About

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Our history is informed by the remains of fallen civilisations: their bones, buildings and stories. In a world that seems on the brink of catastrophe, we want to know what stories we’ll leave behind for future generations.

Bedtime Stories for the End of the World asks some of the UK’s top poets to re-imagine their favourite myths, fairytales and legends. The stories they want to seal up and protect against rising waters, from nuclear disaster, and from the mundane tragedy of human forgetfulness.

What kind of stories do we want to leave the future? How might they differ from the stories we’ve inherited?

Series One

Launched in summer 2018, Series One featured the work of Inua EllamsRachel LongKayo Chingonyi, Joelle TaylorMiriam Nash and Jay Bernard.

You can listen to Series One online or subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, Stitcher or Acast.

Series Two

Our second season will launch in autumn 2019, and will include contributions from: Malika Booker, Andrew McMillan, Sabrina Mahfouz, Kei Miller, Helen Mort and Jack Underwood.

We’re currently recruiting for 12 emerging poets to join these poets for series two. If you would like to take part, visit our apply page for more details.

Project credits

This project is the brainchild of writer and poet Eleanor Penny.
Project producer Tom MacAndrew.
Series 1 podcasts produced and edited by Eliza Lomas.
We’re working in partnership with London’s writer development agency, Spread the Word. This project is kindly funded by Arts Council England.

“The world has always been ending, I said. And you said: Yes.”

 – R.A. Villanueva