Welcome to A Word In Your Ear.   A Word In Your Ear is all about stories.  We don’t think that people spend enough time telling stories these days.  We plan to remedy that!

If you’d like to listen to live stories, freshly written, wonderfully performed – we run Story Fridays in our local town, Bath, here in Somerset.  Every couple of months we gather a group of writers and invite people to listen to what inspires them about a theme.

The next Story Friday is on March 9th at Burdall’s Yard in Bath.  The theme is Home.  Doors open at 7.15, stories start at 8.00 pm. Tickets £5.00 on the door.   We’d love to see you there!

“I’d never been to one of these story readings before and it was…. great!” Sid, audience member, Story Friday Gold.

If you’d like to submit a story we’d be delighted – deadline for the next Story Friday is 26th February, for Story Friday Home. For full submission guidelines click here.

Clare runs occasional workshops inspired by Story Friday. Click here to find out more.

We’ve started a new venture – Earshot.  We are building up a story bank of wonderful stories by our favourite writers, read by professional actors or the writers themselves, which you can listen to at your leisure.  Click here to find out more and have a listen.

Get in touch if you’d like to be involved.

Thank you for visiting, come again soon.

Particular thanks to:

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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