Thursday, December 29, 2016

Stories at the Storey: True Stories, Guests from The Real Story, and You

Stories at the Storey is celebrating two years of true stories and ringing in the New Year with a night of stories and special guests!


Join us as our special guests, The Real Story’s Kate Feld and Adam Farrer, along with 5-7 storytellers, writers, readers, neighbors and anyone with a true story to tell, share stories that are unbelievable, unusual, too good (or bad) to be true; stories that are “stranger than fiction.” Stories will be touching, thought provoking, funny, heartwarming, strange, reflective and/or anything in between. We're up for just about anything. All we ask is that the stories are true.

If 2016 has taught us anything, it’s that sometimes life is stranger than fiction.
Stories at the Storey is a free true story open mic night. 

When: Thursday, January 26, 2017
Time: 7-8:00 PM
Dress: Casual
Where: The Storey, Lancaster
Price: Free

Email storiesatthestorey@gmail.com for more information or a 3-5 minute slot. 

Sponsored by Grad College, Stories at the Storey is a BBC Get Creative Event.  Light refreshments will be served.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Call for Writers: Anniversaries, Stories and Hope: Stories at the Storey

Stories at the Storey is two years old and we're looking for your true stories to help us celebrate!

 Join us as we celebrate our two-year anniversary with a two-month virtual True Story Open Mic Night.

The theme is “hope.” Hope and action, hope and love, hope and prayer, hope and…We can all use a little hope and we’re hoping you have some to spare. We would like to hear your stories loosely interpreting the theme “hope.”

How can you join us?
Between now and December 31, 2016, share your 300-750 word true story or your 3-5 minute video or recording telling your true story about hope.

What kind of story?
A true one, otherwise it’s up to you. We like stories that make us laugh, cry, reflect, wonder…We just like well told true stories.

What happens next?
Well-crafted written stories will feature on our blog. We’ll compile the videos and audio recordings into a short production and share it with the world.
As 2016 rolls into 2017, we can all use a little hope.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Stories at the Storey: Call for Writers and Storytellers

All roads lead to…where? Whether you’re on the right path or the wrong one, are exactly where you want to be or on a detour, life is full of journeys. Stories at the Storey wants to hear yours. The theme for this month’s Stories at the Storey is Journey.


Do you have an engaging 3-5 minute true story to share? If so, Stories at the Storey would love to hear it at this month’s true story open mic night. To sign up for a storytelling slot, email us at storiesatthestorey@gmail.com.

What kind of stories are we looking for? At Stories at the Storey we like true stories told well. Stories that make us laugh, cry, think, wonder, imagine...it's up to you. We are a warm, supportive crowd and the evening is a lot of fun. Stories at the Storey is a great place to get to know people, make new friends and be a part of the community. Stories at the Storey is open to the public (18 and over). 

Date: October 27, 2016
Time: 7-8 PM
Location: The Storey, Lancaster


Sponsored by Grad College, Stories at the Storey is an award-winning community arts event and a BBC Get Creative Event.

Light refreshments will be served.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Call for Storytellers: Stories at the Storey True or False Night

Facts, Lies, half-truths, fiction and tales. Anything goes at Stories at the Storey’s first ever true or false open mic night. Join us September 29 for a night of true or false stories as 3-5 storytellers share stories that will make you think, laugh, cry or anything in between. As always the event is free.

Do you have an engaging 3-5 minute true or false story to share?  If so, Stories at the Storey would love to hear it at this month’s true or false open mic night. To sign up for a storytelling slot, email us at storiesatthestorey@gmail.com.

Whether you come to listen or to read, join us for an evening of stories that will make you laugh, cry, think, move, connect. All we know for sure is that each story will be true--unless, it's false. 

Storytelling builds relationships, community and it's a great way to spend a Thursday night.

Sponsored by Grad College, Stories at the Storey is an award-winning community arts event and a BBC Get Creative Event.

