Flashers’ Club IV: August 3, 2017

Flash fans, get your glow-sticks out and you furry boots on – it’s time for Flashers’ Club 4! We’ve got the usual open mic session, no need to submit in advance. Flashers don’t book. Sign up on the night and we’ll pull names out of a hat if there are too many people. Fiction 100-1000 words welcome, anything goes*.

Our special guest will be local novelist Jane Bailey, historical and young adult fiction writer. Jane will be sharing some of her writing. She’s also launching her new book ‘What Was Rescued’ just the day before, so you’ll be able to snag a copy fresh off the press.

There’ll be free litmags for all who brave the mic – we’re not mentioning title yet, it’s secret. It’s not that we haven’t got a mag confirmed yet. Don’t go thinking that.

We’re at Smokey Joe’s Coffee Bar, Cheltenham, on Aug 3rd, 7:30pm onwards. £3 in on the door, all profits to the very worthy charity First Story. Full details, disabled access info, FAQs etc on the website: www.flashersclub.wordpress.com. Follow us on Twitter @flashers_club or find us on Facebook /flashersclubcheltenham.

 

*except porn, polemics and Quentin Tarantino rip-offs

Summer Smut Slams (July and August)

In July Cameryn Moore brings even more Smut Slam to the UK

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where sex and storytelling collide

You know what a poetry slam is, and maybe you know about story slams, too. Now it’s time for SMUT SLAM, a fast-paced storytelling open mic based on real life, real lust, real sex. The Smut Slam features real-life, first-person sex stories, guest stories from our panel of celebrity judges, and also THE FUCKBUCKET, a convenient and funnily named receptacle for all your anonymous questions and confessions!

Things are changing a bit for Smut Slam UK. Cameryn is leaving us for a little while due to visa complications, and when she does there will be amazing guest hosts filling her shoes till she gets back. But before she goes she is stepping up the Smut Slam action and cramming in as many as possible, including the first ever Cardiff Smut Slam and a run of Smut Slam Cabernet at the Edinburgh Fringe!

Wednesday 12th July:  Stand Up Tragedy Presents SMUT SLAM London: “Sex Olympics” at the Dogstar (389 Coldharbour Lane, Brixton, SW9 8LQ ) This night will be hosted by guest host Miranda Kane who will be filling in for Cameryn in London for Autumn 2017. After this one Smut Slam London is taking a break, but only for a month, we’ll be back at The Dogstar on the 11th of September.

Wednesday 19th July:  SMUT SLAM Cardiff “Firsts” at the Castle Emporium (Womanby Street, Cardiff, CF10 1BS)

Sunday 23rd July:  SMUT SLAM Brighton: “Pride” at the Caroline of Brunswick ( 39 Ditchling Road, Brighton, BN1 4SB ) With guest host Mathilda Gregory!

Smut Slam Cabaret at the Edinburgh Fringe (Aug 8-24) at the Apex Grassmarket Hotel (31-35 Grassmarket, EH1 2HS Edinburgh) at 11pm. Smut Slam Cabaret is a little different to a general Smut Slam mostly because it isn’t an open mic. Expect finest filth at the Edinburgh Fringe, told by the people who lived it. Hosted by professional touring perv Cameryn Moore, this storytelling cabaret–which is based on the smash circuit of ‘Smut Slam’ open mics–boasts a rotating programme of real-life sex stories from real-life Fringe artists, plus sexy clowns, dirty music, burlesque babes, and sex toy prizes!

Monday 17th August: SMUT SLAM Glasgow: Pride at the Stereo Cafe Bar (20 – 28 Renfield Lane, Glasgow, G2 5 )

SMUT SLAMMERS sign up on the night to tell a 5-minute dirty story, based on their real lives, and a lucky eight to ten names will be drawn at random.

NOT A SMUT SLAMMER? Don’t worry. The audience is in for a good time at SMUT SLAM! Sit back and enjoy. All we ask is: – No interrupting. – No heckling. – No necking in the front row. Doors open at 8pm, and the smut starts slamming at 8:30. Admission is only £10 at the door, 18 and over please!

SMUT SLAM is CREATED by Cameryn Moore, an award-winning playwright/performer, sex activist and educator, and, oh yeah: a phone sex operator. She is super excited to introduce London and Smut Slam to each other! When not performing, taking calls, or actually having sex herself, Cameryn writes Sidewalk Smut: custom type-written pornography as street performance and literary art.

The Smut Slam originated in Boston in 2011, became thoroughly established in Montreal that same year, and has since traveled all over the world, with standing-room-only shows in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, a whopping 100+ crowd in Atlanta last November, and a sold-out show in Boston in 2016.


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Talking Tales #15 – 12th August – Bristol

The glorious 12th – never more so! I don’t mean the start of the football season and I don’t mean shooting of any other kind. I mean Talking Tales #15 is now open for submissions and is going to shake its tail feathers at you Saturday 12th August 2017.

Fresh from their one-date stadium tour at the Bath Fringe Festival, Stokes Croft Writers bring Talking Tales back home for the holidays. As the masses curse the width of Cornish country lanes, as the drips from a melting 99 ruin many a t-shirt and as the school run equinox occurs (equal distance from the last to the next), you…yes you…can fly safely to our roost.

Writers with a story that is all your own work, that you can read (in less than 10 minutes) and that will make our audience warble in appreciation – submit now!!!

