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Alternative Stories and Fake Realities is a podcast designed to promote new and original audio drama, poetry and writing from across the English speaking world. Working with themes we will produce high quality content aimed at providing new perspectives on existing stories and ideas as we bring fresh and original writing into the world. We will use actors and writers from the United Kingdom and North America to offer a trans-Atlantic feel to our work. Content will be added when ready rather than on a strict week-by-week or month-by-month basis. Please check out our website https://alternativestories.com/
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Four friends have their Christmas travel plans disrupted by Covid but resolve to spend the holiday together sharing stories, customs and traditions from their homes.   Snowed In is an audio drama for this unique festive season by Charis McRoberts and Signe MaeneIn “Snowed In” you heard Charis McRoberts as AineLewie Watson as Jamie Jackie Jorgenson as BethAmy Forrest as OliviaFay Hield as herselfThe presenter of this edition is Kelli Winkler"Snowed In" was written by Charis McRoberts and Signe Maene with additional dialogue by Chris Gregory.  The cast advised on dialogue for each of their characters. Direction, sound design, soundscapes and incidental music were by Chris Gregory.Sound effects were from Freesound.orgIn the story, you heard an original recording of the Wassailing song “Sweet Master”  performed by Fay Hield.  This was an exclusive recording for the Alternative Stories and Fake Realities Podcast.  Fay Hield is a Topic Records recording artist.    “Sweet Master of Our Habitation” is a traditional Cornish wassailing tune.  The version sung by Fay in this podcast was arranged by Lou Killen    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lou_KillenThe complete recording by Fay is included at the end of this podcast.  Charis McRoberts is a writer, poet and actor originally from Northern Ireland.  In 2020 Charis was named one of the BBC’s New Creatives and she has subsequently appeared on BBC Radio and in film productions as well as being part of a number of Alternative Stories podcasts.   https://twitter.com/CharisMcRoberts Lewie Watson is an actor from Elgin in the Scottish Highlands.  He has appeared in a number of Alternative Stories productions including Selkie, also by Signe Maene and most recently in Black Box by Kevan Manwaring   https://twitter.com/LewieEh Amy Forrest is an actor who has worked with the National Theatre in London and had television roles in shows such as Coronation Street and Call The Midwife.  Amy appeared in our acclaimed drama Hare Spell playing a role written by Fay Hield and in a number of other Alternative Stories productions during 2020 https://twitter.com/amyforrest26Jackie Jorgenson is an actor, writer and podcaster originally from Canada but now living in the United States.  She has appeared in a number of Alternative Stories productions including “Out of Towners” which she also co-wrote and Anglia.  In 2020 Jackie launched her own podcast “Tales from The Aether” which we encourage listeners to check out.    https://twitter.com/jackiejorgensonSigne Maene is a writer and folklorist from Belgium.  Signe wrote our popular drama Selkie earlier in 2020 and contributed short fiction to “Through The Trees” anthology https://twitter.com/MaeneSigne Fay Hield is a folk singer, academic and folklorist who regular listeners will know as one of the writers of our acclaimed drama Hare Spell which we released in September.  If you've enjoyed Fay's performance in this edition please find out more about her music including her latest album "Wrackline" which is released by Topic Records / Proper Music Distribution  https://twitter.com/fayhieldhttps://www.fayhield.com/ This is the last Alternative Stories Podcast of 2020.  We’ll be taking a short break until the end of January.   We wish all our listeners who celebrate it a very merry Christmas and a happi
In this edition we look at Nine Arches Press, an independent poetry publisher from Warwickshire.  