Stories and poems chosen for Story Sessions: Retelling

Story Sessions logo copyWe had a substantial mailbag for our Retelling Tales theme, and had to turn down some really interesting work, either because it didn’t fit well enough or because it missed the mark in terms of what we were looking for, but we can confirm a poetry heavy list this time:

Headlining: Jennifer A McGowan reads a selection of myth inspired poetry from her new collection With Paper for Feet

Supporting: Liam Hogan I, Igor (Story)

Math Jones: Frejya (poem)

Zoe Brigley: Letter to Leda on Getting Married and My Last Rochester (poems)

LMA Bauman-Milner Glass & Blood (Story)

Neil Slevin A Gaelic Chieftan (poem)

Joy Howard: Melangell and the Hare, Olympus Inc, Living to Tell the Tale (Poems)

Annalie is going to be busy as quite a few of the writers can’t make it because of geographical considerations. We have work from writers in Ireland, America and the North of England, which means they won’t bring their friends along either… so we’d really like to encourage an audience! Quality writing, magnificently read! Join in with Flash from the Floor (if you want to!) – give us your own retelling in 100 words or less! poetry or prose.

Lovely food and drink available, and free entry. What more could you possibly want?

Note to writers, we would REALLY like to see stories for next time’s Fantasy tales, we already have some shortlisted poems, so get writing –  the deadline is 1st Wednesday of May.

 

Liberty Tales on Tour- North Kensington Library – Video

A rather lovely way to celebrate Human Rights Day, back in December, reading stories inspired by Magna Carta at North Kensington Library. Stories from Cassandra Passarelli, Carolyn Eden, Jim Cogan and Cherry Potts, poems from  Jeremy Dixon

You can catch us again, with our final Liberty Tales jaunt, at Greenstead Library, Colchester CO4 3QE next Wednesday, 25th January 6pm, with stories from Carolyn Eden, David Guy, Helen Morris, Sarah Evans, and poems from Jeremy Dixon, some of which will be read by Carrie Cohen and Cliff Chapman

We are back at North Kensington Library with Shortest Day, Longest Night on Saturday 4th February at 2pm, with Poems from Bob Beagrie, Lisa Kelly, and A J Akoto; and  Stories from Katy Darby, Liam Hogan and Pauline Walker.

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Shortest Day, Longest Night TOUR starts in Oxford

That’s TOMORROW, folks…Friday 7.30 06/01/2017

At Albion Beatnik in Walton Street
Line Up:

 Sarah James Cut Short, and At the Hotel de la Lune.
A family Sunday ritual changed for ever, and night in an hotel.

David Mathews Mouse
Grandmother, child, and pregnant mouse all seek shelter in a wood

Pauline Walker Left of Earth, Right of Venus
Mother searches space for grief striken daughter

David Steward The Cutty Wren
In the trenches, solstice 1916

Wendy Gill A Little Favour
A trust betrayed, a friendship destroyed

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Liberty Tales on Tour – Oxford

Thanks to a grant from the Arts Council we are able to take Liberty Tales a little bit further than we have taken some of our books, and we will be visiting Oxford, Colchester, Newcastle and Bath, as well as several dates nearer home in London.

So first up:

OXFORD!

Join us on Friday 18th November at 7.30, at Albion Beatnik Walton Street Oxford OX2 6AA for some Magna Carta inspired readings.

Stories from Jim Cogan, Carolyn Eden, Katy Darby,  Nick Rawlinson,  Poems from Bernie Howley, Elinor Brooks, Jeremy Dixon. Explore an unusual Gaudy Night, fish weirs, walking out, when it safer to appear witless, finding yourself in San Francisco, religious intolerance, and exactly what the value of a passport really is.

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The Story Sessions is open for Submissions

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We are reviving the Story Sessions, we hope permanently! We are settling in to our Brockley Max venue, The Brockley Deli for a few months, with support from the Arts Council, and then we’ll see how its going.

The Story Sessions in a live literature event, with themed sessions. We run it like a folk club, so there are headliners, support acts and floor spots*.

