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Sep 28, 2018 Shaking Hands 0 comments
This post was first published by The Croydonist on 26/09/2018.


In case you missed our exciting news last week, we shared that we are branching out into the world of audio, and are launching a brand new podcast series ‘Tales of Croydonia’ to celebrate this year’s Croydon Literary Festival which takes place on 27 October.

The name gives it away doesn’t it folks – stories relating to our beloved borough written by Croydon’s pool of literary talent. You’ll not only be able to enjoy these stories via our site, but also via SpotifyiTunes, Amazon Alexa, and just about anywhere else you get your audio fix from and all completely FREE.

Elizabeth Sheppard

Elizabeth Sheppard recording her Tales of Croydonia

Series one showcases tales by established and up-and-coming authors who are from or inspired by Croydon, including rising author Elizabeth Sheppard, playwright Jenny Lockyer and up-and-coming writer Amy Jones. Expect twists and turns, ghosts and ghouls, drama and comedy from the borough in which Sherlock Holmes author, Arthur Conan Doyle, chose to live and write.

To this day, Croydon had continued its literary connections with famous names, such as Neil Gaiman, Sue Perkins, D.H Lawrence and Noel Fielding, to name but a few.

Tales of Croydonia started as a live event at the wonderful Oval Tavern Croydon, where local writers could take to the stage and read their work. We have taken a selection of these of diverse and quirky short stories to create a podcast series to share with the world.

So without further ado here is the first episode.

The Croydonist presents Tales of Croydonia 
in association with The Oval Tavern Croydon.

Episode 1: The Spirit of Croydon by Elizabeth Sheppard

Alvin shuts  the Croydon Visitor Centre for the evening, but all is not as it seems as he makes his way along Dingwall Road. What is that noise coming from the building site?

The Spirit of Croydon is a clever tale with wit and charm that takes an unexpected turn. It is a relatable story to any city, town, borough or village, leaving readers to ponder, for better or worse,  the evolution of a local area.

Elizabeth Sheppard (Liz Sheppard-Jones) is former associate editor of the Croydon Citizen news magazine, author of ‘Not A Proper Child’ (Mirror Books 2018) with Nicky Nicholls and a regular contributor to Tales of Croydonia.

Why not subscribe to the series on iTunes to get each new episode as it’s released.

We’ll update you on our social channels as new stories go live so follow @croydonist on twitterinstagram and facebook.

Croydonist and CLF short story competitionAlso don’t forget to put your writing hats on, as we have teamed up with Croydon Literary Festival to run a short story competition – the winning entry will be recorded for series two or Tales of Croydonia. You still have plenty of time – deadline is the day of the festival, Saturday 27 October. Full details on how to enter here.

Posted by Angela and Julia