We feature poems from 3 Nine Arches poets,  Gregory Leadbetter, Rishi Dastidar and Geraldine Clarkson and have insight and recommendations from  Editor and Director Jane Commane.The poems featured in this podcast are "Optics"  by Gregory Leadbetter from the Nine Arches Press collection "Maskwork" read by Charlie Richards First extract from Saffron Jack by Rishi Dastidar from the Nine Arches Press Publication "Saffron Jack" read by Tiffany Clare "Saint Rose of Lima's Revenge" by Geraldine Clarkson from the Nine Arches Press Collection "Monica's Overcoat of Flesh" read by Tiffany Clare "The Ape At The End of The World" by Gregory Leadbetter read by Charlie Richards Second extract from Saffron Jack by Rishi Dastidar read by Tiffany Clare "Homily of Francis" by Geraldine Clarkson read by Charlie Richards"A Young Woman Undressed Me And..." by Geraldine Clarkson read by Tiffany Clare The presenter in this edition is Tiffany Clare Production, sound design and soundscapes are by Chris Gregory Jane Commane's interview was recorded by Kevin Brook at Soundbite Recording (link below) Visit the Nine Arches Press website here  https://ninearchespress.com/And follow them on twitter here https://twitter.com/NineArchesPressAnd on Instagram here https://www.instagram.com/ninearchespress/ Follow Gregory Leadbetter on twitter here  https://twitter.com/GregMLeadbetterRishi Dastidar here https://twitter.com/BetaRishGeraldine Clarkson here https://twitter.com/GBClarksonAnd Jane Commane here https://twitter.com/CommaJane For more about Soundbite Recording please visit their website here https://www.soundbiterecording.com/You can find out more about our presenter and reader Tiffany Clare here https://twitter.com/TiffanyEclairAnd Charlie Richards here https://twitter.com/CharlieDTRAnd follow Alternative Stories here https://twitter.com/StoriesAlt Rishi Dastidar is a fellow of “The Complete Works”, a consulting editor at The Rialto magazine, a member of Malika’s Poetry Kitchen, and chair of writer development organization Spread The Word.  He is editor of The Craft: A Guide to Making Poetry Happen in the 21st Century (Nine Arches Press). Saffron Jack is his second collection. Gregory Leadbetter is the author of two poetry collections, Maskwork (2020) and The Fetch (2016), both with Nine Arches Press, as well as the pamphlet The Body in the Well (HappenStance Press, 2007), Balanuve (Broken Sleep, 2021). His book Coleridge and the Daemonic Imagination (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011) won the University English Book Prize 2012.  He has written both poetry and radio drama for the BBC. He is Professor of Poetry at Birmingham City University.Geraldine Clarkson has performed poems at the Royal Albert Hall, as part of the Proms Extra Late series broadcast on BBC Radio 3, and also at the Poetry Society AGM.  She is a former winner of the Ambit and Poetry London competitions and her first full collection Monica's Overcoat of Flesh was published by Nine Arches Press in 2020, with a pamphlet, Crucifox, forthcoming from Verve Poetry Press in 2021.  
In Black Box, based on the novel by Kevan Manwaring, mankind is looking to the stars to find solutions to the failing climate on planet Earth.  In episode 3, Lake must try to get the space berg back on course for the Arkship Ithaka after the accident which sent it off course. Content warning; Swearing, drug references, peril, sexual references.Black Box Part Three: The Shadow On The Ice was written by Dr Kevan Manwaring, adapated from his original novel. In this episode you can hear:Danyelle Ellett as SentienceLewie Watson as Captain LakeCharlie Richards as ButlerThe presenter is Kelli WinklerThe original theme and incidental music are  by Chris GregorySound effects are from freesound.orgDirection, sound design and editing are by Chris GregoryThank you to our actors for going above and beyond in the recording of their parts for this production.You can follow Kevan Manwaring on twitter herehttps://twitter.com/bardicacademic And read his regular blog posts here https://thebardicacademic.wordpress.com/This is the last of 3 pilot episodes of Black Box, the drama based on Kevan Manwaring's novel.  We’ll be assessing the possibilities of dramatizing the whole story at a later date.  In the meantime we’d love to hear your thoughts on Black Box and particularly on whether you’d like to hear more.  You can drop us a note via office@alternativestories.com or tweet us with your thoughts  If you’re an audio drama producer and have ideas about how we could take Black Box into full production we’d be very grateful for your views. If you would like to check out more Science Fiction on Alternative Stories please look for our dramas A Memory of Robin by David Green,  The Ark by Madeleine F White, The Bomb by Emily Inkpen and Backdrop by Anna Orridge.  You’ll be able to find them by searching our content on any podcast platformYou can find out more about our fabulous cast by following them on social media  Follow Lewie Watson on twitter here  https://twitter.com/LewieEh Danyelle Ellett here  https://twitter.com/MyNamesDany And Charlie Richards here  https://twitter.com/CharlieDTRContent warning:  The character of Captain Lake is depicted as a drug user in Black Box.  In one scene within this episode Lake is heard taking drugs or "shooting up". If listeners are likely to be offended by this please do not listen to this episode.  Next week on Alternative Stories and Fake Realities we’ll continue Black Box and introduce you to the character of Commander Boone.
