The Story Sessions- Coming Up: Winter Tales

gate-burton-frostWe have the line up for The Story Sessions for 18th January, Winter Tales

We are not entirely sure which authors/poets are reading their own work, but the material is chosen…
Headlining:
Rosalind Stopps Deliver Me
Math Jones Skadhi’s Laughter
Megan E Freeman On Winter Days in Northern Norway, read by Annalie Wilson
Karina Lutz New Kinds of Weather read by Annalie Wilson
Cath Blackfeather Winter Tale
Anne Macaulay It’s January Where We Are Now
Testbed:
Michael Carey Regeneration
Plus, music from Annalie, and, we hope, plenty of Flash from the Floor from the audience!
Join us at The Brockley Deli 14a Brockley Cross SE4 1BE at 7.30 on Wednesday 18th January for music, murder, myth, laughter, and all kinds of weather.

The Story Sessions November 2014 Narrative Poems the video

Goodness, it’s taken a long time to get back to this, apologies if you were waiting, but I’ve been caught up in the Solstice Shorts preparations. Just over a week to go…!

Here is Anne Macaulay reading I Went to the Market and I bought…

and here is Inua Elams reading Faith in a Time of Double Dip Recessions

Jennifer A McGowan reads Troy: Seven Voices

and finally, Bernie Howley reads I Have no Feet

If you like these poems, you might like to buy a copy of The Other Side of Sleep!

 

The Story Sessions: Short Story Week

Osos story sessions flyerSHORT STORY WEEK: Wednesday 19th November 7.30pm South London:
The Story Sessions, Cafe of Good Hope, 216 Hither Green Lane, SE13 6RT £3

Yes, we know its short story week – so why are we reading poetry? – because this is narrative poetry – it tells stories!
Readings from Arachne Poets featured in The Other Side of Sleep: Anne Macaulay, Inua Ellams Jennifer A McGowan, Bernie Howley.
Also reading but not in the book: Anny Knight and Gloria Sanders and hopefully a couple more poets,including you? Join in with flash from the floor.
PLUS! We will be announcing the WINNERS of the SOLSTICE SHORTS FESTIVAL SHORT STORY COMPETITION.

November Readings for The Other Side of Sleep

We are continuing to launch The Other Side of Sleep with more events through November.

Saturday 8th November MiddlesboroughWestgarth Social Club, 99 Southfield Rd, Middlesbrough, TS1 3EZ. Doors open 7pm. £3 entry. Readings from Adrienne Silcock, p.a. morbid (accompanied by Kev Howard), Judi Sutherland. Also performing are Kirsten Luckins and Emma Whitehall.

Saturday 15th November Amsterdam: The English Bookshop, Lauriergracht 71  Amsterdam 4pm. Readings from Kate Foley, Robin Winckel-Mellish, Simon Brod, Sam Small, plus music from Daniel Brouns.

SHORT STORY WEEK: Wednesday 19th November 7.30pm South London:
The Story Sessions, Cafe of Good Hope, 216 Hither Green Lane, SE13 6RT £3
Readings from  Anne Macaulay, Inua Ellams Jennifer A McGowan, Bernie Howley.
Also reading but not in the book,  Anny Knight and Gloria Sanders and hopefully a couple more poets,including you? Join in with flash from the floor.
PLUS! We will be announcing the WINNERS of the SOLSTICE SHORTS FESTIVAL SHORT STORY COMPETITION.

 

Launching The Other Side of Sleep: London, Lauderdale House

We’ve already posted some of the video from the London Launch of The Other Side of Sleep for Simon, Alwyn and Kate.

Here are snippets of the other performances from the evening.

Adrienne Silcock, Rhythms

Jeremy Dixon, In Retail (XXIII)

Sarah Lawson, Revenant

Anne Macaulay, I went to the market and I bought…

Lisa Rose reading Troy: Seven Voices on behalf Jennifer A McGowan

The Story Sessions: Family Tales videos

Here are the video snippets from last week’s Story Sessions, which featured our first poets.

Unfortunately Esther Poyer was unable to join us, but we hope she will come along another time.

So here are audio files of the Flash From the Floor (mainly because I forgot to turn the video back on after the interval)

Cath Blackfeather

Chris Atkinson

Sarah Lloyd

Sarah & Ian

And video of the artists flash, and Sarah & Ian singing, because that’s when I remembered to turn it back on!

Then the last minute fill in reading from Cherry (who came prepared):

And here are the official entries:

Anne Macaulay reading poems

Matt Bryden reading from his collection Boxing the Compass

Nicolas Ridley reading his story Non-paternity Event which will be in the spring issue of Tears in the Fence

Mary Hamer reading from her novel Kipling & Trix

Our next Story Sessions is Queer Tales, 19th February, and features Stella Duffy, Rebecca Idris, Cherry Potts, Anny Knight and Cath Blackfeather.

We still need a reader or two for March: Old Wives Tales – feminist folk tales, retellings or new. Please get in touch if you have something suitable, and are available.

Tonight – The Story Sessions does Family and Poetry

job 1283012 Family talesA6A small reminder that tonight’s story session includes some poetry. Three poets, Esther Poyer, Anne Macaulay and Matt Bryden join short story specialist (and playwright) Nicolas Ridley and prize-winning novelist, author of Rudyard & Trix, Mary Hamer to tell you tales about that complex social structure, the family. Just the thing if you are recovering from spending the festive season with your nearest kin!

Matt will be coming hot-foot from an award ceremony, so may be a bit late. We have a B plan.

Do you like the photo by the way? The girl on the left is my maternal grandmother, Evelyn Blowfield.  her mother is Rebecca Kipling, but despite family stories to the contrary, there is no evidence that we are related to Rudyard. It would have been a nice link, but on this occasion truth wins out over fiction.

Join us at the Ivy House at 7.45 for an 8pm start.

The Story Sessions: Family Tales

job 1283012 Family talesA6Wednesday 15th January  8pm

Family Tales

The Ivy House, 40 Stuart Road SE15 3BE

kipling & TrixJoining us in January we have Mary Hamer,
author of Kipling & Trix, (winner of the Virginia Prize for Fiction 2012) a novel about Rudyard Kipling and his sister.
Poets  Anne Macaulay,  Esther Poyer and Matt Bryden
and short story specialist Nicolas Ridley who also writes as Nichol Wilmor

and YOU? Join in with Flash from the Floor, 100 words of fiction or poetry on theme – write in advance (on the train on the night seems to be a popular method) or in the interval – pens and paper provided.