First Three Speakers Announced for The Story 2017 – Nikesh Shukla, Kate Clanchy & Ingrid Burrington

It’s autumn, so it’s time to start getting excited about next year’s The Story conference. This will be our eighth conference, and we’ve spent the summer getting another inspiring, challenging and all-round awesome line up of speakers for you.

For the third year running, we’ve kept prices the same as last year. In fact, we’ve even created fifty super-early bird ticket that was £10 cheaper than last year. But they all went when we announced them on our newsletter, so if you want to get them next year, you’ll need to sign up to our newsletter now. We’ve sold over 100 tickets already, so if you want to come to The Story 2017, get your tickets today – there’s still some Early Bird tickets left.

Also this year we’ve upped the donation we make to the brilliant Ministry of Stories projects. They opened a new shop – Grimm & Co – in Rotherham, which looks absolutely amazing. So we’re giving another £5 donation to them on every ticket – this means we’re giving £6k to the three projects in London, Brighton and Rotherham, without increasing the cost of tickets. And of course, we pay all our speakers, including their hotels, travel, etc. So if you see people organising events saying they can’t afford to pay speakers, they’re talking rubbish. We’re with Philip Pullman on this one, because, well, he’s Philip Pullman, so he has to be right.

So – here’s the first three speakers for The Story 2017. They’re all people we admire hugely, and we can’t wait to see them on 17th February next year. If you want to join us, get your ticket now.

Nikesh Shukla is a writer. His debut novel, Coconut Unlimited, was published by Quartet Books and shortlisted for theCosta First Novel Award 2010 and longlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize 2011. In 2011 he co-wrote an essay about the London riots for Random House with Kieran Yates, Generation Vexed: What the Riots Don’t Tell Us About Our Nation’s Youth. His second novel, Meatspace, was published by The Friday Project. ‘Like Douglas Coupland’s Generation X,’ according to the Guardian, ‘this novel captures a cultural moment.’ Nikesh is the editor of the essay collection, The Good Immigrantwhere 21 British writers of colour discuss race and immigration in the UK.

Kate Clanchy is a writer and teacher. She has won the Forward Prize and the BBC National Short Story Award for her own writing, but is just as excited by the work of her students in a multicultural school. Her essay The Very Quiet Foreign Girls Poetry Group was one of the most beautiful and inspirational things we’ve read in the last year, so we’re really glad she can join us at The Story in February.

Ingrid Burrington writes, makes maps, and tells jokes about places, politics, and the weird feelings people have about both. She’s the author of Networks of New York: An Illustrated Field Guide to Urban Internet Infrastructure and an artist in residence at Data and Society Research Institute.