The Natural History Museum has some weird stuff; a Tyrannosaurus Rex called Stan, for example. Want to view the penis bone of a sea lion? They’ve got your back. But imagine how intriguing an exhibition curated around the UK’s unnatural history, or more precisely, UK folklore stories you haven’t heard of… Welcome to the eclectic, immersive tapestry that is Audible Live: Hag.
This interactive, free exhibition is set to charm London, introducing award-winning authors and Sunday Times best-sellers and creating an immersive storytelling experience through the Instagram-worthy exhibits. Famed female wordsmiths will come together to delve into the DNA of reimagined, unknown British myths, fables, folklore and fantasy, drawing on historical manuscripts, ancient objects and fascinating photographs to create eight, fully immersive short stories.
Rather than sitting, popcorn in hand, watching the action unfold on a stage or screen, Audible Live: Hag plummets visitors right to the centre of these reimagined living folk stories, exploring a world far removed from our usual plane of existence.
Taking on a smorgasbord of topics; including otherness, identity, faith and gender, the stories are written by writers including Liv Little, editor of gal-dem, Daisy Johnson, the youngest ever nominee for the Man Booker Prize (she was 27 when her novel Everything Under made the shortlist). Also on hand to stir up imagination are Eimear McBride, the Bailey’s Women’s Prize For Fiction-winner and a Goldsmiths Prize-winner, Emma Glass, International Dylan Thomas Prize-nominee, Carnegie Award-nominee Natasha Carthew and Mahsuda Snaith, who won the Bristol Short Story Prize-winner. Snaith published her quirky, lovable, heart-breaking mystery The Things We Thought We Knew in 2017.
The free event will lead visitors through an audio journey, delving into the world of folk tales, all sourced from illuminated manuscripts found across the UK and Ireland and curated by Oxford University’s Old Norse legends and British fairy tales specialist, Carolyne Larrington. Just as the Brothers Grimm brought Germany’s rural folk lore alive, Hag catalogues the early myths and legends that have shaped the UK’s storytelling heritage, modernising the forgotten fables with new queer, feminist, working-class and diverse perspectives.
The interactive, immersive, mad, thought provoking experience takes place at Soho’s Vinyl Factory, all made possible by Audible, the audio book specialists. Set in a meticulously designed space, this will be the most fascinating journey you’ll take this August.