The most important people at A Word In Your Ear are the writers and musicians and you can read more about them here. For more info about the company:
I set up A Word In Your Ear because of a long love-affair with stories and with performance. I like listening to stories, either as readings or as drama. I love radio. I like the worlds that voices can create in the imagination. I love the intimacy of sound.
So I want to make a place to listen. Either live – at our Story Fridays – or online, with our listen again feature and with our audio drama.
As for me, in the past I worked for the BBC and Granada Television as a script editor and drama development executive and for independent production companies as a documentary researcher and producer. I have worked in a College of Engineering in Zhengzhou in central China, at a radio station in Hong Kong and in a homeless hostel in Bath amongst many other places.
As a writer, I have had short stories broadcast on local radio, published in magazines (Vintage Magazine, Yellow Magazine, My Weekly), on the web (eastoftheweb, etherbooks, smashwords, writersreadersdirect) and in anthologies (Leaf Books, Bridge House, Watermark). Locally, I won the Wells Short Story prize and I have won, been shortlisted and had honourable mentions in many others (Fish Short Story Prize, Five Stop Story Competition, Momaya Press, Exeter Short Story Competition, Myslexia, Frances Lincoln Diverse Voice Award, Academy of Children’s Writers Competition). I have written a number of site-specific short stories through arts company Heads and Tales. I have performed short stories at many events (Heads and Tales, Telltales, White Rabbit, National Flash Fiction Day, Salisbury Arts Festival, Bath Fringe Festival, Bath Literary Festival, St Ives Arts Festival, Cyprus Wells, Sparks Dartington Radio, Coleford Festival, Secret Garden Party, Green Man Festival, Feast of Stories, Cheltenham, Small Stories, Bristol). I have an MA in Creative Writing from Bath Spa University.
My plays have been performed on stage in Bath, Bristol, Salisbury, Wales, Cambridge, at the Bunker, the Space and Theatro Technis in London, and somewhere in Hereford. A number have been recorded as audio dramas. Recently, I have been working with Rapscallion Theatre Company who have performed a number of my plays including The Red Court, which is due to tour to China later this year.
For further information about my work please visit my website.
I was very excited to produce and direct The Fourth Dog with Emma London. Our first home grown audio drama!
My interest in story telling began as a small child watching my father, the late Peter Copley, acting on stage, screen and radio. Unsurprisingly, I went to drama school and began working as a stage manager in theatres around the country such as Plymouth Theatre Royal, Greenwich Theatre and the Bristol Old Vic.
A brief change of career followed when I became an assistant literary agent at Peters Fraser and Dunlop. I was in the television department for two years working with writers and directors.
It was after I got my English degree at UWE that I began to write my own stories. Then I went on to get an MA in Creative Writing from Bath Spa. I finished my first novel If The Shoe Fits soon after. At the moment I have three children’s picture books being illustrated by the talented Lara Hawthorne and I am half way through a novel for teenagers. I also edit for other people; Sally M Gander’s The Big Deep and Matthew Cooper’s An Innocent Killing.
In 2014, I was delighted to produce and direct, alongside Clare Reddaway, AWIYE’s first audio play, The Fourth Dog. We also recorded twenty stories for our website. I am also a co-founder of WriteUp Stuff, with Clare Mitchell. We run creative writing workshops for people who think they cannot write. We believe, with a bit of encouragement, everyone can write.
Recently, I have returned to the theatre and I am currently the producer for Tremolo Theatre. Our first show, The Hours Before We Wake, got 5 star reviews and had a successful run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2016. We are currently in rehearsals for our second show, Then Again.
Other people involved in A Word In Your Ear
Most of the photographs on this site were taken by Lisa Fryer, who has also written and performed at a number of Story Fridays. (Sadly, there are no photos of her as none of the rest of us appear to be able to work a camera….).
The illustration for our Mars event was created by the talented Caitlin Ashton. Click here to see more of her work.
The photo in the banner above was taken at the Not the Olympics Story Friday by Olly Langdon of Kilter Theatre.
Our logo was designed by local illustrator James Nunn. You can see more of his work here.