Welcome to StoryBank. A few years ago Comma committed itself to a mission to make as much of its commissioned fiction available, digitally, in spoken word form, and where possible to make it available free. Insitially we did this simply, by mp3 recordings of events online on our website. Below is a snapshot of what we archived up until around 2008. This was always a pilot project, and the intention was to eventually improve the quality of the recordings, commission actors, and to explore the digital, interactivity potential of the work we publish.
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1. David Constantine reading 'The Loss' from Under the Dam.
2. Chris Killen reading 'Blue + Yellow' from Brace.
3. Jane Rogers reading 'Conception' from Ellipsis 2.
4. Zoe Lambert reading 'That Quiet Longing' from Ellipsis 2.
5. Rob Shearman reading 'So Proud' from Tiny Deaths.
TOP FIVE POEMS:
1. Chris Woods reading Video Kid
2. Ed Barton reading Square Pears, Rare Bears
3. Chris Woods reading The Library
4. Helen Clare reading I Have Become a Stranger to My House
5. Gaia Holmes reading Claustrophobia
NEW TO STORYBANK:
David Constantine reads 'Beginning' from THE SHIELING.
Rob Shearman reads 'So Proud' from TINY DEATHS.
Adam Marek reads 'The 40 Litre Monkey' from INSTRUCTION MANUAL FOR SWALLOWING.
Adam Marek reads 'Testicular Cancer vs the Behemoth' from INSTRUCTION MANUAL FOR SWALLOWING.
David Constantine reads 'The Loss' from UNDER THE DAM.
David Constantine reads 'Visiting' from UNDER THE DAM.
READING THE CITY:
Dinesh Allirajah reads an extract from 'A Different Sky' from THE BOOK OF LIVERPOOL.
Tracy Aston reads 'Wide-Eyed' from THE BOOK OF LIVERPOOL.
Ramsey Campbell reads an extract from 'Mackintosh Willy' from THE BOOK OF LIVERPOOL.
Martyn Bedford introduces and reads the opening passage of 'Letters Home' from THE BOOK OF LEEDS.
Jeremy Dyson introduces and reads the opening passage of 'Michael' from THE BOOK OF LEEDS.
Shamshad Khan reads 'Market Forces' from THE BOOK OF LEEDS.
Larissa Boehning reads an excerpt from 'Something from Nothing' from DECAPOLIS.
Amanda Michalopoulou reads an excerpt from 'The Four Hundred Pleats' in Greek from DECAPOLIS.
Margaret Murphy reads 'False Light' from Liverpool Stories 1.
Jane Rogers reads 'Conception'.
Zoe Lambert reads 'The Breakfast She Had'.
Zoe Lambert reads 'That Quiet Longing'.
Jane Rogers reads 'Lucky' from Manchester Stories 2
Tim Cooke reads 'Transparency' from Ellipsis 1.
Zoe Lambert reads 'Ramshackle' from Bracket.
Emma Unsworth reads 'Saturday Mary' from PHOBIC.
Nicholas Royle reads 'Salt', previously unpublished (by permission of the author).
Conrad Williams reads an excerpt from 'A Nest of Salt' from Use Once Then Destroy (by permission of the author).
Martyn Bedford reads an from 'A Missing Person's Enquiry' from M.O.
Karline Smith reads an extract from 'Dirty Evil Greed' from M.O..
Martin Edwards reads 'Bedside Manners' from M.O.
Christine Poulson reads 'Don't You Hate Havng Two Heads'.
Guy Ware reads an extract from 'Witness Protection' from BRACE.
Chris Killen reads 'Blue + Yellow' from BRACE.
Annie Clarkson reads 'Lindy' from BRACE.
Anna Ball reads 'The Art of Gutting a Fish' from Parenthesis.
Alistair Herbert reads 'Road' from Parenthesis.
L.E. Yates reads from 'Lucky and Unlucky' from Parenthesis.
Graham English reads an extract from 'The Rats' from Parenthesis.
Gabriella Reed reads 'Heisenberg's Uncertainty' from Parenthesis.
Alice Kuipers reads 'The Wife and the Waitress' from Parenthesis.
C D Rose reads 'Violins and Pianos' from Parenthesis.
Dinesh Allirajah reads 'Dirty Feet on the Saint' (A Manner of Speaking, Spike).
Emma Unsworth reads 'Doppelganger' from Comma.
Patrick Belshaw reads 'The Last Dance', the sequel to 'The Disfigurement' from Bracket.
Penny Feeny reads 'Falling out of the Sky' from Bracket
Linda Chase reads 'Fifty Fifty' from Manchester Stories 5
Ian McMillan reads 'A Four Star Novel' from Hyphen
Helen Clare reads 'Six Departures' from Hyphen. Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6.
Charlotte Allan reads from 'The Disappearance of Mrs Armstrong' from Liverpool Stories 1.
Andy Murray reads from 'One Down' from Manchester Stories 7.
Rory Miller reads an extract from 'The Last Day' from Bracket
Chris Woods reads the following poems from his forthcoming collection 'Dangerous Driving'.
Gaia Holmes reads the following poems from her collection 'Dr James Graham's Celestial Bed'.
Exposure, Lecture Notes,
Living with a Poet,
Living with a Genius,
Desert Island Disks,
Ed Barton reads the following poem from his collection 'Bad Leg'.
Square Pears, Rare Bears,
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