Welcome to A Word In Your Ear.   We are all about all about stories.  Stories on stage, stories hidden in the woods, stories made into plays, stories recorded so you can listen to wherever you happen to be.

Things are buzzing at A Word In Your Ear right now.  Here’s 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 May 11th at Burdall’s Yard in Bath.  The theme is Stolen.  Doors open at 7.15, stories start at 8.00 pm. Tickets £5.00 on the door.We’re looking forward to seeing you there!

If you’d like to send us a story we are now open for submissions, all details here.

LITTLE POTATOES  A Word In Your Ear presents Clare Reddaway’s new play Little Potatoes, a powerful, bittersweet comedy-drama set in China about marriage, mothers and family-planning.  Little Potatoes will be performed at the Egg, Theatre Royal Bath, as part of a New Writing Festival, in the Bath Theatre Bus at the Bath Fringe, at Clifton Library in Bristol and at the Edinburgh Festival.  Tickets are on sale now!  Click here for more info

FORAGED FICTIONS  Kilter Theatre and A Word In Your Ear have joined forces to create a promenade collection of site-responsive stories at Prior Park. Small audiences set off through woods & fields across our spectacular skyline to discover each short story uniquely set in the World Heritage Landscape that inspired it.  Click here for more information. Tickets are limited and are on sale now!  Get yours here!

WORKSHOPS  Clare runs monthly workshops to inspire writers, both new and experienced, and to help them find the joy of writing stories. Click here to find out more.



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.

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  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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