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.

The Story Sessions: Family Tales

job 1283012 Family talesA6Wednesday 15th January  8pm

Family Tales

The Ivy House, 40 Stuart Road SE15 3BE

kipling & TrixJoining us in January we have Mary Hamer,
author of Kipling & Trix, (winner of the Virginia Prize for Fiction 2012) a novel about Rudyard Kipling and his sister.
Poets  Anne Macaulay,  Esther Poyer and Matt Bryden
and short story specialist Nicolas Ridley who also writes as Nichol Wilmor

and YOU? Join in with Flash from the Floor, 100 words of fiction or poetry on theme – write in advance (on the train on the night seems to be a popular method) or in the interval – pens and paper provided.

December Story Sessions: Solstice tales

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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

Story Sessions November – Armistice tales – video

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The Story Sessions at the Ivy House

A big thank you to all our readers, and everyone who came along to listen, and to Summer All Year Long for the musical interlude.

Unfortunately the video camera died half way through so there’s no video of the flash from the floor, or of SAYL, and Cherry Potts. fortunately a backup camera was on hand so we managed to capture most of  Liam Hogan’s piece.

here are some snippets of video of the evening.

Nicholas Ridley Gallipolli

Nicolas Ridley Unarmed Combat

Liam Hogan Remembrance Day

Emily Bullock Human Terrain

Joan Taylor Rowan The Bet

The Story Sessions – Haunting Tales for Hallowe’en – video

So, Hallowe’en, or nearly, and we got together in The Ivy House to tell stories…

V.G. Lee told us a nasty story of revenge, The Passing Guest (from her collection As You Step Outside)  and a ‘true story’ of exorcism.

David Mildon gave us a ghastly take on the lengths to which some people will go in order to forget – in his Weird Lies contribution, Worms’ Feast which puts joining the foreign legion in the shade.

Cherry Potts showed us who a young girl might have been had she grown up, in Eye of the Beholder.

and David McGrath told us about Fanditha men and murderous coconuts in Arresting Coconuts. (Language warning!)

Fabian Acker was our first Testbed volunteer, bringing a brand new piece for the audience to provide feedback as part of the editing process.

If you would like to take part in a Testbed at a future Story Session, get in touch.

Armistice Tales

Jobno 1274745 Armistice talesA6To celebrate National Short Story Week we are hosting a free live literature event at London’s first co-operatively owned pub, The Ivy House. A beautiful traditional pub building.

As NSSW coincides with the week that Remembrance day falls, we will be reading stories of war, peace and remembering.

Join Liam Hogan, Cherry Potts, Emily Bullock, Nicolas Ridley (Who also writes as Nichol Wilmor)  and Joan Taylor-Rowan, for an interactive evening of  live literature – think folk club with books. The audience is invited to contribute 100 word on-theme flash fiction in the flash from the floor spot. Books sales in the interval – free ‘Books are my Bag‘ bags to haul away all your demob souvenirs (that’s books in case you are wondering).

Possibility of a ‘work in progress’ spot for a brave author who would like to try out a fresh piece of on-theme writing on an audience. if you are interested in this slot, or in being an invited author at this or a future event, get in touch.

This is the second of two booked events at the Ivy House, if it goes well, it could become a regular fixture. Come along and support the first community owned pub in London, and live literature!

Wednesday 13th November 7:30 for 8, gun carriages at 10.

The Ivy House
40 Stuart Road
Nunhead
SE15 3BE

Haunting Tales for Halloween

Halloween TalesA6We are hosting a free live literature event at London’s first co-operatively owned pub, The Ivy House. A beautiful traditional pub building almost next to Nunhead cemetery… Join VG Lee, David McGrath, David Mildon and Cherry Potts for an interactive evening of spooky live literature – think folk club with books. The audience is invited to contribute 100 word on-theme flash fiction (or poetry – but still 100 words) in the flash from the floor spot. Books sales in the interval – free ‘Books are my Bag’ bags to haul away all your Halloween book treats.

Possibility of a ‘work in progress’ spot for a brave author who would like to try out a fresh piece of writing on an audience. if you are interested in this slot, or in being an invited author at this or a future event, get in touch.

This is the first of two booked events at the Ivy House, if it goes well it could become a regular fixture. Come along and support the first community owned pub in London, and live literature!

Wednesday 30th October 7:30 for 8, hearses at 10.

The Ivy House
40 Stuart Road
Nunhead
SE15 3BE