Invisible Borders

Invisible Borders

2020-12-0828:29

Invisible Borders is a collection of poetry and short fiction by women writers with a connection to the county of Cornwall.  It is published by the Hypatia Trust and this podcast celebrates the release of the audio book version of the collection which has been produced by Alternative Stories. In this podcast we celebrate the launch of the audio book version of Invisible Borders a collection of poetry and short fiction by women writers with a connection to the county of Cornwall.   Invisible Borders is now available in three formats: as a book, an e-book and now an audio book produced by Alternative Stories.  The audio book will be out on 11th December and will be available from the Hypatia Trust Bookshop   https://hypatia-trust.org.uk/bookshopThis podcast is presented by Hollye Sangster.  The readers are Marie-Claire Wood,  Katrina Naomi, Ella Frears and Mary J Oliver.The poems you can hear in this podcast are Hieroglyph Moth by Pascale PetitWarm Rain by Mary J Oliver I knew Which Direction by Ella FrearsPerfume Map by Penelope ShuttleElsewhere by Katrina NaomiI am Becoming by Faye WilsonYou can hear interviews featuring Miki Ashton from the Hypatia TrustLinda Cleary from Hypatia PublicationsMarie-Claire Wood, the actress who reads much of the work featured in the audio bookChris Gregory from the Alternative Stories Podcast Music, sound design and production are by Chris Gregory.  Sound recordings were by Marie-Claire Wood, Ella Frears and Linda Cleary.We’d like to thank all our contributors to this podcast :  Miki Ashton, Linda Cleary, Marie-Claire Wood, Chris Gregory and poets Pascale Petite, Mary J Oliver, Ella Frears, Penelope Shuttle, Katrina Naomi and Faye Wilson.  We would especially like to thank the Hypatia trust for entrusting us with creating the audio book version of Invisible Borders.  Special thanks are due to Cultivator Cornwall and Sam Jackman for their valued support in the making of Invisible Borders.  We would also like to thank Bloodaxe Books, Seren Books and Offord Road Books for granting permission to reproduce work by their writers in Invisible Borders and in this podcast.  You can find out more about the Hypatia Trust by visiting their website https://hypatia-trust.org.uk/ Or follow the trust on twitter at  https://twitter.com/hypatia_trust You can follow Marie-Claire Wood on twitter at https://twitter.com/MarieClaireWood Find out more about Linda Cleary here  https://twitter.com/_freewriters And follow Alternative Stories on Twitter here https://twitter.com/StoriesAltPlease subscribe to have all of our audio drama, poetry and fiction content delivered to your podcast feed the moment new episodes are released. 
In Black Box, based on the novel by Kevan Manwaring, mankind is looking to the stars to find solutions to the failing climate on planet Earth.  In episode two we meet Commander Boone and Dr Massimo from the Europa Mission.Black Box Part Two : Europa, was written by Dr Kevan Manwaring,  adapted from his original novel. In this episode you can hear:Danyelle Ellett as Comamander BooneLewie Watson as Captain LakeCharlie Richards as Dr MassimoWarren Graham as Boone's fatherKelli Winkler as Boone's MotherOther voices were by members of the castThe presenter is Kelli WinklerThe original theme and incidental music are  by Chris GregorySound effects are from freesound.orgDirection, sound design and editing are by Chris GregoryYou can follow writer Kevan Manwaring on twitter herehttps://twitter.com/bardicacademic And read his regular blog posts here https://thebardicacademic.wordpress.com/As a bonus in this edition you can hear Kevan Manwaring talking about the inspiration for Black Box, the process of writing the original novel, of adapting it to audio drama and of recreating the visual elements for an audio drama audience.We have made 3 pilot episodes of Black Box, the drama,  based roughly on the first 3 chapters of the novel.  We’ll be assessing the possibilities of dramatizing the whole story at a later date.  In the meantime we’d love to hear your thoughts on Black Box and particularly on whether you’d like to hear more.  You can drop us a note via office@alternativestories.com or tweet us with your thoughts  If you’re an audio drama producer and have ideas about how we could take Black Box into full production we’d be very grateful for your views. If you would like to check out more Science Fiction on Alternative Stories please look for our dramas A Memory of Robin by David Green,  The Ark by Madeleine F White, The Bomb by Emily Inkpen and Backdrop by Anna Orridge.  You’ll be able to find them by searching our content on any podcast platform.Please join us next week for the final part of Black Box
In Black Box, based on the novel by Kevan Manwaring, mankind is looking to the stars to find solutions to the failing climate on planet Earth.  We follow Captain Lake and Commander Boone on their missions.  Content warning; Swearing, drug references, peril, sexual references. Black Box Part One : Ithaka, was written by Dr Kevan Manwaring, adapated from his original novel.  In this episode you can hear: Danyelle Ellett as SentienceLewie Watson as Captain Lake Charlie Richards as ButlerMaisie Armah as Lake's wifeChris Gregory as Salovar ("The Suit") Kelli Winkler as Ultima Thule crew memberOther voices were by members of the castThe presenter is Kelli Winkler The original theme and incidental music are  by Chris GregorySound effects are from freesound.orgDirection, sound design and editing are by Chris GregoryThank you to Kevan Manwaring for beta listening this edition and to our actors for going above and beyond in the recording of their parts for this production.You can follow Kevan Manwaring on twitter here https://twitter.com/bardicacademic And read his regular blog posts here  https://thebardicacademic.wordpress.com/ You can hear Kevan speaking about his writing, about Black Box in particular and on the topic of climate fiction in our recent edition called “Climate Fiction”  Alternative Stories Series 3 Episode 13We have made 3 pilot episodes of Black Box, the drama,  based roughly on the first 3 chapters of the novel.  We’ll be assessing the possibilities of dramatizing the whole story at a later date.  In the meantime we’d love to hear your thoughts on Black Box and particularly on whether you’d like to hear more.  You can drop us a note via office@alternativestories.com or tweet us with your thoughts  If you’re an audio drama producer and have ideas about how we could take Black Box into full production we’d be very grateful for your views. If you would like to check out more Science Fiction on Alternative Stories please look for our dramas A Memory of Robin by David Green,  The Ark by Madeleine F White, The Bomb by Emily Inkpen and Backdrop by Anna Orridge.  You’ll be able to find them by searching our content on any podcast platform Content warning:  The character of Captain Lake is depicted as a drug user in Black Box.  In one scene within this episode Lake is heard taking drugs or "shooting up". If listeners are likely to be offended by this please do not listen to this episode.  Next week on Alternative Stories and Fake Realities we’ll continue Black Box and introduce you to the character of Commander Boone.
