Narration Nation Wk 4: The Time Warp

I wrote this blog just before the hateful Manchester attack - rightly - pushed election stories off the front pages.   That said, I respectfully suggest, with voting just days away it's still worth paying attention to how our political storytellers are seeking to alarm and or pacify the ...

Narration Nation Week 3: Come the Resolution!

So is Corbyn our Mocking J? “The cat sat on the mat is not a story”,  says the distinguished author John Le Carré.  “The cat sat on the dog’s mat is”.   That’s the essence of storytelling and why it works.   You start with ...

Narration Nation

Stay sane this General Election with your very own, five-part crash course in the (dark) arts of political storytelling… 20 years ago Blair’s New Labour won a landslide under the banner of “Education Education Education”.  I can't help feeling the slogan of this General Election should be “Narration, ...

The story to here…

How did you get here? There’s something confronting about a question like this, especially when a gun-toting US border guard is asking it. You don’t want to hesitate or seem evasive. You want to get your story straight. Problem is, when you really think about it, it's not a straightforward question. How did I get here? How I answer ...