Light refreshments will be served.
Order your free tickets via.Eventbrite


Friday, September 2, 2016

Lancaster Words: Call for Expressions of Interest

Lancaster Words is a three-day celebration of the written and spoken word that is being run by the Department of English & Creative Writing at Lancaster University and featuring, amongst others, Paul Muldoon. The event launches on 6th July 2017 and runs through July 8th.  As part of the three days, there will be a series of readings, interviews, talks, panel discussions, performances and workshops at different venues across the city and on campus. We are in the process of programming events for Lancaster Words, and want to put out a call for expressions of interest. If you’re a writer, creator, producer, or represent a community arts organization and/or arts organization, etc... in or around Lancaster, and would like to be involved, we would like to hear from you. 

 If you are interested, please fill in the pitch details requested below and email them to t.hayer@lancaster.ac.uk or y.battle-felton@lancaster.ac.uk 

Title of the event and what you see happening (details such as possible locations, length of event, possible number of participants etc):
A bit about you:
Who the event is aimed at:
Support, if any, you need to put on this event (tech, funding, etc...)

There is the possibility we may be able to support a select number of projects (up to £250).

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

North West Literary Salon Special Edition: An Evening with Jenn Ashworth

North West Literary Salon is proud to present an Evening with Jenn Ashworth. 




Join us as Jenn reads from her haunting new novel, Fell. The lively reading will be followed by discussion, music, food and wine.

Jenn is an award-winning author with a distinctive voice, an enchanting talent for storytelling and the ability to captivate an audience.

Is North West Literary Salon for you? If you like engaging readings, lively discussions, delicious food, moving music and good company, North West Literary Salon is the place for you. 

When is North West Literary Salon? Friday, September 9 from 7-8 PM
Where is North West Literary Salon? Waterstones King Street, Lancaster
How much is North West Literary Salon? Free

Sponsored by Sceptre, the event is free. Please order your free tickets via Eventbrite. We hope to see you there


Saturday, July 16, 2016

North West Literary Salon's Children's Series: A Day of Stories, Snacks and Music

Introducing North West Literary Salon's Children's Reading Series 


Summer + Reading= Fun!

Celebrate summer reading and First Fridays with North West Literary Salon's first ever children's salon.

Join us as author Leila Rasheed reads from her celebrated children's series featuring Bathsheba Clarice de Trop. Leila may even read from the Witch of Turlingham series. Either way, it's sure to be a delight. 

This is a free event ideal for book lovers between 7-13 (and their adults), the engaging readings will be followed by delicious snacks, delightful music and a chance to chat with the author.

Leila Rasheed is the author of Chips, Beans and Limonusines (a Red House Read of the Year) and sequels, also the Witch of Turlingham series as Ellie Boswell, and the Somerton trilogy for Disney-Hyperion USA. She created and delivers the Megaphone Writer Development Programme (www.megaphonewrite.com) which supports new ethnic minority writers of children's literature. 

Order your free tickets via Eventbrite

Sponsored and supported by Lancaster Arts City, North West Literary Salon is a BBC Get Creative event 

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Characters in Motion: Where actors bring new writing life

Join us for a lively workshop as professional actors bring new writing to life

Brought to you by the team that gives you Stories at the Storey and North West Literary Salon, in collaboration with Emma Rucastle, supported by the Dukes, Off the Page Characters in Motion is a unique workshop opportunity for Creative Writers to see their writing performed in front of an audience and to have their drafts brought to life by professional actors directed by Emma Rucastle of ELART Productions/The Rose Company. The performances are followed by feedback and discussions of issues of process, interpretation, the reader and the development of craft.


What can you expect at a Characters in Motion workshop?

Professional writers act out characters in poems, plays, prose and essays, giving life to characters. This process allows writers to see their characters move, to hear them speak and to watch them interact on the stage as interpreted from the page. Prior to the performance, the pieces are read and discussed by a team of professionals: writers, actors and the director. On the evening of the performance, the writer and audience get the writing brought to life. Each performance is followed by discussion. 

What is pay as you decide?

