Lost Enyd Blighton (not Enid Blyton) Book Rediscovered

John Dredge | Posted 12.08.2015 | UK Comedy
John Dredge

A book that was previously thought to be lost by Enyd Blighton (not Enid Blyton) has recently been rediscovered, thanks to its recent rediscovery. A ...

A Children's Food Fight and the Edinburgh Fringe

Jackie Kemp | Posted 05.08.2015 | UK Parents
Jackie Kemp

Food is not just a real and necessary part of life; it also carries meaning. Eating together is a powerful thing. Recognising the rich symbolic, emotional, poetic resonance of food is important to children as well as adults.

My Bad Tips and Good Tips for Successful Story Writing

Helen Lederer | Posted 13.07.2015 | UK Entertainment
Helen Lederer

Your therapist is in a meeting. Your hypnotist has double booked her room and expects you to wait in a room full of patients seeing osteopaths and who may be moaning quietly in pain. Or staring at you. These are all bad things. BUT if you are free of the above - here are the criteria for successful story writing...

The Sad Demise of the Pub Bullsh**ter

Jak Hutchcraft | Posted 12.07.2015 | UK Comedy
Jak Hutchcraft

"Hot Chocolate is 2Pac's dad" was something that a friend told me over a pint when we were teens. As you can imagine it divided the group, some were taken aback by the revelation and others laughed and called bullsh**. I didn't fully believe it at the time but as years went by I realised that part of me never truly disbelieved.

The Stories We Tell

Grainne Gillis | Posted 20.06.2015 | UK Entertainment
Grainne Gillis

Wherever you look women's history and their stories are not given equal value. And this is easiest to see in the realm of drama and theatre, which have at their very basis the art of storytelling.

Whose Story Is It Anyhow?

Sonja Lewis | Posted 23.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Sonja Lewis

There is almost always a story to be told, whether it is a private heart-to-heart with a good friend or a public release on Facebook or the like. Make no mistake about it: the latter is not my cup of tea, or coffee for that matter, but I'm probably in the minority nowadays.

Political Storytelling and the Land of Make-Believe

Kevin J. Hunt | Posted 18.05.2015 | UK Politics
Kevin J. Hunt

Politicians talk a lot. Communicating clear ideas and workable policies to voters is key to winning an election and an inevitable part of political rhetoric relies upon telling stories. Representing a policy through a narrative description is a way of personalising an issue and perhaps helping a potential voter relate to an idea that might otherwise appear abstract.

The Storytelling Manifesto

James Whittaker | Posted 10.05.2015 | UK
James Whittaker

What if every teacher in every classroom on this planet had the oratory power of our greatest storytellers? The school day would be anticipated instead of dreaded. Society would change.

Women Are Definitely From Venus

Elaine Benton | Posted 04.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Elaine Benton

Women are used to bearing it all, talking candidly and honestly on every topic you could possibly think of. In a safe environment, we are willing and able to share our deepest thoughts and bear our soul without fear of judgement or incrimination.

Modern Dating Disaster Stories

Bytestories | Posted 23.04.2015 | UK Comedy

One balmy evening, following a jaunt to the cinema, our noble hero generously, though with intent, made offer of escorting her to her home by means of car. She gladly accepted, and the game was afoot!

Man Creates Adventure Story On Twitter

The Huffington Post UK | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 13.01.2015 | UK Tech

Remember those old multiple choice adventure books you could get? They'd usually start in a dungeon, or a castle and from there you'd go on your own u...

Authentic and Classy - Why Journalism Is the New Vinyl

Grant Feller | Posted 21.12.2014 | UK Tech
Grant Feller

A vinyl collection, according to Nick Hornby in his brilliant novel High Fidelity, is a metaphor for relationships. Filled with precious moments and a fair few forgettable ones too, to be obsessed over and treasured for their authenticity.

Should 'The X Factor' Come With a Disclaimer?

Richard Fry | Posted 19.11.2014 | UK Entertainment
Richard Fry

Britain's Got Talent and The X Factor are regularly accused of blurring the lines of reality. It's widely reported that auditioning acts are known to the production team before they take to the stage and make their all-important first impression.

