Reading List for The Story 2017

Huge thanks to everyone who came along to The Story 2017 at Conway Hall last Friday. It was an incredible day, and the response from attendees via Twitter, Instagram, email and in person has been overwhelming. We’re really glad so many of you find The Story a creative, challenging and inspiring event. The atmosphere and response from the audience on the day is a big part of making it what it is, so huge thanks to everyone that came along.

We have another project – How We Get To Next – that produces a reading list every month on a particular theme, and its something that people love and share a lot. I can’t believe we’ve not done one for The Story every year. A lot of speakers referred to videos, articles, books and Kickstarter campaigns this year, so we’ve compiled them into this list. We hope it’s useful – let us know if anything is missing, and what else you liked about The Story – your feedback is hugely useful and helps us shape the event every year.

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The Story 2017 – The Reading List

Sharna Jackson
Read Sharna’s excellent essay on designing digital content for kids.

Ministry of Stories/Grimm & Co
Become a volunteer at MOS.
Get your monster supplies online!
Support Grimm & Co in Rotherham.

Inua Ellams
If you’re in Australia, you’ve can see Inua’s An Evening With An Immigrant at the Perth International Arts Festival on 24/25 Feb.
Or you can watch his brilliant short Swipe Slow on Youtube.

Ingrid Burrington
Ingrid’s book Networks of New York is available from all good book stores (networked or not) right now!

Iain Tait & Helen Andrews
Read Iain’s blog HARD WORK IS NOT THE ENEMY about changing the culture at W+K.

David Conn
There’s a huge amount of brilliant pieces by David about the Hillsborough disaster and the long struggle for justice, but this article written after the verdict of unlawful killing was finally passed is a brilliant summary of the whole story.

Ewen Spencer
Here’s Ewen’s recent exhibition for Brighton Photo Biennale – Kick Over The Statues
And you can buy his beautiful books and prints on his website.

Victoria Mapplebeck
Watch Victoria’s brilliant, moving short film 160 Characters.
And you can submit your historic text messages to her TEXT ME project.

Lynsey Hanley
Read Respectable – Lynsey’s book on social mobility, class and culture.
The day after The Story The Guardian ran her brilliant essay Parallel Lives: How the Brexit Vote Revealed Britain’s Divided Culture.

Clara Westaway Gaggero
Watch a video of Clara’s innovative project for Samsung – Out Of The Box – in the MOMA collection.
Special Project’s installation NEW OLD was at Design Museum until 19th Feb.

Patrick Tresset
Watch videos of Patrick’s uncanny robot life drawing classes.

Lara Pawson
Read Lara’s remarkable, moving memoir This Is The Place To Be.

Clare Patey
Listen to a selection of stories from Walk A Mile In My Shoes on SoundCloud.

Kate Clanchy
Read Kate’s article about The Very Quiet Foreign Girls’ Poetry Group.
Listen to the radio poem by Kate and her students.

Nikesh Shukla
Buy Nikesh’s brilliant collection of essays The Good Immigrant.
Help fund his next project Rife: Twenty Stories from Britain’s Youth.

I think that’s it. If you’ve never been to The Story, that list is a good indication of the diverse, inspiring and awesome speakers we have every year. See you next year!