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!
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.
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 email@example.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.
Come and listen to some tales of May madness, Mayans and a certain hairy rock star at Hand of Doom’s May-themed story nights in Kent.
They take place in Folkestone on Friday, May 19 at the Grand Hotel, The Leas, and the following evening, Saturday, May 20, in Faversham at The Guidhall, both from 7.45pm for an 8pm start.
For more information, please go to Facebook Hand of Doom Productions
In May Cameryn Moore brings even more Smut Slam nights to the UK
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!
In April Cameryn was stuck in Berlin (long story) and so some of the nights had exciting replacement guest hosts, but for May Cameryn is BACK and she’s also bringing her SMUT SLAM Cabaret to the Brighton Fringe!
Tuesday 9th May: SMUT SLAM Bristol: Spring Fever! at The Brunswick Club (16 Brunswick Square, Bristol, BS2 8NX )
SMUT SLAM Manchester: Date, venue and theme tbc – Search for Smut Slam Manchester on FB
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.
In line with this year’s Refugee Week theme of ‘Our Shared Future’, we invite you to an evening of read aloud brand new short stories responding to the theme of The Future. In a rapidly changing world, we are inspired to explore what Utopian/dystopian futures might lie ahead.
Tickets includes free food, competitions and prizes and all proceeds will go to Greenwich Refugee Aid
Date and time:23rd June 2017, 7.30pm (ends 11ish)
Place: Toynbee Studios
28 Commercial Street
Nearest tube: Aldgate East
Tickets : £8 with free food, all proceeds going to GRACE (see above)
We are looking for writers!
We are looking for FICTION stories of around 1000 words on the theme of The Future. We would love to hear from writers who have a personal connection, indirectly or directly, with the refugee experience, AND/OR writers who are moved or inspired by the refugee experience. We prefer writers to attend so please let us know if you are unable to. We can give you complimentary tickets for two of your guests. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org by midnight Friday 2nd June.
“Comic… haunting… offbeat… unexpected… an enchanted night” ****
Unlucky for none Talking Tales #13 is still open for submissions until Friday 14th April and is due for take-off on Saturday the 22nd.
We can guarantee:
- Complimentary smiles from all at Stokes Croft Writers
- In-flight entertainment with stories to make you laugh, ponder, squirm and shiver
- Unbroken sunshine…or if not that, a very warm welcome
- A safe landing and happy times until you fly with us again
Our promise: if you book your seat at Talking Tales, you will fly with us. We have never felt the need to call security and have anyone dragged down our aisles.
Submissions for Talking Tales#13 close on 14th April.
E-mail your story (to be read in less than 10 minutes) to: email@example.com
Event details – are stupendously straight-forward:
…venue: Left Bank, 128 Cheltenham Road, Stokes Croft, Bristol BS6 5RW
…time: cabin crew prepare for take-off at 6.30pm on Saturday 22nd April 2017.
…join-in: the ‘finish the lines’ competition – win a badge.
We’d love to see you there – it’s our second birthday.