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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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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
As lockdown eases in London a group of friends decide to meet up for the first time in three months.  As they travel they reflect on what lockdown meant to them.  This is a collaborative audio drama project with some of our actors writing and performing their own parts in the production. Out of the Darkness was written by Katherine Priddy, Charis McRoberts, Marie-Claire Wood and Chris Gregory with additional material by Warren Graham.Warren Graham played MichaelKatherine Priddy was Freya Marie-Claire Wood played GeorgiaSophie Macnair was Alex Chris Gregory played David The presenter was Karen Cooper Sound Design, soundscapes and production were by Chris GregorySound effects were from freesound.orgThe news clips were from public domain sources including Downing Street Press BriefingsThe Song "Wolf" was written and performed by Katherine Priddy and produced by Simon J Weaver. Additional music was by Chris Gregory This podcast is dedicated to anyone who lost a loved-one, their job or livelihood during the pandemic.  Our thoughts are with you.  We are aware that many people were much more seriously affected by the events of the last few months than the characters in this drama.  The story is not intended to be representative of the entire population but merely to the experiences of the characters depicted.  Katherine Priddy is a folk singer from Birmingham. You can find out more about her and her music by visiting her website  http://www.katherinepriddy.co.uk/ and you can buy "Wolf" and the EP it appears on by clicking on Store via this link.  There is also a video for the song which you will find by searching for Katherine's YouTube channel. You can follow her on twitter here https://twitter.com/KatherinePriddyand Instagram here https://www.instagram.com/katherinepriddy/Please follow our other actors on twitter to find out more about their work and upcoming projects and if you are an audio drama producer wishing to hire them Marie-Claire Wood https://twitter.com/MarieClaireWoodWarren Graham  https://twitter.com/wg973Sophie Macnair https://twitter.com/liloldsophand Charis McRoberts https://twitter.com/CharisMcRobertsThis is the final podcast in season 2 of Alternative Stories and Fake Realities.  Thank you to all the actors, writers, musicians and poets who have appeared in this series.Thank you also to our loyal and valued listeners.  We do hope you have enjoyed this finale to the season and that you will join us again in season 3 which will be starting in September. 
Undertow is a short story by Nicholas John inspired by and featuring music from British acoustic duo Show of Hands.  Undertow is written and performed by Nicholas John with music by Show of HandsShow of Hands are Phil Beer and Steve Knightley The presenter of this edition of the podcast is Karen CooperSound design and editing are by Nicholas John and Chris GregoryNicholas John is a writer and music journalist.  You can find out more about him by following him on twitter https://twitter.com/WordSong_Show of Hands are a folk / acoustic duo from Devon.  The band comprises Steve Knightley and Phil Beer. You can follow them on twitter here https://twitter.com/showofhandsnews. and visit their website here https://www.showofhands.co.uk/Given events of the year so far it is more important than ever that you support musicians and performers  wherever possible.  Like all other forms of live entertainment revenue from gigs and performances has completely dried up for most bands and artists.   There is no better way of supporting the music industry than by ordering a CD, digital download or other item of merchandise from artists you enjoy.  If you've enjoyed this podcast please take a listen to more by Show of Hands and consider supporting them by ordering their new album from their online store.  https://smarturl.it/bfielddancefloorCopyright on the story Undertow: Nicholas JohnPublishing Copyright on the song Undertow: (Steve Knightley/MCPS Ltd)Sound Copyright is owned by Show Of Hands and is used by kind permission of Hands On Music.The original version of the song Undertow is taken from the Show Of Hands 2006 album 'Witness'
Dex Industries' top scientist has developed a new weapon and it's about to be tested but how devastating will the new bomb be?  The Bomb is a prequel to The Blood Road series of novels by Emily InkpenIn The Bomb by Emily Inkpen:Warren Graham plays TristanAnnika Kordes is OsaKelsey Griffin plays Isra Lewie Watson plays DevekHarri Rees-Jones is VarianCharlie Richards plays RenChris Gregory plays Nathaniel Emily Inkpen plays "Auto" The presenter is Hollye Sangster Music, sound design and production are by Chris GregorySound effects are from Freesound.orgYou can find out more about Emily Inkpen and her work by following her on twitter https://twitter.com/emilyinkpen and at her website here https://www.emilyinkpen.com/You can listen to an interview with Emily on our preview edition here https://www.buzzsprout.com/411730/4641992-the-bomb-an-interview-with-author-emily-inkpenPlease follow Alternative Stories on twitter here https://twitter.com/StoriesAltand on instagram here https://www.instagram.com/stories.alt/
Jennifer Wong is a poet living and working in London and originally from Hong Kong.  Her poems deal with the idea of life in a city and culture very different from our own.  As well as her poems, in this podcast Jenny offers insight into her writing process and provides background to the 5 poems we feature. The poems in this edition are; Arrivals Dim Sum at Joy King LauThe Colour of Race Catch 22 in Simplified LanguageDiary of a Miu Miu Salesgirl All poems are written and performed by Jennifer WongMusic, sound design, soundscapes and production are by Chris GregorySound effects are from Freesound.orgThe presenter is Holly Sangster Letters Home, Jenny's 2020 poetry collection, is published by Nine Arches Press and we thank them for allowing us to recreate these poems in this podcastIf you'd like to learn more about Jennifer Wong you can visit her website here https://jenniferwong.co.uk/And you can follow her on twitter here https://twitter.com/jennywcreativeYou can learn more about Nine Arches Press and purchase Letters Home here https://www.ninearchespress.com/You can follow Nine Arches Press on twitter here https://twitter.com/ninearchespressPlease check out our other poetry content including podcasts featuring Ella Frears, Mary J Oliver, Sarah Corbett and Peter Finch by subscribing to the podcast in your favourite podcast app or in a streaming service such as Spotify. Jenny recorded the content for this podcast at home without access to professional recording equipment.  We hope the variable sound quality does not spoil your enjoyment of this podcast. Thank you once again to Jenny for sharing her poems with us in this podcast. 
Mother of Floods

