Hello! It’s now Xmas season, which means it’ll be the New Year before you know it, which means we’ll then be in February and all your friends will be talking about The Story 2016 and you won’t have a ticket. Unless! You get one now, before they all sell out. Seriously – they sell out every year. Get your tickets now.
Got one? Ok. Here’s three more fantastic speakers to get you even more excited about February. Which is the most exciting month of the year, really. Isn’t it?
Wolfgang Wild is the creator of Retronaut, a brand that shows “the past like you wouldn’t believe”. In 2014, Wild licensed Retronaut to Mashable and National Geographic published the first Retronaut book – two further books will be published in 2016. Number 20 on the Times of London’s list of the “50 people you should follow on Twitter”, Wild worked across the museum and archive world for the better part of a decade. He is guest curator for a range of digital and physical museums, and lives near Oxford, England, with his wife, Annie, and two children.
Hannah Nicklin is a theatre maker, writer, game designer, and academic. She has written a PhD about how theatre-influenced games and games-influenced theatre can destroy capitalism (mostly). Hannah is most interested in DIY, community storytelling, tools that break systems, and the spaces between ‘what is’ and ‘what if’ where new thinking happens. She makes theatre and games in public and community settings, and has worked with people like The RSC, Northern Stage, Slung Low, Invisible Flock, Hide & Seek, Coney, The Wellcome Trust, The Space, Gamecity, Videobrains, Rock Paper Shotgun, and on housing estates, in swimming pools, on the streets of cities, and rural market towns. Her favourite thing is not working. Her favourite kind of not work is swimming long distances and cycling even longer ones.
Musa Okwonga is a poet, journalist and musician based in Berlin. The son of refugees from Idi Amin’s Uganda, he studied law at Oxford University before leaving a career as a City-trained solicitor to become a poet. The winner of the 1996 WHSmith Young Writers Competition, he is the author of two books about football, A Cultured Left Foot (Duckworths) and Will You Manage? (Serpent’s Tail): the first of which was nominated for the 2008 William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award. A journalist and commentator on various issues, he has written opinion pieces and features for several outlets, including The New Statesman, Al-Jazeera, Foreign Policy, The Guardian and MONOCLE. In 2014 he co-wrote and presented “The Burden of Beauty”, the BBC World Service’s flagship documentary for its World Cup coverage. A vocalist who has been described by Q Magazine as “a globe-trotting Mike Skinner”, Musa ‘s music has been played by BBC Radio One, BBC6 Music and Xfm. His debut EP – “The Nomadic”, a four-track electronic EP – was praised by leading websites Okayafrica, Complex UK and The 405, from whom it received a rating of 8/10. He has just published “Eating Roses for Dinner”, a collection to mark his first ten years as a poet.
So that’s six speakers announced now, which is roughly half of the line up for The Story 2016. It’s going to be a cracker.