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

First speakers announced for The Story – Kati London, Philip Hunt and George Oates

In Uncategorized on November 21, 2014 at 10:50 am

Tickets for The Story 2015 have been on sale for a couple of weeks, and we’ve sold nearly a third of the tickets already. And we haven’t even announced any speakers yet. So we’d better put that straight and announce the first speakers. If you haven’t got your ticket yet, get them now before they’re all gone!

Kati London is currently a Senior Researcher at Microsoft Research, FUSE (Future User Social Experiences). Previously, she was Director of Product for Zynga New York and Vice President and Senior Producer at Area/Code (acquired by Zynga). In 2012 she became Innovator-in-Residence at USC’s Annenberg School, where she led workshops in Design Patterns for Autonomous Objects. Kati will be talking at The Story about her work on communities, autonomous objects and the future of cities.

Philip Hunt is one of the founding partners of Studio AKA, one of the best animation studios in the world (this is our opinion at Storythings – Philip didn’t write this!). Philip’s work includes the BAFTA winning Lost and Found, based on the best-selling book by Oliver Jeffers. Philip’s diverse body of Directing work on an eclectic range of animation projects also includes the multi-award winning short film AH POOK IS HERE- an interpretation of recordings by the late William S. Burroughs.

George Oates is the director of Good, Form & Spectacle, a new design firm exploring themes in cultural heritage. George recently started a project inserting female characters into some classic Grimms tales. Some of these tales contained no female characters at all. George’s new book, If Only The Grimms Had Known Alice, is a fun read for all ages, challenging you to re-imagine these well known stories with women at the centre of each story.

So – that’s the first three speakers for next February. An eclectic mix, as always at The Story. We’ll be announcing another three speakers in the next two weeks, so get your tickets now!


Tickets on sale for The Story 2015!

In Uncategorized on November 3, 2014 at 10:32 am

The Story is returning to The Conway Hall, London, on Friday, February 20th, 2015 for its sixth (!) year of inspiring talks and interesting stuff. Last year we had Alan Rusbridger on Snowden and the NSA leaks, Bryony Kimmings on creating awesome role models for kids, Gruff Rhys on American Interior, Iain & Jane on making the brilliant Nick Cave film 20,000 days on earth, and the unforgettable Stella Duffy on Fun Palaces.

We believe in paying our brilliant speakers well, so we’ve doubled the fee we’re offering speakers this year, but we’ve kept the price the same as last year, as we want to make sure it’s as affordable as we can possibly make it. We’ll be announcing speakers over the next few weeks, so in the meantime, get your tickets from Eventbrite now!


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!


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