Applications open for Season Two

BookshelfWE’RE BACK for a second series of Bedtime Stories for the End of the World, this time headlined by leading UK poets Malika Booker, Andrew McMillan, Sabrina Mahfouz, Kei Miller, Helen Mort and Jack Underwood.

We are recruiting for 12 emerging poets to join these poets for series two.

Emerging artists will be commissioned to produce a 5-7 minute poem to feature on the podcast, and closely collaborate with the lead artists. The twelve selected poets will each receive a £300 fee for their work, and travel subsidy is available for writers outside of London.

Preliminary workshops take place in early June and podcasts recorded in late July. There will also be opportunities to perform your work.

If you would like to take part, visit our Apply page.

Series Two announced

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We’re delighted to announce that we are beginning a second series of Bedtime Stories for the End of the World, which will be available in autumn 2019.

Our lead poets will be Malika Booker, Andrew McMillan, Sabrina Mahfouz, Kei Miller, Helen Mort and Jack Underwood. Once again there will are offering paid commissions for 12 emerging poets to take part. Applications will open on 1 April, so check back for more information.

EPISODE SIX: THE HUMDRUM OF BONE

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Jay Bernard, Simran Uppal and Rhian Edwards dive into some of the world’s most iconic compendiums of myth: The Arthurian Legends, the Ramayana and the Mabinogion.

This week we bring you stories about the Hijra, third-gender people blessed by Rama for their loyalty and devotion. We revisit the myth of Blodeuwedd, a woman crafted from flowers to be the wife of the hero Lleu Llaw Gyffes. And we excavate a little-known myth in the Arthurian canon: Sir Morian, the Moorish son of one of the Knights of the Round Table.

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EPISODE FIVE: DINNER WITH THE ANCESTORS

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Kate Denereaz
revisits the story of Melusine: a half-woman, half-serpent hiding her curse from her human husband and their children. Leke Oso Alabi brings Menelik I into modern London, asking what the offspring the Queen of Sheba and the biblical King Solomon would make of our divided times. Rachel Long explores the uses of storytelling and survival through her own family mythology.

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EPISODE FOUR EDGELANDS

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This week we’re roaming around the borderlands, where towns and cities meet the wild. Miriam Nash pulls up a seat at the fire with the Nine Mothers of Heimdallr. Leonardo Boix leaves gifts of rum and cigars for the forest-dwelling spirit Pombero, Señor De La Noche. The story of Baucis and Philemon teaches Nick Garrard to be kind to strangers, just in case they’re vengeful gods in disguise.

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EPISODE THREE: DARLING GIRL

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This is the week of wicked women. S. Niroshini faces down the goddess Kali. Lucia Dove visits Baba Yaga in her chicken leg hut at the edge of the forest. Joelle Taylor talks to the Furies, vengeful spirits who drive men insane. The hags and crones come out to play.

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EPISODE TWO: SYMPATHY FOR WILD HORSES

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This week Kayo Chingonyi, Phoebe Stuckes and Kandace Walker are take long walks with lonely monsters. Nyami Nyami looks out on a modern Zambia, Cassandra rips her fishnet stockings, and Boo-Hags stalk the wetlands of the Deep South

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EPISODE ONE: LEAVING THE ISLAND

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In this episode, Inua Ellams, Laurie Ogden and Alycia Pirmohamed unpack stories of travel and the heartbreak of homesickness. Featuring a mercenary Little Mermaid, a Persephone tale for third-culture kids, and Icarus fighting to survive in the refugee camps at the margins of Europe.

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