Remember that letter you couldn’t bring yourself to send? That funny anecdote from Christmas? That one piece of advice you wish someone had given you years ago? That unique experience nobody else will ever have?

To tie in with a month of events combining contemporary music and storytelling, the London Sinfonietta are hosting a citywide story swap.

BOD Letters

On Thursday 11 and Friday 12 February a new piece by composer Samantha Fernando will be interwoven with short stories by Raymond Carver, Jhumpa Lahiri and Lydia Davis, read by actress Lisa Dwan. Their music and words explore the challenges we all face in our relationships at different stages through life.

On Wednesday 24 and Thursday 25 February we premiere The Book of Disquiet by Michel van der Aa, mixing music, video, electronics and spoken word performed by Samuel West. It features the posthumous masterpiece of Portuguese poet Fernando Pessoa, made from the pages found in a trunk when he died – a treasure trove of scribbled anecdotes and idle thoughts.

We invite you to download the template below, or create your own. Fill it with a fragment of your own story and post it back to us. We will post it on to a stranger, anonymously, and send you someone’s story in return.

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(no stamp required)

Don’t forget to include:
– Your Name
– Email address
– Address (so we can send you a letter in return)

Download the Story Swap template.

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