Submissions for Talking Tales#15 close on Friday 4th August.                            

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

Event details – are stupendously straight-forward:

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

…time:       6.30pm on Saturday 12th August 2017.

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

We particularly welcome submissions from grouse and other avian friends.

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

Smut Slam June

In June Cameryn Moore brings even more Smut Slam nights to the UK

smut slam

where sex and storytelling collide

You know what a poetry slam is, and maybe you know about story slams, too. Now it’s time for London’s first-ever SMUT SLAM, a fast-paced storytelling open mic based on real life, real lust, real sex. The Smut Slam features real-life, first-person sex stories, guest stories from our panel of celebrity judges, and also THE FUCKBUCKET, a convenient and funnily named receptacle for all your anonymous questions and confessions!

Tuesday 13th June: SMUT SLAM Bristol: Spring Fever! at The Brunswick Club (16 Brunswick Square, Bristol, BS2 8NX )

Wednesday 14th June: Stand Up Tragedy Presents SMUT SLAM London: BACK at the Dogstar (389 Coldharbour Lane, Brixton, SW9 8LQ )

Sunday 18th June:  SMUT SLAM Brighton: “It’s All Relative” Caroline of Brunswick ( 39 Ditchling Road, Brighton, BN1 4SB )

Monday 19th June: SMUT SLAM Glasgow: Sex Olympics at The Rum Shack (657 – 659 Pollokshaws Road, Glasgow, G41 2AB)

Tuesday 20th: SMUT SLAM Edinburgh: “Let’s Play!” at Woodland Creatures (260-262 Leith Walk, Edinburgh EH6 5EL)

SMUT SLAMMERS sign up on the night to tell a 5-minute dirty story, based on their real lives, and a lucky eight to ten names will be drawn at random.

NOT A SMUT SLAMMER? Don’t worry. The audience is in for a good time at SMUT SLAM! Sit back and enjoy. All we ask is: – No interrupting. – No heckling. – No necking in the front row. Doors open at 8pm, and the smut starts slamming at 8:30. Admission is only £10 at the door, 18 and over please!

SMUT SLAM is CREATED by Cameryn Moore, an award-winning playwright/performer, sex activist and educator, and, oh yeah: a phone sex operator. She is super excited to introduce London and Smut Slam to each other! When not performing, taking calls, or actually having sex herself, Cameryn writes Sidewalk Smut: custom type-written pornography as street performance and literary art.

The Smut Slam originated in Boston in 2011, became thoroughly established in Montreal that same year, and has since traveled all over the world, with standing-room-only shows in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, a whopping 100+ crowd in Atlanta last November, and a sold-out show in Boston in 2016.


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Story Friday South – call for submissions

Story Friday South is at the end of June, in the long hot days of summertime, and we’ve chosen the theme ‘South’ to set us all up for the summer hols. Whether you go for the blues and sleepytime down south, the breezes and tunes of South Pacific, the waves of southern oceans or the platforms of Southern Trains – or whether you take a different tack altogether – we hope ‘South’ gets your creative juices flowing. Story Friday South will be on Friday 30th June, deadline for submissions is the 19th June. Stories should be a maximum of 2,000 words. Please make sure you can come to Bath for Story Fridays on the 30th June before you submit.  We look forward to reading your stories!

For more information click here.  To submit a story please use the contact page on the website here.

Flashers’ Club May, and news about August

The third meeting of Cheltenham’s Flashers’ Club took place on the 2nd of May, and showcased some seriously good writing. Ten readers signed up on the night and surprised us with ten new stories featuring everything from amiable jocks to black holes. Take a look at our blog to read more about the night!

Free lit was provided by Open Pen, who generously donated us enough copies to reward each of our bold readers.

Ticket sales, plus a kind donation from the University of Gloucestershire, meant we were able to donate £69 to First Story.

There was no guest reader for this session, but we have some very exciting names lined up for the future. The next Flashers’ Club, on Thursday 3rd August, will host Jane Bailey. Jane is the author of five novels and a book of comic verse, and is also writer-in-residence for Cheltenham Festivals First Story, which promotes creative writing in schools serving low-income communities. There’ll be the usual open mic session with ten slots up for grabs, some fab free lit, and a chance to hear Jane read some of her short fiction. Tickets are just £3! Find full details on our website, or follow us on Twitter @flashers_club.

Talking Tales @ Bath Fringe – 2nd June

 

Talking Tales iStokes Croft Writerss going back to the Bath Fringe Festival on 2nd June.

You may remember that Banksy came along last year – but was stood up by Jane Austen. So in 2017 there’ll be ‘Even More Banksy…’ as the ever hopeful Stokes Croft Writers take the best stories from Bristol and beyond to grace the stage at Burdall’s Yard.

Talking Tales earned a rare and coveted 5-Star review at last year’s Fringe. In 2017, we want to do even better.

So we don’t just need submissions (all your own work – no more than 7 minutes when read), we need your best work. We need stories that will amuse and entertain a Friday night audience. We need humour and laughs. We need EPIC!

Think shining wit, think props, think glitter and submit your works to stokescroftwriters@gmail.com by midnight on 19th May 2017.

You can BUY TICKETS HERE and come along:

…venue:    Burdall’s Yard, 7A Anglo Terrace, Avon, Bath BA1 5NH.

…time:       8pm on Friday 2nd June 2017.

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