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Alternative Stories and Fake Realities

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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/

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/

Location:

United Kingdom

Description:

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/

Twitter:

@StoriesAlt

Language:

English

Contact:

07920849359


Episodes

Walking on Skylark Ridge by David Suff : A Midsummer Podcast

6/23/2022
In this midsummer edition we continue the theme of nature writing . We feature Walking on Skylark Ridge by artist and writer David Suff. The book charts David’s daily walk along the same route for a year beginning at the start of the UK’s first national lockdown in which we were restricted to an hour of outdoor exercise per day. It discovers the changes in the nature along the route as the seasons change and explores the meaning of community as David shared his weekly updates in paintings...

Duration:00:45:56

The Ponies at The Edge of The World. Nature writing and Landscape

6/2/2022
In today’s podcast we speak to two writers for whom nature, landscape and horses are important in their work. Catherine Munro is the author of “The Ponies At The Edge of The World” about her life in Shetland and Madeleine F White whose poetry collection “The Horse And The Girl” explores riding, the environment and the landscape of Kent. Thank you to Catherine Munro and Madeleine F White for taking the time to speak to us for today’s podcast. We’d like to thank Rider, an imprint of Penguin...

Duration:01:12:14

The Half-Life of Snails

4/21/2022
In this edition we look at The Half Life of Snails, the debut novel by writer and academic Philippa Holloway. The novel deals with issues surrounding nuclear energy and the communities it affects and we talk about Philippa's trip to the Chernobyl exclusion zone as part of our interview. We have excerpts from the book read by Phoebe Holmes In the Half-Life of Snails you heard the voices of Philippa Holloway and interviewer Chris Gregory. The interview took place at Hack Green Secret Nuclear...

Duration:00:49:18

Ghostlore : An audio fiction anthology. Part Two : Hauntings

3/31/2022
Ghostlore is an anthology of writing inspired by the folklore of ghosts and the supernatural. Edited by writer and audio dramatists Lyndsey Croal our second episode Hauntings, features the work of 11 writers and explores folklore from around the world. The readers are Sally Walker Taylor, Marie-Claire Wood, Lindz McLeod, Lyndsey Croal, Hadiya Morris, Chris Gregory, Amy Boucher and Christina Castaneda Our pieces and writes are The Witch by Amy Boucher Amy Boucher is a passionate advocate...

Duration:00:56:59

Ghostlore : An audio fiction anthology. Part One: Wilderness

3/18/2022
Ghostlore is an anthology of writing inspired by the folklore of ghosts, spirits and the supernatural. Edited by writer and audio dramatists Lyndsey Croal this first edition, Wilderness, features the work of 11 writers and explores folklore from around the world. Ghostlore Part One, Wilderness is presented and edited by Lyndsey Croal. The readers are Sally Walker Taylor, Marie-Claire Wood, Maria S Picone, Lyndsey Croal and Chris Gregory. The featured pieces and writers are The Goatherd by...

Duration:00:52:27

Season 6 preview with Madeleine White and Emily Inkpen

3/10/2022
In this first edition of season 6 we look at the other podcasts Alternative Stories have been working on. We chat with novelist Madeleine White about the pdcast for writers, Write On! Audio and novelist and audio dramatist Emily Inkpen about our new science fiction audio drama The Dex Legacy. We also preview some of the content you’ll be able to hear in season 6. In this edition you can hear an interview with the editor of the Write On! suite of publications, Madeleine White. You can...

Duration:01:05:54

Midwinter Monologues

12/20/2021
Midwinter Monologues is a collection of seasonal short fiction by 13 different writers. We feature stories written and performed by Alternative Stories regulars such as Lewie Watson and Marie-Claire Wood and introduce some new writers and voices. This anthology will put you in in a festive mood and help you to consider some alternative versions of Christmas. We all have our own midwinter stories – what’s yours? “The Hidden People” by Bean Swayer performed by Sally Walker Taylor “To All A...

Duration:01:06:15

The Folklore of Animals, beasts and familiars with Signe Maene

12/18/2021
In this special edition guest-edited by Signe Maene we look at the folklore and folk stories associated with animals, beasts and familiars. Our guests are Terri Windling, Zoe Gilbert, Willow Winsham, Icy Sedgewick and Natalja Saint-Germain Thank you to Signe Maene, Terri Windling, Zoe Gilbert, Willow Winsham, Icy Sedgwick and Natalja Saint German for being out guests on the podcast today. We’ve posted links so you can find out more about our guests and follow their blogs, podcasts, websites...

Duration:01:07:40

Storytelling : Part Two with Lily Dunn

12/14/2021
In this edition we resume the theme of storytelling, this time looking at the art and techniques of telling stories from real life. Our guest, Lily Dunn is a novelist, memoirist and teacher whose debut memoir, Sins of My Father will be out in March 2022. Excerpts from Sins of My Father in this podcast are read by Lily Dunn The interviewer is Chris Gregory Production, sound design, music and editing are by Chris Gregory Lily Dunn is a writer, teacher and lecturer in creative writing and...

Duration:00:47:52

Real Boy: An Audio Drama

12/9/2021
Mastrocherry is a tech company making poppets - highly realistic replicas of real humans. Senior engineer Catherine Antonio and Junior Reclaim Engineer Fox Cameron have a problem. A poppet has been returned by a VIP customer and they must diagnose the reasons for some alarming behavioural traits it has been displaying. Can it really be possible that the poppet has become self-aware and started to display violent tendencies? Real Boy is written by Cailean Steed and was the winner of the 2021...

