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Celebrate World Storytelling Day by hearing City Lit writers share their work

Story added 20th Mar 2017

Held every year on the spring equinox, World Storytelling Day is a global celebration of the art of oral storytelling. Long before the invention of the written word, storytellers were passing on traditional tales by performing to a live audience. The art continues to thrive in London today: performance poetry, theatre and stand-up comedy are all forms of oral storytelling that continue to create powerful connections with modern audiences.

To celebrate World Storytelling Day, check out these clips of City Lit students and tutors performing their work at the live fiction events hosted by Liars' League. If you're interested in hearing City Lit students perform their creative writing, we've also provided details of upcoming events below - plus courses where you can hone the art of reading to an audience.

Gloria Sanders reads 'The Coat' by City Lit student Sarah Courtauld

Jim Cogan reads 'The Gift' by City Lit student Michael Mann

Tony Bell reads 'Gone Away Boy' by City Lit tutor Courttia Newland

City Lit Talks Back

Join us on Friday 31 March at our monthly performance night for City Lit writers. Our fantastic line-up will perform an eclectic mix of poetry, prose, comedy and drama. City Lit Talks Back is held at Waterstones, Tottenham Court Road, and will be hosted by Conor Montague, co-ordinator for creative writing at City Lit.

The show begins at 19:00. All are welcome. Admission is free and there is no need to book. Full bar facilities are available. For more details or if you'd like to share your work, visit www.citylit.ac.uk/citylittalksback.

Share your work and hear students read at City Lit

Join us next week on Thursday 11 May from 6pm to 7pm for a special creative writing event in the Student Centre. Creative writing students will come together to perform their own original work. All are welcome to attend and enjoy an eclectic mixture of stories and poems. Stay for the full hour, or drop in and out as you please.

Find us in the Student Centre and Library on the Mezzanine at City Lit (more details).

If you’re attending a creative writing course and would like to read your work on Thursday, we’d be delighted to include you in the line-up. Please register your interest in advance by contacting writing@citylit.ac.uk. Or get in touch to talk about reading at future events.

Upcoming courses

Writing and performance
Course Dates: 04/05/17 - 13/07/17  
Time: 10:15 - 12:15  
This course is for you if you are interested in writing for performance, developing and understanding your voice as a creative writer and performer. You’ll learn and develop essential skills and create new pieces of work. More details >

Gentle art of reading aloud
Course Dates: 26/04/17 - 31/05/17  
Time: 10:00 - 12:00  
Experience the joy and excitement of reading aloud and discover hidden vocal talents. Explore the rich world of the spoken word using the very best in literature, from Shakespeare to the present. More details >

Stand up comedy: beginners
Course Dates: 24/04/17 - 17/07/17  
Time: 17:45 - 19:15  
Explore the main skills you need to write and perform stand-up comedy. For anyone who has ever made their friends laugh. More details >

A pilgrimage through Chaucer's Canterbury Tales
Course Dates: 02/04/17  
Time: 10:30 - 16:30
Chaucer wrote his poetry to be performed at court in front of a live audience. Explore themes that run through the Tales: corruption, religion, gender, and status in medieval society. More details > 

>> Find out more about World Storytelling Day.

>> Find out more about Liars' League.

>> Find out more about creative writing at City Lit.

>> Stay in touch with the creative writing department on Facebook and Twitter.