Storybank

The Pilot Project

Story Bank was a scheme Comma developed between 2006 and 2008 to explore alternative ways of enjoying short fiction and poetry, as read and intended by the authors themselves. Below are 73 tasters from across Comma's various publications - a selection of readings by the authors themselves intended as a growing archive of spoken word downloads. 
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You can also watch some of the pieces as films by visiting Comma Film.

TOP FIVE STORIES:

1. David Constantine reading 'The Loss' from Under the Dam.
2. Chris Killen reading 'Blue + Yellow' from Brace.
3. Jane Rogers reading 'Conception' from Ellipsis 2.
4. Zoe Lambert reading 'That Quiet Longing' from Ellipsis 2.
5. Rob Shearman reading 'So Proud' from Tiny Deaths.

TOP FIVE POEMS:

1. Chris Woods reading Video Kid
2. Ed Barton reading Square Pears, Rare Bears 
3. Chris Woods reading The Library
4. Helen Clare reading I Have Become a Stranger to My House
5. Gaia Holmes reading Claustrophobia 

NEW TO STORYBANK:

Helen Clare reads the following poems from her collection 'Mollusc'.
Evolution
Small Hours
StrawDogs
On Every Tube
New Materials
Lotl
and Borderlands

SHORT STORIES

DAVID CONSTANTINE:

David Constantine reads 'Beginning' from THE SHIELING.

David Constantine reads 'The Loss' from UNDER THE DAM.

David Constantine reads 'Visiting' from UNDER THE DAM.

ADAM MAREK:

Adam Marek reads 'The 40 Litre Monkey' from INSTRUCTION MANUAL FOR SWALLOWING.
Adam Marek reads 'Testicular Cancer vs the Behemoth' from INSTRUCTION MANUAL FOR SWALLOWING.

ROB SHEARMAN:

Rob Shearman reads 'So Proud' from TINY DEATHS.

READING THE CITY:
Dinesh Allirajah reads an extract from 'A Different Sky' from THE BOOK OF LIVERPOOL.
Tracy Aston reads 'Wide-Eyed' from THE BOOK OF LIVERPOOL.
Ramsey Campbell reads an extract from 'Mackintosh Willy' from THE BOOK OF LIVERPOOL.
Martyn Bedford introduces and reads the opening passage of 'Letters Home' from THE BOOK OF LEEDS.
Jeremy Dyson introduces and reads the opening passage of 'Michael' from THE BOOK OF LEEDS.
Shamshad Khan reads 'Market Forces' from THE BOOK OF LEEDS.
Larissa Boehning reads an excerpt from 'Something from Nothing' from DECAPOLIS.
Amanda Michalopoulou reads an excerpt from 'The Four Hundred Pleats' in Greek from DECAPOLIS.
Margaret Murphy reads 'False Light' from Liverpool Stories 1

ELLIPSIS:
Jane Rogers reads 'Conception'.
Zoe Lambert reads 'The Breakfast She Had'.
Zoe Lambert reads 'That Quiet Longing'.
Tim Cooke reads 'Transparency' from Ellipsis 1

MODERN HORROR:
Emma Unsworth reads 'Saturday Mary' from PHOBIC.
Nicholas Royle reads 'Salt', previously unpublished (by permission of the author).
Conrad Williams reads an excerpt from 'A Nest of Salt' from Use Once Then Destroy (by permission of the author).

MODERN CRIME:
Martyn Bedford reads an from 'A Missing Person's Enquiry' from M.O.
Karline Smith reads an extract from 'Dirty Evil Greed' from M.O..
Martin Edwards reads 'Bedside Manners' from M.O.
Christine Poulson reads 'Don't You Hate Havng Two Heads'.

NEW WRITERS:

From BRACE:

Guy Ware reads an extract from 'Witness Protection'
Chris Killen reads 'Blue + Yellow'
Annie Clarkson reads 'Lindy' 

From Parenthesis:

Anna Ball reads 'The Art of Gutting a Fish'
Alistair Herbert reads 'Road'
L.E. Yates reads from 'Lucky and Unlucky'
Graham English reads an extract from 'The Rats'
Gabriella Reed reads 'Heisenberg's Uncertainty'
Alice Kuipers reads 'The Wife and the Waitress'
C D Rose reads 'Violins and Pianos'

From Comma:

Emma Unsworth reads 'Doppelganger' from Comma.

From Bracket:

Patrick Belshaw reads 'The Last Dance', the sequel to 'The Disfigurement'

Penny Feeny reads 'Falling out of the Sky'

Zoe Lambert reads 'Ramshackle' from Bracket

From Manchester Stories:

Jane Rogers reads 'Lucky' from Manchester Stories 2

Linda Chase reads 'Fifty Fifty' from Manchester Stories 5 

From Hyphen:

Ian McMillan reads 'A Four Star Novel'
Helen Clare reads 'Six Departures'. Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6.

Dinesh Allirajah reads 'Dirty Feet on the Saint' (A Manner of Speaking, Spike).

Excerpts: 
Charlotte Allan reads from 'The Disappearance of Mrs Armstrong' from Liverpool Stories 1
Andy Murray reads from 'One Down' from Manchester Stories 7
Rory Miller reads an extract from 'The Last Day' from Bracket.

POEMS

Chris Woods reads the following poems from his forthcoming collection Dangerous Driving.
Video Kid

Joolz Denby reads the following poems from her collection Pray For Us Sinners.
'The Prophet of Calgary'
'Wolf Girls of Midnapore'.

Gaia Holmes reads the following poems from her collection Dr James Graham's Celestial Bed.
Burger Man
Claustrophobia
ExposureLecture Notes
Living with a Poet
Living with a Genius
Peninsula
Role Playing
Desert Island Disks
Seasoned.

Helen Clare reads the following poems from her collection Mollusc.
Snakes and Ladders
Comet Keeps its Date with Death
I Have Become a Stranger to My House
Metformin
Shell Like

Ed Barton reads the following poem from his collection Bad Leg.
Square Pears, Rare Bears,

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