Rupert Thomson Interview: 'To Write Fiction at All Is a Moral Act'

Jason Holmes | Posted 17.11.2014 | UK Entertainment
Jason Holmes

With globe-trotting having fed his muse (he has lived in Tokyo, New York, Sydney, Rome, Amsterdam and Barcelona), Thomson has now based his family in London, his intellect undimmed by what some might call the coziness of home.

Missouri, a Wake Up Call to Create a New Story

Jeremy Wickremer | Posted 23.10.2014 | UK
Jeremy Wickremer

The events in Missouri are a wake up call. The nation is not yet at peace. There is fear and conflict in our minds whose path always leads to destruction. When we transform this to peace and compassion the path leads to creativity and connection.

Big Brother - The Fame Whores, Insiders Gossip and 'Quarter-Life Crisis'

Matthew Davies | Posted 14.10.2014 | UK Entertainment
Matthew Davies

On June 5th I emerged from the Big Brother eye like a deer in the headlights, wondering what on earth I was getting myself into by entering Britain's most infamous house. With a fear of the unknown, I nervously trembled down a stage with hundreds of strangers booing me and calling me every name under the sun as I embarked on the start of the most unforgettable month of my life.

Become the Ultimate Raconteur: Storytelling With Data

Andy Cotgreave | Posted 18.08.2014 | UK Tech
Andy Cotgreave

What's the best story you've ever been told? What's the best piece of fiction you've ever read? What is it about the memories of those that have made them stick in your mind? Defining what a story is and why they have impact is very difficult. At its heart a story has characters, a narrative, tension, and a resolution. What if you could take the key aspects of storytelling and apply them to data?

The 17 Golden Rules of Blogging

Grant Feller | Posted 06.06.2014 | UK
Grant Feller

The other week I was asked to speak to a selected group of PR executives as to how I approach writing a blog and it was the first time I had attempted to put down in words, or rules, what until then had sort of come naturally...

Flying Frankfurts and General Douchebaggery at Kids Parties

Bytestories | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Comedy

There's something wonderful about children's parties. Kids are remarkably social animals and I enjoy watching them interact. I like to try and work out the little cliques that develop and determine which kid is the glue-eating misfit who was only invited because his mother does yoga with the host.

Narrative by Numbers: The Production Line of Storytelling

Mark Borkowski | Posted 12.10.2013 | UK
Mark Borkowski

I've been preaching about the power of stories for years, but it was only around the turn of this decade that it became generally a faddish topic. I was happy when it did - for too long, clients of mine had been unable to see beyond their next ad deadline.

Turning an Idea Into a Children's Story

Malcolm Cossons | Posted 18.03.2013 | UK Entertainment
Malcolm Cossons

I'm not entirely sure where the idea for my forthcoming children's book Dot to Dot came from. Sadly, there is no bolt of lightning moment that I can define as when inspiration arrived.

International Aid - It's the Wrong Frame

Jonathan Caleb-Landy | Posted 13.05.2013 | UK Politics
Jonathan Caleb-Landy

The recent furore over the British international aid budget exposes a failure by the government and aid giving agencies to communicate the good work that they undertake in the developing world.

Social Media Story

Ehsan Khodarahmi | Posted 29.01.2013 | UK Tech
Ehsan Khodarahmi

Social Media has been around forever, just in many different formats. Since biblical times we have seen examples of the "power to connect and engage" with each other, in the same way this is displayed through social media.

EP Review: Autistic Pieces - Autistic Pieces EP

Kamran Assadi | Posted 31.01.2013 | UK Entertainment
Kamran Assadi

When it comes to poetry and music combining together, it either turns out to be a great exploration resulting in a beautiful sound or just something y...

Look to the Future But Never Forget to Remember the Past

Ana Tzarev | Posted 12.01.2013 | Home
Ana Tzarev

This month, Europe remembers its fallen soldiers lost during a century and a half of terrible conflict. Not long ago, the millions who watched the remembrance ceremony at the Cenotaph in London saw for the last time veterans of the First World War, their numbers dwindling and faces receding into history