The Galley Club

Judith & Irene – The science of storytelling and the art of reading aloud

Judith & IreneTuesday, 1 May 2018; 6:30pm at The Water Rats, Gray’s Inn Road, King’s Cross.

If you’re sitting comfortably, we’ll begin… Why do we tell stories?

Judith Watts introduces some of the science and psychology behind why we narrate, listen and read, and asks what happens to us – good and bad – when we do.

Irene Friend takes you on a journey of exploration in storytelling. Together, we’ll discover some of the technical, physical and vocal tricks that can be used to enhance story for both the audience and the teller.

Judith Watts is well-known to Galley Club members, having lectured to us before. Currently, she combines lecturing to publishing postgraduates at City University and new ventures of pop-up publishing and a new family-run vinyl record shop Her work in the industry includes 10 years at Routledge, a marketing services start-up, and freelance project management. She took a publishing career break to do an MFA in Creative Writing and is a published poet and writer. Much of Judith’s work is erotically flavoured and she is author of Hodder’s Teach Yourself Erotic Fiction. She us currently finishing her PhD on Mills & Boon. Judith Watts02s


Irene Friend is an accomplished voice coach, an author and promoter of public reading via her enterprise Ink17. She is a graduate of the National Conservatoire of Wales with a BA Hons in Acting Studies from RWCMD


All credit to Todd Pacey for these pics.

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Irene has worked independently in Voice and Confidence coaching for 2 years. The youngest daughter of two lawyers with three older sisters, Irene spent her young life learning not just how to communicate; also how to listen. She grew up observing and imitating those around her (whether they liked it or not).


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