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What happened at The Story last time

In Uncategorized on October 7, 2015 at 2:10 pm

If you’ve not been to The Story before, you might not know what to expect. The Story isn’t really like most other conferences. We don’t have sponsors. We aren’t focused on one sector. We don’t do panel sessions or audience Q&As. We don’t even have a very flash website (sorry). We just focus on inspiring people, inspiring projects, and inspiring stories.

Tickets for The Story 2016 are going fast – all early bird tickets are sold out, and Standard tickets are now on sale. We’ll be announcing the first few speakers for 2016 in the next couple of days, so get your tickets now!

If you want and idea of what happens at The Story, here’s some pictures from The Story 2015 by our ace photographer Kitty Wong

Conway Hall filling up before The Story begins

Conway Hall filling up before The Story begins

The Story 2015 begins

The Story 2015 begins

Anna Rafferty welcomes everyone to The Story 2015

Anna Rafferty welcomes everyone to The Story 2015

Watching Ministry of Stories update us on their work in the last year

Watching Ministry of Stories update us on their work in the last year

Clean Break theatre talking about their work writing plays with women prisoners

Clean Break theatre talking about their work writing plays with women prisoners

Alexa Clay talking about her book The Misfit Economy

Alexa Clay talking about her book The Misfit Economy

Simon Munnery performing animation and comedy projected live from the back of the Conway Hall

Simon Munnery performing animation and comedy projected live from the back of the Conway Hall

Philip Hunt from Studio AKA talking about their BAFTA-winning animation Lost and Found

Philip Hunt from Studio AKA talking about their BAFTA-winning animation Lost and Found

Products from Ministry of Stories on sale in the foyer

Products from Ministry of Stories on sale in the foyer

Matt Locke thanks everyone involved in The Story 2015, before going for a well-earned drink

Matt Locke thanks everyone involved in The Story 2015, before going for a well-earned drink

Tickets for The Story 2016 now on sale!

In Uncategorized on September 17, 2015 at 3:40 pm


It’s that time of year again – the nights are drawing in, the leaves are falling from the trees and the weather gets colder. But there are two good things about autumn – you can start cooking comfort food again, and tickets for The Story go on sale. We’ll be at Conway Hall on Friday, Feb 19th 2016 for another day of awesome, inspiring and moving talks.

We’re currently booking another awesome group of speakers that we’ll be announcing in the coming weeks, but in the meantime, go and get your ticket before they sell out. And we look forward to seeing you all at Conway Hall in Feb!


Thank you!

In Uncategorized on February 24, 2015 at 11:08 am

The Story 2015 at Conway Hall by Matt Locke

Last Friday was The Story 2015, the sixth in our annual event about all things story-related. We had a full house at Conway Hall, a fantastic host in Anna Rafferty and most of all a brilliant and inspiring line-up of speakers.

So thanks to all our speakers, our volunteers, the team at Conway Hall, the Ministry of Stories, and most importantly, to all of you who bought a ticket to come along on the day. We’ve had a fantastic response from attendees sharing tweets, photos and blogposts, so here’s a collection of the ones we’ve found so far. If you’ve written up your thoughts on The Story, please let us know so we can add you to the list.

Thanks again, and we look forward to seeing you next year at The Story 2016 – if you want to be the first to buy tickets, then subscribe to our newsletter now!

Our Storify of the tweets and images from the #story2015 hashtag

Reflections from a Web Developer by James Doc from the V&A

What’s The Story? by Roland Harwood from 100% Open

The Story 2015 by Tamika Abaka-Wood from Ben&Andrew

Notes on The Story 2015 by Anjali Ramachandran

7 Things I learned at The Story by Fiona Thompson from Wordspring

A brilliant set of Sketchnotes by David Burton

Katie Collins from Wired UK wrote up three of the day’s talks – Kati London, Philip Hunt and Matthew Plummer-Fernandez


Thanks everyone who has given us feedback or written up notes – we’d love to hear from you about your experience, and in particular if there’s anything you think we can do better. We hope to have podcasts from some of the talks up soon as well – if you want to know when they’re up, subscribe to our weekly newsletter.

