So we’ve told you about the opening event – the Firestation Book Swap on tour – how about we jump to the end and tell you what will be closing the Festival?
If you’ve ever felt a bit jealous that storytelling is reserved for kids, Tall Tales is for you. Every two months (and once, last November, in Peckham), the Good Ship in Kilburn is packed out by grown-ups to have stories told and songs sung to them. But unlike kids’ stories, these aren’t about fluffy mice who learn important life lessons about getting on with people. These are stories by authors and comedy writers and will likely make you choke on your drink with laughter. And if animals are mentioned, they’ll probably be mentioned by Toby Davies and the animals will probably be dead.
Tall Tales is put together and hosted by Robert Hudson, author of The Kilburn Social Club and the book of Damsel in Distress, a Gershwin musical due to produced next year. With (Firestation Book Swap host) Marie Phillips, he also writes Warhorses of Letters, on Radio 4 this autumn and will star Daniel Rigby and Stephen bloody Fry. Other members of the Tall Tales gang – stay tuned to find out exactly who will be making the trip to Lewisham – include:
- John Finnemore, comedy writer. You may have heard him on Radio 4 in The Now Show or his sitcom Cabin Pressure – or his brand new sketch show which starts on Radio 4 this Sunday, some bits of which were developed at Tall Tales
- Emma Beddington, perhaps better known to the internet as Belgian Waffling
- the aforementioned Toby Davies, writer and performer on Mitchell and Webb and I’m Sorry I’ve Got No Head
- Hannah Jones, also perhaps better known to the internet as Why Miss Jones
- Ian Leslie, whose Tall Tales strand Before They Were Famous has just been commissioned for Radio 4
- Benet Brandreth, whose show The Brandreth Papers will be at Edinburgh this year
- Susannah Pearse, writer and singer of fantastic songs
- Marie Phillips, author of Gods Behaving Badly, who will already have delighted you at the Firestation Book Swap and we’ll be pushing it to get her again, frankly
We’re really looking forward to this, it will be a cracking way to end the Festival and your week.
Edit: final line-up is John Finnemore, Helen Arney, Mike Westcott, Hannah Jones, Toby Davies, Ian Leslie and Susannah Pearse – the fun starts 7.30pm on Friday 16th September at St Swithun’s, see the events page for more details or book online.