In a future London ravaged by the effects of climate change, a company is busy harvesting memories to build  virtual versions of the world before "The Withering".  But there are parts of her past Laura would rather forget.  This episode contains swearing and accounts of emotional abuse.  Listeners are advised to avoid this story if they are likely to be offended by either. Backdrop is based on a short story by Anna Orridge and adapted by Anna Orridge and Chris GregoryIn Backdrop you'll hearMarie-Claire Wood as Laura Harri Rees-Jones as MarvinKelley Costigan as The AdministratorKelli Winkler as the voice of Backdrop Chris Gregory as Laura's father Music, sound design and editing are by Chris GregorySound effects are from freesound.orgThe presenter in this edition is Kelli Winkler This edition contains a trailer for Black Box by Kevan Manwaring in which you can hear the voices of Danyelle Ellett, Lewie Watson and Charlie Richards.  Part One of Black Box will be out on Friday 27th November.If you would like to read the original short story upon which our audio drama is based you can do so here  http://mironline.org/backdrop/You can find out more about our brilliant actors here Marie-Claire  https://twitter.com/MarieClaireWoodHarri  https://twitter.com/HarriReesJonesKelli  https://twitter.com/KelliWinklerAnd Kelley https://twitter.com/KelleyCostigan And follow Anna on twitter here  https://twitter.com/orridge_annaPlease subscribe to alternative stories in your favourite podcast app to listen to all our content and have new editions delivered to your podcast feed the moment they are released.  If you’ve enjoyed Bakckdrop please give us a rating on apple podcasts, podchaser or any podcast app that allows it.  If you felt inclined to write a short review we would be very grateful as these help to raise the profile of the podcast.  Finally we’d like to thank everyone who entered our competition to win a copy of Fay Hield’s album over on twitter.  As you may recall, Fay is one of the UK’s foremost folk singers and was a co-writer of the drama Hare Spell which we released back in September. Her album Wrackline has been voted the second best folk album of the year by Songlines magazine and has been riding high in the UK folk album chart.  The lucky winners of the competition were Tanith Hicks, Rebecca Lambert and Lisa O’Hare and signed copies of the album should be with you very shortly.  You can find us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/StoriesAltand on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/stories.alt/
Climate Fiction

Climate Fiction

2020-11-1328:27

In today's podcast we look at the genre of climate fiction or "Cli Fi" and preview two upcoming audio dramas we'll be sharing as part of our Autumn climate season.  We talk to the authors of the two pieces, Anna Orridge and Kevan Manwaring and get their views on Cli Fi, writing in general and the stories that inspired our upcoming dramas. In todays' podcast, presented by Kelli Winkler you heard the voices of Anna Orridge and Kevan Manwaring.You heard clips from our forthcoming dramas Backdrop by Anna Orridge and Black Box by Kevan Manwaring You heard the voices of actors Marie-Claire Wood,  Harri-Rees Jones, Kelley Costigan and Kelli Winkler in the Backdrop trailer.  In the Black Box trailer you heard Danyelle Ellett, Lewie Watson and Charlie Richards. Sound design, soundscaping and music are by Chris Gregory with effects from freesound.orgBackdrop will be out on 20th November with Black Box appearing in three parts on 28th November, 4th and 11th DecemberLinks and social media You can follow Anna Orridge on twitter here https://twitter.com/orridge_anna You can follow Kevan Manwaring on twitter here https://twitter.com/bardicacademic and visit Kevan’s wordpress site where you can read more of his writing here https://thebardicacademic.wordpress.com/We ended the podcast with a recommendation for the novel America City by Chris BeckettYou can purchase America City from Blackwell’s here https://blackwells.co.uk/bookshop/product/America-city-by-Chris-Beckett-author/9781786491534 You can download a free sample of America City here https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/3H49Dxf9NTpHXrTybN80hxC/america-city-by-chris-beckett and you can follow Chris Beckett on twitter here https://twitter.com/chriszbeckett  We are publicising the work of Culture Declares Emergency during our Autumn climate season.  You can follow them on twitter here https://twitter.com/CultureDeclares And you can pledge your support to their cause here https://www.culturedeclares.org/Please note, we have bleeped out swearing in the trailer for Black Box.  When we put out the "real thing" all swearing will be fully audible (and beautifully delivered by Lewie Watson!) Also in the trailer for Black Box you heard Lewie singing a few lines from "King of The Road" by Roger Miller.  We don't own the rights to this and acknowledge all copyrights relating to the piece. 
