At The Conway Hall, London - 10am - 4.00pm, Friday 20th February 2015

Thank you!

In Uncategorized on February 24, 2015 at 11:08 am

The Story 2015 at Conway Hall by Matt Locke

Last Friday was The Story 2015, the sixth in our annual event about all things story-related. We had a full house at Conway Hall, a fantastic host in Anna Rafferty and most of all a brilliant and inspiring line-up of speakers.

So thanks to all our speakers, our volunteers, the team at Conway Hall, the Ministry of Stories, and most importantly, to all of you who bought a ticket to come along on the day. We’ve had a fantastic response from attendees sharing tweets, photos and blogposts, so here’s a collection of the ones we’ve found so far. If you’ve written up your thoughts on The Story, please let us know so we can add you to the list.

Thanks again, and we look forward to seeing you next year at The Story 2016 – if you want to be the first to buy tickets, then subscribe to our newsletter now!

Our Storify of the tweets and images from the #story2015 hashtag

Reflections from a Web Developer by James Doc from the V&A

What’s The Story? by Roland Harwood from 100% Open

The Story 2015 by Tamika Abaka-Wood from Ben&Andrew

Notes on The Story 2015 by Anjali Ramachandran

7 Things I learned at The Story by Fiona Thompson from Wordspring

A brilliant set of Sketchnotes by David Burton

Katie Collins from Wired UK wrote up three of the day’s talks – Kati London, Philip Hunt and Matthew Plummer-Fernandez


Thanks everyone who has given us feedback or written up notes – we’d love to hear from you about your experience, and in particular if there’s anything you think we can do better. We hope to have podcasts from some of the talks up soon as well – if you want to know when they’re up, subscribe to our weekly newsletter.

Everything you need to know for The Story 2015

In Uncategorized on February 13, 2015 at 10:52 am

It’s nearly time for The Story 2015, so here’s the usual FAQ for everyone coming to The Story. This should answer most of the questions you might have, but if there’s something else you need to know, email us or ask me on Twitter @thestory2015 and we’ll get back to you asap.

BTW – We send a newsletter every week from Storythings with interesting stories from around the web, and advance ticket sales for The Story and our other events. If you want to make sure you get first chance to buy tickets, and also get 10 lovely stories in your inbox every week, you can sign up here.

How do I get to Conway Hall?
The Conway Hall is at 25, Red Lion Square, London, WC1R 4RL. The nearest tube is Holborn, and there is information about bus routes on the Conway Hall’s website.

Is the venue accessible?
There is a street level entrance to Conway Hall on Red Lion Square. The main hall is at the same level, and there is a disabled toilet available. The balcony seating area is not accessible, but we’ll make sure there’s room for everyone with access needs in the main hall. Please let me know if you have particular needs, and I’ll make sure we sort them out for you. There is also an induction loop in the hall for those with hearing impairments.

What are the best places for tea/coffee/lunch?
We’ll be providing tea and coffee at the breaks in the lobby of the Conway Hall. We won’t be providing lunch, but there are loads of lovely sandwich shops and cafes on Theobalds Rd and Lambs Conduit Way, which are a few steps from The Conway Hall. There’s also a lovely cafe in Red Lion Square itself, and plenty of room to sit and eat in the Square gardens.

What is the hashtag for the event?
If you’re tweeting, blogging or uploading photos of the day, please use #story2015 as a hashtag. The wifi in The Conway Hall isn’t always great though, so feel free to put the phones, ipads and other devices in your bag for the day, and let your mind have some fun on its own for a bit.

I booked a ticket but haven’t got my ticket yet!
Eventbrite should have emailed you a PDF of the ticket as soon as your payment went through. If Paypal still has an old email address for you then it could have been sent there instead. If you still can’t find it, email me with the booking name or email address used and I’ll resend the ticket. We’ll have printed lists of all the bookings on the day, so if you can’t find it at all, just turn up with proof of your identity (this will need to be the name you’ve booked the ticket under) and that’ll be fine.

I booked a ticket for a group/someone else, but the PDF only has my name on it
This is a bit of a limitation of using Eventbrite – it doesn’t seem to handle group bookings/alternate names very well. There are two ways round this – just give the person/group you bought the tickets for a copy of the PDF each, and we’ll cross them off when they turn up, making sure the right number of people come for your group (so if you print more PDFs than tickets, you won’t get extra places!). Or, if you can email me the list of people in the group, we’ll make a note of their names and tick them off as they turn up. Either way is fine by us.

I bought a ticket but something has come up and I can’t now come
Ach – that’s a pity. The best thing to do would be to send a tweet to @thestory2015, and I’ll retweet it around to see if anyone else wants to buy the ticket from you. If you’re not on Twitter, email me and I’ll tweet it myself.

Fancy a pint afterwards?
YES! The event finishes at 4.00, and its a Friday, so we think that’s beer o’clock. Every year most of us retire to The Square Pig on the opposite corner of Red Lion Square. So that sounds like a plan again this year.

I can’t make it – are you recording the talks?
Yes – we’re taking an audio feed out from the sound desk, and we’re starting to release old talks as part of our new Storythings Podcast. A few of the talks from previous years are up on the Storythings website. Not all the talks really work as podcasts – particularly ones from artists that involve lots of copyrighted material – but I’ll put up the ones that I think work well.

Will there be anything to buy/read/do at The Story this year?
Yes! so bring some spare cash. As they do every year, the Hoxton St Monster Supply shop (aka the Ministry of Stories) will set up a temporary store in the foyer, as I want to raise as much money as possible for them. There will also be copies of our first Storythings Publication –Vacuum Days by Tim Etchells – on sale at a special discount price of £15, so bring some money and get a copy of this gorgeous, limited edition book!

Will it be cold?
This is about the time that I start looking at the medium-range weather forecasts with a nervous look on my face. Running an event in February means there’s always the chance of a cold snap. Its looking like it will be a cloudy, but cold day, and The Conway Hall takes a while to warm up, so make sure you wrap up well.

I think that’s it. If there’s anything else you need to know, please let me know via email or on Twitter. See you on Friday!

Running order for The Story 2015

In Uncategorized on February 9, 2015 at 9:41 am

It’s less than two weeks to go until The Story 2015, so it’s time to announce the running order. We’ll be posting our usual details you’ll need for the day later this week, and if you have a ticket, we’ll be sending you the details via email next week. If you don’t have a ticket, then there is still time to get one of the last tickets now – but hurry up!

9.00 Doors Open

10.00 Intro from our host – Anna Rafferty
10.05 Ministry of Stories
10.20 Gary Carter
10.40 Lucy Perman

11.00 Coffee

11.20 Kati London
11.40 Alexa Clay
12.00 Matthew Plummer-Fernandez

12.20 Lunch

13.40 Simon Munnery
14.00 Nelly Ben Hayoun
14.20 Philip Hunt

14.40 Coffee

15.00 George Oates
15.20 Danny Miller
15.40 James Bridle

16.00 Finish


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