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Remembered: Lancaster Launch

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Over the past five years I have organized book launches, readings, writing panels, open mic nights, writing workshops, interviews, and creative experiences in between. Now, I'm planning my own launch event and I don't think I could be more excited!
We are launching Remembered on February 1 at Waterstones King Street in Lancaster. The date means a lot to me. A few years ago, my friend Naomi and I launched North West Literary Salon. The salon was a monthly literary experience featuring writers from across (usually) the North West. The writers read from their work, shared their writing paths, and answered our questions. We had musicians and food and the atmosphere was warm and engaging. It was a welcoming event. I absolutely loved the salons and miss them tremendously.
The launch is an opportunity for me to thank Waterstones, Lancaster, and audiences past, present, and future for supporting my events and creativity. It's a thank you for sharing their time and space and for m…

Call for True Stories, November's Stories at the Storey

Myths shape, define, and sometimes confine us. Some are absorbed by others; some disappear from memory or seem to, while others transcend time, geography and language.
Myths are all around us. Their plots underpin our origins, our stories. They shape how we view ourselves and the world around us. They travel with us, through us, in spite of us. Through myths we learn and tell our own stories. We also learn through mistakes: the ones we make and the ones others make. This month Stories at the Storey’s celebrates with two themes: myths and mistakes (both loosely interpreted). We’re looking for stories about mythical beings, events, places, things, origins and endings.  We're also looking for stories about mistakes you have made or been impacted by, mistakes you've learned from, and even mistakes you make time and time again.  The themes are open to your interpretation.  What am I writing about? I'm not sure. I'm fascinated with origin stories and the ways we invent and reinv…

Day 31 of 31 Days of Prose: Everything to Play Part II

The final segment of the story and of my project 31 Days of Prose. I hope you've enjoyed listening as much as I have enjoyed reading and sharing the pieces.

Please feel free to post your own readings any time of the year (especially for your birthday) and let me know. I'm looking forward to hearing your writing brought to life.

Thank you for helping me celebrate!


Day 30 of 31 Days of Prose: Everything to Play Part I

Part one of a short story written as part of Manchester's First Draft, the piece was commissioned and read as part of a project responding to archives in the Manchester Jewish Museum.

Day 29 of 31 Days of Prose: The Power of Food

I wrote this piece to read at Stories at the Storey. The piece loosely interprets the theme "food" and explores my relationship with the acquiring,- if not the eating- of food.


Day 28 of 31 Days of Prose: Speaking Me

This is a reading of a creative nonfiction personal essay I wrote for Stories at the Storey. The piece loosely interprets the theme "light". I read the piece there and recorded it as part of 31 Days of Prose.

Day 27 of 31 Days of Prose: The Quickest Way to Success Part 2

This is the second half of the recorded reading of my short story, The Quickest Way to Success.

Day 26 of 31 Days of Prose: The Quickest Way to Success (Fiction)

This is part one of a two-part short story published in Florida State's Slices years ago. I'm reading it here as part of 31 Days of Prose because it seems I needed to get writing about a writer out of my system.


Day 25 of 31 Days of Prose: Pursuit of Joy

I wrote this piece in response to the theme of joy for Stories at the Storey true story open mic night.

Day 24 of 31 Days of Prose: One Foot in, One Foot...

In this creative nonfiction personal essay I explore home, my future, and possibilities.

Day 23 of 31 Days of Prose: On Christmas

I wrote this creative nonfiction personal essay for Stories at the Storey and recorded my reading it for 31 Days of Prose.

Day 22 of 31 Days of Prose: Saving Christmas

A super-short creative nonfiction personal essay about why I don't send Christmas Cards.


Day 21 of 31 Days of Prose: Over the Rainbows, Endings

This is a personal essay loosely interpreting the theme "endings". Written for Stories at the Storey, recorded for 31 Days of Prose.

Day 20 of 31 Days of Prose

In this creative nonfiction personal essay I explore loss and death. I wrote this piece a few years ago and recorded it today. It's from my virtual attic.

Day 19 of 31 Days of Prose: Old Fashioned Remedies

Back to prose! This is a piece about the power of medicine. I could have called it The Placebo but it's more about time, perception, maturity, and hindsight.

Day 18 of 31 Days of Prose: There are Words

I wrote this brief poem after the death of a friend.

Day 17 of 31 Days of Prose: In Search of Words

Interrupting 31 Days of Prose with a few days of poetry. Words Lie is a short poem I wrote years ago and kept in my virtual-writing attic. I don't write a lot of poetry.

Day 16 of 31 Days of Prose: Each of Us Drowning at Sea Ending

This is the final section of Each of Us Drowning at Sea. Thanks for listening.

Day 15 of 31 Days of Prose: Part III of Each of us Drowning at Sea

Each of us Drowning at Sea Part III of IV

Day 14 of 31 Days of Prose: Each of Us Drowning at Sea, Part II

Part II of Each of Us Drowning at Sea


Day 13 of 31 Days of Prose: Part One of Each of Us Drowning at Sea

This is part one of a four-part short story. This fictional story, Each of Us Drowning at Sea, explores the loss of a child, mourning, family, and identity.

