Story Saturday is a new evening of story telling from A Word In Your Ear. Writer-performer Clare Reddaway teams up with fellow authors to bring you a medley of stories full of drama and wit.
We held a wonderful Story Saturday in October at Clifton Library in Bristol where we were guests of Foccal – Friends of Clifton Library. Clare welcomed Bath favourites Stephanie Weston and Mark Rutterford. Both Stephanie and Mark have been entertaining Story Friday audiences for years with their very individual stories. It was a wonderful, stimulating, moving and funny evening!
Story Saturday will return in March 2020.
CLARE REDDAWAY: Clare’s short stories have been published in anthologies, on the web and in magazines, and they have won or been shortlisted for a number of prizes. ‘Clare’s writing has a wonderful lyrical quality’ ‘There is a universal quality which makes reading this fiction such a pleasure and a delight’ [NYC Midnight judge]. ‘A beautiful piece of writing,’ [Stella Feehily, playwright].
STEPHANIE WESTON: Stephanie Weston is a professional actress and emerging writer who has had work performed at The Rondo Theatre, Bath, Bridgwater Arts Centre, Tacchi Morris Arts Centre, Taunton, the Brass Works Theatre, Bristol and the Queen Dome, Edinburgh, amongst others. Writing competitions she has won include Pint Sized Plays, Page to Stage, Sandalles Five n’ Ten and Chorts (written). She has also contributed to comedy podcasts, has had her monologues broadcast on Radio Bristoland regularly performs with the comedy improvisation company, Instant Wit, of which she is Artistic Director.
MARK RUTTERFORD: Mark is a regular writer-performer across the South West and a Story Friday and Story Saturday veteran.
Previous Story Saturday writer-performers:
In May, Clare was joined at Clifton Library by Elaine Miles and Julie Green. Julie and Elaine have been writing and reading their stories at Story Fridays for many years. This Story Saturday was an engrossing evening of warmth, drama and laughter.
ELAINE MILES: Elaine lives in Bath and is a playwright and fiction writer. She writes short stories and monologues which she performs in Bath and at other events and festivals in the South West. A number of her short stories have been broadcast on BBC Radio Bristol as well as on Bath Hospital Radio, where Elaine is a regular presenter. Elaine has also written extensively for the stage, and her plays have been performed in Bath, Salisbury and at the Southwark Playhouse in London. You can find out more about Elaine at www.elainemileswrites.com
JULIE GREEN: During a career that began as nanny to Haile Selassie’s great granddaughter, Julie always enjoyed writing stories and has performed several at Story Friday. She won the Theatre Royal one act play competition with a piece later performed at Theatre Breaks Festival and was commissioned to write a short play for the Park Theatre in Islington. She has also had bits and pieces on at the Rondo and the Ustinov in Bath, but her ambition is to write a play long enough to qualify for a loo break.
In March 2019, Clare was joined at Clifton Library by Natalie and Doc Watson. THE WATSONS: Natalie and Doc Watson had a literary beginning to their relationship, meeting as they did for the first time at the British Library. Then in 2013 they discovered Story Fridays at the Burdall’s Yard, Bath and haven’t looked back since. Some of those stories were performed at Story Saturday.
In 2008 Doc entered the first Pint Sized plays competition in Pembrokeshire and won with his ten minute play PUB PLAY. This competition has since become an international one and Doc has gone on to secure more winning places since. He has also had plays performed in London, Brighton, Bath and Cumbernauld as well as in the USA , Australia and New Zealand. He loves writing and performing and more information can be found on his website www.doc-watson.com.
NATALIE WATSON: Natalie retired from teaching in 2006 and began writing, mostly short stories. She came 2ndtwice in the Mid Somerset Festival short story writing competition and has been highly commended by Writer’s Forum magazine. She has performed for Story Fridays since 2014. She is currently writing a novel.
Doc and Natalie Watson have performed many of their stories at Story Fridays. If you would like a taster, you could listen to their stories in the archive. Try Doc’s story performed at Story Friday Stolen and Natalie’s story performed at Story Friday Home.
Clare’s first Story Saturday guest, in March 2018, was Philip Douch.
PHILIP DOUCH: Philip is a writer and performer from Stroud who has appeared frequently at Story Fridays in Bath and twice at the Cheltenham Literature Festival. Written so that he himself can read them out loud, his stories exist not on the page but between him and his audience. With a bit of luck you’ll have as much fun listening to them as Philip does performing them.