Welcome Back North West Literary Salon Patreon Campaign Launch (coming soon)

It’s been nearly a year since our last North West Literary Salon and we sure do miss it. That’s why we are happy to announce that we’re back; well, sort of.

Since our last Salon, Naomi and I have been writing, teaching and plotting a comeback. We have been researching funding and opportunities to strengthen not just the salon but Stories at the Storey and The Writing Life. We want to continue providing engaging, affordable events.

With Naomi’s support, I am launching a literary arts organization, North West Literary Arts, to combine all of our projects and to continue creating and producing live literature projects that bring stories to life.

So, we’re launching a Patreon campaign to make things happen.

What is Patreon?
Patreon is a funding platform where supporters can fund the creative content they enjoy. We create monthly events and want to offer more features, our campaign is for monthly support.

What sort of projects will money from Patreon support?
Money from supporters can help us produce the following projects:
Stories at the Storey: Add creative writing workshops for new and emerging writers, creative writing workshops for refugee writers, commission and publication of an audio book.
North West Literary Salon: Funding to pay authors, musicians, catering, and commission new writing to publish an anthology.
The Writing Life: Interviews, editing, website maintenance, and podcast creation.

What are we offering our supporters?
Community is at the heart of what we do and it isn’t confined by geographical coordinates. To expand our community we have created rewards like access to interviews, exclusive access to salon podcasts, feedback on new writing, and more.
We are hoping everyone can get involved and help us continue to bring great literary projects to life.

When does our Patreon campaign launch?
Our Patreon will launch in seven days online and in person on August 31 at Stories at the Storey.

How can you support North West Literary Arts?
Please support our Patreon Campaign by giving us what you can. Every pound (or dollar) helps. You can also support us by sharing our campaign, coming to our events, and supporting literary events around the globe.

We appreciate your support.

Lancaster Words Call for Writers, Poets, Storytellers, Musicians and Performers

Are you an emerging writer, seasoned performer, or something in between? No matter who or where you are, there are still slots available for Lancaster Words’ Live Are you an emerging writer, seasoned performer, or something in between? No matter who you are, there are still slots available for Lancaster Words’ Live Lit event. Whether you’re writing poetry, prose, or lyrics, we want to hear it. This is your invitation to come out and share your work with an enthusiastic audience.

Theme: Open
Who: Writers and performers of all skill levels (emerging, experienced, published, etc…)
Date: July 7
Time: 21:30-22:30
Place: The Storey, Auditorium
For more information and to sign up please contact Yvonne y.battle-felton@lancaster.ac.uk
Share your poetry, short fiction, personal essay, or song at Lancaster Words’ Live Lit event

Call for Submissions: May Stories at the Storey

No matter how you live, one thing is certain: one day it will come to an end. Hope, money, destruction: What will you leave behind?

As Stories at the Storey celebrates another month of awesome stories, we are looking to the future, mainly ours, to reflect: how are we making the world a better place? When we’re gone, how will we be remembered?

For true stories of memories, regrets, bucket lists, choices and anything (and everything) in between, this month’s theme is legacy.

Do you have a 3-5 minute true story to share on the theme “legacy” (loosely interpreted)? If so, we would love to hear it. Sign up for your 3-5 minute slot for May’s Stories at the Storey: May 25, 7-8 PM at The Storey in Lancaster.

You can’t take it with you, why not talk about it now?

Stories at the Storey Call for True Stories, Lies and Fiction

Believe it or not, it’s nearly time for this month’s Stories at the Storey. This month’s theme is true or false!
Do you have a 3-5 minute true (or false) story that will make us laugh, think, remember, connect, cry or anything in between? If so, we would love to hear it. To sign up to share your true or false story, get in touch. Message, tweet, comment. We’re looking forward to hearing your true story, even if it isn’t true.

This month’s Stories at the Storey:

When: Thursday, April 27th
Time: 7 PM
Where: The Storey

As always, entry is free and so are the refreshments.

