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- 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: 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.

LGBT History Month events

LGBT History month poster smallLGBT History month is keeping us busy this year. Cherry Potts is reading from Mosaic of Air at a number of events (Incidentally, should you be keen enough to want to come to all the events Cherry is involved in over February, she will be making an effort to read something different each time, and the focus will vary too, as will the company!

Lewisham Library 199-201 Lewisham High Street, SE13 6LG
6th February 7.45  for 8, until 9.30
free, but ticketed. 40 tickets available so probably wise to book.

Cherry will be joined by poet Kate Foley, humorist  V.G. Lee and debut novelist V.A. Fearon.

The Story Sessions, Queer Tales, 19th February 7.45 at the Ivy House SE15 3BE – Cherry, Catherine Blackfeather, Anny Knight, Rebecca Idris and Clare Summerskill (Voluntary financial contributions welcomed, and of course you can join in with 100 words on theme in Flash from the Floor.)

North Kensington Library 108 Ladbroke Grove, North Kensington, W11 1PZ
(11th February 18:30) is Cherry on her own, reading from Mosaic of Air and some newer work, and discussing how things have changed since MoA was first published. Free.

Walthamstow Library, High Street Walthamstow, E17 7JN 12th February 19:00 is Cherry and actor Sarah Feathers, reading from Mosaic of Air and from Lovers’ Lies in an event called Holding a Mirror up to the 80′s, Lesbian Short Stories now and then, so more historical observation! This is a ticketed event but still free.

And finally: in company with Alix Adams, local author Cherry Potts reads from her short story collection Mosaic of Air, grief, old age, spiders and song, all from a lesbian perspective. Free. 7pm Friday 21st February Crofton Park Library 375 Brockley Rd, London SE4 2AG.

…oh, not finally – we’ve been asked to do another:

Cafe of Good Hope, Hither Green Lane SE13 6RT. Wednesday 26th February. 7pm. Cherry Potts, Rebecca Idris, V.A. Fearon, Catherine Blackfeather Tickets £3.

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The Story Sessions: Queer Tales

Queer Tales flyer19th February 7.45 for 8, at the Ivy House 40 Stuart Road, Nunhead SE15 3BE:

February’s Story Sessions celebrates LGBT history month.

Clare Summerskill

Stella Duffy is unable to join us after all, but Clare Summerskill has stepped up to fill the gap (Thank you Clare, for helping out at such short notice.) Clare will be joined by Rebecca Idris author of The Sitar, ably supported by  local author Cherry Potts, Cath Blackfeather and poet Anny Knight.

Don’t forget you can join in with our Flash from the Floor floor spots after the interval: 100 words of your own poetry or flash fiction on theme.

The theme for LGBT month this year is music,so if that additional element inspires you, nothing to stop you preparing your 100 words in advance!

**The Story Sessions are normally free, however, as we are paying our headliner, we wil be asking for a voluntary contribution of whatever you think the evening is worth!**

The Story Sessions – the first ‘Flash From the Floor’

You’ve heard of Flash Mob, you’ve heard of Flash Fiction? Well this is Flash From the Floor, where the audience is invited on stage for 100 words (about 1 minute) of on-theme fiction, (in this instance Hallowe’en) written for, or at, the event.

So here are the flash fictions created especially for our very first Story Session at Nunhead’s very own community owned pub, The Ivy House. From an audience of about 40 we got an excellent haul of nano stories, everyone agreed to their story being posted, so they are all here – all work copyright the writer-performer, actual video copyright Arachne Press Limited.

 

Videos of the headlining performers will follow shortly.

If you like the idea, join us at the Ivy House on Wednesday 13th November, for Armistice Tales, stories of War, Peace and Remembrance – with, perhaps, 100 words on the subject from you?