Community, History, and Escapism: A Mission Statement

Stories from the Hearth is not just about storytelling, it’s also about building community, telling the history of storytelling, and rekindling our collective passion for this most ancient of traditions. This is our MISSION STATEMENT, detailing what we do, why we do it, and where we’re going…

Episodes are currently released every three weeks, with Episode #2 released on Sunday 31st January (31.01.21). You can tune in, follow, like, and subscribe on Spotify, Google Podcasts, Apple Podcasts, and almost any podcast app you use.

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Stories from the Hearth – Listen Here!

Deep in the jungle interior of the Southern Islands, a species of sentient beings live out their lives at peace and in harmony with the forest, and with the mountain at its heart. The Cónglín yōulíng, however, are not the only sentient species on their world, and as Onyongo is about to find out, there are others out there with less than honest intentions…CW: misgendering, violenceThe aim of Stories from the Hearth is to rekindle its listeners' love for the ancient art of storytelling (and story-listening), and to bring some small escapism to the frantic energies of the modern world.Episode #10 out Sunday 27th June 2021 (27.06.21)Support the podcast and get early access, bonus content, exclusive extra episodes, an in-episode shout-out, and the chance to become part of a wider community, by visiting our Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/storiesfromthehearthpodcastInstagram: @storiesfromthehearthpodcastTwitter: @Hearth_PodcastYouTube: Stories from the HearthEmail: storiesfromthehearthpodcast@gmail.comOriginal Artwork by Anna FerraraAnna's Instagram: @giallosardinaAnna's Portfolio: https://annaferrara.carbonmade.com/Thank you for listening. Please consider following, subscribing to, and sharing this episode, and please do tell your friends all about Stories from the Hearth.'Surreal Forest' is the work of Meydän and is courtesy of Free Music Archive, licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) license. To read more about the license, click here.
  1. 9 – Spirit
  2. Bonus – Why Do We Tell Stories? (Part Three)
  3. 8 – The Pale Blue Dot (Part Two)
  4. 7 – The Pale Blue Dot (Part One)
  5. Bonus – Why Do We Tell Stories? (Part Two)

Welcome to Stories from the Hearth, a short-story podcast to help you escape the chaotic energies of the everyday; a podcast in which every episode you will encounter a brand new, original story – be it romantic, historical, or science fiction, fantasy, or speculative horror; where you will encounter stories packed full of adventure, misfortune, peril and triumph, loveable villains, roguish heroes, and all those in-between.

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Ah take an early mornin’ stravaig

Ah take an early mornin’ stravaig
Oan a Scottish winter’s day
The air light and trembling
Wi a drizzle. The sky a grey
Cap on greyer streets, it says
‘Nae exit this way.’

Av got earphones in ma pocket
And a podcast on ma mind,
Ah thought ‘If hings get too miserable
Ah can always still unwind’
But noo, in uproarious mornin’,
Ah’ll admit am no si shair.

Indeed, if ah had blocked ma drums
From aw these mornin’ sounds
Ah would’ve missed the hungry gurgle
Of a dozen chokey drains, so too
Machinegun prattle of cars ‘long
Puddled roads. Neither would ah
Have heard thon Rice Krispie
snap-crackle-n-pop
Of rain fizzlin’ oot against the sheen
O’ ma best waterproof Mac’.

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Samhain/Limen (Halloween 2020)

‘Samhain/Limen’ is a short, spooky, unsettling Halloween film, created by amateur filmmaker and writer Cal Bannerman. It was filmed entirely on location at the Glasgow Necropolis, Glasgow, Scotland in October 2020. Music by Soularflair, ‘Even In My Dreams’ courtesy of the Free Music Archive, with permission from the artist.

Samhain is the name for the ancient Gaelic festival marking the end of the harvest season, and the beginning of the “darker half” of the year. Samhain was a liminal festival (hence ‘Limen’), when the boundary between this world and the Otherworld thinned, meaning that spirits could more easily come into our world on the night of Samhain. In more recent history, this pagan festival merged with the Christian ‘All Saints’ Day’ to become Halloween.

Anomaly (The Script)

Watch my short scifi film, here!

ANOMALY

CAST

Pan – ship engineer on a solo cross-galaxy routine maintenance check (boring stuff); androgynous, non-binary, dressed casually (imagine spark or bricky or plumber, but in space)

Dual – ship’s computer, advanced AI, Pan’s companion

Distress Caller – unknown person in distress

SETTING

Cockpit of a small shuttlecraft. It is cramped and dark, with a single, small window facing out, from which comes a little light. The semi-circular desk for piloting the craft is a mish-mash of knobs and buttons, switchboard and computer parts. Pan is alone in their swivel chair at the flight desk, backlit by a couple weak cabin lights.

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Idols Lost – The Interpreter’s House #75

Today – 9th October 2020 – my short story Idols Lost is published in issue #75 of The Interpreter’s House.

Idols Lost is a story of love in the aftermath of cataclysm, set in a black-out apartment in a crumbling Tokyo, whilst satellites fall from the sky to shatter in the atmosphere like fireworks.

You can read my story, and a host of other beautiful stories and poems, in The Interpreter’s House #75, here: https://theinterpretershouse.org/issue-75

GA(Y)MING

How gaming created the space for me to be queer, before I knew I needed it.

“I want to be honest with her. So if she feels the same about me, there won’t be any surprises.”

So says my spaceship engineer Parvati; a quiet, considerate lass I bumped into when trying to procure a new engine for my ship – she was looking for some adventure, and I happened to be leaving town. Now, she’s met someone: another engineer (another woman). But she’s worried. She’s worried that Junlei Tennyson, chief-engineer aboard the Groundbreaker, won’t understand her asexuality.

Not that Parvati fully understands it, either. All she knows is that, so far, she’s yet to meet someone who will give her the space she needs, to be the woman she is. In Junlei, she thinks she might finally have found that someone.

I’m playing The Outer Worlds, an immersive RPG set in the Halcyon Colony – a dystopian galaxy in farthest space, where you awake after a 70-year spell in cryo-sleep. My character’s name is Jahanara Khan, one kick-ass female captain you do not want to mess with. And as I’m playing, engaging with a mostly-female cast of enemies and allies, encouraging the growth of an asexual-lesbian-partnership between my in-game companion and her sweetheart, I get to thinking.

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