Here at Stealing Thunder HQ we thought we’d embrace the current situation and host some monthly story treats in the digital realm.

So we cordially welcome you all to #TheLockdownLounge.

It’s a lovely, spacious room, very much like your own in fact, with comfortable chairs and maybe even a drink or two where we can sit back and eavesdrop on a conversation between two artists, chewing the fat and shooting the breeze about all things story-wise.

Each month we’ll have another guest at the table.

We’ll be welcoming donations for the artists on the night and it’ll be hosted on Zoom.

Please see below or on our Facebook Page for the Zoom link, or send us an email at to let us know you’d like to join and we’ll send you the details.


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Meeting ID: 776 0203 2279
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Thursday 14th May, 8.05pm – 9(ish)

The Lockdown Lounge with Erica Wagner and Tim Ralphs


Erica Wagner is an author and critic, reader and listener. Her latest book is Chief Engineer: Washington Roebling, The Man Who Built the Brooklyn Bridge (Bloomsbury); she is the author of a novel, Seizure (Faber & Faber) and with storyteller Abbi Patrix and musician Linda Edsjö the creator of Pas de Deux/A Concert of Stories. She was literary editor of The Times for seventeen years, and is now a contributing writer for the New Statesman and literary editor for Harper’s Bazaar. She is a lecturer in creative writing at Goldsmiths, and when not doing any of the above, knits, cooks, bakes sourdough bread and watches Star Trek. Usually not all at once, however.

Tim Ralphs is a storyteller and active exponent of narrative in art. He gained much acclaim at “The Young Storyteller of the Year” competition in 2007, and was a British Award for Storytelling Excellence winner in 2012. He has performed everywhere from majestic Belgian castles, to muddy Shropshire fields,  to The Barbican and the theatres of Soho. His audiences find him equally captivating whether they are partaking of some cake in a cafe, sitting spellbound around a fire in the woods, or dancing furiously while he lays down his words over a frenzy of experimental rock.