Pay what you think the Characters in Motion experience is worth. 


Workshop date: June 18, 2016, 6-8 PM
Location: The Dukes, Lancaster
Cost: Pay as you decide
Dress: casual


Made possible with support from Grad College 

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Call for True Stories: Stories at the Storey

The Future is Now

The theme for this month’s Stories at the Storey is “The Future.”

Stories about where you thought you would be in 2016, letters to the past, letters to the future or anything in between, we’d like to hear your 3-5 minute true story loosely interpreting the theme “The Future.”

Stories at the Storey is a true story open mic night held at The Storey in Lancaster. It's a lively evening of stories, food and community. We are looking for true stories from writers, readers, storytellers,students: anyone who can tell a good story.

Date: June 30
Location: The Storey
Time: 7-8PM
Dress: Casual

Message us today to share your true story about tomorrow.  

Have a true story but not able to make it on the day? Email your true story to storiesatthestorey@gmail.com and we could feature it on our blog, Facebook or Twitter

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Call for Writers for Characters in Motion Performed Workshops

With Characters in Motion performance-based draft workshops, professional actors bring your writing to life. 

 Brought to you by the team that gives you Stories at the Storey and North West Literary Salon, in collaboration with Emma Rucastle, supported by the Dukes, Off the Page Characters in Motion is a unique opportunity for Creative Writers to see their writing performed in front of an audience and to have their drafts brought to life by professional actors directed by Emma Rucastle of ELART Productions/The Rose Company. The performances are followed by feedback and discussions of issues of process, interpretation and the development of craft.

Workshop date: June 20, 2016, 6-8 PM
Location: The Dukes Lancaster

To have your work considered for the performed draft workshop, submit your poetry (3 poems), short stories/monologues/novel excerpt (up to 1,500 words) or script (2 scenes) to lancasteroffthepage@gmail.com by June 11, 2016.                                                           
Made possible with support from Grad College

About Us: 
Naomi Kruger is a writer and lecturer at UCLAN with a Creative Writing/English PhD from Lancaster University.
Yvonne Battle-Felton is a writer and Associate Lecturer at Lancaster University in the final year of her Creative Writing PhD.







Monday, May 23, 2016

Call for True Stories: Stories at the Storey true story Open Mic Night

Sometimes the greatest gift, is the past. The theme for May's Stories at the Storey is ancestors/ancestry.
What is Stories at the Storey?
Stories at the Storey is a live true story open mic night where real people share real stories. It's an engaging evening with words, refreshments and community. The stories are sometimes funny, sad, reflective, or anything in between. They are always true.
What kind of stories do we look for?
At Stories at the Storey we like stories that move us to think, imagine, feel, laugh, cry, shout. The story you share is completely up to you. Our mission is to build community, one story at a time. 
So whether you're a baker, historian, genealogist, scrapbooker, mother, daughter, father, brother, sister, son, cousin, aunt, uncle or have a story about one, we'd like to hear your true story about ancestry. Have a 3-5 minute true story to share? 
When is the next Stories at the Storey?
The next true story live open mic night is Thursday, May 26 from 7-8PM at The Storey in Lancaster.
Contact us here or via storiesatthestorey@gmail.com for a slot.
Not able to make May 26th's true story open mic night? Send us your story and we may post it on our blog, Facebook or Twitter

Sponsored by Grad College, Stories at the storey is a BBC Get Creative Event


Saturday, May 14, 2016

All-UK-Creative-Writing-Student Reading Literary Event

What is the All-UK-Creative-Writing-Student Reading?

This Friday, Campus in the City opens its doors to host the All-UK-Creative Writing Student Reading. 

So what is it?

 A few weeks ago, we invited students studying Creative Writing in writing programs across the UK to share their work at this event. Any student in any year was invited to read poetry, short stories, novel excerpts, monologues, essays; if they wrote it, they were invited to read. 

We support student writers.

The literary event is an opportunity to showcase the hard work they've been doing throughout the year and to remind them that they are a part of a strong writing community.

