Talking Tales #24 – 20th August – Bristol

Talking Tales is open for submissions for its flash fiction special event on 20th August. What’s special about it? You’re going to be there and you’re going to be reading.

If that seems a little presumptuous, let me explain. The flash fiction special is celebrating the art of very short stories, poems and all other forms of creative writing. We have an upper limit of 300 words and we have confidence in you.

We believe in your writing – whatever form that may take. We believe in your ability to knock our socks off at the beginning, the middle or the end. We believe you know that Talking Tales is a lovely night of stories, with a warm audience in a great venue. And we believe…this is the important bit…that between the tennis, the barbecue, the warm Summer nights, the paddling and the 99s – we believe you’ll pull your digits out and give us 300 of your best by 9th August (submissions close then). 

Hosted by the awesome Christopher Fielden who will also be launching two of his writing challenge anthologies on the night. Are you in them? If not, there’s no excuse not to be in the next ones.

Challenge Books  E-mail your submissions (300 words or less) to: stokescroftwriters@gmail.com

Event details – are stupendously straight-forward:

…venue:     Left Bank, 128 Cheltenham Road, Stokes Croft, Bristol BS6 5RW

…time:       we start at 7pm on Tuesday 20th August 19 – doors open at 6.30

…join-in:    the ‘finish the lines’ competition – win a Talking Tales badge.

Stokes Croft Writers would love to see you there.

Talking Tales #22 – 9th April – Bristol

2019 needs a Talking Tales don’t you think? There’s a lot going on this year, so between now and 9th April I fully expect there to be at least five seasons, 64 crucial Parliamentary votes and another pancake day.

Why not another pancake day? You will need sustenance and fortitude in preparation for a night of Talking Tales stories and performances. You will have some sweet syrupy words and some sharp biting ones, I’m sure – it’s always that way.

Filling and moreish, you have my word. You’ll have your words, in fact – if you submit. Submissions close on Friday 29th March.  We love your submissions!               

E-mail your story (c1,500 words or less i.e. to be read in less than 10 minutes) to: stokescroftwriters@gmail.com

Event details – are stupendously straight-forward:

…venue:     Left Bank, 128 Cheltenham Road, Stokes Croft, Bristol BS6 5RW

…time:       we start at 7pm on Saturday 9th April 19 – doors open at 6.30

…join-in:    the ‘finish the lines’ competition – win a Talking Tales badge.

Stokes Croft Writers would love to see you there.

Talking Tales #21 – 8th December – Bristol

Big laughs, big stories, small stories.

Talking Tales #21 is delighted to feature the launch of the To_Hull_And_Back_2018_Anthology_front_coverTo Hull and Back humorous short story anthology 2018.

All hail Christopher Fielden.

Many of the authors will be reading their listed and commended stories – including the winner Mr (nostrangertoTalkingTales) John Holland. You’ll laugh and there are some unexpected turns in some big stories to listen to as well.

But Stokes Croft Writers want more. There’s room for a couple of shorter stories too so why not submit and be in with a chance of being part of this brilliant night. Something around the 500 word mark would be ideal.

Submissions for Talking Tales#21 close on Friday 30th November.                            

E-mail your story to: stokescroftwriters@gmail.com

Event details – are stupendously straight-forward:

…venue:    Left Bank, 128 Cheltenham Rd, Bristol, BS6 5RW

…time:       6.30pm on Saturday 8th December 2018.

…join-in:    the ‘finish the lines‘ competition – win a badge.

We often smile in adverbs (supportively, happily, proudly) at new writer-performers.

Talking Tales #20 – 27th October – Bristol

British Summer Time could not possibly end without one more of these… Talking Tales #20 is now open for submissions.

Much will be familiar. The unbridled glee of Stokes Croft Writers, the unleashing of bright, evocative and quite possibly scary tales, the warm waft of supportive smiles from a welcoming audience. Once again, we are proud to be a part of the awesome Bristol Festival of Literature that you will know so well.

But as it’s still Summer time – we thought we’d throw you a googly and deliver TT#20 from Café Kino in Stokes Croft, just a few yards from our home at Left Bank. We shall be downstairs, where writers will congregate like ladybirds in your window frames – as serene and colourful, of course.

Writers with a story that is all your own work, that you can read (in less than 10 minutes) and that is worthy of a Christie Cluett introduction – submit now!!!

Submissions for Talking Tales#20 close on Friday 19th October.                            

