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Wheel of the Year- Summer Solstice- Goose Girl

I promised to write something new for each of the festivals on the pagan calendar- expecting these to be short stories- but this is a bit stranger- somewhere between a poem and a dream. Hope you enjoy it and happy longest day all! 

The story of the ”World Famous, Legendary Skylark Cafe”

I hope this story explains itself- but just to say- storytellers come in  to fill in the gaps of history. All  we had was one one grainy black and white photo of the Skylark Cafe and no information- which left us free to create and imagine... so we did. The Skylark Cafe has been recreated in 2022 as a utopian storytelling, creative members club- where everyone is free to be themselves and enjoy themselves. Hope you like the story 

The Scriptorium WINTER 2022- Why we write…

Throughout Feb and March 2022, I ran a 6 week creative writing course called "The Scriptorium WINTER " with an amazing bunch of people. As winter turned to spring we explored, wrote about, and considered many themes together  : dawn and dusk, fools and tricksters, luck and superstition, the moon and the stars, maps and murmurations. Our last session was inspired by the literary Salons and Hellfire Clubs of the 16th and 17th centuries. Each member of The Scriptorium received a box of curious items and ephemera, a "wunderkammer-through-the-post", and we wrote inspired by the objects contained within. 

In this audio piece created and recorded on the night, we answered the question "why do we write?". 

We hope you enjoy it 

Many thanks to Debra McGee and Revelation Ashford who made The Scriptorium possible. 

If you would be interested in future creative writing courses, please get in touch by email bernadette@thewhiterabbit.org.uk

More soon 

Love Bernadette

 

WHEEL OF THE YEAR- Spring Equinox

Hi all ! I committed to writing  a new short story for each of the festivals in the pagan calendar- to be fair this one is "upcycled" from an older story I performed at the Royal Albert Hall for For Books Sake a few years back. I'm trying to be braver about things not being perfect and just do it in the time I have available which often isn't much! It's a feminist fairytale for the 21st century- for the Spring Equinox. Hope you like it!

Love Bernadette 

Losing My Religion by Bernadette Russell

ADULT CONTENT!

We recorded a number of tracks at the BBC with brilliant producer Jon Ward . These stories were all written in response to the themes of our short story telling salon "Are You Sitting Comfortably?" which ran monthly from 2008-2018 at Arts Admin (LONDON UK) and The Basement (BRIGHTON UK)

The show  was " a monthly immersive live lit cabaret in the style of an 18thcentury Salon, as if transported to a 1930s teashop/haunted toyshop. Focusing on a different theme every month, the show featured original short stories read aloud by professional performers, with magical visuals, games, chip butties, homemade cupcakes, cocktails in teapots, and surprise guests. “Are You Sitting Comfortably?” featured the work of over 700 new and established writers. The show was partnered by digital publishers Ether Books. It evolved with the invaluable contribution of the brilliant Paschale Straiton and Jules Craig. " 

This last story in the series was recored live at one of our events 

Enjoy! 

Wooden Heart by Bernadette Russell

ADULT CONTENT!

We recorded a number of tracks at the BBC with brilliant producer Jon Ward . These stories were all written in response to the themes of our short story telling salon "Are You Sitting Comfortably?" which ran monthly from 2008-2018 at Arts Admin (LONDON UK) and The Basement (BRIGHTON UK)

The show  was " a monthly immersive live lit cabaret in the style of an 18thcentury Salon, as if transported to a 1930s teashop/haunted toyshop. Focusing on a different theme every month, the show featured original short stories read aloud by professional performers, with magical visuals, games, chip butties, homemade cupcakes, cocktails in teapots, and surprise guests. “Are You Sitting Comfortably?” featured the work of over 700 new and established writers. The show was partnered by digital publishers Ether Books. It evolved with the invaluable contribution of the brilliant Paschale Straiton and Jules Craig. " 

Enjoy! 

The Cuts by Gareth Brierley

ADULT CONTENT!

We recorded a number of tracks at the BBC with brilliant producer Jon Ward . These stories were all written in response to the themes of our short story telling salon "Are You Sitting Comfortably?" which ran monthly from 2008-2018 at Arts Admin (LONDON UK) and The Basement (BRIGHTON UK)

The show  was " a monthly immersive live lit cabaret in the style of an 18thcentury Salon, as if transported to a 1930s teashop/haunted toyshop. Focusing on a different theme every month, the show featured original short stories read aloud by professional performers, with magical visuals, games, chip butties, homemade cupcakes, cocktails in teapots, and surprise guests. “Are You Sitting Comfortably?” featured the work of over 700 new and established writers. The show was partnered by digital publishers Ether Books. It evolved with the invaluable contribution of the brilliant Paschale Straiton and Jules Craig. " 

Enjoy! 

Starstuff by Bernadette Russell

ADULT CONTENT!

We recorded a number of tracks at the BBC with brilliant producer Jon Ward . These stories were all written in response to the themes of our short story telling salon "Are You Sitting Comfortably?" which ran monthly from 2008-2018 at Arts Admin (LONDON UK) and The Basement (BRIGHTON UK)

The show  was " a monthly immersive live lit cabaret in the style of an 18thcentury Salon, as if transported to a 1930s teashop/haunted toyshop. Focusing on a different theme every month, the show featured original short stories read aloud by professional performers, with magical visuals, games, chip butties, homemade cupcakes, cocktails in teapots, and surprise guests. “Are You Sitting Comfortably?” featured the work of over 700 new and established writers. The show was partnered by digital publishers Ether Books. It evolved with the invaluable contribution of the brilliant Paschale Straiton and Jules Craig. " 

Enjoy! 

The Thing That I Do by Gareth Brierley

ADULT CONTENT!

We recorded a number of tracks at the BBC with brilliant producer Jon Ward . These stories were all written in response to the themes of our short story telling salon "Are You Sitting Comfortably?" which ran monthly from 2008-2018 at Arts Admin (LONDON UK) and The Basement (BRIGHTON UK)

The show  was " a monthly immersive live lit cabaret in the style of an 18thcentury Salon, as if transported to a 1930s teashop/haunted toyshop. Focusing on a different theme every month, the show featured original short stories read aloud by professional performers, with magical visuals, games, chip butties, homemade cupcakes, cocktails in teapots, and surprise guests. “Are You Sitting Comfortably?” featured the work of over 700 new and established writers. The show was partnered by digital publishers Ether Books. It evolved with the invaluable contribution of the brilliant Paschale Straiton and Jules Craig. " 

Enjoy! 

Piece of Cake by Bernadette Russell

ADULT CONTENT!

We recorded a number of tracks at the BBC with brilliant producer Jon Ward . These stories were all written in response to the themes of our short story telling salon "Are You Sitting Comfortably?" which ran monthly from 2008-2018 at Arts Admin (LONDON UK) and The Basement (BRIGHTON UK)

The show  was " a monthly immersive live lit cabaret in the style of an 18thcentury Salon, as if transported to a 1930s teashop/haunted toyshop. Focusing on a different theme every month, the show featured original short stories read aloud by professional performers, with magical visuals, games, chip butties, homemade cupcakes, cocktails in teapots, and surprise guests. “Are You Sitting Comfortably?” featured the work of over 700 new and established writers. The show was partnered by digital publishers Ether Books. It evolved with the invaluable contribution of the brilliant Paschale Straiton and Jules Craig. " 

Enjoy! 

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