We  have a ‘test bed’ section where you can try out a new piece on the audience just before the interval, and get written feedback.
*Floor spots: Flash from the Floor a maximum of 100 words on theme, immediately after the interval. Just turn up with your 100 words and let us know you want to read, or write something in the interval, if inspiration strikes.

We have 4 sessions lined up over the next nine months:

16/11/2016 Freedom Tales deadline 02/11/16 EXTENDED to 11/11/16 (midnight)

18/01/2017 Winter Tales deadline 04/01/17

15/03/2017 Retelling Tales (Legend and Fable) deadline 01/03/17

17/05/2017 Fantastic Tales (Fantasy) deadline 03/05/17

We are looking for STORIES first and foremost, although we will consider very good poems. We are not interested in non-fiction of any kind.

ABSOLUTE maximum 2000 words, but we are happy with  a lot shorter as it means more people can read.

This can be previously published work as it will not lead to a book, and we encourage authors from London and environs, who have a new book to promote, to offer us something suitable to the theme, but unpublished work also welcome. So if you have something on theme and can come and read it on the day, let’s hear from you.

Apply through our submittable account. (If you do it other ways I lose the emails and then people get cross.)

Little Tricks – final Midsummer Night in the Garden video

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Our final posting from Midsummer Night in the Garden.

Katy Darby & Cliff Chapman introduce the song Little Tricks, with a scene from As You Like It.

Followed by Toby Hine and Rosalyn Miller singing the song written by Rachel Bellman & Elizabeth Charlesworth, accompanied on guitar by Mark Wainwright.

 

And so, Good Night!: Cliff signs off.

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Midsummer Night in the Garden update and BOOKING INFO!!

Some loose ends for Midsummer Night in the Garden

The Library have had a LOT of interest and are getting anxious about fitting everyone in, and would in any case like to allocate the seats to those who genuinely need them, so please can you phone them on  0208 314 7794 to book a place. You are encouraged to bring a picnic blanket to spread on the lawn.

BY THE WAY… Manor House Library is in LEE SE13, not in Manor House north London! Just in case you were confused.

We can now confirm that wine/beer will be available for a donation, and we will also be offering tea/coffee/biscuits and strawberries, home-made cake and savoury muffins will be on sale, along with (surprise!) books.

We have confirmation of the final performers: Rosalyn Miller & Toby Hines will sing Rachel Bellman & Elizabeth Charlesworth’s Little Tricks, accompanied by Mark Wainwright on guitar.

Listen to Cherry Potts talking to Gill Manley at Croydon Radio about Midsummer Night in the Garden. Our segment is about 1h40m in.

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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

Brockley MAX Story Sessions: Asylum

brockley max 16The Story Sessions is out of retirement for BrockleyMax. FREE EVENT

refugees welcomeSaturday 28th May 3.30pm in St Hilda’s Church, Courtrai Road Crofton Park SE23 1PL: Asylum – stories and poems and music around the concept of safety/sanctuary or the need for it. This is partly to showcase the Refugees Welcome anthology (not published by us, raising funds for Red Cross Refugee work) and will include stories from the book. Stories will be read by a mixture of authors and actors – where the author’s name is in bold, they are reading.

Refreshments avilable from 3pm. (if you have the stamina there’s a singing workshop with Various Voices on the same theme at 6:45 in the undercroft.)

The line up:

Music & story from Matthew Crampton from his book & show – Human Cargo

Story Mouse by David Mathews, which is featured in last year’s Solstice Shorts and will be in the forthcoming anthology Shortest Day, Longest Night Read by Alix Adams

Story Queues from Cherry Potts, from the Refugees Welcome anthology

Story This England by Oscar Windsor-Smith from the Refugees Welcome anthology Read by Alix Adams

Poems  Roots and Jail Break by Kate Foley* read by Katy Darby

Story Etymology of Happiness by Jane Roberts from the Refugees Welcome anthology read by Katy Darby

and of course …. YOU!

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*Kate Foley WILL be reading her own poetry at the NEXT The Story Sessions on 1st June at The Brockley Deli. Theme Childhood.