The Story Sessions: Retelling Tales – poems – audio

The poems not caught on camera…

Joy Howard‘s Melangell and the Hare,

Olympus Inc  and Living to Tell the Tale (explicit language warning!)

All these and more available in Foraging

and Zoe Brigley Thompson‘s Letter to Leda on Getting Married

all read by Cherry Potts

The Story Sessions- Retelling Tales- Jennifer A McGowan

Jennifer A  McGowan retells tales pretty much non-stop in her poetry. Here are her takes on Fairy Tales, the Bible, Shakespeare, Nigerian Folk Tales and Greek Mythology. These and more are available in With Paper for Feet

Jennifer is reading at Words & Ears in Bradford on Avon on 30th March, and Buzzwords in Cheltenham on 30th April.

The Story Sessions Retelling Tales – Poem Videos part one

We had a lot of poems this month at the Story Sessions, perhaps it’s easier to give a new twist to a familiar story by taking it into a different medium.

Not everything made it onto the video owing to my trying to do too many things at once, but here is some of what did, and there will follow more video, and on audio, the ones I missed.

So here are: Neil Slevin‘s A Gaelic Chieftan and Zoe Brigley Thompson’s My Last Rochester read by Annalie Wilson, and Math Jones reading his own Frejya, In Fire Forged

The Story Sessions – Retelling Tales – Video – Flash From the Floor

Poems from Cherry Potts, David Wilson & Silas Hawkins ‘Flash from the Floor’ at The Story Sessions, Retelling Tales.

Briar Roses

Jennifer A McGowan reads her take on Sleeping Beauty, Briar Roses at Oxford’s Albion Beatnik.

More like this at The Story Sessions, Brockley Deli 7pm on Wednesday 15th March and West Greenwich Library 7.30 16th March both events free!

coming up this wednesday The Story Sessions Retelling Tales

Join us at 7pm on wednesday 15th March at

The Brockley Deli 14a Brockley Cross SE4 1BE

for Retelling Tales – expect anything from myth and Cinderella to Frankenstein and Jane Eyre given a new coat of imagination.

Jennifer A McGowan reads a selection of myth inspired poetry from her new collection With Paper for Feet

here’s a sample (Jennifer reading Hecuba from Troy: Seven Voices at Lewisham Library)

 Liam Hogan I, Igor (Story)

Math Jones: Frejya (poem)

Zoe Brigley: Letter to Leda on Getting Married and My Last Rochester (poems)

LMA Bauman-Milner Glass & Blood (Story)

Neil Slevin A Gaelic Chieftan (poem)

Joy Howard: Melangell and the Hare, Olympus Inc, Living to Tell the Tale (Poems)

heres a sample (Joy reading Draco at Keats House)

Taster for The Story Sessions on 15th March

Here are a couple of videos – from headliner Jennifer A McGowan, reading Lot’s Wife Considers Reincarnation at our International Women’s Day event at Lewisham Library,

and Joy Howard reading Melangell and the Hare at the joint launch for Foraging and With Paper for Feet at Keats House

Joy can’t make it on Wednesday so her poems will be read by either our resident actor Annalie Wilson or Arachne editor Cherry Potts.

Join us at The Brockley Deli 14a Brockley Cross SE4 1BE at 7pm on Wednesday 15th March, for these and more somewhat surprising retellings of old stories.

 

Stories and poems chosen for Story Sessions: Retelling

Story Sessions logo copyWe had a substantial mailbag for our Retelling Tales theme, and had to turn down some really interesting work, either because it didn’t fit well enough or because it missed the mark in terms of what we were looking for, but we can confirm a poetry heavy list this time:

Headlining: Jennifer A McGowan reads a selection of myth inspired poetry from her new collection With Paper for Feet

Supporting: Liam Hogan I, Igor (Story)

Math Jones: Frejya (poem)

Zoe Brigley: Letter to Leda on Getting Married and My Last Rochester (poems)

LMA Bauman-Milner Glass & Blood (Story)

Neil Slevin A Gaelic Chieftan (poem)

Joy Howard: Melangell and the Hare, Olympus Inc, Living to Tell the Tale (Poems)

Annalie is going to be busy as quite a few of the writers can’t make it because of geographical considerations. We have work from writers in Ireland, America and the North of England, which means they won’t bring their friends along either… so we’d really like to encourage an audience! Quality writing, magnificently read! Join in with Flash from the Floor (if you want to!) – give us your own retelling in 100 words or less! poetry or prose.

Lovely food and drink available, and free entry. What more could you possibly want?

Note to writers, we would REALLY like to see stories for next time’s Fantasy tales, we already have some shortlisted poems, so get writing –  the deadline is 1st Wednesday of May.

 

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!

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.