Spoken Word

Spoken Word

2020-11-0642:18

In this edition of the podcast we look at spoken word poetry.  We feature a new project from Kent: a music and poetry collaboration by Nancy Gaffield and The Drift.  We look at spoken word record label Nymphs and Thugs and we hear from Lisa Mead, CEO and Artistic Director of Apples and Snakes.  The presenter is Marie-Claire WoodThere is some swearing and references to suicide and drug use  in this podcast. Please avoid if this is likely to offend In today’s podcast you heard:  An interview with Nancy Gaffield, Rob Pursey, Amelia Fletcher and Darren Pilcher of Nancy Gaffield and The Drift.   http://thedrift.uk/ The track you heard was Wealden Part 3 : Song of The Shingle from the album Wealden published by Longbarrow Press as a book and CD pack https://longbarrowpress.com/ Wealden is also available as a digital download from The Drift’s record label Skep Wax  https://skepwax.bandcamp.com/ Follow Nancy Gaffield, The Drift and Longbarrow Press on Twitter here https://twitter.com/nancyjgv1https://twitter.com/thedriftkenthttps://twitter.com/LongbarrowPress You also heard an interview with Matt Abbott, founding owner of Nymphs and Thugs.  https://nymphsandthugs.net/ The poems you heard were “I Saw Goody Proctor Jogging Without a Face Mask” by Salena Godden“Nowt Matters Now” by Toria Garbutt  You can buy content from Nymphs and Thugs including these recordings via their band camp page herehttps://nymphsandthugs.bandcamp.com/ Follow Nymphs and Thugs, Matt, Salena and Toria on twitter here https://twitter.com/nymphsandthugshttps://twitter.com/MattAbbottPoethttps://twitter.com/salenagoddenhttps://twitter.com/ToriaGarbutt Our final interview is with Apples and Snakes and their Artistic Director Lisa Mead. Find out more about Apples and Snakes and link to their online content here https://applesandsnakes.org/   and here for their excellent YouTube channel where you can see many poets performing live https://www.youtube.com/c/ApplesandSnakesPoetry You heard poems by John Bernard and Adrian B Earle Follow Apples and Snakes, Lisa Mead, John Bernard and Adrian B Earle on twitter here https://twitter.com/ApplesAndSnakeshttps://twitter.com/applesMeadhttps://twitter.com/PoetBernardhttps://twitter.com/Think_write_fly This podcast was presented by Marie-Claire Wood https://twitter.com/MarieClaireWood Production, sound design and editing were by Chris GregoryIndividual sound design and editing of the poems and interviews within the show were by the contributors We would like to thank all contributors to this podcast.  If you can please check out all the links we’ve posted, buy content from the suppliers and support artists, poets, musicians, writers and any creative endeavour you can during this difficult time. 
In the aftermath of her husband's death Martha and her teenage children Emmy and Henry are struggling to adapt to life without him.  Strange things are happening in their lives and whilst things may be starting to look up no one is quite sure what is causing these coincidences.  Please note : some strong language in this audio drama.The Ark is written by Madeleine F White.  It is adapted from her novel Mother of Floods which is published by Crowsnest Books In The Ark you heard Sarah Golding as Martha Holly Skinner as EmmyHarri Rees Jones as Henry Chris Gregory as DaveOther voices were by Madeleine F White and members of the cast. Sound effects were from freesound.orgMusic, soundscape, direction and production were by Chris Gregory The presenter in this edition is Kelli Winkler.  The Ark is adapted from the novel Mother of Floods by Madeleine F White.  “Mother of Floods” is published by Crows Nest Books and we would like to thank them for their kind permission to adapt the novel in this drama. You can visit their website and purchase Mother of Floods here https://www.crowsnestbooks.com/And follow them on Twitter here https://twitter.com/crowsnestbooksYou can find out more about Madeleine F White by visiting her Good reads page here https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/50646333-mother-of-floodsAnd follow her on twitter here https://twitter.com/madeleinefwhiteMadeleine is also involved in the excellent writer's magazine Pen to Print which you can check out herehttps://pentoprint.org/
The year is 2029 and the effects of climate change are taking hold all around the globe.  In one small coastal community in eastern England waves of migrants are coming ashore to escape the wars and famine the climate crisis are causing in their own countries.  This is the story of three women whose lives are affected by the crisis. This is the last episode of our four part story.Almost a year since we first broadcast Anglia we are revisiting it as part of our climate change season supporting Culture Declares EmergencyMillie: Tiffany ClareRachel : Jackie JorgensonAwira : Saya ZahawiDavid : Charlie RichardsLaura :  Catharine DaddarioWilla : Kelli WinklerOther parts : Chris GregoryPresenters : Kelli Winkler and Tiffany ClareMusic written and performed : Chris GregorySound effects : Freesound.orgANN News Jingle : StonefreePlease also check us out on social media  : https://twitter.com/StoriesAlt and  https://www.instagram.com/stories.alt/ To find out more about Culture Declares Emergency please visit their website to find out how you can get involved in their work and offer your support. https://www.culturedeclares.org/and follow them on twitter here https://twitter.com/CultureDeclares