I hope you'll come out and help celebrate their work. 

Or, if you're studying Creative Writing and you'd like to share your work at the event, contact me and we can arrange a 3-5 minute slot.

Are students from all over going to be there?

Well, we hope so. So far, most of the students reading represent Lancaster University. 

The reading is Friday, May 20 at Campus in the City located in St. Nicholas Arcades, Lancaster. The literary event is from 5-7. There will be music, food and words and it's all free.

Want to join us?

Order your free ticket via Eventbrite

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Friday, April 15, 2016

Creative Producer Looking to work with a National Portfolio Agency in the Arts Council Change Makers Program

Is Your National Portfolio Organization looking for a Creative Producer to Apply for Arts Council Change Makers Program?

Writer, Entrepreneur, Educator, Project Manager, Creative Producer, Presenter with the ability to develop concepts into reality.

I am a Creator and Creative Co-Producer of community arts projects, educator, writer, presenter and final-year Creative Writing PhD candidate. I’m interested in an opportunity to work with a National Portfolio Organization that is applying or considering applying for the Arts Council’s Change Maker Fund.

I'm a final year full-time Creative Writing PhD student at Lancaster University. I'm also an Associate Lecturer here and an Associate Professor in the U.S. I have eight years of Higher Education teaching experience teaching Creative Writing, English, Academic, Technical and Professional Writing. In a few months I'll also have my Higher Education teaching certification. I make a living doing something that I love: empowering people.

Outside of Academia I'm interested in storytelling, community arts and writer development opportunities. I created an award-winning campus-based radio show, The Writing Life, where I interviewed writers about how they make a living with their words as well as created writers' panels. I've recently created a team to take over this project and am now in a more executive producer/mentor role there.

I am Creative Co-Producer of North West Literary Salon, Stories at the Storey and Off the Page. Each project shares, inspires and engages. The salon is a monthly event where we have two local writers read engaging stories. The readings are followed by lively discussion co-hosted by my colleague and I, music and food. We are quite fortunate that the salon sells out monthly and continues to grow.  Stories at the Storey is a true story open mic night. Each month, we encourage anyone with an engaging story to share their true stories loosely interpreting the month's theme with our audience. This award-winning event attracts diverse audiences and is growing as well as being supported by the community. Off the Page is a project where we have professional actors bring new writing to life. For this project we collaborate with Emma Rucastle and a team of writers to help writers develop their drafts.

I'm currently working on a new project that I've pitched to the BBC Lancashire. The project, If These Walls Could Talk, explores true stories from within the walls of some of Britain's Heritage sites. It's a platform for visitors, neighbors, guests, employees, vendors, etc...to share their stories of visits, experiences, etc...and how they engage with British Heritage sites. 

As a writer, my future projects will be in developing a series of books and a TV show featuring diverse characters. It's important for children to see themselves represented in all facets of life. I'm also interested in furthering Off the Page and other writer development projects to broaden access to publishing to a wider, more diverse audience.

Balancing multiple projects has given me the opportunity to develop valuable skills like social media marketing, public engagement, creating and managing budgets, bidding for funding, networking, developing relationships with writers and more. I'm able to manage projects from concept to creation. Personally and professionally, I'm interested in training and developing skills that will build on my community engagement interests and increase my impact while building my writing platform, community engagement portfolio and Arts Organizations skills. The Change Makers opportunity can help me reach my goals while helping your National Portfolio Organization continue to reach its mission. 

Feel free to message me directly.
ybattlefelton(at)gmail.com

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Stories at the Storey True Story Open Mic Night: Call for True Stories

Call for writers, storytellers, readers, you: anyone with an interesting story 

Luck, chance, destiny, fate: sometimes things just seem to fall in (or out) of place. Is it coincidence?

Do you have an engaging 3-5 minute true story to share on the theme "coincidence" (however you interpret it)? Whether you're a writer, reader, lover of words, teacher, actor, natural storyteller or anywhere in between, if you have an engaging story to tell, Stories at the Storey would love to hear it at this month’s true story open mic night. 

