Alison Mott is creating a collection of stories
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Hi there - welcome to my Patreon page!  I'm Alison and I'm a writer and story collector.  I'm looking for patrons to support me to gather real stories from real people and then publish them. 

Some of those stories will be by people that I meet, typed up from their handwritten copy or from recordings I've taken as we chat.  Others will be written by myself, whether snatches of my own life story or stories I've come across through my research.

The clock's ticking on some of the tales I want to collect and, sadly, one old gentleman's stories have already moved beyond my reach, lost to the world forever.  I fit what I can around teaching and freelance work to pay the bills, but patron support would increase the time I have available for helping people to write up their memories, for recording interviews and for formatting the stories I gather so I can share them around.

I love wheedling stories out of people - in queues at the supermarket, on buses and trains, over a drink in the pub, in writing groups and workshops. I have one of those faces, apparently: strangers tell me about themselves and I love to listen. Connecting with people through storytelling is one of my greatest joys.

And people's lives are fascinating. 

Like that of Diana, who grew up on the island of Jersey under German occupation and in travelling the world as an adult, met the German officer she'd loved as a teenager.

Or the friend of a friend who lived in an ordinary council house in my ordinary home town, whose neighbour just happened to be a world-renowned footballing legend.

Or the story of my parents - a Cockney and a Yorkie Pud, who met in the Midlands and made memories, mayhem and six children before divorcing and going their separate ways.

Now and again a diamond of a story sets my scalp tingling, but even the most 'ordinary' of tales resonates in one way or another. In listening to people’s life stories, I usually learn a little more about my own.

Every day I hear tales I want to catch before they disappear.  Every day I hear stories which deserve a bigger audience than just me – an audience who would gain so much from hearing them.

Your support will buy me the time I need to collect those stories and send them out into the world.
Rewards
Become A Patron
$1.50 or more per month 1 patron
Unlock exclusive content and join my community of patrons. Thank you!

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  • Access to patron-only content
Social Media Follow
$3 or more per month 0 patrons
Let's make it official on social media.

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  • Access to patron-only content
  • Social media follow
Name In The Credits
$6 or more per month 0 patrons
As a patron, you'll be recognized for making my work possible.

Includes
  • Access to patron-only content
  • Social media follow
  • Credits on upcoming piece
Signed Digital Poster
$12 or more per month 0 patrons
One signed digital poster coming your way!

Includes
  • Access to patron-only content
  • Social media follow
  • Credits on upcoming piece
  • Signed digital poster
Personalized Poem
$60 or more per month 0 of 5 patrons
I'll write a poem, just for you.

Includes
  • Access to patron-only content
  • Social media follow
  • Credits on upcoming piece
  • Personalized poem
Join The Team
$120 or more per month 0 of 2 patrons
Let's work together on an upcoming piece.

Includes
  • Access to patron-only content
  • Social media follow
  • Credits on upcoming piece
  • Collaborate on an upcoming narrative
Goals
$1 of $300 per month
I'll publish an anthology of some of the stories I've collected. 
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Hi there - welcome to my Patreon page!  I'm Alison and I'm a writer and story collector.  I'm looking for patrons to support me to gather real stories from real people and then publish them. 

Some of those stories will be by people that I meet, typed up from their handwritten copy or from recordings I've taken as we chat.  Others will be written by myself, whether snatches of my own life story or stories I've come across through my research.

The clock's ticking on some of the tales I want to collect and, sadly, one old gentleman's stories have already moved beyond my reach, lost to the world forever.  I fit what I can around teaching and freelance work to pay the bills, but patron support would increase the time I have available for helping people to write up their memories, for recording interviews and for formatting the stories I gather so I can share them around.

I love wheedling stories out of people - in queues at the supermarket, on buses and trains, over a drink in the pub, in writing groups and workshops. I have one of those faces, apparently: strangers tell me about themselves and I love to listen. Connecting with people through storytelling is one of my greatest joys.

And people's lives are fascinating. 

Like that of Diana, who grew up on the island of Jersey under German occupation and in travelling the world as an adult, met the German officer she'd loved as a teenager.

Or the friend of a friend who lived in an ordinary council house in my ordinary home town, whose neighbour just happened to be a world-renowned footballing legend.

Or the story of my parents - a Cockney and a Yorkie Pud, who met in the Midlands and made memories, mayhem and six children before divorcing and going their separate ways.

Now and again a diamond of a story sets my scalp tingling, but even the most 'ordinary' of tales resonates in one way or another. In listening to people’s life stories, I usually learn a little more about my own.

Every day I hear tales I want to catch before they disappear.  Every day I hear stories which deserve a bigger audience than just me – an audience who would gain so much from hearing them.

Your support will buy me the time I need to collect those stories and send them out into the world.

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Rewards
Become A Patron
$1.50 or more per month 1 patron
Unlock exclusive content and join my community of patrons. Thank you!

Includes
  • Access to patron-only content
Social Media Follow
$3 or more per month 0 patrons
Let's make it official on social media.

Includes
  • Access to patron-only content
  • Social media follow
Name In The Credits
$6 or more per month 0 patrons
As a patron, you'll be recognized for making my work possible.

Includes
  • Access to patron-only content
  • Social media follow
  • Credits on upcoming piece
Signed Digital Poster
$12 or more per month 0 patrons
One signed digital poster coming your way!

Includes
  • Access to patron-only content
  • Social media follow
  • Credits on upcoming piece
  • Signed digital poster
Personalized Poem
$60 or more per month 0 of 5 patrons
I'll write a poem, just for you.

Includes
  • Access to patron-only content
  • Social media follow
  • Credits on upcoming piece
  • Personalized poem
Join The Team
$120 or more per month 0 of 2 patrons
Let's work together on an upcoming piece.

Includes
  • Access to patron-only content
  • Social media follow
  • Credits on upcoming piece
  • Collaborate on an upcoming narrative