The story was short listed in the University of Sunderland in association with Waterstones' Sun Story Awards in 2018 and printed in a limited-edition anthology by Bandit Fiction.

Day 12 of 31 Days of Prose: Once Upon a Time

In this personal essay I'm exploring the idea of a fairytale ending. If it's my story, I get to define what happily ever after means, right?


Day 11 of 31 Days of Prose: Giver of Breath

This essay loosely interprets the theme "school memories." I wrote the piece to read at Stories at the Storey and recorded it here for 31 Days of Prose.

In the piece I reflect on memories which are at best fleeting.

Day 10 of 31 Days of Prose: I Thought it Would Feel like Summer

In this recorded essay I explore my relationship with motherhood as my children grow older. I wrote this piece for Stories at the Storey's theme empty nest.


Day 9 of 31 Days of Prose: Is This Seat Taken?

In this essay I explore getting from one point to the other. I wrote this essay for Stories at the Storey true story open mic night for the theme journey and recorded it for 31 Days of Prose.

Day 8 of 31 Days of Prose: Haunted

In this recorded reading of a personal essay, I explore my perpetual search for home.


Day 7 of 31 Days of Prose: Dear Gorgeous

This piece is a letter written to future me. It's a letter I hope, if I were to open it years later, would make me smile, reflect, remember, and act.


Day 6: Navigating an Emotional Landscape

Sometimes it feels like I'm watching people through a lens or filter. In this creative nonfiction essay I explore my emotional landscape.


Day 5: 31 Days of Prose Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep

This is a personal essay about endings and celebrating life. In this piece I explore the legacy I hope to leave for my children and one or two things I would rather not happen at my funeral.

Day 4: The Truth About Love: A Personal Essay Loosely Exploring Love

In this creative nonfiction personal essay I explore love, the search for home, and my love of planning.

I wrote this piece for Stories at the Storey, a true-story-open-mic night hosted by my friend Naomi and I. I've recorded it to share it here as part of 31 Days of Prose.


Day 3 of 31 Days of Prose: The Things They Say

Day three of my 31 Days of Prose, in The Things They Say I answer the question "Why Lancaster?" and explore my own search for home.


Day 2 of 31 Days of Prose: What If

This one is a bit of a cheat. I posted this on Soundcloud but am including it in my birthday celebration.

The piece is titled, What If. It's a true story reflecting on possibilities, opportunities, and could have beens.

Play on Words: A Month of True (and False) Stories

It’s my birthday. For my birthday I’ve decided to give myself a very special gift. I’m giving me the gift of time, sort of. What I’m actually giving me is permission to do something I love to do for at least an hour a day. I love stories. I love reading them, writing them, listening to them, and telling them. Each month my friend Naomi and I write and read true stories at Stories at the Storey, our true story open mic night.
For one magical night a month, I get to listen to and tell real stories to real people. That’s one magical night a month, once a month for the past nearly four years. I’ve heard a lot of stories. There have been stories about family, expectations, fears, politics, regret, happiness, loss, identity, dreams, and anything (and everything it seems) in between. There have been stories that made me laugh, cry, think, act, remember, and forget. I get to know people through their stories so my life is richer, fuller, and happier because of them.
I’ve loosely interpreted e…

Introducing Summer of Prose, Creative Non-Fiction Writing Workshops

Summer of Prose: Creative Nonfiction
Summer is in full swing. People are creating memories faster than you can say "cheese". What better way to preserve them than with a true story?
No matter how many pictures we take, how many tweets we post, or how many videos we film, memories, events, and people, just like old photos, can be lost, forgotten, or misplaced. It’s true, a picture speaks a thousand words, but nothing captures the depth and detail of a moment/memory like a story. If you’re writing a personal essay and need help getting it into shape, join us for summer of prose, an online summer writing camp.
Sessions are six weeks and run Sunday-Sunday Price: £150. Payable upfront or £25 a week payable each Sunday. What is it? An online creative writing course aimed to help you develop a personal essay to submit to publications, perform, and/or inform a larger collection. The course includes weekly writing prompts, tailored weekly writing exercises and readings, and weekly feedbac…

Call for True Stories: Disruption

Detours, delays, cancellations: sometimes plans, journeys, and schedules run into unexpected disruptions. Sometimes we end up somewhere else; sometimes we arrive late or not at all. Good or bad, disruptions can lead us places beyond our imagination.
Whether you or your plans have gotten derailed, rescheduled, cancelled, or delayed, we want your story of disruptions (physical, mental, emotional) and the things that sometimes run off course on the journey from point A to point B.
Have a true story to share? Email (storiesatthestorey@gmail.com) message, tweet us to sign up for your 3-5-minute (2-4 pages A4) slot.
Not sure you're ready to read your true story? That’s fine too. Come by and listen. If you would like to share a story but want us to offer some feedback, get in touch. We can help you get your story ready.
When: Thursday, June 28, 7-8 PM Where: Printroom Café & Bar, Lancaster Sponsored by Graduate College

North West Literary Arts June Edition: May highlights and Theme Reveal

In this month's newsletter we share our experiences putting on a funding event and hosting our first event in London. We learned a lot. The newsletter offers some highlights and invites readers to share their insights on organizing events. We also included an invitation to join our new Facebook Group, Create. Create is a space for networking, sharing information and resources, and supporting other creatives.