The year is 2029 and the effects of climate change are taking hold all around the globe.  In one small coastal community in eastern England waves of migrants are coming ashore to escape the wars and famine the climate crisis are causing in their own countries.  This is the story of three women whose lives are affected by the crisis. This is the third of four parts.Almost a year since we first broadcast Anglia we are revisiting it as part of our climate change season supporting Culture Declares EmergencyMillie: Tiffany ClareRachel : Jackie JorgensonAwira : Saya ZahawiDavid : Charlie RichardsLaura :  Catharine DaddarioWilla : Kelli WinklerOther parts : Chris GregoryPresenters : Kelli Winkler and Tiffany ClareMusic written and performed : Chris GregorySound effects : Freesound.orgANN News Jingle : StonefreePlease also check us out on social media  : https://twitter.com/StoriesAlt and  https://www.instagram.com/stories.alt/ To find out more about Culture Declares Emergency please visit their website to find out how you can get involved in their work and offer your support. https://www.culturedeclares.org/and follow them on twitter here https://twitter.com/CultureDeclares
The year is 2029 and the effects of climate change are taking hold all around the globe.  In one small coastal community in eastern England waves of migrants are coming ashore to escape the wars and famine the climate crisis are causing in their own countries.  This is the story of three women whose lives are affected by the crisis. This is the second of four partsAlmost a year since we first broadcast Anglia we are revisiting it as part of our climate change season supporting Culture Declares EmergencyMillie: Tiffany ClareRachel : Jackie JorgensonAwira : Saya ZahawiDavid : Charlie RichardsLaura :  Catharine DaddarioWilla : Kelli WinklerOther parts : Chris GregoryPresenters : Kelli Winkler and Tiffany ClareMusic written and performed : Chris GregorySound effects : Freesound.orgANN News Jingle : StonefreePlease also check us out on social media  : https://twitter.com/StoriesAlt and  https://www.instagram.com/stories.alt/ To find out more about Culture Declares Emergency please visit their website to find out how you can get involved in their work and offer your support. https://www.culturedeclares.org/and follow them on twitter here https://twitter.com/CultureDeclares
The year is 2029 and the effects of climate change are taking hold all around the globe.  In one small coastal community in eastern England waves of migrants are coming ashore to escape the wars and famine the climate crisis are causing in their own countries.  This is the story of three women whose lives are affected by the crisis. This is the first of four parts.Almost a year since we first broadcast Anglia we are revisiting it as part of our climate change season supporting Culture Declares EmergencyMillie: Tiffany ClareRachel : Jackie JorgensonAwira : Saya ZahawiDavid : Charlie RichardsLaura :  Catharine DaddarioWilla : Kelli WinklerOther parts : Chris GregoryPresenters : Kelli Winkler and Tiffany Clare Music written and performed : Chris GregorySound effects : Freesound.orgANN News Jingle : StonefreePlease also check us out on social media  : https://twitter.com/StoriesAlt and  https://www.instagram.com/stories.alt/ To find out more about Culture Declares Emergency please visit their website to find out how you can get involved in their work and offer your support. https://www.culturedeclares.org/and follow them on twitter here https://twitter.com/CultureDeclares
Ealine is travelling home from work on the day on which lockdown is announced.  Weary from her workload, anxious about the future and worried about events in her past she deviates on her route home to visit Horsenden Hill where events from the ancient history of West London, Ealine's present and future coincide.   The Hare of Horsenden Hill is the origin story of Ealine from our audio drama Hare Spell and a prequel to events in that story. The Hares of Horsenden Hill is written by Sarra Culleno and published by Mookychick.  Ealine and the narrator were played by Stevie Skinner Amy Forrest played the hares Chris Gregory was the voice of the ancient storytellerOriginal music was by Inge ThomsonSound effects were from Freesound.orgSound design, mixing and production were by Chris GregoryIn this episode we include an excerpt from the new podcast called The Portal by British musician and composer Martin Green.  As one third of the band Lau Martin has played numerous gigs and festivals.  He's also released a good deal of solo work and collaborated with other musicians in producing his work.   