At The Conway Hall, London - 10am - 4.00pm, Friday 21st February 2014

Thank you!

In Uncategorized on February 27, 2014 at 5:10 pm
The Story 2014 Notebook

The Story 2014 Notebook by Leonora Oppenheim –

Last Friday was the 5th The Story conference, and it was quite a day. We’re always blown away by the buzz and atmosphere at The Story, and last Friday’s event was no different. This is really down to the huge generosity of the speakers, and the great welcome and response from the audience, so a *huge* thank you to everyone who came.

As ever, The Story was produced by an incredibly talented group of people, so I’d like to thank:

Carina and the team at The Conway Hall for letting us use their amazing venue.
The brilliant speakers for giving such an incredibly diverse range of talks.
Live Union for doing their usually expert job with the sound – made harder this year by having live Foley effects and Gruff Rhys’ acoustic guitar to record.
The Story team and volunteers for their help – Andrew Birley, Holly Locke, Kim Plowright, Rebecca Denton, Silvia Novak, Helen Maier and Sophie Walker.
Kitty Wong for taking the official photographs, which you can now see on Flickr

And most importantly – all 450 delegates for coming along and making the atmosphere so incredible. If you’ve blogged or otherwise recorded the event, we’d love to add it to our list – here’s what we’ve noticed so far:

Hugh Garry’s Storify
great write up of the day from Grow The People
Adam Gee on his experience of the day
Your Story Starts Here by 100% Open
Truth, Lies & The Story by James Caig
10 Things I Learnt At The Story by Fiona Thompson
Notes from The Story 2014 by Giles Turnbull
The incredible Stella Duffy reflecting on her amazing talk
Katie Harrison from W+K on The Art of Storytelling
Rishi Dastidar on Crafting your story
Wired UK on Kenyatta Cheese’s talk
Wired UK on Bill Wasik’s talk
And finally – Wired UK on the Alan Rusbridger session

And if you were there, you would have seen Philip Larkin making the end to one of his ‘push the button’ Vines live on stage. Here it is – and it’s since been shared nearly 9,000 times!

Thanks again to everyone involved in making it such a great day. See you in February 2015 – if you want to be first to buy tickets for next year’s event, then sign up to our newsletter now!

Everything You Need To Know for The Story 2014

In Uncategorized on February 17, 2014 at 4:48 pm

It’s nearly time for The Story 2014, 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 me or ask me on Twitter @thestory2014 and I’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 (yes, we might be planning a second big event later this year…) 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 #story2014 as a hashtag. The wifi in The Conway Hall isn’t up to much, 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 @thestory2014, 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?
You betcha. I think I’ll need it. The event finishes at 4.30, and its a Friday, so I make that beer o’clock. Last year most of us retired 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 – I’m taking an audio feed out from the sound desk, so will try and release the talks as podcasts as soon as I can after the event. 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 we did in 2011, 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 the 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 2014

In Uncategorized on February 11, 2014 at 10:08 am

It’s just over a week until The Story 2014, so here’s the line up. I’m very pleased to say that Meg Pickard, who hosted The Story in 2012, is back as host this year, and will do a brilliant job of herding speakers and keeping the event ticking along.

We’ve also just signed off final designs for the gift we’ll give to every delegate at The Story this year, produced by our friends at the Ministry of Stories, and it’s looking fantastic. I think its our best one since the famous custom-printed chocolate bar in 2012. In the meantime, here’s the running order for the day:

10.00 Welcome – Meg Pickard
10.05 Ministry of Stories
10.20 Bryony Kimmings
10.40 Iain Forsyth & Jane Pollard
11.00 Coffee
11.20 Kyle Bean
11.40 Kenyatta Cheese
12.00 Stella Duffy
12.20 Lunch
13.20 Barnaby Smyth
13.40 Bill Wasik
14.00 Tony Ageh
14.20 Meg Rossoff
14.40 Coffee
15.00 Gruff Rhys
15.20 Philip Larkin
15.40 Lisa Salem
16.00 Alan Rusbridger

That’s quite a lineup. We can’t wait till Friday 21st. See you there!


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