Final speakers announced, plus special guest host!

Its only a few weeks till The Story on Feb 19th, so its time to give you more details and the final speaker list. If you haven’t got your ticket yet, get one now, as there’s only a few left!

First of all, a note about timings. The full speaker running order will be announced on the day, but the event itself will run from 10am till 4.30pm. So you get to have a lie-in (if you live in London) and can get away for an cheeky drink in the evening. Somehow, in between those time, we’ll fit in all our brilliant speakers, with time for coffee and lunch. I’ll make sure the speakers are running to time, so don’t be late! And here’s the last two to add to the list:

Stuart Nolan has been a professional performer, on and off, since the age of 18, and after 15 years being distracted by proper work, first as a cell biologist and then by digital media, he took the opportunity afforded by a NESTA Fellowship to focus on the design and performance of mystery. Since 2002 he has been running Designing Mystery workshops with performers, technologists, writers, media producers, and artists. He has also researched how teenagers respond to the mysterious and the magical in new technologies. He’s promising to going to talk about choice, risk, and reward by performing an effect that uses those themes. (possibly followed by a second effect if there is time). Believe me, you do *not* want to miss this…

Tony White is the author of many novels, including Foxy-T described by Toby Litt as ‘one of the best London novels you’ll ever get to read’. I agree, go read it – its fantastic. Tony was writer in residence at the Science Museum, London, and published a special free edition of his short fiction Albertopolis Disparu. He has published numerous works of fiction in collaboration with visual artists, edited and co-edited short story collections including Croatian Nights (Serpent’s Tail, 2005), and founded the samizdat imprint Piece of Paper Press in 1994. In 2009 Tony was Leverhulme Trust writer in residence at the UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies. Three new short stories from Tony White are available in EPUB format supported by the Leverhulme Trust for free download here.

Finally, I’m very pleased to announce that Russell Davies – the post-digital guru behind the Interesting event that inspired The Story, and co-founder of  Really Interesting Group – has agreed to host the event. I needed someone to be a genial host to glue the event together, and Russell was the first person that came to mind. It also means I can forget about that bit and focus on making sure that people, technology, newspapers and tea-urns are all in the right place at the right time.

So – just over two weeks to go then. Hotels are booked. Newspaper content is coming in think and fast. Tickets are nearly sold out. I’ve spoken to nearly all the speakers and been blown away by what they’re planning to do. This looks like it might just work after all…