Duration:00:37:02

Storytelling : Part One with Zoe Gilbert and Tiffany Clare

12/6/2021
In this podcast we look at the art and techniques of storytelling. We speak to novelist Zoe Gilbert about the ways in which she uses folklore and folk tales as inspiration and backdrop for her storytelling and actress Tiffany Clare about telling stories through characters and narration. Our first guest in this edition is Zoe Gilbert. Zoe won the Costa Short Story prize in 2014. He debut novel Folk was published to considerable acclaim and featured on BBC Radio. Zoe's second novel Mischief...

Duration:01:17:56

Bonds: Short Fiction by Sarra Culleno

12/3/2021
Bonds is the debut short story collection by poet, dramatist and friend of the podcast Sarra Culleno. Dealing with the bonds between mothers and children as its main theme it skips genres between science fiction, fantasy and folklore. We have an interview with Sarra and excerpts from the stories. You can order a copy of Bonds directly from the CAAB Publishing website here https://www.caabpublishing.co.uk/store/Fiction-c45916043 It’s also available from Waterstones and Amazon Follow Sarra...

Duration:00:38:38

Mona Arshi : Somebody Loves You

11/11/2021
In this edition of the podcast we look at “Somebody Loves You”, the debut novel by acclaimed poet Mona Arshi. We’ll bring you extracts from the novel read by actress Rakhee Sharma, an interview and some of Mona’s poetry. The presenter in this edition is Sally Walker Taylor, the readers are Rakhee Sharma and Tiffany Clare. and the interviewer is Chris Gregory. Sound design, production and music are by Chris Gregory We would like to thank Mona Arshi for her time and support in the making of...

Duration:00:57:55

Seren Books 40th Anniversary

10/30/2021
In this edition we celebrate the 40th anniversary of Seren Books, the publisher from south Wales responsible for launching the careers of many poets and for putting out a series of memorable poetry collections including a few featured previously on Alt Stories In this podcast you can hear an interview with Seren’s outgoing poetry editor Amy Wack who leaves the press at the end of October 2021. She looks back at her time with Seren and the changes to the style and readership of poetry since...

Duration:00:46:05

Roy McFarlane : Poems of activism and jazz

10/25/2021
In this edition of the podcast we hear from poet and activist Roy McFarlane. Roy has two collections from Nine Arches Press and a third collection to be published in 2022. In the podcast we share a selection of Roy’s poetry and hear about what inspires and influences his work. In this podcast you heard the following poems Papers read by Kam Elliott Clinton McCurbin 1987 read by Kam Eliiott Joy Gardner 1993 read by Hadiya Morris How it Feels to Be Free read by Kam Elliott and Hadiya...

Duration:00:26:03

Joshua Gillingham : Writing Inspired by Norse Mythology

10/14/2021
Joshua Gillingham is a fantasy writer whose work is heavily inspired by Norse Mythology and the Icelandic sagas. In this edition of the podcast we have an interview with Josh and we hear his short story "An Empty Thing" Read by Alex C Stewart The presenter in this edition is Sally Walker-Taylor Sound design and music are by Chris Gregory The interview with Josh Gillingham was recorded over zoom and we apologise for the sound variations in the recording. The interviewer is Chris...

Duration:01:06:22

National Poetry Day 2021

10/4/2021
Welcome to our special anthology podcast celebrating the UK’s National Poetry Day 2021. We have a mix of poems from the podcast in the past year and new poems in forthcoming collections. The presenter is Tiffany Clare Readers (where not read by the poets themselves) are Marie-Claire Wood, Niall Wright and Charlie Richards Sound design, soundscapes, and production are by Chris Gregory Follow our poets on twitter Kim Moore https://twitter.com/kimmoorepoet Polly Atkin...

Duration:00:35:57

A Wild And Precious Life

8/28/2021
In this special edition we look at “A Wild and Precious Life” an anthology of writing on the theme of recovery which was published by Unbound in May 2021. We have a selection of pieces from the collection read by our actors and insight from some of the writers who submitted pieces to the collection. We also speak to Lily Dunn and Zoe Gilbert who had the idea for the anthology, compiled and edited it. **Trigger Warning** This podcast contains references to drug use, trauma and bereavement as...

Duration:01:17:51

Maskwork by Gregory Leadbetter

8/14/2021
Maskwork is a 2020 collection by poet and academic Gregory Leadbetter. Themes of folklore, ritual, theatre and nature combine in these vivid and resonant poems brought to life by the voices of our actors and with a commentary by Greg himself. In Maskwork by Gregory Leadbetter you heard the following poems Musician read by Charlie Richards Doe read by Charlie Richards Lapse read by Tiffany Clare Engine Pool, Earlswood Lakes read by Lewie Watson At English Bicknor read by Charlie...

Duration:00:37:31

The Hunt : An Audio Drama

8/5/2021
Following the deployment of the Rone Missile (in our drama The Bomb) tension is rising in Dex Industries. Ren, Isra and Varian continue their fight in the Domonos Mountains but the rebels have new tricks up their sleeves. The Hunt is part 2 of Emily Inkpen’s audio drama series based on her Dex Legacy universe. In “The Hunt” by Emily Inkpen you can hear Warren Graham as Tristan Kamara Elliott as Varian Kelsey Griffin as Isra Charlie Richards as Ren Annika Kordes as Osa Lewie Watson as...

Duration:00:27:50