Welcome to A Word In Your Ear. We are all about all about stories. Stories read on stage, stories made into plays, stories hidden in the woods, stories recorded so you can listen when you’re on the move.
What’s coming up:
STORY FRIDAYS Live short stories, freshly written, wonderfully performed – we run Story Fridays in our local town, Bath, here in Somerset. We had a fabulous Story Friday The Garden in May – listen to some wonderful stories from writers Mark Rutterford, Martin Philips, Clare Reddaway, Crysse Morrison, Ysella Sims, Adrian Paul and Stephanie Weston stories here.
The next Story Friday Goes Walking is on (Saturday!) September 22nd. In a new departure for Story Friday we’ve teamed up with Bathscape to offer a walk with stories during the Bathscape Walking Festival. More information coming soon! This event is open to submissions – get in touch to find out more. The next Story Friday at Burdall’s Yard is Story Friday Chemistry on November 8th.
STORY SATURDAY Clare Reddaway, Julie Green and Elaine Miles will be reading a selection of their best short stories at Clifton Library, on Saturday 11th May. For more information click here. Tickets are £5 on the door, or you can buy them in advance here.
WORKSHOPS Clare runs monthly workshops to inspire writers, new and experienced, to help them find the joy of writing stories. The next workshop is on Saturday May 25th: Myths and Legends. In this workshop we’ll look the old tales. How did the storytellers of the past weave their magic, and what can we learn from them? Click here to find out more and to see other upcoming workshops. Click here to book or to be kept informed about future workshops.
LITTLE POTATOES is a powerful, bitter-sweet comedy-drama set in China, about marriage, motherhood and family planning. After very successful runs in Edinburgh and at the Old Red Lion in London, Little Potatoes is now on tour with the uber-cool Nomad Festival, as part of Taking Flight, their new writing event. From May to July, Little Potatoes will be performed in the New Forest, Greenwich, Newhaven, Cheltenham and Buxton.
2018 was busy at A Word In Your Ear. Here are a few things that happened:
FORAGED FICTIONS In July, Kilter Theatre and A Word In Your Ear joined forces to create a promenade collection of site-responsive stories at Prior Park.”This is a production of an originality that expands the boundaries of what is considered theatre. One hesitates to use the adjective ‘magical’, but this is a unique experience that echoes in the memory for long afterwards.” [***** Theatre Bath]
As part of the Frome Festival, we performed at the Tin Church, Brokerswood, where we told some Tales for a Tin Tabernacle, lit by candles and oil lamps, surrounded by fields, with the Westbury White Horse in the distance. With Foraged Fictions, this made for two wonderful summer events.
Get in touch if you’d like to be involved.
Pics from STORY FRIDAY 2018:
We’ve worked with some fab people over the years. We’d like to say particular thanks to:
We’d like to thank the Engage programme at the Theatre Royal, Bath, for their collaboration on Story Friday Journeys.
We’d like to thank The Cleveland Pools Trust for their support in putting on Story Fridays Goes Swimming.
We’d like to thank Bath and North-East Somerset Libraries service for their continuing support of Story Fridays, and in particular reader-development officer June Wentland. If you are in Bath, you can often see information about upcoming Story Fridays in the glass Library display case at the top of the Waitrose elevators.
A Word In Your Ear is proud to have been funded by Bath and North East Somerset Council.
We were thrilled that the stories and photographs from Story Fridays Goes Swimming became part of Fringe Arts Bath’s ‘To Bathe’ exhibition, curated by Chloe Scholefield. The stories perambulated around Bath in Chloe’s bathing hut – and will be seen and heard throughout the summer in Bath. Catch ’em if you can.
SOME PHOTOS OF STORY FRIDAYS:
STORY FRIDAY TOMORROW:
STORY FRIDAY FOOLS:
STORY FRIDAY GOLD
Thank you to photographer Elaine Hicks.
STORY FRIDAY HARVEST:
(Thank you to photographer Elaine Hicks)
STORY FRIDAYS GOES SWIMMING
The Pools looked very pretty for Story Fridays Goes Swimming.
The bunting cast coloured shadows.
For more photos click here.
Here’s some Noir-ish photos from Story Friday Noir:
Here’s a flavour of Story Friday Mars:
These images were taken by photographer Ben Langdon. Visit his website here.