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The Stratford Literary Festival on our event there:
This year the Festival has been working with the magazine Notes from The Underground on an exciting project which will be on display at the Civic Hall during the festival.
The project involves a writer using a photograph as inspiration for a short story, and a graphic designer then working the two together into a compelling picture.
The image (above), taken by former Stratford College Student David Cooper, is of the Avon on a cold winter’s day. The story around it was written by Alex Preston.  His first novel, the prize-winning This Bleeding City, was published by Faber and Faber in the UK and worldwide. His second, The Revelations, is out now. Alex is a regular panellist on the BBC Review Show. He is @ahmpreston on Twitter.
The project has been overseen by Chris Vernon and Nicholas Hogg. Nicholas was nominated for the IMPAC literary award for his début novel, Show Me the Sky. Winner of the New Writing Ventures award for fiction, and prizes in the Bridport and Raymond Carver short story contests, his work has also been broadcast by the BBC. He is co-founder of the Authors Cricket Club, to be published by Bloomsbury in 2013. On twitter @nicholas_hogg www.nicholashogg.com.
Alex will be reading his short story just before the Sue Townsend event on Tuesday, 24th April

The Stratford Literary Festival on our event there:

This year the Festival has been working with the magazine Notes from The Underground on an exciting project which will be on display at the Civic Hall during the festival.


The project involves a writer using a photograph as inspiration for a short story, and a graphic designer then working the two together into a compelling picture.


The image (above), taken by former Stratford College Student David Cooper, is of the Avon on a cold winter’s day. The story around it was written by Alex Preston.  His first novel, the prize-winning This Bleeding City, was published by Faber and Faber in the UK and worldwide. His second, The Revelations, is out now. Alex is a regular panellist on the BBC Review Show. He is @ahmpreston on Twitter.


The project has been overseen by Chris Vernon and Nicholas Hogg. Nicholas was nominated for the IMPAC literary award for his début novel, Show Me the Sky. Winner of the New Writing Ventures award for fiction, and prizes in the Bridport and Raymond Carver short story contests, his work has also been broadcast by the BBC. He is co-founder of the Authors Cricket Club, to be published by Bloomsbury in 2013. On twitter @nicholas_hogg www.nicholashogg.com.

Alex will be reading his short story just before the Sue Townsend event on Tuesday, 24th April

Photo Stories at the Stratford Literary Festival

We are delighted to announce that Photo Stories will be at the Stratford Literary Festival in April (22nd-28th). Even more delighted to announce that the novelist Alex Preston has written a story for the exhibition called ‘Once we were wolves’. Alex’s first novel, This Bleeding City, was published by Faber and Faber in the UK, and across twelve other territories. His second, The Revelations, is out now. Alex is a regular panelist on the BBC Review Show and reviews books for the Observer and the New Statesman. He is @ahmpreston on Twitter. For more information about the festival click here

Photo Stories has a new home! Foyle’s on Charing X Rd

We’re delighted to announce that 9 of the typographs will be living at the flagship branch of Foyle’s on the Charing Cross Road until the end of August. It’s a great honour to be exhibited at such an historic location in terms of the London literary world. We hope you enjoy the exhibit, and don’t forget that you can buy the typographs at photostories.myshopify.com ! 


Photo Story Launch, May 26th, Saatchi & Saatchi, London

Photograph by John Rothera

Photo Story Launch, May 26th, Saatchi & Saatchi, London

Photograph by John Rothera

Photograph by John Rothera

Photograph by John Rothera

Alev by Clare Wigfall at our Photo Stories launch

Photograph by John Rothera

Alev by Clare Wigfall at our Photo Stories launch

Photograph by John Rothera

Photo Stories organiser Tristan Summerscale and author William Boyd

Photograph by John Rothera

Photo Stories organiser Tristan Summerscale and author William Boyd

Photograph by John Rothera

Photo Stories launch May 26th, Saatchi & Saatchi, London

Photograph by John Rothera

Photo Stories launch May 26th, Saatchi & Saatchi, London

Photograph by John Rothera

Photo Stories launched, online store now open

Thank you to everyone who came to the launch of Photo Stories last night at Saatchi & Saatchi - some more nice pics to follow shortly. Our online shop is now open for business too so do check it out http://photostories.myshopify.com/. We’re also running a ‘register interest’ scheme whereby people can tell us that they’re interested in getting a poster - as soon as we reach a critical mass we’ll get back in touch with people (email photostories2011@gmail.com). 

We Watched him on our Screens by Tania Hershman

This story goes with this typograph

We locked him in the Room and then we watched him on our screens. He skipped across the carpet, put his nose up to the window. An airplane flew by and we imagined what he must be thinking. “Freedom?” we wrote in our notebooks. “Or: murder at 10,000ft?” He stayed there for a while then turned and saw the telephone. We had placed it with great care. He slid towards it, extended his left foot, and kicked and kicked and kicked until it fell apart. We looked at one another, nodded, smiled. “Extreme aggression,” we wrote down. “Unwarranted and unprovoked.”

