New Speakers announced for The Story 2014 – Stella Duffy, Philip Larkin & Kenyatta Cheese


Tickets for The Story 2014 are selling very well, so get yours from our Eventbrite page if you haven’t got them already. All the Early Bird discounted tickets have gone, but the Standard Tickets are still on sale, so buy them now before its only the Last Chance tickets left…

To whet your appetite, here’s three more speakers who will be joining us next February at the lovely Conway Hall:

Stella Duffy is a renowned author and director. Her novels include The Room of Lost Things and State of Happiness, both long-listed for the Orange Prize, and her most recent novel The Purple Shroud. She has written ten plays – most recently The Book of Ruth (and Naomi) for Sixty-Six Books at the Bush; and over fifty short stories, including several for BBC Radio 4. Her work as Theatre Director includes  Ordinary Darkness (Hen and Chickens), TaniwhaThames (Oval House), My Inner Orc (Pleasance), Skin Tight (Pleasance & Riverside), and Cell Sell at the Soho Theatre for the NYT. She is an Associate Artist with Improbable, Artistic Director of Shaky Isles, and a member of impro comedy company Spontaneous Combustion since 1988. She is the founder and convenor of The Chaosbaby Project a large-scale multi-disciplinary Open Space theatre work, performing in Deptford in August 2013. At The Story 2014, Stella will be talking about Fun Palaces 2014, a series of Fun Palaces across the UK and beyond, celebrating public engagement in the arts and sciences, and commemorating Joan Littlewood’s centenary on 4/5 October 2014

Philip Larkin is a television writer based in Glasgow. Philip has created stories for Hollyoaks, had his work performed in Glasgow’s famous Oran Mor theatre and has worked in comedy development as a script consultant for a handful of British sitcoms. He is presently working on two of his own creations, a comedy-drama entitled Dead Ben with longtime collaborator Michael Richardson, as well as his sitcom, Boys and Girls. In addition to this, Philip is currently developing two radio dramas for BBC Radio 4. He’s also *incredibly* good at making very creative and funny Vines, and he’ll be talking about what he’s learnt from making  Vines and other online work at The Story.

Kenyatta Cheese is from the internet. He has been making and talking about digital culture since before he can remember, including working at Rocketboom from 2007-2010, and co-founding the incredible KnowYourMeme. He blogs at Final Boss Form, which is so good I just lost 20 minutes to it just by going there to get the link for this post, and is one part of the excellent Everyone At Once, who do excellent audience development work, including running the Doctor Who Tumblr for BBC America, which is the second biggest Tumblr in the world…

So – that’s another three great speakers for next year’s event. What are you waiting for? Go get your tickets now!