The Incomers Project: Session 1

Join us for the first of five workshops led by writer Sally O’Reilly on storytelling and difference, running from May to July 2017.

Introduction to the project

At some point, and to varying degrees, we are all incomers to one another’s lives. Every day we intersect with others and retell their stories, fill in gaps and misremember the details of their biographies. The Incomers Project explores storytelling through different perspectives in five practical workshops that are free and open to all.

The workshops will use experimental storytelling techniques to channel fantasies, lies, reminiscences and rumours into narratives, vignettes and dialogues for radio or podcast. And the working fabric of Margate will provide the sonic backdrop to these stories, set in the Lido, perhaps, or the archives of Margate Museum or a MOT garage.

Session 1: Wednesday 24 May 2017, 3-6pm – Introduction

We tell the stories of other people; represent a memory with available materials (e.g. clay, magazines, floatsam from the street); make an object that has some relation to a deliberately untrue or fantastical version of another’s story, and identify possible sites in Margate for the future recording of the stories.

In between this workshop and the next one: everyone writes, or speaks and transcribes, a narrative about themselves. The participants also scout around the town for interesting venues in which to record.

Practical information

This workshop will take place at Open School East. All five workshops are connected and we recommend people attend all of them to make the most out of the project and contribute to it fully. People only able to attend a few of them are nonetheless welcome to join.

Free, open to all, please book with Ayaan Bulale via

More information about the project and the four other sessions can be found here.