Festive video from the Story Sessions

We had a great night at December’s The Story Sessions, here are videos of  the testbed offering from Paula Read and of our headliners:

Paula Read No Room (Testbed)


Peter Higgins It Never Snows at Christmas


Cherry Potts The Midwinter Wife


Bartle Sawbridge A Date for Maureen


Joan Taylor-Rowan Never Knowingly


And we had three Flash From the Floor, (one of which was a riposte to Pete’s story!) so thank you to our audience for joining in with your flash fiction, and wearing hats as requested for Bartle’s story, and for the feedback to Paula, all much appreciated.

The Many Hats of Bartle Sawbridge

It was Hats ON for Bartle at Wednesday Night’s Story Sessions, a seasonal collection of stories about cult singing groups and carol services, Spanish and Greek alcohol, a lack of christmas spirit, unwelcome and uninvited guests, and interlopers of other kinds, from Cherry Potts, Peter Higgins, Joan Taylor-Rowan and Paula Read, as well as Bartle and his hats – the audience joined in with a few Flash from the Floor, and hat wearing! The Ivy House got in the spirit of things with ivy garlands, fairly lights, roaring log fires, additional speakers (thanks Nyge) and festive gold lamé curtains for the stage too.

Here are the pictures, video will follow.

bartle tyrolean

Bartle in one of several hats

bartle sans headwearbartle fedora joanie in character

Joanie gets in character

Joanie gets in character

Peter Higgins

Peter Higgins

Paula Read

Paula Read

Peter Higgins on Stage

Peter Higgins on the glamorous gold stage

December Story Sessions: Solstice tales

december story sessions A6 flyer

Join Joan Taylor Rowan, Peter Higgins, Bartle Sawbridge Paula Read and Cherry Potts for stories of unwelcome guests, failed dates, taking christmas shopping to extremes, carol singing that doesn’t quite hit the right note and neighbours…

…and everyone is invited to add in their twopenn’orth – 100 words, on theme. Poetry or fiction.

There might even be some singing.

Wednesday 11th December 8-10/10.30

The Ivy House, 40 Stuart Road, Nunhead SE15 3BE

Lovers’ Lies Launch – the videos

It’s official publication day for Lovers’ Lies! A chance to buy your beloved something more original than a box of chocolates for Valentine’s day

We had a full house on Sunday at Keats House for the launch, (great venue by the way) we ran out of books and I had to do the publishing equivalent of ‘family hold back’ and ask the authors to wait for their free copies (they’re coming, promise). Lots of authors read and a fun time was had by all –

here’s some of the evidence.

Darren Lee reading from By The Horns

Rosalind Stopps reading from Monsieur Fromage

Nathan Good reading from The Games I’ve Played and the People I’ve Played Them With

Bobbie Darbyshire reading from Something Missing

Bartle Sawbridge reading from For Your Ears Only

Katy Darby reading from Takeaway by Alison Willis

Peter Higgins reading from Mrs Murdoch and Mr Smith

Michelle Shine reading from Skin Deep

Clapham Books Host Lovers’ Lies Reading

Our Friends at Clapham Books have invited us back to read for them again, Lovers’ Lies this time.

lovers lies fishCome and hear tales of love in all its complexities and excitement and buy something more original than that red rose for your beloved for Valentine’s day!

Stories of love suppressed, love hoped for and love well lived – and what went wrong in the Garden of Eden.

Wednesday 6th February 7.30-9.30

Clapham Books 120 Clapham High Street SW4 7UH

Readings from stories by Cherry Potts, Peter Higgins, Nathan Good, and Bobbie Darbyshire