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

The Story Sessions: Childhood tales- recordings

BMAX Childhood

Having had so much background noise the videos were useless from this session for Brockley Max back in June, I thought we wouldn’t be able to share, but it turns out that the sound recordings whilst still a bit buzzy, are bearable to listen to.

So here they are! Whet your appetite for our next Session, on 18th January – Winter Tales

(WRITERS deadline for submission is TOMORROW 4/1/17 at 23.59 GMT)

 

Barbara Renel reads Blowhole

Liam Hogan reads Bulletproof Papoose

Kate Foley reads several poems from The Don’t Touch Garden

Carrie Cohen reads Helen MorrisSimon le Bon will Save Us.

Chukwude Onwere reads an extract from Courttia Newland‘s Sound Boys, published in Saboteur award-winning Being Dad (Tangent Books)

Asylum: Matthew Crampton songs from Human Cargo

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just skipping back to our Asylum session at The Story Sessions for Brockley Max, some music from Matthew Crampton’s Human Cargo

Riley-O

and By the Hush (Paddy’s Lament)

 

Refugees Welcome at The Story Sessions Asylum -videos

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It’s taken a while to get these up, sorry – here are videos of the three stories from The Refugees Welcome Anthology read at our Asylum themed The Story Sessions for Brockley Max.

Cherry Potts, Queues

More of Cherry’s writing can be heard live TONIGHT at Liars’ League London and on Friday at Story Fridays in Bath.

Snipets from the other two stories, as we have no claim on the copyright:

Jane Roberts, The Etymology of Happiness read by Katy Darby

and Oscar Windsor-Smith This England read by Alix Adams

more videos to come from our two Brockley Max events…

The Story Sessions: Two Poems by Kate Foley for ASYLUM at BrockleyMax

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A short video from Saturday’s The Story Sessions for BrockleyMax: Asylum, with Katy Darby reading Kate Foley‘s poems, Roots, and Jail Break.

Kate will be reading her own work TONIGHT Wednesday 1st June at our second The Story Sessions for BrockleyMax: Childhood – At The Brockley Deli, 14A Brockley Cross, SE4.

We hope Jailbreak will be published by us in the near future as part of the Liberty Tales anthology

Story Sessions Childhood line up confirmed

And… we have a show!

Planning a live event, especially if it’s free and you therefore have no budget, is a bit too exciting sometimes. Someone offers you a great story, then the author can’t make it after all, so you try to find an actor who will work for their fare and a book and a drink, at the same time as trying to decide whether it’s fair to promote the amazing story which you might not be able to read…

but everything falls into place eventually.

So we ARE reading Courttia Newland’s Sound Boys from the Saboteur2016 Best Anthology Award Winning Being Dad anthology on Wednesday 1st June at the Childhood The Story Sessions for Brockley Max, at the Brockley Deli.

Big thank you to Chukwudi Onwere for stepping in and to Carrie Cohen for making the introduction.

Also reading: Carrie CohenHelen MorrisSimon le Bon Will Save Us – with special singalong audience opportunities for those of you who remember the 80’s (If you want to practice, get your larynx around Duran Duran’s Rio in particular, and maybe Human League Don’t You Want Me, Baby?)

And reading their own work, Barbara Renel Blow Hole, Liam Hogan (also fresh from an award – The Roswell Award – for SciFi Short Story)  Bullet-proof Papoose and Kate Foley The Don’t Touch Garden

and of course …. YOU… you can join in with 100 words on the theme of Childhood – fiction or poetry, bring it with you or write it in the interval, we’ll bring paper and pens.

Get there early and get some fab food and drink, and to be sure of a seat – we are kicking off at 7.30.

BMAX Childhood

 

Brockley Max Feast Tales the videos

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Video from our feast of food stories at the Brockley Deli as part of Brockley Max festival.

You may notice something about these videos, you may not… see below*

Snippets from the longer works, and the complete poems. Mostly the readers are the wonderful Gloria Sanders and Peter Noble, but the equally marvellous Joan Taylor-Rowan read her own story.

