Smut Slam: March

In March 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!

This month Edinburgh and Windsor have been added to the Smut Slam tour list:

Wednesday 8th March: Stand Up Tragedy Presents SMUT SLAM London: Planes, Trains and Automobiles at the Dogstar (389 Coldharbour Lane, Brixton, SW9 8LQ )

Thursday 9th March: SMUT SLAM Brighton: Planes, Trains and Automobiles at Moksha Caffe (4-5 York Place, Brighton, BN1 4GU)

Tuesday 14th March: SMUT SLAM Bristol: The Great Outdoors at the The Brunswick Club (16 Brunswick Square, BS2 8NX)

Saturday 18th March: SMUT SLAM Windsor: Firsts at The Firestation (The Old Court, St. Leonards Road Windsor, SL4 3BL)

Tuesday 21st March: SMUT SLAM Edinburgh: Firsts at Woodland Creatures (260 – 262 Leith Walk, Edinburgh, EH6 8)

Wednesday 20th March: SMUT SLAM Glasgow: Epic Fail! at The Rum Shack (657 – 659 Pollokshaws Road, Glasgow, G41 2AB)

Tuesday 28th March: SMUT SLAM Manchester – Venue and theme tbc

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. 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.


Open Mic Storytellers Wanted in Edinburgh

“Gone But Not Forgotten – Extraordinary Stories of Extraordinary Folks” – is a night of storytelling to be held at the Blind Poet in West Nicholson Street, Edinburgh, on Monday 2nd November 2015; celebrating the lives of inspirational people and combining an exciting bill of professional storytellers with open mic time to allow members of the community to share their personal stories.

We already have three professional storytellers on the bill, but now we want to hear from you. The To Absent Friends Festival is a people’s festival of storytelling and remembrance, and it aims to revive ancient traditions of remembrance in Scotland and give ordinary people an opportunity to remember friends and family members who have died.

Do you want to pay tribute to someone dear to you who is no longer with us? If so, please get in touch to sign up for a five-minute Open Mic slot.

Full details at this link

Stand Up Tragedy’s Free Festival of Tragedy

Stand Up Tragedy is returning to the Free Fringe with a mini festival celebrating the sadder things in life: 

‘takes in everything from music to comedy and is characterised by an emphasis on truth’ – The Independent

‘an entertaining bunch of melancholic oddballs’ – The London Word 

a ‘wildly diverse show’ – John Fleming

Stand-Up-Tragedy-poster_EDINBURGH-2015Like a Russian doll filled with laughter and tears, the Stand Up Tragedy team is creating a festival within a festival within a festival: inside the Edinburgh Fringe is the PBH Free Fringe, and inside the PBH Free Fringe is Stand Up Tragedy’s Edinburgh line-up. Building on two years of bringing quality tragedy to the fringe and four years of showcasing tragedy across London, we are expanding what we do to include even more diversity and emotions.

As well as putting on 12 hours of tragic variety, we are opening up the stage to include guest hosts and special collaborations. Added to this, we are producing host Dave Pickering’s first solo show and three public interviews with some of our tragic collaborators.

Stand Up Tragedy is more than a live show; it’s also a podcast, and during the festival our podcast feed will become a tragic channel, putting out the amazing array of tragedy recorded on our stages.

The aim of Stand Up Tragedy is to create safe spaces to talk about unsafe things.

Stand Up Tragedy: 8th – 30th August (except Tuesdays), 7:30pm at the Banshee Labyrinth, 29 – 35 Niddry Street, EH1 1LG, Venue 156

Getting Better Acquainted:  11th, 18th,25th August, 7:30pm at the Banshee Labyrinth

What About the Men? Mansplaining Masculinity:  12.05pm 8th-30th August (except Mondays) at Cabaret Voltaire, 36 Blair St, EH1 1QR, Venue 338

12 Hours of Tragedy:

Stand Up Tragedy aims to make audiences laugh until they cry and cry until they laugh. We invite performers from all parts of the arts to stand up and tell tragedy. We make you sad; we make you think; we make you smile. Expect music, comedy, fiction, spoken word, true stories and more, all playing up to the tragic form but not always taking it too seriously.

