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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.

North West Literary Salon Children’s Series: August 5 with Leila Rasheed

 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. 

 

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