16 episodes

A school for sharing ideas and inspiration around good storytelling.

“What makes a good story?”, “What excites us most about stories?”, “How can we be better at engaging with this fragile and robust art form?”

Each week Phoebe McIndoe and Redzi Bernard speak with a well-known storyteller to receive their golden insights and advice.

Like all good schools, at the end of each episode there will be homework; a unique storytelling challenge for you to join in.

Telling Stories Phoebe McIndoe

    • Arts
    • 5.0 • 4 Ratings

A school for sharing ideas and inspiration around good storytelling.

“What makes a good story?”, “What excites us most about stories?”, “How can we be better at engaging with this fragile and robust art form?”

Each week Phoebe McIndoe and Redzi Bernard speak with a well-known storyteller to receive their golden insights and advice.

Like all good schools, at the end of each episode there will be homework; a unique storytelling challenge for you to join in.

    #15 Kalli Anderson | Kaija Siirala

    #15 Kalli Anderson | Kaija Siirala

    The first piece I came across by Kalli and Kaija was Night Swimmer, which follows Marilyn Korzekwa, a 61-year-old swimmer, as she attempts to be the first person to cross Lake Superior, from Michigan, USA to Ontario, Canada. The way Kalli and Kaija think about place and tension within their work is mesmerising; they are constantly questioning how to elevate the experience of non-living beings and how to navigate our relationship with the world around us through storytelling. In this interview you’ll learn about narrative structure and how Kalli and Kaija make collaboration work for them. This piece also features an audio challenge from the wonderful maker T.H. Ponders. Enjoy! 

    • 26 min
    #14 Jessie Lawson

    #14 Jessie Lawson

    I have been following Jess’s work ever since I heard Bats in the Attic on BBC Shortcuts. Jess so artfully integrates two weaving strands of a story together to create a 7-minute piece which is moving, poetic and challenging. The way Jess deals with grief - with curiosity and even humour - is so powerful. We spoke to Jess about Bats in the Attic and her programme Unchained which explores the impact of short term prison sentences on women's lives. You can listen to the episode here.

    If you want to think more deeply about some of the ideas presented in this episode, Jess has offered these links as a place to start: 

    https://www.womeninprison.org.uk/campaigns/our-campaigns

    https://abolitionistfutures.com/

    https://jessielawson.org/2019/09/01/we-are-incredible-producer/

    https://www.instagram.com/lady_unchained/

    https://twitter.com/paula_harriott

    https://twitter.com/AmandaJHailes

    • 30 min
    #13 Ariel Mejia

    #13 Ariel Mejia

    Ariel is one of those makers...you’ll be listening to her work and suddenly a line in the writing will pull you out of your mind and into your body. I experienced this while listening to Ari's piece Chasing Purple. In this episode we explore sound design, bending time and D.I.Y identities . You can listen to the episode here.

    • 32 min
    #12 Zak Rosen

    #12 Zak Rosen

    Zak is a builder of fake cities and real dreams, using the power of storytelling to re-imagine what our world might look like. I was drawn to Zak’s idea of life and stories as works in progress. He’s also not afraid to let his uncertainty permeate the stories he’s telling. I hope you enjoy the episode and have time to explore Zak’s podcast Pregnant Pause for a beautiful insight into his decision with his wife, Shira, over whether or not to have a baby.

    • 30 min
    #11 Sarah Cuddon

    #11 Sarah Cuddon

    Redzi and I first discovered Sarah after listening to The wind phone for Heart and Soul which explores the beauty and rituals around grief. Sarah explores big ideas of loss in unusual ways in both The wind phone and another piece, The paddle out, which she also made for the BBC World Service. No matter how unfamiliar the ground appears at first, Sarah offers us the space to connect and exercise our own imagination within her stories. In this episode we talked about inviting magic into our work and the power of cross-fades.

    • 31 min
    #10 Courtney Yusuf

    #10 Courtney Yusuf

    Courtney is part of the team that bring you Today In Focus at The Guardian. He also produces The Wine-Dark Sea for Noods Radio, a sonic cruise around the Mediterranean where each episode explores a different musical genre and the world from which it came. Courtney is someone who thinks deeply about place - and what it means to really take a listener somewhere. We wanted to get to the bottom of how you can help the listener arrive at the authentic truth of a place. While, Courtney says, there is no real authentic truth, we can work to understand a story (and a place) by speaking to different people who share an authentic investment in it and by listening closely to the details they pick-up on. 

    Content Warning: This episode contains reference to torture and violence against women. 

    • 34 min

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