Final Liberty Tales outing -Greenstead, Colchester

Essex! We are headed your way again, meet us in Colchester.

Wednesday 25th January at 6pm the final planned Liberty Tales tour date! This is the one that was delayed from November.

Join Jim Cogan, Helen Morris and Carolyn Eden in person for stories of liberation – from prison, by war and leaving an abusive marriage;

and Sarah Evans, David Guy and Jeremy Dixon virtually as their work (voting, or not; more freedom than you can cope with;  the right to be who you are) is read by Carrie Cohen and Cliff Chapman.

Sarah, David and Helen are locals, so come and support them!

Greenstead Library, Hawthorn Avenue, Colchester, CO4 3QE

FREE but please phone Greenstead Library to reserve your place 01206 865758.

The Story Sessions: Childhood tales- recordings

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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)

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

 

BrockleyMax: The Story Sessions – Childhood

Story Sessions logo copyWednesday 1st June 7.30 at The Brockley Deli 14A Brockley Cross London, SE4 1BE FREE EVENT

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Stories and poems on the theme of Childhood.

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Kate Foley will be headlining with her adoption poems The Don’t Touch Garden,

and we have stories:

Liam Hogan Bullet-proof Papoose

Helen Morris Simon le Bon Will Save Us (Read by Carrie Cohen)

Courttia Newland Sound Boys (WE HOPE! Courttia has another committment so we are trying to find a suitable actor to read on his behalf, if that could be YOU get in touch)

Barbara Renel Blow Hole

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Liam Hogan reads from RAT

Carrie Cohen Flips thorugh Frog by Emily CleaverBarbara Rennel

and of course …. YOU!

The Story Sessions is run like a folk club – headliners, support acts and floor spots – you can join in with 100 words of fiction or poetry on theme. Come prepared or write something in the interval, pens & paper will be provided!

Liberty Tales video part 2

Well I managed to rescue most of the video from its meltdown.

Here is Louisa Gummer reading Helen Morris’ story of liberation in time of war, The Poppies

and Liam Hogan reading about imprisonment and release in his story The King’s Computer

And finally, audio only for Carolyn Eden’s Promotional Samples read by her alter ego, Carrie Cohen – but you get all of it and some music to introduce it to make up for missing the pictures.

Liberty Tales update

We have our final line up for next Thursday, 18th June, 7pm

at West Greenwich Library SE10 8NN.

We are celebrating the 800th anniversary of the signing of Magna Carta with songs, stories, and a poem; all of which are free.

Books will be on sale in the interval, and wine, tea and coffee are available for a donation. There may be snacks as well, depending on whether we have time to source them on the day along with everything else.

Stories

The King’s Computer by Liam Hogan read by the author
Promotional Samples by Carolyn Eden read by the author
Lag by Jim Cogan read by the author
Into the Blue by Nick Rawlinson read by Stuart Crossman
Poppies by Helen Morris read by Louisa Gummer
Stopped by a Busker by Owen Townend read by Stuart Crossman
Bothered by Sarah Evans read by Carrie Cohen

Songs from Summer All Year Long, an informal gaggle of friends who sing together and collaborate on projects when the mood takes them.

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Liberty Tales coming up

7pm 18th June 2015

West Greenwich Library, Greenwich High Road, SE10 8NN

Cotton Augustus II.106When we first had the idea for Liberty Tales, (chance meeting at Canada Water Station, it’s a long story) we thought we would be celebrating 800 years of Magna Carta, with, perhaps some historical fiction, and some rousing songs

Well, no, not exactly.

That’s the fun of an open call, you get what you get; and what we got in response to the call out for stories about Liberty, was mostly about living outside the system, and self-expression and choice; and the songs have turned out to be about making things work by not judging others, and working together to get the bright fair future, although they fit surprisingly well with the stories – you’d almost think we planned it!

So we’ve called in some favours to vary the flavour, and now have a rather bleak piece of fantasy, and a story about very much being IN the system…

Our  line up of stories are from:

Liam Hogan The King’s Computer

Carolyn Eden (aka Carrie Cohen, when she reads for us) Promotional Samples of London Town

Jim Cogan Lag

Helen Morris Poppies (read by Carrie Cohen)

Nick Rawlinson Into the Blue (read by Stuart Crossman)

Sarah Evans Bothered (read by Carrie Cohen)

Owen Townend Stopped by a Busker (read by Stuart Crossman)

Thanks to our friends at Better Libraries for hosting us!

REVIEW of Solstice Shorts Anthology

Those nice people over at Sabotage have reviewed Solstice Shorts: Sixteen Stories about Time

read the review here

They have particularly pleasing things to say about Helen Morris, Robert Shearman, William Davidson, David Mathews, and David Turnbull.

SOLSHORTS HALF SUN TOP

If you enjoy the review and want to try the book for yourself you can buy it direct from our Shop, or if you are in the Bath area, come to our reading at Oldfield Park Bookshop, 43 Moorland Road, Bath, BA2 3PN on 22nd April, at 7.30 where you can listen to stories, buy the book and get it signed by at least three local authors, and have a glass of wine at the same time. more info 01225 427722

 

I Thought I Had More Time Solstice Shorts Festival Video

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I Thought I Had More Time – something that cropped up a lot in our Solstice Shorts story competition, but Helen Morris‘ story, read here by Jonathan Rice, really wowed the judges, winning her one of the five special accolades, Judges Favourite. This story is one of 16 read at the festival and featured in the book Solstice Shorts: Sixteen Stories about Time
Our BSL interpreters wish it to be known that this is not what they consider performance standard signing, they needed a chance to rehearse with the performers for that, but you will be able to follow the story.

To complement the story, a song from the magnificent Shadrack Tye, Another Way.

http://youtu.be/gZLntZV_uQo

And the Winners Are…

To celebrate National Short Story Week, the winners of the Solstice Shorts Festival Short Story Competition were announced last night at the Story Sessions

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(Trumpets, drum roll, searchlights… you know, that sort of thing)

Congratulations to:

Andrew Gepp
Cindy George
David Mathews
David Turnbull
Deschaney Tate
Emma Timpany
Helen Morris
Jayne Pickering
Pippa Gladhill
Sarah Evans
Tannith Perry
William Davidson

We are delighted to congratulate our twelve winners, who will receive various prizes including a surprisingly untacky trophy, and whose stories will be read at the festival, and published alongside a story from each of the judges in the forthcoming anthology, Solstice Shorts: 16 stories about time.

Five Judges Special Recommendations will be announced at the festival at SUNSET.

Thanks to everyone who took part (all 106 of you), we appreciate your interest in our festival which we hope is the first of many, so there will be other opportunities in the future.

Short-listed writers will receive brief feedback sometime next week.