Outsiders Writers Announced!

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!

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Story Friday writer Heptonstall publishes new Bath book

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.

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Workshops

Themes for the autumn workshops:  on September 3rd we will be looking at that perennial favourite CHARACTER.  On October 15th, in preparation for the upcoming Story Friday on the theme of war, the workshop will look at POLITICAL WRITING.   The 3rd December workshop will take the theme of MEMORIES.  Get it touch if you’d like to sign up for a workshop, only £5.00!  For more information click here.

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Refugee Stories – Bath story event!

Bath Welcomes Refugees is holding a fundraising event at the Guildhall in Bath on 16th July.  ‘An evening of stories by the people who’ve lived the stories’ sounds like a fascinating evening, and very appropriate in these troubled times.  Show your support, come along on the 16th.  For more information visit Bath Welcomes Refugees Facebook page and buy tickets here.

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Space on Saturday workshop

I’ve had a couple of cancellations for a day long writing workshop this Saturday (2nd July).  If you fancy getting away from Brexit and spending time with a pen and paper, if you’d like to think about story, dialogue and performance, then get in touch.  More info here.

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Solstice recordings

We had a fantastic evening on Friday where we heard wonderful stories read by our gang of splendid writers.  If you couldn’t be there, you now have the chance to listen to all of the stories online – click here to find them. And you even get to see our mini-Stonehenge…  We’re taking a summer break now – but will be back in the autumn with OUTSIDERS, on 23rd September.  See you then!

 

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Writers Announced!

We are delighted to welcome writers Adrian Paul, Elaine Miles, Mark Rutterford and Clare Reddaway back to Story Fridays and to welcome newcomers Cherry Potts and Caroline Wookey. We’ll have stories of blood, guts and pagan rituals, stories of neighbours and neighbourhood watches, stories that make you shiver and stories that make you laugh.  And we’ve got the wonderful Francesca K singing again.  Come along! You’ll enjoy it!  Friday 17th June, 8pm, Burdall’s Yard.  Tickets £5.00 on the door.

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Dare To Care – fab new plays at Bath Fringe!

Looking for something to do this weekend?  Come along to Dare To Care at Burdall’s Yard – two sizzling plays for the price of one!  Angel of Peckham is Clare Reddaway’s short play about Camila Batmanghelidgh, founder of the Kid’s Company.  Fresh from an outing in London, the play was described as ‘intriguing, dynamic and thought-provoking’ (everything-theatre.co.uk).  Dawn of the Silent Spring is Sarah Curwen’s theatrical and entertaining interpretation of the life of environmentalist Rachel Carson.  Both are slickly directed by Carolyn Csonka.  Dare to Care is on at Burdall’s Yard at 8.00pm on Friday 3rd June, and 2.00pm on Saturday 4th June.  Tickets are available here.

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Autumn themes announced!

We’re very pleased to announce our autumn dates and themes.  We’ve got Outsiders on 23rd September, War on 11th November and Ice on 13th January.  We hope the themes get your taste buds tingling and your creativity zinging!  We’re looking forward to reading stories from the many talented writers in Bath and beyond!  We’re thrilled to be putting on Story Fridays at Burdall’s Yard again in the autumn – thank you Burdall’s! – and to be teaming up with the B&NES Library Services for the annual B&NES short story competition in January.  In the meantime, see you all at Story Friday Solstice on 17th June!

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Interview on The Short Story and get your Solstice stories in!

The other day, Clare Reddaway was interviewed by Lindsay Stanberry-Flynn of The Short Story website.  You can hear what Clare has to say about short stories and live performance here.  In other news – stories are coming in for our Solstice Story Friday – make sure you’ve sent your entry in by 6th June!  Maybe this weekend’s sunny weather will have inspired you!  And we had a very successful workshop at the Library on Saturday – some wonderful and interesting pieces were created, and we all had to think very hard about endings…

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