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In Uncategorized on February 28, 2012 at 2:56 pm

The Story 2012

Its taken me a lot longer than normal to write a thank you blogpost after The Story 2012. Partly this is because Storythings is about to launch a new project for Faber & Faber, but also because its taken me a while to gather my thoughts. It was quite a day, so thank you to everyone who came along for the event, or who helped out on the day. In particular, thanks to:

The speakers – you were all fantastic, interesting, compelling and funny.
Meg Pickard – for being such a brilliant host
Richard Ayers, Sophie Walker, Rebecca Denton, Jo Roach and Holly Swain for their fantastic help on the  day with registration, speaker wrangling and technical issues
Live Union for providing the PA and recording the talks
Paul A Young for making the incredible edible-running-order chocolate bars
Nicole Yershon and Ogilvy Labs for sponsoring the teas and coffees
Alex Parrott for design work on The Story logo and the chocolate packaging

There really was an incredible atmosphere on the day, and this was down to everyone mentioned above, and everyone who came along. Thanks so much – its fantastically rewarding to run something that people respond to with such enthusiasm.

One of the things I love about running The Story is reading the blog posts afterwards. The event seems to create different ideas, thoughts and connections in different people. There never is a theme, really, but on the day all sorts of subtle connections emerge between the different talks, and I love reading about other people’s interpretations of the day. Below is a list of the ones I’ve noticed so far – do let me know if you’ve shared thoughts or photos, and I’ll put a link to them here.

Finally, I will be putting up recordings of some of the talks, as soon as I’ve been able to edit them down and check the content with the speakers. Unfortunately, we had a computer crash in the morning session, so I don’t have a record of all those speakers, but we have the afternoon sessions, and I’ll get them up as soon as I can. In the meantime, here’s your blog posts and photos:

Liz Henry

Rishi Dastidar’s Storify of tweets from the day

Adam Gee

Mary Hamilton’s Storify of tweets from the day

Mary Hamilton’s write up of the day

Ellen De Vries

Jane Dallaway

Saul Cozens

Kat Sommers

Dean Vipond

Matt Edgar

Matthew Sheret

Tim Wright

Russell Stearman

Drawnalism’s brilliant sketches of the speakers

Photos tagged with ‘story2012’ on Flickr

Many people have asked if there is a mailing list to hear about The Story next year, so I’ve created one. The list is for Storythings, the company I’ve created to run The Story and other projects, so you’ll get emails about our projects as well. But it will be very low traffic indeed, so don’t worry. So if you want to stay in touch, sign up here. Tinyletter emails can get caught in spam filters, so if you don’t get a response, check it isn’t in there.

Running Order for The Story 2012

In Uncategorized on February 6, 2012 at 7:30 pm

Here’s the running order for The Story on Friday, Feb 17th. We should keep pretty much to time, but as with all events, things might change on the day.

10.00 Welcome – Meg Pickard
10.05 Ministry of Stories
10.20 Matt Sheret/Simon Thornton
10.40 Jeremy Deller

11.00 Coffee

11.20 Liz Henry
11.40 Anthony Owen
12.00 Matthew Herbert

12.20 Lunch

13.20 Tom Watson & Emily Bell
13.40 Scott Burnham
14.00 Fiona Raby

14.20 Coffee

14.40 Ellie Harrison
15.00 Phil Stuart & Tom Chatfield
15.20 Karen/Jeremy Leslie
15.40 Danny O’Brien
16.00 Finish

Everything you need to know for The Story 2012

In Uncategorized on February 6, 2012 at 4:21 pm

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 hashtag for the event?
If you’re tweeting, blogging or uploading photos of the day, please use #story2012 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 @thestory2012, 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 4.00, 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. A few of the talks from 2011 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. Some of the speakers will have magazines and other things for sale as well, so bring some money along if you love buying beautiful story-related things. I’ve also planned a bit of a treat for everyone attending this year, but I’m keeping that under wraps (literally!) until the day itself…

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, and we’re in the middle of a particularly snowy one at the moment. Its looking like it will be a bright, sunny, 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 leave a comment below. See you on Friday 17th!


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