“Tree of Light” at Lighthouse Poole

White Rabbit’s Bernadette Russell is telling her story The Tree of Light at a Wintertime Event at the Lighthouse Poole on Sunday 27th November. It’s a folktale for the 21st century, a reminder of the power of hope and love in troubled times.

“A very long time ago, this land was all forest. At the heart of the forest was a very special tree, that everyone spoke of, but only a few had seen: the Tree of Light. It is said that this tree is the keeper of all our hopes and dreams… it is said that in the darkest hours of night as we lay dreaming, something magical happened…

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But this was all a long time ago. The forest is no longer here. The forest  is only a distant memory to the eldest citizens, the forest’s whose whispering trees can still be heard. Where there were trees, there are roads, houses, shops…so what becomes of our hopes and dreams now? And what happened to the Tree of Light?”

Come and find out, and listen to this magical mid winter story, full of forest creatures familiar and unfamiliar, night time adventures and poetry. Plus you will be invited to add your own stars to the Tree of Light, and the opportunity to have your wishes come true.

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FREE and suitable for all ages. Please go here for times and information

 

WILD- stories and craft for families

Bernadette Russell of White Rabbit has written some new stories about animals for family audiences especially for Farmopolis- come and find out all about the creatures that live with us in London and make something to wear to the Animal Ball. You will hear about how squirrels can time travel and why rats live mostly underground, plus you’ll hear a song from the pigeon choir and learn to dance the Fox Trot.
White Rabbit have created work for National Theatre, LIFT Festival, Birmingham Rep and the Southbank Centre amongst others. Bernadette’s books “Do Nice Be Kind Spread Happy” and “Be The Change” are published by Quarto

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The event is on 24th September 12-1.30pm and tickets can be bought here 

Do Nice, Be Kind, Spread Happy

This Saturday 11th July 3pm-4.30pm White Rabbit‘s Bernadette Russell will be telling stories of kindness and encouraging mischievous acts of kindness in Deptford Lounge as part of NOW Live Events Mindfulness Festival. Come along and find out how the Stinkeroos learnt the error of their ways, and start your own kindness story in the library…

For kids ( 7+ best but any age is cool) and their families

To book tickets please go here 

The even will take place at Deptford Lounge, 9 Giffin Street, London SE8

Kindness can change the world! (definitely)

Kindness can change the world! (definitely)

White Rabbit’s new family show at Knole

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We’re delighted to be creating a new family story telling show at beautiful Knole House in Sevenoaks, Kent,TN15 0RP – home to the Sackville- Wests, and surrounded by wildlife and ancient parkland.

As well as our new stories, you get hot chocolate and a crafting workshop suitable for all the family.

Show dates: 20th and 21st December 2014

Times: 11am-12 midday, 12.30- 131.30, 13.30-14.30

Tickets: £10 (Children £10; family ticket £35) / 01732 462100

“Imagine a winter so harsh that the animals who live in Knole’s ancient parkland are invited into the house at Christmas time. Snow leopards, deer, foxes and many more share their stories with the family in this magical Christmas tale told by Bernadette Russell and Gareth Brierley”

to find out more about us, visit https://shortstops.info/white-rabbit-live/

or www.thewhiterabbit.org.uk

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February Round-Up II

Hello story lovers,
As February continues wetter and windier, here are some glimmers of light as we strain towards spring…!

Lit Mags, Competitions and Workshops
We welcome a new lit mag to the list, Valve, an annual journal dedicated to “the very best new experimental literature”.  We have ShortStops’ first lit mag review – Rosalind Minette gives us her impression of The Grind Issue #1! (If you fancy reviewing a lit mag, drop me a line).

Talking of reviews, Bare Fiction is looking for contributors to its Features and Reviews section. It’s last Call for submissions to Tube-Flash – you have until Feb 28th! The Siren journal is calling for submissions for its first short story anthology.

brand new issue of Flash magazine, issue 6.2, has arrived, with new short short stories, reviews and a flash essay. And the February edition of Long Story, Short is ‘Hand Me Downs’ by Kelly Creighton – read an excerpt.

Brittle Star magazine is holding an Open Writing Competition, judged by the excellent David Constantine, deadline March 12th, and The Edge Hill Prize for published short story collections is now accepting entries, until the first week of March. Short Fiction’s 2014 short story prize is still open for entries, deadline March 31st, and you have until June 30th to submit to the Moth International Short Story Prize.

Live Lit & Short Story Events
For small short story fans, White Rabbit is presenting its new storytelling show for children, The Secret Garden, at the South Bank in London Feb 21- 32rd. White Rabbit is back on Feb 28th with Are You Sitting Comfortably? Science Fiction (for grown-ups!) in London.

On March 1st Myths of the Near Future will be holding a launch event for Issue 5: The Revolution Issue in Worcester.  The next Hubbub is on March 10th in London and features Zoe Pilger and Liane Strauss. Telltales wants your submissions by March 17th on the theme of ‘Unhinged’ to be read at their next event in Falmouth on March 25th.

You missed Open Pen’s launch event on Feb 13th – keep an eye out for the next one! But don’t miss In Praise Of Short Stories at the Daunt Books Festival on March 27th in London, where KJ Orr will be talking to AL Kennedy, David Constantine and Helen Simpson.

Last Minutes & Gentle Reminders
The National Flash Fiction Youth competition is open for entries til Feb 21st.  Smoke, the London Peculiar, is calling for submissions until end February for their London water-themed short story anthology, Smoke on the Water. Riptide Journal is open for submissions for Volume 10, on the theme of ‘Imaging the Suburbs’, deadline March 1. Also open til March 1st are submissions to Neon Magazine of tiny fictions for a new project, Battery Pack.

Writing, Publishing & Workshops
The creators of On The Same Page have launched a crowdfunding campaign to finish development of the app which will allow you to publish your own creative work as an app. And check out the Writers’ Centre Norwich’s upcoming short story workshops.

Roll on spring!