The Story Sessions: Retelling Tales – poems – audio

The poems not caught on camera…

Joy Howard‘s Melangell and the Hare,

Olympus Inc  and Living to Tell the Tale (explicit language warning!)

All these and more available in Foraging

and Zoe Brigley Thompson‘s Letter to Leda on Getting Married

all read by Cherry Potts

The Story Sessions- Retelling Tales- Jennifer A McGowan

Jennifer A  McGowan retells tales pretty much non-stop in her poetry. Here are her takes on Fairy Tales, the Bible, Shakespeare, Nigerian Folk Tales and Greek Mythology. These and more are available in With Paper for Feet

Jennifer is reading at Words & Ears in Bradford on Avon on 30th March, and Buzzwords in Cheltenham on 30th April.

The Story Sessions Retelling Tales – Poem Videos part one

We had a lot of poems this month at the Story Sessions, perhaps it’s easier to give a new twist to a familiar story by taking it into a different medium.

Not everything made it onto the video owing to my trying to do too many things at once, but here is some of what did, and there will follow more video, and on audio, the ones I missed.

So here are: Neil Slevin‘s A Gaelic Chieftan and Zoe Brigley Thompson’s My Last Rochester read by Annalie Wilson, and Math Jones reading his own Frejya, In Fire Forged

The Story Sessions – Retelling Tales – Stories

LMA Bauman-Milner’s visceral retelling of Cinderella brought to life by Annalie Wilson.

Glass & Blood

Liam Hogan’s sideways look at Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein

I, Igor (an extract, as it weighs in at 18 1/2 minutes!)

The Story Sessions – Retelling Tales – Video – Flash From the Floor

Poems from Cherry Potts, David Wilson & Silas Hawkins ‘Flash from the Floor’ at The Story Sessions, Retelling Tales.

Briar Roses

Jennifer A McGowan reads her take on Sleeping Beauty, Briar Roses at Oxford’s Albion Beatnik.

More like this at The Story Sessions, Brockley Deli 7pm on Wednesday 15th March and West Greenwich Library 7.30 16th March both events free!

coming up this wednesday The Story Sessions Retelling Tales

Join us at 7pm on wednesday 15th March at

The Brockley Deli 14a Brockley Cross SE4 1BE

for Retelling Tales – expect anything from myth and Cinderella to Frankenstein and Jane Eyre given a new coat of imagination.

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

here’s a sample (Jennifer reading Hecuba from Troy: Seven Voices at Lewisham Library)

 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)

heres a sample (Joy reading Draco at Keats House)

Taster for The Story Sessions on 15th March

Here are a couple of videos – from headliner Jennifer A McGowan, reading Lot’s Wife Considers Reincarnation at our International Women’s Day event at Lewisham Library,

and Joy Howard reading Melangell and the Hare at the joint launch for Foraging and With Paper for Feet at Keats House

Joy can’t make it on Wednesday so her poems will be read by either our resident actor Annalie Wilson or Arachne editor Cherry Potts.

Join us at The Brockley Deli 14a Brockley Cross SE4 1BE at 7pm on Wednesday 15th March, for these and more somewhat surprising retellings of old stories.

 

International Women’s Day at Lewisham Library – videos

Here are a couple of video’s of Jennifer A McGowan reading and discussing her poetry from With Paper for Feet at our International Women’s Day event at Lewisham Library

Introduction to her fascination with witches

and her take on the witches from Macbeth, The Weird Sisters on the Make

You can next catch Jennifer reading her work at Retelling Tales,  The Story Sessions, 7pm Wednesday 15th March, at The Brockley Deli 14a Brockley Cross SE4 1BE

and 7.30 Thursday 16th March at West Greenwich Library, Greenwich High Road, London SE10 8NN

 

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.