Stories for our not so distant future


Novelist Gregory Norminton, playwright Julie Wilkinson and friends present fiction and drama, in a programme of reading, performance and discussion tailored to your venue or meeting or tent!


The show presents material from the acclaimed collection of short fiction, Beacons: stories for our not so distant future (OneWorld Press, 2013), and a new play, Spring Tide at Mablethorpe, set in a flooding Lincolnshire.


The Beacons collection challenged some of our talented storytellers to respond to the urgent question of our time; are we sleepwalking into climate change disaster?  Here writers including Toby Litt, Joanna Harris, AL Kennedy and Adam Thorpe imagine alternative futures; futures which can still change.  We bring our stories to live audiences, who are invited to contribute their own ideas and feelings about this most urgent of issues.


Julie's new monologue is her own response to the same questions.


The show is directed by Chris Bridgman, free-lance theatre director, Artistic Director of North West Playwrights and founder member with Julie of Deeds & Words production company.


Confirmed performance dates:

Green Belt Festival Saturday 24th August.

Shambala Festival Sunday 25th August

The Capitol Theatre, Manchester Metropolitan University Wednesday 25th September 5.30pm

Edinburgh Storytelling Festival Saturday 26th October

Mermaid Theatre, Colchester  April, 2014



If you have a room, an hour and a half to spare and a potential audience who enjoy reading, drama and discussion, contact us to discuss a booking at:

Performances are offered for a minimum fee (depending on distance from the venue) and a box office share.

All profits from the performances by the stories team will go to Stop Climate Chaos.



Some critical responses to the stories in Beacons:


"A rich and diverse book—brave in its intention, and original in its writing." Daniel Kramb in The Point Magazine


"A rich and stimulating literary collection." BBC Wildlife Magazine


"Literary witchcraft" - The Scotsman on Liz Jensen's story, 'Mother Moon's Job'


"Deserves to be on the shelves of every school & public library in the land" - Julie Bertagna


"A short story collection with a mission... Consistently engaging and inventive" - The Irish Times