Are You Sitting Comfortably - Episode 1

Welcome to our short story podcast series "Are You Sitting Comfortably?"

Between 2008 and 2018 we at White Rabbit produced, hosted, performed and wrote for our monthly sellout live literature salon "ARE YOU SITTING COMFORTABLY?". We showcased  over 1000 writers work as well as our own, and were resident at Arts Admin (Toynbee Studios in East London) , and at The Basement in Brighton. During that time we also created one off live lit salons for other venues including the National Theatre, Thames Festival, Islington WORD Festival, the Queen's Jubilee celebrations  and Winchester Discover Centre.  

In this podcast we will feature two new stories a week from two of the co-founders of ARE YOU SITTING COMFORTABLY? Bernadette Russell and Gareth Brierley. 

Episode 1:

THE ALLOTMENT written and read by Gareth Brierley

THE HANGMAN MEETS DEATH written and read by Bernadette Russell. We hope you enjoy them. Please leave a comment, plus subscribe and like.

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Please note that this podcast is suitable for  ADULTS ONLY 

Music © Cotton Dreams by Elm Lake. 

Artwork © by Sadie Cook

Stories Produced by Jon Ward. 



How To Be Hopeful- Season One Episode One Remembered When We Cheered and Why

Hello and welcome to my new podcast series. How To Be Hopeful is a non fiction podcast about why hope is important, and how to find and nurture hope particularly in difficult times. Its about finding hope for ourselves, our communities and the world, and about exploring all the ways we can do this.

This first episode was recorded in Deptford, SE London, during the COVID 19 lock down and contains interviews with my sister and brother in law who are both nurses in the NHS.

It's about how appreciation and gratitude can make us feel happier. It's about making sure we hold on to what we gained and learned from this experience, and about the opportunity we have to create a better world once it is over. 

My book "How To Be Hopeful" published by Elliot and Thompson is due out September 2020. This podcast series is a chance for me to chat again to some of the people who I interviewed for the book, as well as some people who I didn't have the chance to. I hope you enjoy it. 

More soon!

Love Bernadette


WONDER episode 1- original short stories read aloud from Revelation Ashford

We have been working with the lovely team at Revelation Ashford over the last few months to create a little bit of wonder..... since we won't able to do a live show until later in the year, we're sharing a taste of what we've been up to online to keep you entertained at home.

Make yourself a cuppa or something stronger and join us in Wonderland!  We've created a series of short story podcasts to help us all get through these strange days.  Featuring the work of local writers and read aloud by the team at White Rabbit, here for your listening pleasure.

There are four podcasts in the series that will be broadcast here on the first of each month, you'll also be able to search for them on iTunes and Youtube.  We'll send you a reminder each month, and you can follow us here to ensure you don't miss any 

This first one was recorded during lock down in Deptford on 25th March 2020.

WONDER Episode One

Track one: Sea of Wonder by Ranna Sillard

Story one: The Old Shooting Gallery written by Ian M Macdonald. Read by Gareth Brierley

Track two: Life of Wonder by David Celeste

Story two: Froth Atop A Latte written by Deborah Gasking. Read by Bernadette Russell

Track three: The Golden Age of Wonder by Briar Edwards


Coming up:  

1 MAY:

"Roger" by  Malcom Dixon
"Granny Takes A Trip" By Bella Basura


"Wonder Man" by Zac Thraves
"Wonder"  by Fiona O'Brien


"The Women On The Bus" by Jo Tandy
"OK, Daddy-long-legs and the Infinite Web" by Niamh Bagnell
"Heaven Sent" by Sue McGonigal NO! Susan Hndley??

This new work has been made possible thanks to the funding partners of Revelation which are: Ashford Borough Council, Arts Council England, Kent County Council and The Godinton Trust.

Mudlarks and Magicians by Bernadette Russell

A short story suitable for all ages, inspired by conversations I had whilst wandering about in Sidcup, as part of my 2020 Writer-in-residence post for Bexley Book Buzz. 

