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 next Story Friday is on January 25th at Burdall’s Yard.  The theme is ‘2018’. (Yes. It’s confusing. First story event of 2019 has the theme of 2018. Basically, stories inspired by events in 2018. We think a lot happened…).  Doors open at 7.15, stories start at 8.00 pm. Tickets £5.00 on the door.   We’re also launching a writing CHALLENGE for this Story Friday!  See here for details.


WORKSHOPS  Clare runs monthly workshops to inspire writers, both new and experienced, and to help them find the joy of writing stories.  The next workshop is on Saturday 12th January 2019: Writing with your senses.  In this workshop we’ll be exploring our connections with the world around us, and we’ll be using all of our senses. We rely heavily on our eyes for the images in our writing.  Today, we’ll see where our other senses take us. Click here to find out more and to see other workshops Clare is running in early 2019.  Click here to book or to be kept informed about future workshops.


We had a busy summer at A Word In Your Ear.  Here are a few things that have been happening:

LITTLE POTATOES  A Word In Your Ear took Clare Reddaway’s new play Little Potatoes to the Fringe.  Little Potatoes is a powerful, bittersweet comedy-drama set in China about marriage, mothers and family-planning. We were at Paradise In the Vault from 3rd-11th August.  The play went down a storm!  For more info click here.  Watch this space for what happens next!

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.


LONG STORY SHORT  Clare Reddaway and Philip Douch  read a selection of their best short stories at Clifton Library, on Saturday 17th March.  We hope to have further Long Story Short events soon.  For more information click here.



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



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.


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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