The Portal is Martin's venture into the world of podcasting and we're sure listeners of Alternative Stories and Fake Realities will enjoy it.   Listen to The Portal by searching "the portal martin green" in your favourite podcast app or follow the link belowhttps://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/the-portal-by-martin-green/id1532707187To find out more about Martin and his music follow this linkhttps://www.martingreenmusic.co.uk/To find out more about Sarra Culleno and her work please follow her on twitter here https://twitter.com/sarra1978The Hares of Horsenden Hill is published by Mookychick.  Heres'a link to their website so you can read the original story and check out their other wonderful content https://www.mookychick.co.uk/
National Poetry Day

National Poetry Day

2020-10-0122:54

1st October is National Poetry Day in the UK.  This edition celebrates some of the poetry we have broadcast on the podcast in the last year and the poets and publishers we have worked with. In this podcast you can hear the following poems Thus I Became a Heart Eater by Phoebe Stuckes from her collection Platinum Blonde published by Bloodaxe Books and read by Marie-Claire WoodThen I Reconsidered Prayer by Maria Taylor from her collection Dressing For The Afterlife published by Nine Arches Press and read by Tiffany ClareTy Draw by Peter Finch from the collection Machineries of Joy published by Seren Books and read by Nerys HowellBlack Crow Woman by Sarah Corbett from the collection The Witch Bag published by Seren Books and read by Jade MatthewThe Overwhelming Urge by Ella Frears from the collection Shine Darling published by Offord Road Books and read by Tiffany ClareGreenman by Sarra Culleno read by Annabelle Broad first broadcast on the Alternative Stories and Fake Realities PodcastCatch 22 in Simplified Language by Jennifer Wong from the collection Letters Home published by Nine Arches press and read by Jennifer WongDark Moon by Sarah Corbett from the collection The Red Wardrobe published by Seren Books and read Amy ForrestBoots by Peter Finch from the collection Machineries of Joy published by Seren Books and read by Dafydd MorseEast West by Mary J Oliver from the collection Jim Neat: The Case of Young Man Down on his Luck published by Seren Books and read by Charlie RichardsTo the Uninhabited Island of Cara by Mary J Oliver read by Tiffany Clare We would like to thank all the poets, publishers and readers of these poems.This edition is presented by Hollye SangsterMusic, sound design and production is by Chris GregorySound effects are from Freesound.orgTo contact the podcast please send us an email to office@alternativestories.comor contact us on social media  https://twitter.com/StoriesAltor https://www.instagram.com/stories.alt/
Having arrived in Devon to visit the mysterious Sally Whitehorn, Molly, Ealine and Katherine contemplate the invitation that brought them there and the meaning of the ancient hare folklore she invokes.  Can what she is proposing really be true and what will it mean for the women? Hare Spell is written by Terri Windling, Fay Hield , Sarah Hesketh and Sarra Culleno with additional material, editing and collation by Chris Gregory. You heard Amy Forrest as MollySarah Golding as SallyStevie Skinner as EalineNadia Wyn Abouayen as KatherineMarie-Claire Wood as AmyChris Gregory as the hotel receptionistMusic was by Fay Hield and Inge ThomsonThe songs "When She Comes" and "Hare Spell" are taken from the Topic Records album "Wrackline" by Fay Hield.  Copyright is held by Fay Hield under exclusive licence to Proper Music Publishing Limited.   We would like to thank Fay Hield, Topic Records and Proper Music Publishing Ltd for their kind permission to use these tracks.  Musicians on Fay Hields tracks are Fay Hield, Sam Sweeney, Rob Harbron, Ben Nicholls and Ewan MacPherson with production by Andy BellThe instrumental soundtrack recordings you heard are written and performed by Inge Thomson, copyright Inge Thomson and commissioned by the Alternative Stories and Fake Realities Podcast Direction, sound design and production of the audio drama is by Chris GregoryCasting was by our writing team Sound effects are from freesound.org The presenters are Holly Sangster and Kelli WinklerIf you'd like to learn more about the participants in this drama the links below will point you to their websites or twitter feeds Fay Hield : https://fayhield.com/ Terri Windling : https://www.terriwindling.com/Sarah Hesketh : http://www.sarahhesketh.co.uk/Sarra Culleno :  https://twitter.com/sarra1978Inge Thomson : https://www.ingethomson.com/Amy Forrest: https://twitter.com/amyforrest26Sarah Golding : https://twitter.com/SarahofGoldingStevie Skinner: https://twitter.com/Stevieskinner_Nadia Wyn Abouayen : https://twitter.com/NadiaWynMarie-Claire Wood: https://twitter.com/MarieClaireWoodand please follow Alternative Stories on : https://twitter.com/StoriesAlt for information on past and future editions of the podcast.  