Peter reading from Devilskein & Dearlove by Alex Smith

Joan reading from Feeding Time

Gloria & Peter reading from Monsieur Fromage (Lovers’ Lies) by Rosalind Stopps (the full video is available on Youtube

Peter & Gloria reading from Christmas, Presents by Jason Jackson

Peter reading April is the Cruellest Month by Rob Walton

Gloria reading Laureate by Jennifer A McGowan

*A new experience for me, matching sound files to video – the aircon (or something) at the Brockley Deli interfered with the sound on the video so I had to use the recordings from my audio machine. Something of a challenge getting them in sync!

Brockley Max Story Sessions part 1 videos

Story Sessions logo copyBrockley Max logoHere are some videos of our Festival themed

The Story Sessions contribution to Brockley Max on Saturday.

Alix Adams reading  two poems on behalf of Elinor Brooks

Jennifer A McGowan reading two of her poems

Cherry Potts reading from a ‘written for the occasion’ short story Midsomer Morris

Joan Taylor-Rowan reading from her novel, The Birdskin Shoes

and

David Bausor reading from O Happy Day

David & Joan both have stories in London Lies and Stations.

Elinor & Jennifer both have poems in The Other Side of Sleep

Cherry has stories in London Lies, Lovers’ Lies and Stations, and is the author of Mosaic of Air, and is editor at Arachne Press.

More live Literature at Brockley Max: Wednesday Poetry night at Ladywell Gallery, Thursday Night 8pm another Story Session with stories and poems about food at The Brockley Deli

If Stories be the food of… read on … a feast of stories about food

Our Final Brockley Max event for this year
Thursday 4th June at Brockley Deli 14a Brockley Cross, SE4 1BE
The Story Sessions: Feast Tales
Join us for a story set in a cheese shop, Cranberry Sauce as an excuse for an illicit meeting, trying to win friends with cookies and taking tea with a demon, plus poems about oranges and bay leaves! Order appropriate food to ‘taste-along’. Mostly read by our actor friends Peter Noble & Gloria Sanders.
8pm – 9pm Free entry; accompanied children 10+ welcome
A free live literature event all about food. Stories from Rosalind Stopps, Joan Taylor-Rowan and Jason Jackson, Poems from Jennifer A McGowan and Rob Walton, plus an extract from Devilskein & Dearlove, our Carnegie Nominated young adult novel by Alex Smith.

Arachne Feast & Festival at BrockleyMAX

Story Sessions logo copyThe Story Sessions are back – for a guest spot, maybe for good, depending… We are doing three events for BrockleyMAX. The first two are both on Saturday 30th May The Ladywell Gallery, (what used to be Misty Moon) behind The Ladywell Tavern 80 Ladywell Road SE13 7HS

Writing Workshop – Festival

5pm – 7pm Free; accompanied children over 10 welcome
Arachne Press presents a writing workshop on the theme of Festival. Get inspiration from the exhibition of photographs from previous BrockleyMAX festivals and write a new short story or poem, with the option to read it at The Story Sessions event in the evening.
 run by Cherry Potts
Story Sessions: Festival Tales
7.30pm – 9.30pm Free; accompanied children welcome
A live literature event with stories from Joan Taylor-Rowan and David Bausor, poems from Elinor Brooks (read by actor Miriam Lee) and Jennifer A McGowan on a festival theme. Circuses, Street parties and more. Join in with Flash from the Floor – your chance to read your own festival piece (max 100 words).
brockley max ladywell gallery
And finally, on Thursday 4th June at Brockley Deli 14a Brockley Cross, SE4 1BE
The Story Sessions: Feast Tales
8pm – 9pm Free entry; accompanied children 10+ welcome
A free live literature event all about food Stories from Rosalind Stopps, Joan Taylor-Rowan and Jason Jackson, Poems from Jennifer A McGowan and Rob Walton, plus an extract from Devilskein & Dearlove,our Carnegie Nominated young adult novel by Alex Smith – mostly read by our actor friends Peter Noble & Gloria Sanders.
Join us for a story set in a cheese shop, Cranberry Sauce as an excuse for an illicit meeting, trying to win friends with cookies and taking tea with a demon, plus poems about oranges and bay leaves! Order appropriate food to ‘taste-along’.