Everything you need to know for The Story 2015

In Uncategorized on February 13, 2015 at 10:52 am

It’s nearly time for The Story 2015, 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 us or ask me on Twitter @thestory2015 and we’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. 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 #story2015 as a hashtag. The wifi in The Conway Hall isn’t always great 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 @thestory2015, 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?
YES! The event finishes at 4.00, and its a Friday, so we think that’s beer o’clock. Every year most of us retire 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 – we’re taking an audio feed out from the sound desk, and we’re starting to release old talks as part of our new Storythings Podcast. 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 they do every year, 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 our 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 2015

In Uncategorized on February 9, 2015 at 9:41 am

It’s less than two weeks to go until The Story 2015, so it’s time to announce the running order. We’ll be posting our usual details you’ll need for the day later this week, and if you have a ticket, we’ll be sending you the details via email next week. If you don’t have a ticket, then there is still time to get one of the last tickets now – but hurry up!

9.00 Doors Open

10.00 Intro from our host – Anna Rafferty
10.05 Ministry of Stories
10.20 Gary Carter
10.40 Lucy Perman

11.00 Coffee

11.20 Kati London
11.40 Alexa Clay
12.00 Matthew Plummer-Fernandez

12.20 Lunch

13.40 Simon Munnery
14.00 Nelly Ben Hayoun
14.20 Philip Hunt

14.40 Coffee

15.00 George Oates
15.20 Danny Miller
15.40 James Bridle

16.00 Finish

Final speakers announced for The Story – James Bridle, Matthew Plummer-Fernandez & Anna Rafferty

In Uncategorized on January 19, 2015 at 8:30 am

It’s just over a month till The Story on Conway Hall on Feb 20th, and there a few tickets left, so get yours now if you don’t have one already. Here’s the final two speakers and fabulous host – it’s shaping up to be another fantastic, inspiring day. Looking forward to seeing you all there!

James Bridle is an artist, writer, and publisher based in London, UK. His writing on literature, culture and networks has appeared in magazines and newspapers including Wired, Domus, Cabinet, the Atlantic, the New Statesman, Matter and many others, in print and online, and he writes a regular column for the Observer. His artworks and installations have been exhibited in Europe, North and South America, Asia and Australia, and have been viewed by hundreds of thousands visitors online. He has been commissioned by organisations including Artangel, Mu Eindhoven, the Istanbul Design Biennial and the Corcoran Gallery, Washington DC, and been honoured by Ars Electronica and the Japan Media Festival. His formulation of the New Aesthetic research project has spurred debate and creative work across multiple disciplines, and continues to inspire critical and artistic responses. In 2014, he was resident at the White Building in London and Eyebeam in New York, and received the Graphic Design of the Year award from the Design Museum, London.

British/ Colombian artist and researcher Matthew Plummer-Fernandez critically and playfully examines sociocultural entanglements with technologies. His current interests span algorithms, bots, automation, copyright and file-sharing. He was awarded a Prix Ars Electronica Award of Distinction for the project Disarming Corruptor; an app for disguising 3D Print files as glitched artefacts. Matthew shares his research on Algopop, a popular tumblr that documents entanglements with algorithms in everyday life, as well as the artists that respond to this context in their work. This has become the starting point to a practice-based PhD funded by the AHRC at Goldsmiths, University of London, where he has worked as a research associate/ technologist and visiting tutor. He holds a BEng in Computer Aided Mechanical Engineering from Kings College London and an MA in Design Products from the Royal College of Art.

Our host for The Story this year will be Anna Rafferty. Anna has been one of the most influential and innovative people working in the UK in digital media, leading the digital strategy at Penguin for over a decade. After a brief period working as a consultant, she has just joined J K Rowling’s Pottermore project as Director of Product, Creative and Content. She is Chair of Culture 24, and sits on BAFTA’s Childrens and Digital Strategy Committees. We’re very pleased she’s able to join us this year as host.
So that’s it! The full lineup is now confirmed. We’ll be posting the running order and the usual advice for the day in a couple of weeks, so in the meantime, if you haven’t got a ticket, get one now!

