First speakers announced for The Story 2018  — Mandy Rose, Tanya Byrne and Elijah

We’re very pleased to announce the first three speakers for The Story conference 2018. As ever, we’re curating a day of surprising and inspiring stories from creative practitioners across all sectors. Here’s the first three speakers, so if you don’t have a ticket already, then get yours now!

Elijah is an electronic music producer and co-founder of influential grime label Butterz, described by the Guardian as “one of the genre’s smartest operations”. He and the core artists (Flava D, Swindle & Royal-T) on the label he runs with his partner Skilliam have toured globally and have been a fixture across the club and festival circuit since 2010. He held a residency at London’s Fabric from 2013–2016, and broadcasted weekly on the then pirate, now community station Rinse FM from 2008–2014. It’s seen him collaborate with all of the top tier artists in Grime such as Skepta, JME, Wiley, Kano and Stormzy.

His work spans music programming, journalism, A&R and artist management, and shines a light on the artistic, social and economic challenges and opportunities for emerging artists. His podcast series Rhythm&Cash® explores these issues head on with MCs, Producers and Journalists talking openly about how they make a living.

As Associate Artistic Director of Lighthouse, Elijah is producing ‘Last Dance’, a series of critical club nights, with talks, performances and online publications, that takes the debate on the road and into clubs and galleries in cities across the UK, for a timely and urgent look at the rapidly changing landscape for artists and creative communities. A final manifestation in Brighton in 2018 will celebrate and support radical club culture as a communal platform for creative expression.


Tanya Byrne was born in London and now lives in Brighton with her dog, Frida. Her debut novel, HEART-SHAPED BRUISE, was shortlisted for the CWA John Creasey Dagger and longlisted for the Branford Boase. Tanya was also shortlisted for New Writer of the Year at the National Book Awards. Her short story, Hackney Moon, was recently included in A CHANGE IS GONNA COME, an anthology of short stories and poetry for young adults written by BAME authors that was named Children’s Book of the Week in the Sunday Times. Tanya is also a freelance journalist and has written for The Guardian and The Pool.


Mandy Rose is a researcher into emerging documentary forms and practices. A filmmaker and interactive producer with a background in DIY and Indy media going back to the 1970s, Mandy was co-founder of the feminist film distribution group COW Films, worked with the Slits, and was one of the editors of Emergency Magazine.

During twenty years at the BBC she led innovative participatory projects including the “mass observation” camcorder project Video Nation, and Voices, a Webby nominated exploration of language, accent and dialect. She is director of UWE Bristol’s Digital Cultures Research Centre, co-investigator of the EPSRC research project — Virtual Realities: Immersive Documentary Encounters and co-editor of i-docs: The evolving practices of interactive documentary. Mandy is a member of Watershed’s Pervasive Media Studio executive.