The Macguffin will be on hand to record your story:
Are you a writer, poet or spoken word performer who wants your work to reach a wider audience? Why not try out MacGuffin, a self-publishing platform (website and app) by Comma Press, which allows you to upload text and audio of your written work. It’s free to use, and all you need to record your audio is a smartphone! Plus it works as an editing tool for writers thanks to analytics you can view through your desktop. For more info visit macguffin.io.

Please keep in mind you are under no obligation to have your story recorded. If you want to share your story and not have it recorded, let us know.

If These Walls Could Talk: Lancaster Edition–Call for true stories

Lancaster Stories
Do you have a true story about Lancaster?

If you have visited, worked in (past/current) or lived in or near (past/current) Lancaster and have a true story to tell, why not share it May 6 at the Lancaster University Community Day special edition If These Walls Could Talk: Lancaster Open-Mic?

What kind of stories can you share?

True, well-told stories about things you have done, people you’ve met, things you’ve seen, objects (or people) you’ve left behind, things you’ve learned or forgotten. True stories about escapes, encounters, close calls and memories. Stories about loss and found love, first dates, first days of work (and last). Tales of tours, visits and explorations. You name it—you tell it.

Date: Saturday, May 6, 2017
Time: 3-4 PM
Location: Lancaster University, LICA Building

For more information or to schedule your 3-5 minute open mic slot, please email Yvonne at ybattlefelton@gmail.com

Call for Writers, readers, storytellers, listeners and anyone with a true story to tell

Call for writers, readers, storytellers and listeners

Love. It moves mountains, opens doors, inspires creativity and completes us. In the wrong hands it can turn wrong. Good or bad, Stories at the Storey wants to hear your love story.

Whether you’re in it, out of it, whether you’ve lost it or found it, Stories at the Storey wants to hear your love story or true story about love (loosely interpreted).

Stories at The Storey is a true story open-mic night. We’re looking for writers, readers, performers, students, community members, staff, visitors and anyone with a true story to share about love (loosely interpreted).

Join us as we share stories about the ways we search, find, define, live with or live without love.

If you have an engaging story that loosely explores the theme “love” we would love to hear it or come along and listen to true stories shared by real people.

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

Event brought to you by Yvonne and Naomi; sponsored by Grad College, Stories at the Storey is a BBC Get Creative Event

Event details
Date: March 30, 2017
Time: 7 PM-8 PM Open Mic
Location: The Storey (First floor)
Dress: Casual
Stories at The Storey: Real people; Real Stories.
Light refreshments will be served.
Cost: Free

Not able to make it to the live event? Email us your story and we can share it on our blog.

February’s Stories at the Storey, by Gemma Rayner

February’s Stories at the Storey’s open mic night was thriving with tales of the way food carries us through life. Each individual had a different story to tell – from the comedically clichéd advice given to overeaters everywhere, to the starvation that comes with travelling in remote and isolated landscapes, we felt the highlights and the struggles of each speaker’s tale. Food has a uniquely uniting force as an irrepressible human function, something that was apparent in the audience’s response to each story. To hear the struggles of your lifetime of attempted dieting expressed in such a poignant and humourous way was something that brought the entire audience to chuckles of familiarity and sympathy, and hearing the plight of a lonely hitchhiker cross the globe looking for opportunities to eat, was something that felt recognisable when expressed in such a detailed and eloquent way.

As a newcomer to Stories at the Storey, I was introduced to a buzzing community based on a raw sincerity of story-telling. The atmosphere was palpable with the light-hearted integrity that arises from sharing tales with such a level of openness, and it was lovely to see the community that put no barriers between speakers and listeners. The event presented such a welcoming environment which allowed conversation and interaction, but where the virtue of the shared tales was preserved within the room. Being part of such a pleasant and engaging group of people, who are willing to pour out their stories and the plethora of concurrent emotions, is a privilege; one that is fulfilled in the intimate setting of Stories at the Storey.

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