the videos in three segments, starting with three videos from a disparate group of writers:

The Cretan Labyrinth Series Three by Becky Pinder read by Annalie Wilson (Annalie started before I got the video turned on, but the audio recorder was running so I’ve recovered the beginning, just be patient with the lack of picture!)

In Those Days They Used Lined Paper by Donald Hiscock

and

More Bread by Sally Connors read by Annalie Wilson

Tomorrow I will post Math Jones’ Knotsman sequence, and on Saturday, the final outing from Liam Hogan, Happy Ending NOT Guaranteed tour.

 

 

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.