About the Salmagundi

The Salmagundi is an inter-active storytelling experience for 9-13's and their families. It tours to libraries in Stoke-on-Trent and to other venues in the city between 2014 and 2016.

The Salmagundi was commissioned by Stoke-on-Trent Libraries and is project managed by B Arts.

Author - Maya Chowdhry

Immersive Designer - Ruby Jennings

Digital Artist - Helen Varley-Jameson

The Salmagundi is supported by:

The Arts Council of England through a Grants for the Arts

Stoke-on-Trent Councillors

Who’s Involved

Ruby Soho

Maya Chowdhry

Maya Chowdhry is a playwright, poet and inTer-aCtive artist. Her work for the stage includes Kaahini, produced by Red Ladder Theatre and Birmingham Repertory Theatre and nominated for Best Children's Theatre: Writers Guild Awards (Capercaillie Books, 2004). Her other plays include: An Appetite for Living - West Yorkshire Playhouse, Seeing - The Royal Court Theatre & Tamasha, The Crossing Path - The National Theatre: Shell Connections (Faber & Faber, 2002) and Playing with Fire – TAG Theatre. She was writer-on-attachment at the National Theatre Studio in 2002. Maya’s seven radio plays include: the CRE nominated Four Corners for BBC Radio Four and Black is the Colour of My True Love’s Hair. Monsoon won the BBC Radio Young Playwrights Festival. Her poetry collection is The Seamstress and the Global Garment (2009, Crocus/Suitcase). She won the Cardiff International Poetry Competition with Brides of Dust. Maya has recently written and producer Tales from the Towpath, an immersive literature piece for Manchester Literature Festival.


Helen Varley Jamieson

Helen Varley Jamieson is a writer, theatre practitioner and digital artist from New Zealand, based in Germany. Her practice explores the use of digital and internet technologies in live performance, in particular using accessible digital tools to create transnational conversations. She has staged performances in domestic living rooms, libraries, traditional arts venues and purpose-built online spaces, and is one of the creators of UpStage, a web-based platform for cyberformance (live online performance). Helen holds a Master of Arts (Research) in cyberformance and has given workshops and lectures on this emerging artform for more than a decade. She has participated in many international theatre and digital arts collaborations, and is the "web queen" for the Magdalena Project, a network of women in contemporary theatre.