Story Friday is a regular occasion produced by A Word in Your Ear and Kilter Theatre, the event is usually presented at Burdalls Yard on the London Road where local writers celebrate and read their work. This weekend the ever inspiring team took their stories to the Cleveland Pools in Bath to present a selection of enquiring tales of love, loss and intrigue.

Hidden away in the snug changing rooms a team of writers and readers shared their work to small groups of promenading audience members. The atmosphere was electric and the captivating tales played beautifully to the intimate surroundings alongside the disused pools; who says they can’t be haunted?

Alongside the storytelling the audience were entertained by Sink or Swim a musical duo and the Bristol A Capella Choir.  This was a hugely successful event; the stories were of aimpressively high standard and all delivered with passion and a great measure of imagination. It is hard to single out stories but The Housemaid by Claire Reddaway and Lisa Fryer’s The High Divers Son read by Philip Perry were particularly thought provoking.


The Cleveland Pools Trust are currently engaging groups to use their unique location in its Bicentennial year as it heads towards the prospect of reopening to the public. The site was well managed by the many volunteers and the sun shone beautifully, an undisputed seal of approval on the use of the site and the inspiration it has given to the excellent local authors who were hiding in its shadows.

Petra Schofield

For anyone who missed the event the stories will be repeated at the Fringe Arts Bath Exhibtion 22nd May – 7th June at Fringe HQ in New Bond Street; 

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