When three women receive letters from a sender in Devon they are intrigued enough to accept the invitation within and set off to travel to Dartmoor to meet the mysterious Sally Whitehorn.  What will they find there and will Sally's outlandish claims prove to be true? Our story explores real folk stories about hares and the mythology associated with them. Hare Spell is written by Terri Windling, Fay Hield , Sarah Hesketh and Sarra Culleno with additional material, editing and collation by Chris Gregory. You heard Amy Forrest as MollySarah Golding as SallyStevie Skinner as EalineNadia Wyn Abouayen as KatherineMarie-Claire Wood as AmyChris Gregory as the hotel receptionistMusic was by Fay Hield and Inge ThomsonThe songs "When She Comes" and "Hare Spell" are taken from the Topic Records album "Wrackline" by Fay Hield.  Copyright is held by Fay Hield under exclusive licence to Proper Music Publishing Limited.   We would like to thank Fay Hield, Topic Records and Proper Music Publishing Ltd for their kind permission to use these tracks.  Musicians on Fay Hields tracks are Fay Hield, Sam Sweeney, Rob Harbron, Ben Nicholls and Ewan MacPherson with production by Andy BellThe instrumental soundtrack recordings you heard are written and performed by Inge Thomson, copyright Inge Thomson and commissioned by the Alternative Stories and Fake Realities Podcast Direction, sound design and production of the audio drama is by Chris GregoryCasting was by our writing team Sound effects are from freesound.org The presenters are Holly Sangster and Kelli WinklerIf you'd like to learn more about the participants in this drama the links below will point you to their websites or twitter feeds Fay Hield : https://fayhield.com/ Terri Windling : https://www.terriwindling.com/Sarah Hesketh : http://www.sarahhesketh.co.uk/Sarra Culleno :  https://twitter.com/sarra1978Inge Thomson : https://www.ingethomson.com/Amy Forrest: https://twitter.com/amyforrest26Sarah Golding : https://twitter.com/SarahofGoldingStevie Skinner: https://twitter.com/Stevieskinner_Nadia Wyn Abouayen : https://twitter.com/NadiaWynMarie-Claire Wood: https://twitter.com/MarieClaireWoodand please follow Alternative Stories on : https://twitter.com/StoriesAlt for information on past and future editions of the podcast.  
Dressing For The Afterlife is the new collection from British Cypriot poet Maria Taylor.  Published by Nine Arches Press, the collection has been highly commended by the judges of the Forward Prizes for Poetry 2020.  In our podcast we feature nine poems from the book and an interview with Maria. In Dressing For The Afterlife you heard :Prologue read by Marie-Claire WoodThen I Reconsidered Prayer read by Tiffany Clare Ante read by Nadia Wyn AbouayenAnd There She Was in the Shrunken Apartment like Joan Crawford, Toy Dog on her Lap read by Marie-Claire WoodLearning the Steps read by Tiffany Clare I Began The Twenty-Twenties as a Silent Film Goddess read by Marie-Claire WoodWhat it was Like read by Tiffany Clare Ophelia read by Phoebe Holmes The Floating Woman read by Phoebe Holmes The presenter and interviewer was Hollye SangsterMusic and soundscapes were by Chris GregorySound effects were from freesound.orgProduction and editing were by Chris GregoryYou can purchase Dressing For The Afterlife directly from Nine Arches Press via this link https://www.ninearchespress.com/Follow Nine Arches Press on twitter here https://twitter.com/NineArchesPressand you can find out more about Maria Taylor by following her on twitter where she posts as https://twitter.com/MariaTaylor_Our preview was presented by Kelli Winkler.  You heard a trailer for Hare Spell our new audio drama which you'll be able to hear on 18th September.  It is written by Fay Hield, Terri Windling, Sarah Hesketh and Sarra Culleno and features original music by Fay Hield and Inge Thomson.  You heard the voices of Sarah Golding, Amy Forrest, Stevie Skinner, Nadia Wyn Abouayen and Marie-Claire Wood. Hare Spell is based on and inspired by music from Fay Hield's new album Wrackline which is released on Topic Record / Proper Music Distribution on 11th September. You can purchase the album and find out more about it by following this link https://www.topicrecords.co.uk/2020/05/fay-hield-wrackline/
Phoebe Stuckes is a poet living and working in London.  Her new collection Platinum Blonde is published this week by Bloodaxe Books.  We bring you 5 poems from the collection and an interview and thoughts on the poems from Phoebe herself. The poems you can hear are Bleach read by Marie-Claire WoodWet read by Tiffany Clare Paris read by Tiffany Clare Thus I Became a Heart Eater read by Marie-Claire Woodand Confessional read by Nadia Wyn AbouayanThe presenters are Hollye Sangster and Kelli Winkler You can purchase Platinum Blonde directly from Bloodaxe Books via this link https://www.bloodaxebooks.com/and follow Bloodaxe on twitter here  https://twitter.com/BloodaxeBooksFollow Phoebe Stuckes on twitter here https://twitter.com/phoebestuckes
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