At The Conway Hall, London - 10am - 4.00pm, Friday 19th February 2016

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Thank You.

In Uncategorized on February 22, 2011 at 10:15 am

Conway Hall

Conway Hall, by Paola Kathuria

First of all, thank you to everyone who came along to the The Story last Friday. It was a fantastic day, made up of three important elements – brilliant speakers, a fantastic venue, and an attentive and engaged audience. So thank you very much for coming along and making it so special.

There has been a lot of brilliant blog posts and photos taken from the event, so I’ve included the ones I’ve seen below. If you have other pictures/comments about the day online, please let me know so I can add them to this list. I’ve been overwhelmed with the response, so thank you again for being so creative and articulate.

In the rush to finish the event last week, I only briefly gave thanks to the people who help me organise the event, so here’s a proper list of the people who made it happen.

First of all the speakers – all of whom were insightful, challenging and inspiring.

Margaret Robertson, for being a fantastic host, and making a difficult job look very easy.

The team of helpers – Richard Ayers, Holly Locke, Gemma Brady, Rebecca Denton, Sarah Pridham, Robin Ray and Anna Pedroza – for making the day run so smoothly

Live Union – for providing an excellent sound system and recording the talks – direct to digital this time, so they’ll be going online soon!

David Rowan at Wired Magazine – for kindly donating 100 copies of Wired to give away at registration

Its going to take a lot of work to live up to this year’s event, but I’m definitely going to do it again. I’ll just take a few months off first…

Everything you need to know for The Story

In Uncategorized on February 11, 2011 at 11:08 am

Hi all,

Last year, I posted a quick FAQ for everyone coming to The Story, so here is this year’s version. This should answer most of the questions you might have, but if there’s something else you need to know, leave a comment and I’ll get back to you asap.

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. 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 hastag for the event?
If you’re tweeting, blogging or uploading photos of the day, please use #thestory2011 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 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 leave a comment on this post offering your ticket to someone else – I know a few people have transferred tickets already, and that’s fine – just let me know you won’t be there, and the name of the person who will be coming in your place

Someone booked my ticket for me, and their name is on the ticket
Don’t worry – either email me with the name of the person who booked the ticket and the name you want to change, or just turn up on the day with their ticket and explain it to us on the door. We’ll cross people off by the name we have, so as long as only one person claims each ticket, its fine with us.

Fancy a pint afterwards?
You betcha. I think I’ll need it. The event finishes at 4.00, 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. I know I said I’d do this last year, but they were recorded to minidiscs, and I’m still slowly converting them… This year, we’re recording straight to digital.

Are you doing a newspaper again this year?
Unfortunately, no. I wanted to do something different this year, so I’ve asked the Hoxton St Monster Supply shop (aka the Ministry of Stories) to set up a temporary store in the foyer instead, as I want to raise as much money as possible for them. I’ve also thought about making a book afterwards, maybe on Lulu or Blurb, with transcripts of the 2010 and 2011 events. Does this sound like a good idea? Would you buy one if we did?

I think that’s it. If there’s anything else you need to know, please leave a comment below. See you next Friday!

One week to go!

In Uncategorized on February 11, 2011 at 10:37 am

So, its one week until The Story, and all the last minute preparations and speaker wranglings are nearly completed. The weather looks like its going to be sunny, but cold, so make sure you bring a coat – The Conway Hall is lovely, but more like a church than a comfy conference venue.

Here’s the running order for the day – we’ll start and finish very promptly, so don’t be late! The eagle-eyed amongst you will notice one change – Paula LeDieu from the BFI can’t join us now, but I’m very glad to say that composer and sound artist Nick Ryan has stepped in to take her place. Nick will be in conversation with Paul Bennun from Somethin Else, talking about sound design, storytelling, and their recent audio-only iPhone game Papa Sangre.

Also – the Ministry of Stories will have a stall in the foyer of the venue all day, selling their beautiful monster supplies product fresh from their Hoxton St store. So if you’d like to pick up some limited edition stories from writers like Nick Hornby and Zadie Smith and at the same time raise more money for this excellent project, make sure you bring along some extra cash.

Look forward to seeing you next Friday!


9.20      Doors Open
10.00    Welcome – Margaret Robertson
10.05     Ministry of Stories
10.20     Matt Adams from Blast Theory
10.40     Adam Curtis
11.00    Coffee
11.20     Karl James
11.40     Cornelia Parker
12.00     Phil Gyford
12.20    Lunch
13.20     Tim Kring
13.40     Paul Bennun & Nick Ryan
14.00     Mary Hamilton
14.20    Coffee
14.40     Lucy Kimbell
15.00     Martin Parr
15.20     Graham Linehan & Cory Doctorow
15.40     Mark Stevenson
16.00     End – Thanks!


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