The Story 2018

The Story 2018 was, as usual at The Conway Hall in London on Friday, February 16th 2018. The speakers at The Story 2018 were:

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.

Jarvis Cocker is a short-sighted musician & broadcaster who was born in the north of England in the 20th century. He was lead singer with Pulp for 34 years. He has also released two solo albums. His lyric collection “Mother, Brother, Lover” was published by Faber in 2011. Since 2009 he has presented the BBC 6Music programme “Jarvis Cocker’s Sunday Service”, as well as the award-winning BBC Radio 4 documentary series “Wireless Nights”. He has honorary doctorates from both Sheffield Hallam University & Central Saint Martin’s School of Art (which he attended 1988–91). His most recent musical project was “Room 29”: a song-cycle written in collaboration with the Canadian pianist Chilly Gonzales which they presented at this year’s Edinburgh Festival. He lives in Paris & London.

Zoe Whitley is an art curator who mainly works with living visual artists. In her current role as Curator, International Art at Tate Modern, she recently co-curated the major exhibition Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power. Named one of ArtLyst’s 2017 “100 Alternative Powerhouses” in the not for profit contemporary art world, Zoe earned her PhD under the supervision of recent Turner Prize winner Lubaina Himid.

A member of the Artistic Director’s Council for Prospect.4, the New Orleans Triennial, her past projects to her credit include making an exhibition about Afrofuturism called The Shadows Took Shape (co-curated at the Studio Museum in Harlem, 2013–14) and serving as the 2017 Special Projects Curator at the Johannesburg Art Fair in South Africa. Zoe was previously Curator, Contemporary Programmes at the V&A (2005–2013) then Curator, Contemporary British Art at Tate Britain (2013–2015). She writes frequently about artists, having co-authored In Black and White: Prints from Africa and the Diaspora and authored the monograph on graphic designer Paul Peter Piech. She loves museums and talking to artists, both of which became the subject of a TEDx talk she delivered in 2016.

Lisa-Maria Neudert is a D.Phil. candidate at the Oxford Internet Institute and works as a researcher on the Computational Propaganda Project as a core member of the research staff. Her dissertation examines regulatory responses, and technological and civil society countermeasures to digital disinformation campaigns on social media. Lisa-Maria’s work has been featured by numerous media outlets, including the Washington Post, the Financial Times, and der Spiegel. She has presented her work at the European Commission, the Council of Europe, and MisinfoCon. Lisa-Maria holds a MSc in Social Science of the Internet from the University of Oxford and a BA in Communication Science from the Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich. Selected as a Fulbright scholar she previously studied at the Georgetown University in Washington DC and the National University of Singapore.

Camilla Wright co-founded Popbitch back in 2000. The internet’s original gossip newsletter — “Like the Today show for tittle-tattle” (The Independent) — it has published weekly to its +300,000 subscribers ever since. It has outlasted a superinjunction, seen off dozens of competitors, navigated the choppy waters of internet fashions, been through the Leveson Inquiry and broken hundreds of stories, from politics to sport, pop music to media. “Even if you have never read or even heard of Popbitch, you will have encountered its cultural influence.” (The Guardian), Recently attracting the attention of the prestigious Columbia Journalism Review for a series of long form features on Donald Trump and the National Enquirer, Popbitch’s mission since the start of the century has been to show the world the “fake news” that media and celebrity often collude to present.

Camilla studied PPE at Oxford University, and developed a passion for being at the forefront of cultural change while working in Eastern Europe through the 1990s, seeing a whole new world emerge after the fall of the Berlin Wall. Previously a music and celebrity interviewer for magazines, since starting Popbitch she has had two books published, edited more than 800 weekly newsletters, developed a long-form magazine spin-off for tablets and smartphones, and written for websites, newspapers and magazines, TV and radio around the world, analysing the real story behind the story in the media.

Juno Dawson is the multi award-winning author of six novels for young adults. In 2016, she authored the best-selling World Book Day title: SPOT THE DIFFERENCE. Her most recent novels are the beautiful and emotive MARGOT & ME and her adult debut, the memoir THE GENDER GAMES.

Juno also wrote the bestselling non-fiction guide to life for young LGBT people, THIS BOOK IS GAY. In 2016 a follow-up, MIND YOUR HEAD, featured everything a young person needs to know about mental health.

Juno is a regular contributor to Attitude Magazine, Glamour Magazine and The Guardian and has contributed to news items on BBC Women’s Hour, Front Row, ITV News, Channel 5 News, This Morning and Newsnight concerning sexuality, identity, literature and education. Juno’s titles have received rave reviews and have been translated into more than ten languages around the world.

Juno grew up in West Yorkshire, writing imaginary episodes of Doctor Who. She later turned her talent to journalism, interviewing luminaries such as Steps and Atomic Kitten before writing a weekly serial in a Brighton newspaper. In 2015, Juno announced her intention to undergo gender transition and live as a woman.

Juno writes full time and lives in Brighton. In her spare time, she STILL loves Doctor Who and is a keen follower of horror films and connoisseur of pop music. In 2014 Juno became a School Role Model for the charity STONEWALL

Anjali Ramachandran is the Editor, Partnerships at Storythings, where she is currently leading on two editorial series — The ID Question and Nevertheless. Previously, she was the Head of Innovation at PHD Media in London, working with clients like Sainsbury’s, Warner Bros, Experian, the British Heart Foundation and She used to work at digital strategy and innovation consultancy Made by Many in London prior to that, doing research, thinking and planning for clients like British Airways, Amnesty International, the World Gold Council, Britvic and vInspired. She has also worked at a film festival in New York, with Nike in product planning in India, and in social policy research and development research in India.

Anjali is the co-founder of Ada’s List, a global network of over 5000 women working in technology, created with the aim to make the technology industry more diverse and inclusive. She is on the Advisory Board for Angel Academe, a pro-women angel investing group, and is a trustee of Photoworks. Last but not least, she writes the Other Valleys newsletter about creative and technology projects in emerging markets.