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!

Mother Pearl and the Nuclear Disaster (Sci-Fi Horror) – Story #16 Stories from the Hearth

A love letter to Gojira, a post-Cold War parable, a tale of confinement, escape, and approaching catastrophe. Mother Pearl and the Nuclear Disaster is all of these things and more. It is the story of a child born into nuclear winter, a community obsessed with a giant pearl, a president with a woefully short memory, and a world entirely unprepared for the end. "Gather, my neighbours, and rejoice; fear not the night that lasts the day, for Mother Pearl shall be our guiding light, our torch in darkest need!"CW: reference to violence and birth defects from radiationStories from the Hearth is an experimental storytelling podcast, a free artistic space in the style of a painter's studio or writer's diary. It is a place for you to lose yourself in truly original short stories and their immersive soundscapes, written, narrated, and produced by Scottish poet Cal Bannerman.Stories from the Hearth will be back later this year, whilst Cal takes some time to prepare the next batch of stories. In the meantime, you can support the podcast by spreading the word and joining the community on Patreon:https://www.patreon.com/storiesfromthehearthpodcastWebsite: http://www.storiesfromthehearth.co.ukInstagram: @storiesfromthehearthTwitter: @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.Some of the recorded audio in this episode is courtesy of http://www.freesound.org.
  1. Mother Pearl and the Nuclear Disaster (Sci-Fi Horror) – Story #16
  2. The Fox That Moved in Upstairs (Glaswegian Fauxklore) – Story #15
  3. The Art of Floating (Surreal Satire) – Story #14
  4. La Ville des Nuages Noirs (Magical Crime Noir) – Story #13
  5. The Bard – A First Birthday Special!

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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RIP Juan Gabriel, Star of Mexico, Latin Pavarotti

The city sprawls itself haphazardly across storm capped mountains, for as far as the eye can see. The plane hits a wave of misty turbulence as we approach the runway; thunder and the roar of the engines become indistinguishable. I have just landed in Mexico City, and I’ve no idea what lies ahead. Continue reading “RIP Juan Gabriel, Star of Mexico, Latin Pavarotti”

Indiana Bannerman and the Journey to the Lost City

What did you want to be when you were a kid?

I ask because so many of my pals had comic book aspirations, like: become an astronaut, a musician, a crime-fighting-bat-masked-vigilante (some were more original than others). But then there I was, wanting nothing more than to be… an archaeologist. Continue reading “Indiana Bannerman and the Journey to the Lost City”

Book Review: The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet

Activity in the Phoebus’s gun ports promises another round.
If I don’t keep talking, Jacob realises, I shall crack like a dropped dish.
‘I know what you don’t believe in, Doctor: what do you believe?’
‘Oh, Descartes’ methodology, Domenico Scarlatti’s sonatas, the efficacy of Jesuits’ bark… so little is actually worthy of belief or disbelief. Better to strive to co-exist, than seek to disprove…’
Clouds spill over the mountain ridges.

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7 Insights Into Japan Guaranteed To Make Your Day Brighter And Your Life More Exciting

Y’know Buzzfeed? (‘Course y’know Buzzfeed). Well its site averages 460 million views a month. Coming in at a close second, this here blog of mine averages a smooth 800 a month. And I think to myself, what is it that needs to happen to push me that extra inch, to tip this blog just a few 459,999,200 viewers over into stardom territory? And then it hit me. Lists. Lists and clickbait titles. Continue reading “7 Insights Into Japan Guaranteed To Make Your Day Brighter And Your Life More Exciting”

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