Together with local author Kate Kelly and publisher Julie Musk, I was delighted to be a judge at the second Bridport Story Slam on 18 October. The event was held at the Beach and Barnicott where the front bar was given over to seating and a stage. Organised by Frances Colville (with the help of Kathy Hallsworth, and drawing on the experience of Jennifer Bell) the story slam offered ten writers the opportunity to share their work. Each story was read within a five-minute time frame to a large audience of friends and supporters. Annie Freud acted as compere.
The stories included complex issues such as loss of hearing and vision, transgender, straight and gay relationships, there were some challenging and intriguing settings and a story with murderous intent. Much discussion amongst the judges resulted in the following winners:
First place, Denial by Gill Smith: a hugely enjoyable story about Hilda, who suffers from hearing loss which gets her into all sorts of difficult situations. A beautifully crafted story with a satisfying ending.
Second place went to Ged Duncan for his intriguing story, with strong imagery and an unusual setting.
Third place, Unravelling, by Maya Pieris: an intense story with a sinister twist.
Very well done to all the contributors. Each story had a unique element and some were very professionally delivered, in some cases adding to the humour.
Have you ever entered a story slam?