Storytime for the Apocalypse is a virtual storytime for grown-ups. Established in April 2020 this monthly online event series is made for your minds and hearts. It’s a hopeful, frank, uplifting, and nurturing hour for interesting people to read beautiful published writing out loud to one another. Dr Tilly Hinton is curating this event in response to the current COVID-19 pandemic because she knows that stories and community are the ballast we need when life gets rough.

Storytime for the Apocalypse happens next on Monday 31 August at 7:30 pm, Los Angeles time. That’s 12:30 pm on Tuesday if you’re on the Australia east coast. Wherever you are, get the link by joining the Good is Better mailing list.

Episode 1: Wonder

  • Filmmaker Par Parekh read ‘The Elephant & the Butterfly’ by E.E. Cummings
  • Editor and permaculturist Jessica Perini read ‘Tonight I Can Write’, ‘Leaning Into The Afternoons’, and ‘Poet’s Obligation’ by Pablo Neruda
  • Palaeontologist and Cicerone Trevor S. Valle read ‘Being an Experiment Upon Strictly Scientific Lines’ by Neil Gaiman
  • Curator Tilly Hinton read ‘Walking in a Pandemic’ by Char Miller

Episode 2: Attentiveness

  • Scholar Char Miller read ‘In This Short Life’, ‘I Dwell in Possibility’, and ‘”Hope” is the thing with feathers’ by Emily Dickinson
  • The Off-Grid Guy Michael Mobbs read ‘An Absolutely Ordinary Rainbow’ by Les Murray
  • Screenwriter Joe Petricca read the final speech from the script of ‘The Great Dictator’ by Charlie Chaplin
  • Yoga Therapist Melissa Adylia Calasanz read from ‘Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants’ by Robin Wall Kimmerer

Episode 3: Life

Episode 4: Purpose

  • Art historian Meredith Lancaster read from ‘Positive Obsession’ by Octavia E. Butler
  • Bricoleur Tim Ottman read from ‘Cloud-Hidden, whereabouts unknown’ by Alan Watts
  • Silversmith Brooke Macbeth read ‘The Five Boons of Life’ by Mark Twain
  • Writer/Director Bonnie Foster read ‘Wild Dreams of A New Beginning’ by Lawrence Ferlinghetti

Episode 5: Sensory

  • Eternal Student Alicia Zaklan read from ‘Three soldiers’ by John Dos Passos
  • Multi-hyphenate Ariel Banayan read from ‘Augustus’ by John Williams
  • Superorganism Kiri Bear read from ‘Sandtalk: how indigenous thinking can save the world’ by Tyson Yunkaporta
  • Historian Tom Griffiths read from ‘Gun Island’ by Amitav Ghosh

Episode 6: Outdoors

  • Artist-hypnotist Marcos Lutyens read from ‘Mount Analogue’ by René Daumal
  • Performing artist Rohini Chandra read from ‘The Dog Stars’ by Peter Heller
  • Floral Designer Katia Zaharin Barrett read from ‘Memoirs’ by Pablo Neruda
  • Poet Kate Reavey read ‘San Juan River’ by Esther Belin, ‘Concerning Violence’ and ‘From The Tent on the Volcano’ by Ursula K Le Guin, and ‘Pearly Everlasting’ by Gary Snyder

Episode 7: Time

Episode 8: Amplifying Black Voices Special Episode

This episode was stunningly guest-curated and co-hosted by Meredith Lancaster

  • Political genius and future law student Jaria Martin read from ‘The Children of Virtue and Vengeance’ by Tomi Adeyemi
  • Journalist Deonna Anderson read from ‘Homing Instinct’ by Dani McClain
  • Spiritual activist Lauren Kai read from ‘The Prisoner’s Wife’ By Asha Bandele
  • Performing artist Mallewi read ‘For My People’ by Margaret Walker

Episode 9: Worlds

Episode 10 happens August 31, 7:30 pm Los Angeles time. Join the mailing list now to be on the guest list.

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