We also reveal this month's theme for Stories at the Storey.

As always, if you'd like to get involved, get in touch.

Thanks for reading

North West Literary Arts May News

In this month’s newsletter, we’re talking about last month’s Stories at the Storey, upcoming events (you’re all invited), and breaking through writers’ block. Want to read this month's newsletter? May's newsletter is available to read on our Patreon site and on our Onliterary website.
Dates to remember:
May 29th: we are hosting an evening with Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi and Naomi Kruger. If you’d like to join us at our free literary salon in London, please order a free ticket via Eventbrite.
May 31: Funding Your Creativity, the Arts Council will be joining us to discuss funding your creative practice/project. The panel will include discussion of grants as well as ticketing, crowd funding, and collaborations. We have creatives joining us from a number of practices and disciplines. If you’re near Lancaster, order your free ticket via Eventbrite and contact us to make a one-to-one appointment with the Arts Councils Alison Boyle. During the one-to-one you’ll be able to talk about pro…

North West Literary Arts News: April Edition

North West Literary Arts Volume 1 / Issue 7 The View from my windowLast month we shared stories loosely exploring the theme “firsts.” The stories made us laugh, think, listen, and cry. There were stories about loss, love, acceptance, memory, family, and more. As we are each month, Naomi and I were touched by the openness, truth, trust, and generosity of each storyteller. In the spirit of the theme, Naomi shared an exclusive reading of May. The reading left us breathless and anxious to hear more.
Last month was a first for me too. I shared drafts of my interpretation of the theme as a work-in-progress on Patreon where I will also be posting a recording of the piece.I am hoping to share my writing journey each month. Writing is a process, by sharing mine I hope to empower other writers to create, share, and publish their own.
April’s theme is another true or false night. Storytellers do not have to tell us whether the stories they share are fiction, creative nonfiction, or hybrid pieces. …

Stories at the Storey Call for True Stories: March

Kisses, jobs, loves, speeding tickets; they say you never forget your first.This month's Stories at The Storey theme is "firsts" (loosely interpreted). Want to share your true story loosely exploring the theme "firsts"? Email, message, tweet us to sign up for your 5-minute slot. Not sure you're ready to read your true story? Well, they say "there's a first time for everything".
Get in touch, we can help you get your story ready. When: Thursday, March 29. 7-8 PM Where: Printroom Café & Bar, Lancaster
Want to share your 3-5 minute (2-4 pages A4) true story? Email: storiesatthestorey@gmail.com to sign up for an open-mic slot.
Sponsored by Graduate College, Stories at the Storey is a pay what you decide event. Order free tickets via Eventbrite.

Good with Money and with Words? Volunteer Opening at North West Literary Arts C.I.C.

North West Literary Arts is looking for a dynamic board member to join us. If you (or someone you know) have experience in writing and managing art funding applications, accounting skills, and experience working with literary events, projects, and/or organizations, we’d love to chat about ways to grow our organization.About Us: The Directors, Naomi Kruger and Yvonne Battle-Felton, are published writers, educators, and creative producers who are passionate about empowering emerging writers, providing platforms, and creating engaging literature-based events. Our past and current projects include performed workshops, literary salons, and a monthly true-story open mic night. We aim to increase diversity in publishing and most of our projects are aimed at writers over 30. 
We want to make literature accessible to writers from backgrounds under-represented in publishing and to engage audiences who may not currently see their stories reflected on the page.
Our mission is to build community one…

Call for True Stories: January Stories at The Storey

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Call for Writers, Readers, Storytellers, You
It can warm, guide, and move us; propel, protect, reveal: This month’s theme is “light” (loosely interpreted). Join us as we share true stories of light: walking with or in it, the pursuit of, the search for, the loss of, and everything in between.
Whether you are a writer, reader, storyteller, or can spin an interesting tale, we would love to hear your 3-5 minute (2-4 pages A4) true story loosely interpreting this month's theme. Have a true story to share? Message us here or email: storiesatthestorey@gmail.com to sign up for an open-mic slot.
Please note this month features the opportunity to have your true story recorded by and broadcast on Beyond Radio. As always, this is optional. If you would like to read and have your story recorded, please let us know. If you would like to read and would not like your story recorded, please let us know that as well.
The choice is yours.
Either way, we’d love to hear your true story.
When is it? The ne…