We took him out to make one small adjustment. Then we put him back and watched. At first he didn’t seem to notice. He slipped around the walls, tap-tapping on them with his skinny fingers. But then he marched towards the picture, eyelids flicking. We held our breaths. When he stuck out his tongue, we dropped our pens. And when he licked, up one side of the frame and down the other, we all turned to our shrink. “Impacted neurons?” said our shrink. “Malnourished? Oral fixation?”

We took him out again, made one more adjustment, put him back. This time he saw it straight away. We’d put them in the corner, the little balls of fluff. They were playing, as all kittens do. He stood quite still, his fingers beating out a rhythm on his thighs. We held our breaths. We gripped our pens and notebooks. When he began to cry, to wail and moan, sinking down onto the carpet, we turned again towards our shrink. Our shrink’s mouth was hanging open. We wrote something in our notebooks, but couldn’t read it later. And still he cried and wailed and moaned. We watched and watched, for twenty minutes, forty seven seconds.

Then he stopped. He stopped as if he’d never cried at all. Then he looked straight at us. And he winked.

We were in uproar! Our cameras were the latest, the very latest thing, made out of the wallpaper itself, how could he possibly? We dropped our pens, our notebooks, cups of coffee. We turned to our technician. Our technician wouldn’t meet our eyes. He just stared at his many screens and mumbled gibberish. 

We pressed firmly on the buzzer. They came into the Room and dragged him out. We mopped up our coffee; we made sure, with shaking hands, our notebooks were unstained.  When he was safely gone, we went into the Room ourselves. We sat down on the carpet, looked around us, then got down on hands and knees and crawled towards the kittens. We played with the kittens for some time. To calm us down, relax us, help us to take stock. Kittens are so useful for that purpose.
'We Watched Him on Our Screens' by Leigh Davis, Tania Hershman and Alida Sayer. 

'We Watched Him on Our Screens' by Leigh Davis, Tania Hershman and Alida Sayer. 

'The Weight of an Onion' by Francesco Stelitano, Adam Marek and Michi Leung

'The Weight of an Onion' by Francesco Stelitano, Adam Marek and Michi Leung

The Stratford Literary Festival on our event there:
This year the Festival has been working with the magazine Notes from The Underground on an exciting project which will be on display at the Civic Hall during the festival.
The project involves a writer using a photograph as inspiration for a short story, and a graphic designer then working the two together into a compelling picture.
The image (above), taken by former Stratford College Student David Cooper, is of the Avon on a cold winter’s day. The story around it was written by Alex Preston.  His first novel, the prize-winning This Bleeding City, was published by Faber and Faber in the UK and worldwide. His second, The Revelations, is out now. Alex is a regular panellist on the BBC Review Show. He is @ahmpreston on Twitter.
The project has been overseen by Chris Vernon and Nicholas Hogg. Nicholas was nominated for the IMPAC literary award for his début novel, Show Me the Sky. Winner of the New Writing Ventures award for fiction, and prizes in the Bridport and Raymond Carver short story contests, his work has also been broadcast by the BBC. He is co-founder of the Authors Cricket Club, to be published by Bloomsbury in 2013. On twitter @nicholas_hogg www.nicholashogg.com.
Alex will be reading his short story just before the Sue Townsend event on Tuesday, 24th April

The Stratford Literary Festival on our event there:

This year the Festival has been working with the magazine Notes from The Underground on an exciting project which will be on display at the Civic Hall during the festival.


The project involves a writer using a photograph as inspiration for a short story, and a graphic designer then working the two together into a compelling picture.


The image (above), taken by former Stratford College Student David Cooper, is of the Avon on a cold winter’s day. The story around it was written by Alex Preston.  His first novel, the prize-winning This Bleeding City, was published by Faber and Faber in the UK and worldwide. His second, The Revelations, is out now. Alex is a regular panellist on the BBC Review Show. He is @ahmpreston on Twitter.


The project has been overseen by Chris Vernon and Nicholas Hogg. Nicholas was nominated for the IMPAC literary award for his début novel, Show Me the Sky. Winner of the New Writing Ventures award for fiction, and prizes in the Bridport and Raymond Carver short story contests, his work has also been broadcast by the BBC. He is co-founder of the Authors Cricket Club, to be published by Bloomsbury in 2013. On twitter @nicholas_hogg www.nicholashogg.com.

Alex will be reading his short story just before the Sue Townsend event on Tuesday, 24th April

Photo Stories at the Stratford Literary Festival

We are delighted to announce that Photo Stories will be at the Stratford Literary Festival in April (22nd-28th). Even more delighted to announce that the novelist Alex Preston has written a story for the exhibition called ‘Once we were wolves’. Alex’s first novel, This Bleeding City, was published by Faber and Faber in the UK, and across twelve other territories. His second, The Revelations, is out now. Alex is a regular panelist on the BBC Review Show and reviews books for the Observer and the New Statesman. He is @ahmpreston on Twitter. For more information about the festival click here

Photo Stories has a new home! Foyle’s on Charing X Rd

We’re delighted to announce that 9 of the typographs will be living at the flagship branch of Foyle’s on the Charing Cross Road until the end of August. It’s a great honour to be exhibited at such an historic location in terms of the London literary world. We hope you enjoy the exhibit, and don’t forget that you can buy the typographs at photostories.myshopify.com ! 


