How a creator-led storytelling podcast is supported and funded.

Introduction

Stories from the Hearth is a fledgling, creator-led, fictional and educational storytelling podcast and community. I started it in January of 2021, and have watched with humble joy as it has grown ever more popular since. However, running an entire podcast as just one person is physically, mentally, and emotionally demanding in ways I could never have envisaged, whether I’d read every advice article on the internet before starting or not.

I thought I would take a moment to talk a little about Stories from the Hearth – what it is, why I produce it, and how I keep it going. Hopefully in doing so I can offer a little advice to those looking to start their own podcast, or soothe the anxieties of those who already have but are – like me – still at an early stage, in which everything still feels excruciatingly ‘make or break’.

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Stories from the Hearth – Listen Here!

Modest Mussorgsky and the Lonely Soldier (Historical Romance) – Story #10 Stories from the Hearth

Ludoslaw Dragon is a lonely drunk. Ludoslaw Dragon has a hole in his heart. Ludoslaw Dragon has disappeared… In the aftermath of World War Two, a once-picturesque Polish town hides a dark secret beneath its air-raid rubble. A photograph of a young pianist is found amongst Ludoslaw's clothes. A heart-breaking love affair comes to the surface.Stories from the Hearth is an immersive storytelling experience ft. truly original fiction and thoughtfully produced soundscapes. The aim of this podcast 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. Stories from the Hearth is the brainchild of queer punk poet, environmentalist, and anarchist Cal Bannerman. Vive l'art!Episode #14 out on Halloweeeeen! (31.10.21)Support the podcast and earn exclusive perks through my Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/storiesfromthehearthpodcastInstagram: @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. Special thanks go to miastodzwiekow and xserra.Track: Mussorgsky – Night on Bald Mountain [Copyright Free] Music provided by Classical Music Copyright Free [https://tinyurl.com/visit-cmcf] Watch: https://youtu.be/j4AggzA8fJgTrack: Chopin – Nocturne in E flat major, Op. 9 no.2 [Copyright Free] Music provided by Classical Music Copyright Free [https://tinyurl.com/visit-cmcf] Watch: https://youtu.be/F5hhdLUuLB0Track: Tchaikovsky – 1812 Overture by Tchaikovsky Creative Commons — Attribution 3.0 Unported— CC BY 3.0 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/… Music provided by FreeMusic109 https://youtube.com/FreeMusic109Track: Romsky-Korsakov – Flight of the Bumblebee [Copyright Free] Music provided by Your Soundtrack on YouTube. Watch: https://youtu.be/f7n5y3418v4
  1. Modest Mussorgsky and the Lonely Soldier (Historical Romance) – Story #10
  2. Chinese Shadow Puppets – TWB S2 E3
  3. Caveworm: 2/2 (Fantasy Drama) – Story #9
  4. West African Griots – TWB S2 E2
  5. Caveworm: 1/2 (Fantasy Drama) – Story #9

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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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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Before the Cataclysm

‘I miss music the most. Real music. Synth. Bass. Heavy bass. Trance. Keys. Sub whoofers. Ecstasy. I miss ecstasy. Goose-bumps during work that day. Half a pill to get you ready. Meticulously crafted bombs, timed to bring you up as your heel hits the dancefloor and the track melts, entering your consciousness by osmosis. Baggies to dab from, keep you level, keep you on an even keel, keep you purgatoried between twilights. Glacial water on tap to swill powdered bitterness from your mouth, to run against the back of your neck and raise the hairs on your arms. Nothing but you and the DJ who, for all you care, is the messiah.

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Black Star

‘Do you think we’ll get another referendum, then?’

Something disrupts the song I’m listening to, a sixth sense, a feeling there are eyes on me. I turn around. Un-suction waxy earphones. He repeats his question.

‘Do you think we’ll get another referendum?’

He’s spilling out the bench and his crumpled white shirt. Comic banker rotundness stacked in folds beneath an old suit, topped with bowler hat.

‘I don’t know,’ I muse, ‘probably not any time soon.’ I’ve used this line before, it feels aged, but not like wine, not like whisky.

‘I reckon they’ll block it at every turn.’

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