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.  The recordings of our recent Story Friday LEAP! are available on the website here. 

STORY FRIDAY IN APRIL IS CANCELLED.   All events at Burdall’s Yard in April have been cancelled.  We await developments on our subsequent Story Friday on June 19th. 

WORKSHOPS  Clare usually runs monthly workshops in Bath and Bristol to inspire writers,  new and experienced, to help them find the joy of writing stories.  During the current crisis there will be no physical workshops.  

However, Clare will be running online workshops to offer a creative break in this midst of this crisis.  She will also be running a weekly short story discussion forum.  If anyone is interested, please get in touch.

LONG STORY SHORT:  I am awaiting news about whether this will go ahead.   Clare Reddaway’s new solo show comes to the Bath and the Buxton Fringe festivals.  Fireside storytelling with a modern twist: award-winning writer Clare Reddaway reads a selection of her short stories about love, life and collective nouns. A mischievous mix of dark and witty fiction, Clare has performed her stories at events and festivals around the south-west.  Clare will be at the Mission Theatre Upstairs, Bath on 23rd and 24th May, 4pm. Tickets in advance on  Eventbrite or on the door.  She will be at the Green Man Gallery, Buxton, on 15th and 16th July, 6pm. Tickets on sale shortly. 


Returning soon:

STORY SATURDAY  Clare Reddaway invites fellow writers to read a selection of their stories at Clifton Library Bristol as guests of Foccal. In March Clare was joined by Story Friday favourites Stephanie Weston and Stephen Tuffin. This was a rumbustious evening with some fabulous stories. **STORY SATURDAY will be back at Clifton Library in the autumn** For information on past Story Saturdays click here

STORIES AROUND THE FIRE For our first event at The Packhorse in South Stoke, Clare Reddaway, Mark Rutterford and Elaine Miles read stories specially selected for this atmospheric venue.  The evening was a huge success – the room was packed out, and the audience loved listening to stories with a glass of Packhorse beer in hand.  We hope to be back at the Packhorse soon.

Some past events:

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 toured with the uber-cool Nomad Festival, as part of Taking Flight, their new writing event.  Little  Potatoes was staged in the New Forest, Cheltenham and at the Buxton Fringe.

FORAGED FICTIONS  Last 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:


Clare’s show Long Story Short will be at the Bath Fringe 2020



We’d like to thank the Engage programme at the Theatre Royal, Bath, for their collaboration on Story Friday Journeys.


image006A Word In Your Ear would like to thank The Bath Chronicle for their sponsorship of Story Friday ‘Noir’.


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.

FaB14 logoWe 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.





Thank you to photographer Elaine Hicks.


(Thank you to photographer Elaine Hicks)




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:

Noir stage panorama

Here’s a flavour of Story Friday Mars:

These images were taken by photographer Ben Langdon.  Visit his website here.


6 Responses to Home

  1. Neil Osborne says:

    Greetings to All at “A Word in Your Ear.” I’m a Brit living in New York and am a member of All Souls Unitarian Church here on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. We have a short story group called “Stories with Soul”, and meet every Wednesday for a reading and discussion. The whole thing takes an hour. The group was formed some 15 years ago by Warren Bryant, a radio actor. There’s an overall co-ordinator who recruits a host for any particular month. That host then picks a different reader for each Wednesday of their month. (We have a goodly stock of thespians, and plain old hams, like me.) That reader chooses his / her own story, so it’s all very democratic … and fun ! Stories range from classic through contemporary. Next week, on 10th of April, I’ll read Clare’s “The New Religion” and “The Card” by James Ross. I’m looking forward to it.
    Kind regards

  2. Neil Osborne says:

    Hello, Clare

    Last evening’s reading of “The New Religion” went very well. We had a good turnout of 22 souls., and as it happened, a friend was able to tape it. Here it is :


    Hope you can open it OK.

    … and, actually I found your story on “East of the Web.” It’s an excellent site.

    With kind regards to you, and all at ” A Word in Your Ear.”


  3. Clare Reddaway says:

    Lovely Neil! So interesting to hear someone else read it! I’m glad that you and your group enjoyed the story.

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