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Story Etc. is a podcast about fiction and storytelling. Each episode centres on a theme – Power, Myth, Sex – and explores how storytellers and creators engage with it. The first season featured a wide variety of exciting contributors, including Margaret Atwood, Naomi Alderman, Rhiannon Pratchett, Evie Wyld and Matilda Ibini.
To launch the second season, a team of panellists including Sofie Hagen, Georgie Morrell, Matilda Ibini and Rosie Fletcher will talk about how health is depicted in many forms of storytelling. How do creators approach it as a subject, and how do they navigate the practical impact of health challenges when making work? Join us and help to broaden the conversation.
Sofie Hagen is a stand-up comedian and writer. Sofie was the first woman to win the Laughing Horse New Act of the Year award in 2013 and her show, Bubblewrap, won Best New Comer at the 2015 Edinburgh Comedy Awards. Her next shows, Shimmer Shatter and Dead Baby Frog both toured around the UK and played at the Soho Theatre to fantastic reviews. Sofie is a founder of the Guilty Feminist podcast, which she co-hosted for its first year. Her current podcast, Made of Human, is also available on all podcatchers, and her BBC special is available to watch on Netflix. She is currently writing her first book.
Georgie Morrell is a visually impaired comedian, actor and writer. Her debut show, A Poke in the Eye (Edinburgh festival, Soho Theatre) is currently touring alongside her second stand up show, The Morrell High Ground. Georgie’s next show, Eyecon, is in development and commissioned by The New Wolsey Theatre Ipswich Testing Ground. Georgie is a regular blogger for the Huffington Post, disabled activist regularly working for RNIB and vlogger for Liability. She was recently nominated for a BBC Audio Best Debut Performance for her lead role in BBC Radio 4 Drama Jayne Lake and can be seen and heard on BBC Radio 4, 5 Live and BBC Ouch, Channel 5 and Time Out magazine.
Matilda Ibini is a playwright and screenwriter for theatre, film and TV. Her plays have been shortlisted and longlisted for awards such as the Soho Young Writers Award, Verity Bargate and Alfred Fagon Award. Her debut play Muscovado produced by BurntOut Theatre co-won the Alfred Fagon Audience Award in 2015. She is currently developing a comedy-drama TV series with Wall-to-Wall Productions and is co-writing a feature film. She has had work performed at Theatre503, Soho Theatre, Bunker Theatre and Vaults Festival. She is represented by Independent Talent.
Rosie Fletcher is a writer, broadcaster and occasional stand-up comedian. A regular voice on Radio 4, her series Rosemary vs Mankind can be heard on The Film Programme throughout 2018. She is half of the long-running podcast Rosie and Jessica’s Day of Fun and has written several episodes of the award-winning podcast sitcom Wooden Overcoats. Living with the chronic illness M.E., Rosie has shared her experiences of living with it on Late Night Woman’s Hour and BBC London, and in the New Statesman, and worked as a disability activist with the charity Action for M.E.. She is currently writing a children’s book.