To sign up for a slot, email us at storiesatthestorey@gmail.com.

Unable to make the live event? Share your true story with us on Facebook, Twitter or email us.

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Stories at the Storey: Call for True Stories

Call for writers, storytellers, readers, you: anyone with an interesting true story 



Defining, claiming, sharing and exploring, the theme for March’s Stories at the Storey true story open mic night is “space” (loosely interpreted).



Do you have an engaging  3-5 minute true story to share on the theme "space" (however you interpret it)? If so, Stories at the Storey would love to hear it at this month’s true story open mic night.

To sign up for the next true story open mic night slot, email us at storiesatthestorey@gmail.com.

Saturday, February 27, 2016

If These Walls Could Talk: Call for True Stories about Lancaster Castle


Do you have a true story about an experience within the walls of Lancaster Castle?

If you have visited, worked in (past/current) or lived near (past/current) Lancaster Castle and have a true story to tell, I’d love to hear it and to record it.

What kind of true stories about Lancaster Castle?

I want to hear your true stories about love, loss, meetings, missed connections, interviews, visits, work, exhibits, trials, shows; As long as your story takes place within the walls of Lancaster Castle, I want to hear it.

Who am I and why do I want your true stories about Lancaster Castle?

I’m a Creative Writing PhD student at Lancaster University, a writer, Creative Co-Producer of Stories at the Storey, North West Literary Salon and Off the Page as well as founder of The Writing Life radio show. I’m creating a pilot for a radio series, If These Walls Could Talk, a show that explores the stories within the walls of British Heritage sites, and I’d like to interview you for my BBC Radio Lancashire demo.

What's next?

Ready to share your true story about Lancaster Castle? Contact me to arrange your interview slot. On the day, we will have a brief (10 minute) conversation where you share your true story and I listen, engage and record it. 

Interviews will take place on Sunday, March 20, 2016 from 3-5 PM in the Governors House Meeting Room at Lancaster Castle

Lancaster Castle: If these walls could talk, what stories would they tell?

For more information or to schedule your 10 minute Lancaster Castle radio interview (recorded), please email Yvonne at ybattlefelton@gmail.com

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Stories at the Storey True Story Open Mic Call for Writers, Readers, Storytellers and You

Open Call for Writers, Readers, Storytellers and anyone with an engaging true story to tell



Adventure, imagination or just getting away from it all, the theme for February’s Stories at the Storey true story open mic night is “escape” (loosely interpreted). Do you have an engaging  3-5 minute true story to share on the theme "escape" (loosely interpreted)? If so, Stories at the Storey would love to hear it.

To sign up for the next true story open mic night slot, email us at storiesatthestorey@gmail.com.

Details of next true story open mic night"
Date: February 25
Time: 7-8PM
Location: The Storey, Lancaster UK (The Lecture Theatre)

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

January Open Call: Stories at the Storey's First Bring Your Own Theme (BYOT) Night

This month, Stories at the Storey celebrates twelve months of true stories!

That's twelve months of stories that have moved us to laugh, cry, reflect and share. In celebration of the ways you've moved us at Stories at the Storey, we are having two themes. Our first true story theme is celebrations. In life, love, career and more, we'd like to hear your true stories of the events, people, things and places you celebrate and the many ways you choose to celebrate.

But that's not all.

The next theme is up to you. We invite you to share 3-5 minute true stories on the theme of your choice. It's our first Bring Your Own Theme Night and we're excited.

To share your true story, email us at storiesatthestorey@gmail.com.

Join us Thursday, January 28 at The Storey for true stories, cake and light refreshments. As always, the event is free. Please order your free ticket via Eventbrite.


Sponsored by Grad College, Stories at the Storey is a BBC Get Creative Event

Call for True Stories on the theme Empty Nest

November's Stories at the Stories theme is "empty nest" We're looking for true stories about kids, parents, and partner...