We had a wonderful icy Story Fridays on Friday. We had fabulous stories that spanned the world from Siberia to the American Civil War, from the fjords of Norway to the funeral parlours of Bath. If the icy weather kept you away on Friday, all our stories are ready to listen to here. Now it’s time to sharpen those quills for Story Friday Anniversary, 10th March. Deadline is 27th February. Get writing!
Story Friday Ice is a delectation of delights for you – we’ve got writers Christine Roberts, Jenny Woodhouse, Rosalind Minett, Martin Philips, Elaine Miles, Chloe Turner and B&NES competition winners Charlotte Wormold and Susan Shah. They’re bringing stories from Siberia and the American Civil War, from the shore of an icy whaling island to the warmth of the future. The stories are surprising, dramatic and in some cases, very funny. We’re thrilled to welcome Gill Simmons of Brave Bold Drama who will be playing her eclectic mix of jazz and folk and songs-with-a-story which she will bring to us via a keyboard and a ukulele! Come along to Burdall’s Yard, 7A Anglo Terrace, BA1 5NH on this Friday 13th January. Doors open and music starts at 7.15, the stories kick off at 8. Tickets are £5 on the door – see you there!
If you are missing listening to stories in December and want a break from the Christmas market – why not try an evening of flash fiction? Organised by the folks at the Bath Flash Fiction Award, there is an evening of flash fiction on Friday December 9th at St James’ Wine Vaults, Bath. There are some fab writers coming along to read and the evening promises to be great fun. There’s more info here.
The recordings of the stories that were read on Friday at Story Friday War are now ready to listen to here. The stories are highly recommended – thought-provoking, interesting, moving and beautifully written, we were proud to hear them on Friday night, and the audience had a fab time. Enjoy!
We’re thrilled with our exciting lineup of writers for Story Friday War. We’re welcoming back Richard Bond and Diana Cambridge, we have newcomers to Story Fridays Hedva Anbar, Sally Gander and Mark Hynes and we are always happy to hear from old hands Doc Watson and Julie Hayman. We’ve got some fantastic stories for you with old wars and new wars, home wars and wars abroad. We hope you’ll be surprised and delighted by the stories they tell. Come along to Burdall’s Yard, next Friday 11th November, doors open 7.15, stories start at 8.00, tickets are £5 on the door. See you there!
Submissions are rolling in for Story Friday War on 11th November – but we are always looking for more! Sharpen those pencils, flex those fingers, get your writing nodules into gear and send us a story! Click here for submission details. We had huge fun on Saturday morning at our Writing Politics workshop. I’m running a Memories Workshop in December. For more information click here. Story Fridays is very lucky to have so many talented people involved with us. For example, June Wentland has just published a literary quiz book. WLTM is a perfect Christmas stocking filler. Click here for link to Amazon if you’d like to have a look. And Carole Enharo, talented author and Bath resident, is looking for writers to join her group Critlink. She says: “CritInk is an established Bath-based fiction critiquing group comprised of both new and published writers that meets every other Monday after submission of work. It is looking for a couple of new members. We are a fun group for serious writers aiming for publication. For more information about joining, please email firstname.lastname@example.org”. A Word In Your Ear…. keeping you informed!!!
Lovely review of Story Friday Outsiders by Crysse Morrison on her fab arts blog. Thanks Crysse! Great to have you on stage again! Read it here.
We had a cracking night on Friday down at Burdall’s with Story Friday Outsiders. We heard some fantastic stories by Conor Houghton, Crysse Morrison, Elaine Miles, Christine Roberts, Rosalind Minett, Clare Reddaway and Stephanie Weston. If you didn’t manage to get along, you can listen to the recordings here – the stories are all hugely enjoyable and thought provoking. Thank you to all of you who came along – thank you to Tracey and Jason who played brilliantly as ever – and we look forward to seeing you all for Story Friday War on November 11th!
We’ve got a fantastic line up of writers for Story Fridays Outsider on Friday 23rd September. We have Stephanie Weston, Elaine Miles, Crysse Morrison, Clare Reddaway, Christine Roberts and new to Story Fridays, Rosalind Minnet and Conor Hougton. We’ve got stories about transvestites and aliens, about soldiers, villagers and trousers, stories set in Ireland, Somerset and the past. There is a cornucopia of joys to delight! We are also pleased to welcome back pop-jazz duo Tracey and Jason. It’s going to be a fabulous evening! Come along to Burdall’s Yard, Friday 23rd September, doors open and music starts at 7.15, stories from 8.00. Tickets are £5.00 on the door – see you there!
Geoffrey Heptonstall, who had a great story in our Brief Encounter Story Friday, has a new book out, ‘Heaven’s Invention’ (Black Wolf). This is what Geoffrey says about his novel: ‘I could pretend it was a dream.’ This is a narrative of the corruption beneath the genteel image of England. It is an exploration of the way seemingly innocent ideals can deteriorate into the manipulations and exploitations of power. Sounds fab! AND it is set in Bath and the Somerset countryside with a key scene in our very own Hedgemead Park! If you fancy buying a copy, click through to Amazon here. You can go and listen to Geoffrey live if you happen to be in Edinburgh on the 26th or 27th. He’ll be at the Forest Cafe, Lauriston Place at 2pm if you want to drop in.