Category: events

Jan 11

Live Storytelling: Twisted Love

Yes, it’s that time again already – another evening of storytelling by Kent’s finest is nearly upon us. Our third bi-monthly spoken word event is entitled Twisted Love and we envisage it as an alternative – or even antidote – to the saccharin-sweet commercial overkill that Valentine’s Day has mostly become.

This time round we’re running two venues, in two different towns (gasp!). Faversham and Folkestone residents will be able to treat themselves to an evening of literary entertainment on Valentine’s Day itself (Faversham) or the Friday after (Folkestone). The Grand hotel’s Drawing Room was so good for our Spooky Stories night that we’ve booked that again for February 17th (tickets here) and we’re trying out The Old Wine Vaults in Faversham on February 14th (details here, tickets on the door only).

The lineup is yet to be finalised, but so far we have stories from Ribs Norman, Michele Sheldon and Kate van der Borgh.

Here are the lovely posters of a truly romantic flower-spewing gent:

Twisted Love Poster FolkestoneTwisted Love Poster Faversham

If you haven’t been to our spoken word events before, you can get a feel for them by watching the videos from Spooky Stories for Grown Ups on our YouTube channel.

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Nov 08

Live Storytelling: Festive Phantoms & Yuletide Yarns

Following on from the success of our Spooky Stories night for Halloween, we’re running another evening of storytelling on December 16th in Folkestone. Come along to Family in Rendezvous Street at 8pm to hear 6 all-new stories. It’s free entry this time (we’re hoping people might put a little something in the hat at the end so we can pay our creatives) and food and drink will be available to purchase.

Promotion for Festive Phantoms & Yuletide Yarns

So far, we have confirmed stories from Michele Sheldon, Ribs Norman and Primrose Coulter with three more in the works (we’ll announce those soon). The readers will be Louise Burgess, Nicola Howard and Ryan Hill.

For further details, please see the Facebook event page.

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Nov 01

Spooky Stories for Grown Ups

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Spooky Stories for Grown Ups was our latest Hand of Doom Productions production (OK, so we didn’t consider that eventuality when we came up with our name) and it went off with a shriek last Friday, October 28th.

We booked the fabulous Drawing Room in The Grand hotel, Folkestone for a night of spooky storytelling. Although we had spent a fair amount of time promoting Spooky Stories for Grown Ups on Facebook and Twitter, we were rather surprised at the turnout – a full house! In fact, we had to procure extra chairs several times before we began.

The room was suitably spooky, with candelabras and the lights down low. Originally we had planned to have a roaring fire too, but the unseasonably warm weather and the presence of many warm bodies precluded that.

We had nine stories in all and 4 readers. On reflection, that was probably about 3 stories too many, so we’ll do fewer next time. The evening ended late, after 11pm, but everyone seemed to enjoy themselves.

The stories and readers were:

GREAT UNCLE RANDOLPH by Michele Sheldon, read by Louise Burgess

FOR THOSE WHO LOVE by Kate van der Borgh, read by Nicola Howard

TIME OFF FOR BAD BEHAVIOUR by Ribs Norman, read by Ryan Hill

FACELESS by Primrose Coulter, read by Jo Blach

A DROP OF THE BLACK STUFF by Matt Hodgkinson, read by Lucy Freeman

GHOST 154 by Michele Sheldon, read by Nicola Howard

LOST GIRLS by Jo Tiddy, read by Jo Blach

WAIT FOR ME by Trude Thurai, read by Lucy Freeman

MRS SHIPLEY’S SPINNING WHEEL by Michele Sheldon, read by Louise Burgess

Here’s the full programme, which includes biographies of all the writers and readers:

Spooky Stories for Grown Ups programme pages 2 & 3

Spooky Stories for Grown Ups programme page 4 & coverWe’re planning another storytelling event for December, so keep your eyes peeled (not literally, Halloween is over).

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