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The StoryBench

We are a community of people who share a love of the written word. We meet to read stories, poems, songs… around a decided theme. This blog is a repository for all that is shared in these meetings.

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Meet 11: Loneliness

31 March, 2017 It was a somewhat lonely session with only three people able to make it. Discussion veered toward the difference between `loneliness' and `solitude'. Wendel Berry wrote ` In solitude one’s inner voices become audible [and] one responds... Continue Reading →

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Meet 9: Fear

Contributions this time explored the nature of fear, the utility of fear and a new (to most of us) genre of story-telling - the chat story. Enjoy... Torture by Hope, a short story (original in French) by Count Villiers de... Continue Reading →

When I have fears

By John Keats When I have fears that I may cease to be Before my pen has glean'd my teeming brain, Before high-piled books, in charact'ry, Hold like rich garners the full-ripen'd grain; When I behold, upon the night's starr'd... Continue Reading →

The Map of Tender (ness)

The Carte de Tendre (Map of Tender) was "conceived as a social game during the Winter of 1653-1654" by Madelaine de Scudery. The map shows a geography entirely based around the theme of love and represents the path towards love. On the... Continue Reading →

Swami and Friends … an extract

By R K Narayan shared by Devika

Meet Four : Childhood

11 November, 2016 The theme this time was ‘Childhood’. … and coincidentally, two of our regulars could not make it to the session because their little ones needed them at home. Talk about living the theme 😀 Everyone brought a... Continue Reading →

Dil-e-nadaan tujhe hua kya hai

By Mirza Ghalib. Lyrics  from rekhta.org dil-e-nādāñ tujhe huā kyā hai āḳhir is dard kī davā kyā hai ham haiñ mushtāq aur vo be-zār yā ilāhī ye mājrā kyā hai maiñ bhī muñh meñ zabān rakhtā huuñ kaash pūchho ki... Continue Reading →

The Lake

(Translated from the original French) The Lake By Alphonse de Lamartine Translated by A.Z. Foreman In 1816, at Aix-les Bains near Lake Bourget, Lamartine made the acquaintance of one Julie Charles. The following year, he came back to the lake,... Continue Reading →

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