Photo Story Launch, May 26th, Saatchi & Saatchi, London

Photograph by John Rothera

Photo Story Launch, May 26th, Saatchi & Saatchi, London

Photograph by John Rothera

Photograph by John Rothera

Photograph by John Rothera

Alev by Clare Wigfall at our Photo Stories launch

Photograph by John Rothera

Alev by Clare Wigfall at our Photo Stories launch

Photograph by John Rothera

Photo Stories organiser Tristan Summerscale and author William Boyd

Photograph by John Rothera

Photo Stories organiser Tristan Summerscale and author William Boyd

Photograph by John Rothera

Photo Stories launch May 26th, Saatchi & Saatchi, London

Photograph by John Rothera

Photo Stories launch May 26th, Saatchi & Saatchi, London

Photograph by John Rothera

Photo Stories launched, online store now open

Thank you to everyone who came to the launch of Photo Stories last night at Saatchi & Saatchi - some more nice pics to follow shortly. Our online shop is now open for business too so do check it out http://photostories.myshopify.com/. We’re also running a ‘register interest’ scheme whereby people can tell us that they’re interested in getting a poster - as soon as we reach a critical mass we’ll get back in touch with people (email photostories2011@gmail.com). 

We Watched him on our Screens by Tania Hershman

This story goes with this typograph

We locked him in the Room and then we watched him on our screens. He skipped across the carpet, put his nose up to the window. An airplane flew by and we imagined what he must be thinking. “Freedom?” we wrote in our notebooks. “Or: murder at 10,000ft?” He stayed there for a while then turned and saw the telephone. We had placed it with great care. He slid towards it, extended his left foot, and kicked and kicked and kicked until it fell apart. We looked at one another, nodded, smiled. “Extreme aggression,” we wrote down. “Unwarranted and unprovoked.”

We took him out to make one small adjustment. Then we put him back and watched. At first he didn’t seem to notice. He slipped around the walls, tap-tapping on them with his skinny fingers. But then he marched towards the picture, eyelids flicking. We held our breaths. When he stuck out his tongue, we dropped our pens. And when he licked, up one side of the frame and down the other, we all turned to our shrink. “Impacted neurons?” said our shrink. “Malnourished? Oral fixation?”

We took him out again, made one more adjustment, put him back. This time he saw it straight away. We’d put them in the corner, the little balls of fluff. They were playing, as all kittens do. He stood quite still, his fingers beating out a rhythm on his thighs. We held our breaths. We gripped our pens and notebooks. When he began to cry, to wail and moan, sinking down onto the carpet, we turned again towards our shrink. Our shrink’s mouth was hanging open. We wrote something in our notebooks, but couldn’t read it later. And still he cried and wailed and moaned. We watched and watched, for twenty minutes, forty seven seconds.

Then he stopped. He stopped as if he’d never cried at all. Then he looked straight at us. And he winked.

We were in uproar! Our cameras were the latest, the very latest thing, made out of the wallpaper itself, how could he possibly? We dropped our pens, our notebooks, cups of coffee. We turned to our technician. Our technician wouldn’t meet our eyes. He just stared at his many screens and mumbled gibberish. 

We pressed firmly on the buzzer. They came into the Room and dragged him out. We mopped up our coffee; we made sure, with shaking hands, our notebooks were unstained.  When he was safely gone, we went into the Room ourselves. We sat down on the carpet, looked around us, then got down on hands and knees and crawled towards the kittens. We played with the kittens for some time. To calm us down, relax us, help us to take stock. Kittens are so useful for that purpose.
'We Watched Him on Our Screens' by Leigh Davis, Tania Hershman and Alida Sayer. 

'We Watched Him on Our Screens' by Leigh Davis, Tania Hershman and Alida Sayer. 

'The Weight of an Onion' by Francesco Stelitano, Adam Marek and Michi Leung

'The Weight of an Onion' by Francesco Stelitano, Adam Marek and Michi Leung

Photo Stories at the Stratford Literary Festival
Photo Stories has a new home! Foyle’s on Charing X Rd
Photo Stories launched, online store now open
We Watched him on our Screens by Tania Hershman

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Photo Stories is an experiment in writing, photography, and design. Photographer takes photo. NFTU puts this in photo book. Author picks photo from photo book. Author writes story. Designer turns photograph and story into a typographic print. NFTU exhibits them then relaxes with a drink. The Photo Stories exhibition will take place at Saatchi & Saatchi this May and June. For sales go to our online shop: Photo Stor(i)e(s) For press and general enquiries email nftu.editor@gmail.com NFTU Website Hear Us Tweet

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