Lancaster locals share inspiring life stories

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Lovers of the spoken word are being encouraged to share their stories of being young at heart, as the successful ‘Stories at the Storey’ series turns to the theme of the inner child.

This third event in the popular series invites all those passionate about storytelling to tell their own tale of taming, indulging or listening to their inner child.

The series was launched last year to showcase the power of storytelling and has been met with huge popularity, with both previous events being sell-out successes.

Organised by Dr Naomi Kruger and Yvonne Battle-Felton, a postgraduate studying English and Creative Writing at Lancaster University, the evening features an open-mic format, where people with a true story to recount are encouraged to do so in front of an appreciative audience.

Yvonne said: “We have been thrilled with the response to the two events that we have already held, with demand for tickets far outstripping what we had envisioned.

“Following our previous events, that fittingly for each followed the themes of ‘Launch’ and ‘Resolutions’, we are asking this time for anyone with a compelling, non-fiction account relating to their inner child to come along to perform it.

“Inner child covers a wide spectrum of thoughts and emotions. Sometimes we may clash with our inner child, controlling or taming them. While at other times, we indulge and revel in these childish compulsions. Occasionally, it is a voice of reason that we would do well not to ignore, however old we might get.

“All of these make the perfect basis for dramatic and creative stories. We really are excited to find out what tales we will be regaled with this time around.”

Dr Kruger added: “Our last event took on the theme of ‘Resolutions’ and provided us with some fantastic and unique takes on the theme, such as the fear of New Year’s Eve passing by as other people enjoy it more than we do and exploring the world of dating following a middle-aged divorce. The stories were really unique and it has been great to hear tales that maybe would never have seen the light of day given a platform.”

Stories at the Storey: Inner Child will take place at 7pm on Thursday, February 26, at the Storey, Meeting House Lane, Lancaster.

The evening is open to everyone. The only qualification is that your yarn must be a creative, non-fiction, dramatic re-telling of a first-person event.

For more information, or for a 3-5 minute slot, please email storiesatthestorey@gmail.com.

The event is sponsored by Lancaster University’s Graduate College. All postgraduate students are members of Lancaster University’s Graduate College community whether they live on or off campus.

The College is represented by students from all over the world, creating a unique opportunity to mix with and learn about other cultures. It offers all postgraduate students a relaxed and quiet environment with the support and facilities they need to concentrate on their work.