Talking Tales #16 – 9th December – Bristol

We made it to the darker recesses of 2017 and by way of celebration  Talking Tales #16 is going to make a present of some laughs. It’s that special time of year again when the distant sound of sleigh bells is Rudolph and his mates going to the launch of the To Hull and Back Short Story Anthology 2017

  • Unwrap prize winning stories of humour, comedy, the surreal and absurd, but most of all…THE FUNNY!
  • Hear the stories placed first, second and third read by their very own authors – live, on the night, with words coming direct from their mouths to your ears.
  • Smile, stroke and give thanks to the Santa Claus of this event: Christopher Fielden
  • And still there is room for more: submissions open now!

Look under your bed (past the dust, the empty gin bottles and the John Lewis monster) and see if you have a story in your archives to share. Attach it to an e-mail (not a letter to Lapland) and note that submissions for Talking Tales#16 close on 1st December.                            

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 at 6.30pm on Saturday 9th December 2016

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

Stokes Croft Writers would love to see you there.

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World Kindness Day Party- stories can change the world

November 13th is World Kindness Day, and we at White Rabbit are celebrating it with a FREE storytelling event at Arts Admin!

World Kindness Day Party

Fundraiser, book launch and the “Story of Kindness” extravaganza!

When: Monday 13th November 2017 7.30pm- late
How much: FREE- donate whatever you are able to
Where: Arts Admin,Toynbee Studios,28 Commercial St, London E1 6AB. Tube: Aldgate East
Details here (no need to book just turn up or let us know you are coming on our facebook page here):

The Little Book of Kindness

What’s occuring?:
Bernadette will be telling a story and reading from her new book “The Little Book of Kindness”, there will also be short stories on the theme of kindness from storytellers Heather Burton, Jules Craig and Vanessa Woolf, plus a poem from Dan Thompson and some surprises on the night. We will be joined by representatives from 999 club, a homeless charity in SE London for whom we will be fundraising on the night. They will be showing  a film of their work and letting us know how to get involved.  There’s free party food, nice music, a bar serving cocktails in teapots, and a chance to join in crafting/creative writing by sharing your own story of kindness on the night. We hope to counter the negative narrative about our fellow humans, share more positive stories, and have fun!
Bernadette’s books will be on sale on the night, all profits to go to the 999 club.

“Be Kind” sign from People United

NEWS FLASH! we’re mega proud to announce that we have been chosen as one of the recipients of People United’s Be Kind signs, which will be on proud display in our HQ in Deptford from the 13th November!

Come join us and help change the world!

 

Smut Slam: November

In November Cameryn Moore brings even more Smut Slam 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 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, but there will be amazing guest hosts filling her shoes till she gets back.

Wednesday 8th November:  Stand Up Tragedy Presents SMUT SLAM London: “Big Bangs” 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.

Tuesday 14th November: SMUT SLAM Bristol: “Fireworks” at The Brunswick Club (15-16 Brunswick Square, Bristol, BS2 8NX). This night will be hosted by guest host Sam Scott.

For the next SMUT SLAM Edinburgh and SMUT SLAM Glasgow keep an eye on the Smut Slam Scotland facebook page.

For the next SMUT SLAM Brighton keep an eye on the Smut Slam Brighton facebook page.

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.

 

Story Fridays gets the shivers!

Missing Halloween already?  Been inspired by ghosts and ghouls and things that go bump in the night?  Story Fridays wants your stories on the theme of HAUNTING.  This is our firstly ghostly themed Story Fridays in five years, so we’re really excited and just a little bit scared already!  Stories should be 2,000 words or fewer, deadline for submissions is coming up fast on 13th November, and the date of Story Friday Haunting is 24th November in Bath.  Please ensure you are available to come along before you submit.  If you don’t want to read your story, and would like one of our wonderful actors to read it for you, please let us know when you send in your story.  We can’t wait to read them!  For more information, to listen to the kind of stories we like, and to submit your story, click here.

Spooky stories for grown-ups

Fearless folks of Faversham and Folkestone!

Prepare to be scared by some spine-tingling stories and ghoulish (PoundUniverse) prizes this Halloween.

We’ll once again be gathering around the fireplace in the opulent Drawing Room of Folkestone’s famous Grand Hotel to hear spooky tales written especially for Hand of Doom Productions on Friday, October 27 from 8pm. Drinks available from the bar.

Then, on Saturday, October 28, we’ll be chilling The Faversham Society & Fleur de Lis Heritage Centre at 13 Preston Street, ME13 8NS Faversham, Kent from 8pm where you can bring your own bottle of something to steady your nerves.

 

Both events cost £6. For more details for Folkestone, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/359715527786531/?ref=br_rs and for Faversham, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/404655723282887/

Hand of Doom presents Tales of the Triennial

Come and listen to six stories and a song inspired by the UK’s largest public art festival.

The fourth Folkestone Triennial, from September to November 5, sees 20 international artists creating site-specific public artworks across the town, relating to the theme of Double Edge.

Tales of the Triennial takes place at The Troubadour of Kent pub in Tontine Street on Friday, September 29 from 8pm.

Tickets cost £5 and are available online or from The Troubadour of Kent – Micropub.

https://www.facebook.com/events/125320654787708/

 

 

A Night of Crime (Bristol): call for submissions

The next event from Writers Unchained of Bristol is on Sunday October 22nd  between 7 and 9 pm at Southbank Club, Dean Lane, Bedminster, Bristol BS3 1DB and will be A Night of Crime.

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The crime needn’t be perfect but we know your writing will be. Bring us victims or perpetrators, good cops, bad cops or no cops at all. Bring us a criminal tendency or full-blown guilt. As ever we love to be shocked, stunned, terrified or highly amused.

If you’d like to submit, follow our guidelines. We will choose the stories that appeal to us and fit with the other parts of the programme.

Or you can just come along to listen! Tickets will £5 on the door.

Submission guidelines:

  • wordcount 500 – 1500 – complete stories please, no extracts
  • your story can be published or unpublished as long as you have the right to read it out.
  • deadline midnight Sunday October 1st 2017
  • only submit if you can read on Sunday October 22nd  2017 between 7 and 9 pm at Southbank Club, Dean Lane, Bedminster, Bristol BS3 1DB. We’ll let you know if you’ve been chosen around a week before hand.
  • email your submission to writersunchained at gmail.com with ‘A Night of Crime’ in the subject line
  • attach the story as a Word doc (or docx) or in the body of the email. Make sure you include your own name, the title and the wordcount with the text

We think this should cover everything, but if you have any questions we suggest you contact us via Twitter @bww_unchained or email writersunchained at gmail.com with ”Story Sunday query’ in the subject line.

Writers Unchained are thrilled to be part of

Bristol Lit Fest  2017.