The Story Sessions – Beastly Tales

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Tales from the mouths of creatures, great and small – dogs, stoats, tigers, rats and more.

Who is really man’s best friend?

Live stories read by the authors:

Special Guest Robert Shearman (who wrote one of the top 50 Doctor Who episodes of all time), reads A Joke In Four Panels.
Liam Hogan reads Rat
Esther Saxey reads Come Back Early or Never Come
Anand Modha reads Tyger
Cath Blackfeather has had to pull out, but instead we have
David McGrath, with The Elephant in the Tower

Wednesday, 17 September 2014 from 19:00 (for 19:30) to 21:30
Cafe of Good Hope
216 Hither Green Lane
SE13 6RT

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Get your ticket on EventBrite or on the door. £3

Opportunities to chat with the authors, buy books, and other delicacies we might bring along, And of course to join in with Flash from the floor – come prepared or write in the interval – 100 words fiction or poetry on the subject of animals.

Food and drink available to buy, so no need to rush your dinner.

Hope to see you there.

The Story Sessions – Video of Feminist Fables and Folk Tales

Here are some video snippets of last night’s Story Sessions, feminist folk tales for international women’s day. (Yes, I do know it was Saturday, I’m a woman ALL year…).

So here we go:

Cherry Potts reading from The Bone Box

Catherine Blackfeather reading from Sleeping Beauty and the Gnome

Anny Knight returning to join in with Flash from the Floor

Carrie Cohen reading in for Emily Cleaver (who was moving house so couldn’t come) with The Frog

and Jelena Ćurčić, reading from The Maiden who was Faster than a Horse

There was definitely a theme for the evening of clever girls outwitting people who thought they knew better.

(for reason’s known only to techies, this videos don’t always play in internet explorer – if you have problems, try Mozilla Firefox instead.)

The Story Sessions is taking a break for April. We’ll keep you posted when and where we are next, but we are lining up more themes: Science Fiction, Journeys, and Beasties. If you would like to read for us to any of those themes get in touch – it doesn’t have to be new work, just yours. Perfectly happy for you to promote a book or whatever.

If you are a venue and would like to host us, get in touch!

The Story Sessions photos from Feminist Fables & Folk Tales

So here’s the photos from last night’s belated celebration of INternational Women’s Day at the Ivy House

Jelena Curcic tells us about the Maiden who could outrun a Horse

Jelena Curcic tells us about the Maiden who could outrun a Horse

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Cherry Potts reveals what is in the Bone Box…

Carrie Cohen Flips thorugh Frog by Emily Cleaver

Carrie Cohen ‘Flips’ through Frog by Emily Cleaver

A flash fable from Anny Knight

A flash fable from Anny Knight

Cath Blackfeather gets to the point of Sleeping Beauty

Cath Blackfeather gets to the point of Sleeping Beauty

The Story Sessions: Feminist Fables and Folk Tales for International Women’s Day

jobno 1295732 Folk Tales flyerWednesday  12th March  Feminist Fables and Folk Tales: international women’s day tie in feminist retellings of folk tales, or new stories in the folk style. Sisters Grimm… featuring Cath Blackfeather’s take on Sleeping Beauty, Cherry PottsThe Bone Box, Emily Cleaver on The Frog, Jelena Ćurčić with a couple of Serbian folk tales.

Because folk tales tend to ramble, if you want to join in for Flash from the Floor, you can have a whole 200 words this month!

7.45 for 8pm, The Ivy House, Stuart Road, SE15 3BE

The Story Sessions is taking a break for April, but will be back in May, possibly at a new venue – watch this space.

Queer Tales at the Story Sessions – the videos

So here’s some snippets of video from our lovely readers last night.

Clare Summerskill reads us Jeffrey, talking about the 1930’s from her oral history of Lesbian and Gay lives, Gateway to Heaven

Rebecca Idris reads from her novel The Sitar

Cherry Potts name checks folk songs while reading from The Ballad of Polly & Ann (Mosaic of Air)

Anny Knight observes the perils of the Lesbian Disco, and suggests a way of getting rid of overstaying guests

And Catherine Blackfeather rescues a selkie…

(Cherry’s mini tour of London for LGBT History Month continues on Friday at Crofton Park Library where she will be reading two-handers from Mosaic of Air with Alix Adams, and at The Cafe of Good Hope in Hither Green next Wednesday, where she is joined by Rebecca and Catherine again, plus V A Fearon. more info here.

Unconnected to LGBT History Month, Cherry is running a poetry workshop 1-3 This friday 21st Feb at the Donald Hope Library, Colliers Wood.

The next Story Sessions is on 12th March, and is Feminist Fables and Folk Tales, for international women’s day.

If you have an idea for a theme and would like to read for The Story Sessions, get in touch

The Story Sessions, Queer Tales, Photos

We had great fun at The Story Sessions last night. here are a few photos to whet your appetite for the videos to come…

Anny Knight reading poetry

Anny Knight QT Anny KnightCatherine Blackfeather reading a tale of Selkies

Cath Blackfeather QTClare Summerskill reading Oral History from Gateway to Heaven

Clare Sumerskill Clare Summerskill QTRebecca Idris reading from The Sitar

Rebecca IdrisAs usual, no pictures of Cherry Potts, who was behind the camera when not on stage, all photos © Cherry Potts 2014.