E-mail your story to: stokescroftwriters@gmail.com

Event details – are stupendously straight-forward:

…venue:    Cafe Kino, 108 Stokes Croft, Bristol BS1 3RU

…time:       7.00pm on Saturday 27th October 2017.

…join-in:    the ‘finish the lines‘ competition – win a badge.

We often smile in adverbs (supportively, happily, proudly) at new writer-performers.

Talking Tales #19 – 16th June – Bristol

Time to get off your lilo and get writing for the mid-Summer edition of Talking Tales.

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Talking Tales #19 is sun ripened, Solstice appropriate and beach-ready for anything you can throw at us. So go on, show us your black and white bits – on a page that is, constituting a story for the telling.

The people will be warm. The beer will be chilled. Wine will flow like…wine…and it all promises to be a roasting hot Saturday night in, always cool, Stokes Croft. Wear flip flops and your best shades and listen to a brilliant mix of stories and surprises. All you have to do is write a story (200 to 1500 words should do it) and be ready to read it out on the night. Then send it to us so we can choose the best mix for the best of evenings.

Submissions close on Saturday 9th June – at midnight.                            

E-mail your story (to be read in less than 10 minutes) to: stokescroftwriters@gmail.com

Event details – are stupendously straight-forward:

…venue:    Left Bank, 128 Cheltenham Road, Stokes Croft, Bristol BS6 5RW

…time:       doors open at 6.30 and we start at 7pm on Saturday 16th June 18

…join-in:    the ‘finish the lines’ competition – win a Talking Tales badge

Stokes Croft Writers would love to see you there.

Talking Tales #18 – 21st April – Bristol

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It is my pleasure to announce a full cast of Stokes Croft Writers are ready, waiting, fit, able and back in the country for Talking Tales #18. No gratuitously titled ‘work commitments’ (in what looked suspiciously like a beach) in Thailand. No snuffles. And with a full complement of Talking Tales badges… probably… Bristol awaits.

After a fantastic start to the 2018 season, April marks Talking Tales’ 3rd birthday. For this special night you will be hosted by the Stokes Croft Writers’ official photographer:  Thomas David Parker. So, as we hoover the red carpet and erect barriers for the riff-raff paparazzi, you have four things to do:

  1. write a stupidly brilliant story – 200 to 1500 words should do it
  2. send it to us – via e-mail to the address below
  3. prepare your best threads and polish the silver snuff-box
  4. practice your most photogenic of poses for Tom’s discerning lens

There will be doors and they will be thrown open at 6.30pm.

There will be brilliance – there always is, it could be yours.

Submissions close on Saturday 14th April – at midnight.                            

E-mail your story (to be read in less than 10 minutes) to: stokescroftwriters@gmail.com

Event details – are stupendously straight-forward:

…venue:     Left Bank, 128 Cheltenham Road, Stokes Croft, Bristol BS6 5RW

…time:       we start at 7pm on the dot on Saturday 21st April 18

…join-in:    the ‘finish the lines’ competition – win a Talking Tales badge

Stokes Croft Writers would love to see you there.

Talking Tales #17 – 17th February – Bristol

We’re going early for the first Talking Tales of 2018 – long before the weather, we’ll be the warm front you’ve been waiting for. Before the crocuses have bloomed, before you’ve started your third diet, before you’ve completely negated the effect of a dry January – we’ll be there for you.

There will be stories hot and cold, short and long, entertaining and hearty-breaking. There will be laughs, there will be surprises and there will be slush, probably – but of the city-snow variety rather than the ‘Love Is…’ cartoons. We’ll be looking ahead to the Spring, not looking back at the midweek romancing and tbh, we don’t know what we’ll get – it depends on what you submit. So get to it – surprise yourself and surprise us.

I said we’re going early and we are – a 6pm start. This will save you from the worst of weekend reality TV and leave you the second half of Saturday night to get home and read the Penguin classic of your choice. Send your thanks with your submission.

Submissions close on Saturday 10th February – at the last stroke of Match of the Day.                            

E-mail your story (to be read in less than 10 minutes) to: stokescroftwriters@gmail.com

Event details – are stupendously straight-forward:

…venue:     Left Bank, 128 Cheltenham Road, Stokes Croft, Bristol BS6 5RW

…time:       we start at 6pm on the dot on Saturday 17th February 18 – doors open a bit before

…join-in:    the ‘finish the lines’ competition – win a Talking Tales badge.

Stokes Croft Writers would love to see you there.