Mother of Floods

2020-07-2412:18

In the edition we review the new novel, "Mother of Floods" by Madeleine F White and bring you an interview with the author.  We have excerpts from the novel read by Madeleine herself and we look at her plans for a sequel and other writing projects begun during lockdown.The presenter is Kelli Winkler Sound design, music and production are by Chris GregorySound effects are from Freesound.orgIf you are interested in reading Mother of Floods you can purchase it in paperback or e-book form via Crowsnest books by following this link  https://www.crowsnestbooks.com/The book and e-book can also be purchased from Amazon.You can follow Madeleine on twitter here https://twitter.com/madeleinefwhitePlease subscribe to Alternative Stories and Fake Realities for more author interviews, previews and analyses into the writing process. Coming soon we'll bring you Poetry from Jennifer WongAudio drama : The Bomb by Emily InkpenAudio drama : Out of the Darkness - a collaborative piece inspired by the easing of lockdown in London featuring Katherine Priddy, Marie-Claire Wood, Warren Graham, Charis McRoberts and moreand much more. Please follow us on twitter for more news and updates around our future podcasts  https://twitter.com/StoriesAlt
In this edition we bring you an interview with Emily Inkpen, the author of our forthcoming science fiction audio drama The Bomb.  We also have previews from the drama and a look forward to some other upcoming content.Emily Inkpen is a British writer  and her sci fi novel The Blood Road is currently in query.  The Bomb is a prequel to this novel series but contains events pivotal to the main story.  In the clips you can hear the voices of Harri Rees Jones, Kelsey Griffin, Charlie Richards, Annika Kordes, Lewie Watson and Emily herself.  Warren Graham and Chris Gregory join the cast but are not heard in these clips.The presenter and interviewer in this podcast is Kelli WinklerMusic, sound design and production are by Chris GregoryMusic is published by Scared Crow MusicFollow Emily Inkpen on twitter  https://twitter.com/emilyinkpenand instagram https://www.instagram.com/emilyinkpen/to learn more about her work and for news of upcoming publicationsIn the interview Emily recommended the original Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy radio version.  This is available via Audible through this linkhttps://www.audible.co.uk/series/Hitchhikers-Guide-radio-plays-Audiobooks/B00HSSYM74Follow Alternative Stories and Fake Realities on twitter here https://twitter.com/StoriesAltAnd on instagram here https://www.instagram.com/stories.alt/
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