Music: "The Storyteller"  ©Kikora

The music box was found on the banks of the thames.

Bernadette Russell

Winter Solstice 2019- Talliston Dreams Podcast

Winter Solstice 2019- Talliston Dreaming

A podcast of writing inspired by Talliston House and Gardens for this Winter Solstice 2019. All the pieces are  loosely inspired by the theme of dreams. Partly recorded at Talliston October 2018- October 2019, during my residency. The writers circle met four times during the year, during which we drank strange mushroom teas, rhubarb gin, concocted charms and tried out spells, shared dreams and allows ourselves to be enchanted by the rich magic of Talliston.  To find out more about Talliston and The Strangers Guide to Talliston, the beautiful book inspired by it and written by John Tarrow, go here: https://www.talliston.com

Intro by me,  Bernadette Russell

Track: A Strange Dream by V.V. Campos

1.Story:”Dreaming in the House of Secrets” by Sarah Wragg

Track: Through Dark Gardens by Arthur Benson

2.Story: “The Office of Dreams” by Jools Abrams

Track: Water Ripples by Rachel Meyer

3. Extract from the novel “And Breathe” by Emma Vandore

Track: Dreaming of Tomorrow by Francis Wells

4.Story: “The Birds are Calling” by Sara Boreham

Track: Reaching for Dreams by Spirit of Our Dreams

5.Story: Extract from the novel “The Boy Who Stole Time” by Mark Bowsher

Track: Forest of Lost Souls by Mandala Dreams

6. Story: “Forest” by Bernadette Russell

Track: Winter Solstice by Gavin Luke

7. Story: "The Dreamer of Ants” by John Tarrow

Track: Music Box by Bernadette Russell


Dan Thompson “Your England” interview

A chat with poet and artist Dan Thompson at the opening of his first solo show "Your England"- about englishness, hope and the sea, amongst other things. 

Rabbit Rabbit: a chatty podcast about the Edinburgh Festival 2018

A  podcast with a selection of interviews from my very brief visit to 2018's Edinburgh Festival, featuring Jules Craig (of Sisterhood) , Gareth Brierley and Fiona Creese (of People Show), some actors from Durham University, and festival veterans Mark and Anthea. 




Live performance : Sign of the Times for Troublemakers Festival Swansea 2017

Bernadette Russell and Rob Kennedy were invited to be part of Volcano Theatre's Troublemaker's Festival, curated by Dan Thompson. "Sign of The Times" is a placard making immersive workshop, followed by a march and a rally which included these local performers reading a list of wants.

Images of this project in Swansea can be found here 

Recorded and edited by Rob Kennedy.

Troublemakers Festival was 14-18 July 2017.

Live Performance: Sign of The Times , Two Degrees Festival, Arts Admin at Toynbee Studio 2017

Two days after the 2017 U.K general election, we asked people to tell us what they want, as part of our project "Sign of the Times"

They each listed ten things, chose their favourite, then made  a placard of that one. The placards and lists went on public display at Toynbee Studios in Shoreditch. This podcast include every single "want" written down that day. To see more images of the results, go here

Live performance: Santa’s Sci Fi Salon- An intergenerational cabaret with science! 2016

A mini podcast presented by Bernadette Russell, following the live show at Deptford Lounge on 3rd December 2016. This podcast features:

This is not a place of honour (short story) by Hector Dyer


Dark Dark Space (song) by Ben Griffith feat. Clembo 


The orginal live show featured Bernadette Russell (host and curator), Dr Galliano (physicist), Bentley Crudgington (biologist) Mariposa Bop (burlesque performance artist) the poets of Meet Me at The Albany (working with Simon Mole and Trica Jenkins) Midi Music Creative Choir, George of Bermondsey (AKA Cunning Folk, folk musician) and Nancy Hynes (poet). Santa's Sci Fi Salon was a variety night looking at the possibilities of a positive future, with space dust and those spaceship shaped sweets that are full of sherbet. It was fun.

For images of the live show please go here