Our August 2015 line-ups include Tiernan Douieb, Shazia Mirza, Rob Auton, Adrienne Truscott, Christian Talbot, BBC Poetry Slam Winner Sophia Walker and Asian Women of the Year Award winner Sajeela Kershi. Every show offers a completely new combination of tragic flavours. Stand SUT shows are happening on 8-9th, 12-14th, 16th, 19th-21st, 26th-27th, 30th August.

The show is hosted and curated by “fiercely intelligent and intelligently fierce storyteller Dave Pickering (Exeunt Magazine), “a man with an obvious and commendable taste for the bizarre.” (John Fleming).

What About the Men? Mansplaining Masculinity:

WATM_poster-2015Dave Pickering takes us on a personal journey through gender as he tries to explain masculinity both to you and to himself. Part true storytelling, part TED talk and part apology, the show looks at how the patriarchy hurts men too, how the patriarchy has hurt him, and how he has hurt people because of patriarchy. Drawing on an anonymous survey of 1000 men, feminist theory, internet memes and his life experience, Dave will explain the conclusions he has come to after 33 years of trying to make peace with being a man.

The #ManSurvey, which was started as research for the show, has become a thing of it’s own. All 1000 responses plus analysis is collected together as an open-source resource at

Content note: This piece will talk at times about violence, sexual assault and bullying.

Cookie note: Dave will not be accepting your cookies for this show, but he will offer you cookies at the end.

The London preview of the show is at the Dogstar in Brixton on the 23rd July from 7:30pm.

It will also be previewed at Standon Calling on Friday 1st August.

Special Editions:

0003Stand Up Tragedy is dedicated to having multiple voices and approaches to the tragic, and so we have invited some guest hosts and collaborators to help expand what we do. We have eight special editions of the show:

10th August: Tragic Jabba: hosted and curated by Jenni Pascoe from the North East based spoken word night Jibba Jabba.  “showcasing the great and good of the region’s spoken word and poetry scene” Narc Magazine

15th August: Tragedy Fails Better:  Hosted by Varjack and Simpson, this podcast crossover with their Fail Better podcast will look at the tragic failures performers have had on and off stage. “a great rapport and on-stage chemistry and a natural feel for what’s funny and how to engage the crowd.” Sabotage Reviews

17th August: Guest host: Samantha Mann:  hosted and curated by Samantha Mann. “Samantha Mann is a minutely observed comic creation for those who love cringe humour.” Roger Cox, The Scotsman

22nd August: Tragic Violence: a showcase of the most tragic comedy that sketch group Casual Violence! have created.  Casual Violence mix Game of Thrones, the League of Gentlemen and Roald Dahl to create dark, twisted and silly skits… Leading the new wave of sketch comedy” The Sunday Times

23rd August: Other Tragedies:  a special edition of Other Voices spoken word cabaret, where all the tragedy is delivered by people from groups we rarely hear from. ‘A showcase of spoken word at its best… Don’t miss this, it’s wonderful’ Three Weeks

24th August: Guest host: Keith Jarrett:  hosted and curated by London-based serial poetry slam champion Keith Jarrett “his astonishingly practiced delivery and his inclusive manner just invites you into his words” Sabotage Reviews

28th August: Guest host: Lucy Ayrton: hosted and curated by Oxford-based spoken word storyteller Lucy Ayrton “Storytelling as it’s meant to be” Three Weeks

29th August: Guest host: Louise Fazackerley:  hosted and curated by Wigan-based poet Loise Fazackerley. ‘a voice that tingles with promise’ Ian McMillan

Getting Better Acquainted:

Getting Better AcquaintedGetting Better Acquainted is a weekly podcast where we join Dave Pickering on his journey to get better acquainted with the people he knows from his closest friends and family to someone he once met at a party. It’s partly an oral history project, partly an autobiography through conversation, and partly a collection of opinions and experiences recounted by an ever-growing latticework of people. There are lots of shows about famous people; this is a show about the rest of us.