New Speakers for The Story 2015 – Nelly Ben-Hayoun, Lucy Perman and Alexa Clay

In Uncategorized on January 8, 2015 at 10:14 am

Hello, and Happy New Year!

It’s the first week back at work, and in Brighton at least, it’s very grey and rainy out. So you’re probably looking for some inspiration to get you through these dark, gloomy early days of 2015.  Don’t worry – we’ve got another three fantastic and inspiring speakers to announce for this year’s The Story. And it’s only a few weeks till the event on 20th February, so if you haven’t got your tickets, get them now!

Dubbed the Willy Wonka of Design and Science, award-winning director and designer of experiences Nelly Ben Hayoun is a critical explorer, and a fearless and passionate provocateur. In 2013, Icon Magazine nominated Ben Hayoun as one of the 50 international designers “shaping the future”. She is the Designer of Experiences at the SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) Institute, Head of Experiences at We Transfer, and a member of the Space Outreach and Education committee at the International Astronautical Federation. Wired magazine awarded Nelly Ben Hayoun with a WIRED Innovation fellowship for her work to date and its potential to make ‘significant impact on the world.

Lucy Perman is the Executive Director of Clean Break. Clean Break was set up in 1979 by two women prisoners who believed that theatre could bring the hidden stories of imprisoned women to a wider audience. Still the only women’s theatre company of its kind today, they tell stories about women and crime that are not being told elsewhere, taking this work into prisons and onto stages across the UK. Complemented by a theatre education programme for vulnerable women in community and custodial settings, their plays aim to draw in audiences, capture their hearts and minds, and make them leave wanting to change the world.

Alexa Clay is a writer and researcher, specialising in underground and grassroots innovation, technological change and economic transition. Her project The Misfit Economy looks at how bottom-up, informal, and black market economies may have something to teach the traditional economy about ingenuity, entrepreneurialism and human resilience. The Misfit Economy will be published by Simon and Schuster later this year, and as a film by Laura Gamse.

We hope that has given you some inspiration for the new year, and encouraged you to buy a ticket to come and join us on Feb 20th at Conway Hall. See you there!

New Speakers announced for The Story – Danny Miller, Gary Carter and Simon Munnery

In Uncategorized on December 4, 2014 at 9:49 am

We’ve already sold nearly half the tickets for The Story in Feb, so get your tickets while you can! And to convince you to come along next year, here’s three new speakers who will be joining us next year:

Danny Miller is co-founder and CEO of Human After All, a London based creative agency who believe that creativity connects. Danny has recently launched Weapons of Reason, a magazine dedicated to turning knowledge into action. He is also a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on creative economy, where he’s currently exploring open knowledge sharing among the creative industries.

Gary Carter is almost certainly the only international television executive with a Time Out/Dance Umbrella Dance and Performance award.  Gary joined Shine Group in June 2013  working closely with the heads of Shine Germany, the Shine Nordics companies and Shine 360. Prior to joining Shine, Gary was COO of FremantleMedia Group, where he was responsible for leading their overall strategy, ran the group’s central Creative Networks, founded their digital divisions as well as managing its various European production operations. Prior to this he worked for 5 years as Executive Director of Programme Affairs at Endemol International, where he united the group’s intellectual property in one division, oversaw the international roll-out of Big Brother and acquired the production licences across Europe for Who Wants To Be A Millionaire.

Simon Munnery has been described by Time Out as ‘an avant-garde comedy god’. He has recently been featured on Stewart Lee’s Comedy Vehicle, The Culture Show, Alternative Comedy Experience, and The News Quiz. He is a British Comedy, Perrier, and Barry Award nominee, and Chortle and Sony Radio Award winner. His latest project Fylm stabs at the void between film and theatre, involving visual sketches performed by Simon amongst the audience, and projected live on screen.

So that’s your next three speakers. It’s already shaping up to be another diverse, challenging and inspiring day, so if you haven’t got your tickets yet – get them now!


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!



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