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The Story 2013 – Thank you to everyone!

In Uncategorized on February 25, 2013 at 4:23 pm
Conway Hall before The Story 2013

Conway Hall before The Story 2013

Last Friday was the fourth The Story conference at The Conway Hall, and it was another incredible day. As we do more of these events (this is our fourth) I’m more and more convinced that this is down to the strange alchemy between the speakers and the audience – everyone comes along with such enthusiasm, such curiosity and such passion, and it makes the day an incredibly inspiring event.

So – first of all, a huge thank you to everyone who came along. We’re constantly amazed at how much people love the event, and it inspires us to come up with even more interesting and diverse speakers every year, so thanks so much to everyone who bought a ticket and turned up on a very chilly London day.

Next – a gigantic thanks to all the brilliant speakers. We give our speakers a really hard brief – to be honest and true to themselves, and talk in depth about their work and why they do it. There are no corporate pitches, nobody talking from a company deck – just people who know what it feels like to tell a story, and can be open and honest enough to communicate their passion to the audience. It’s a lot harder to do this than it looks, and I know the people who talk at The Story put a huge amount of work into their talks. So huge thanks to you all.

We couldn’t do The Story without the help of a lot of brilliant people, so huge thanks to Carina and the team at The Conway Hall; to Jez, Paul, Rachel, Iain and the team at Live Union for help with the sound; to Mary Hamilton for being a brilliant host, and showing epic restraint with the Nerf Guns; to our helpers on the day – Holly Swain, Kim Plowright, Sophie Walker, Andrew Birley and Jo Roach; and to the Ministry of Stories for making such a brilliant gift for every attendee.

There are already some great blogs and other records of the day – if you’ve written up any notes, we’d love to see them, so do let us know. We’ll list the ones we see below, and will get the audio records of some of the talks up online over the next few weeks.

Thanks again to everyone – it was a fantastic day, and we’re already looking forward to The Story 2014 – sign up to our newsletter if you want to be the first to know when tickets go on sale in the autumn.

Blogs and other records of The Story 2013:

Our Storify of The Story 2013

Stray Bullets – Anthology

A La Data – Thoughts on The Story 2013

Rishi Dastidar’s Storify

Sarah Salway’s Five Things I Learnt At The Story 2013

Fiona Thompson’s ‘Kaleidoscope Manifesto’

Mun Keat Looi (who always does a great write up) on The Story 2013

David Cornish from Wired wrote up the talks from Edwyn Collins, Alex Balfour and Fiona Romeo

James Caig – The Bottom Half of Culture

Miriam from The Lighthouse, Brighton on The Story 2013

Notes from The Pervasive Media Studio in Bristol

Emilia from Kanoti on The Story 2013

383 Project’s list of links from The Story 2013

A fantastically comprehensive write up the talks from Blonde Digital

Everything You Need To Know for The Story 2013

In Uncategorized on February 15, 2013 at 9:30 am

Its a week until The Story 2013, 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, 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. 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 #story2013 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 @thestory2013, 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 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 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 22nd!

Running Order for The Story 2013

In Uncategorized on February 11, 2013 at 9:00 am

Its less than two weeks to go till The Story 2013 (and there’s currently only 2 tickets left…) so its time to share the running order for the day. As usual, registration will be open from 9am, and we’ll finish at 4pm and all decamp to The Square Pig for a beer.

10.00 Welcome – Mary Hamilton
10.05 Ministry of Stories
10.20 Edwyn Collins & Edward Lovelace
10.40 Rebecca O’Brien

11.00 Coffee

11.20 Laura Dockrill
11.40 Alex Balfour
12.00 Molly Crabapple

12.20 Lunch

13.20 Alecky Blythe
13.40 Ben Bocquelet
14.00 Diane Coyle

14.20 Coffee

14.40 Mikey Please
15.00 Fiona Romeo
15.20 Alice Bell
15.40 Rob Manuel
16.00 Finish

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