GBA was nominated for a 2012 Radio Production Award, and has aired regularly on Resonance 104.4fm. It has been recommended by Time Out, was featured on the BBC Radio 5 live podcast special, Helen and Olly’s Required Listening, and was picked out as a podcast to listen to in The Guardian in November 2014.

Tuesday 11th August: Getting Better Acquainted with Jenni Pascoe

Tuesday 18th August: Getting Better Acquainted with Samantha Mann

Tuesday 25th August: Getting Better Acquainted with Keith Jarrett

In the press:

“Laugh? I Nearly Died: The Rise of Stand-Up Tragedy” (Independent, July 2012)

“Stand-Up Tragedy” (London Word, January 2013)

“Ten Great Storytelling Nights” (Guardian, March 2014)

“Stand-up comedy with Sophocles and Justin Bieber during World Cup football” (John Fleming, June 2014)

“Podcasts to listen to now: from Serial’s true crime to Bullseye’s pop culture” (Guardian, November 2014)

“Guest Blog: What Do Men Think About Patriarchy” (Girl on the Net, May 2015)

“Mansplaining Storyteller Dave Pickering” (John Fleming, June 2015)

“Fringe Benefits: Our Pick of the Programme” (Exeunt Magazine, June 2015)

Hear our origin story here:


Bunbury Magazine Issue Six

Hey Bunburyists! 

Remember that time when we did Bunbury Magazine and it had all manner of wonderful Bunburying things in it, like poetry and art? Oh, and all the Bunburyful short stories and interviews with marvelous people? You don’t?

            That’s alright because we are back! Back with a brand new issue for you; an issue you won’t forget in an hurry. And here it is:

            Since we last spoke, the rarest of things occurred – we actually had a holiday! Two, in fact, because we are bourgeois. We spent a week amongst the rolling sands and omnipresent cream teas of the South Coast. Whilst there, we had the chance to visit Kents Caverns in Tourquay, which was used as the basis for Hamspley Cavern. A prize to any of you fabulous people who know in which book it features. And no google! Just send us an email.

            The second holiday was more a labour of love than a rest – the love of bringing you all the high-standard splendiforousness you see before you.

            We spent five days in Edinburgh for the Fringe Festival. Five days of running around like blue-arsed proverbials, fuelled by coffee and neeps, seeing comedy and poetry performed by some of the finest comedians and poets it has been our pleasure to encounter. The feature for this issue presents to you the very best of the Free Fringe, but we won’t give too much away right now. We will just let you immerse yourselves in what they had to say, as well as the brilliant poetry, art and stories we have for you this time round.

There are many many people to thank for this issue, both for their support and for getting involved. We will go through section by section so we do not miss anyone out!

The beautiful front cover and the artwork was provided by Katryn Beaty.

Flash fiction by Joseph Roberts and William Morris.

Life Writing by Becca Hazleden.

Our non-fiction essay was written by our wonderful resident Bunburyist Amanda Madison.

The stunning poetry was submitted by David Subacchi, Karen Little, Leanne Drain and Sarah Hussain.

Engrossing short stories by Andrew Lee-Hart, Christian Carter-Stephenson, Edward Hodgson, Katryn Beaty and Paul O’Sulliavan.

We were so pleased to present Part Four of ‘Yum Yum’ by Kurt Jarram and give you the first part of ‘Unnecessary Person’ by Isaac Swift.

We also had the pleasure of doing a book promotion for a good friend of the magazine, Stephen James.

It was our honour to give Armageddon Stereo, a brand-new wholly awesome rap-core metal band from Manchester, their first ever interview.

And, here we go, our big feature on the Edinburgh Fringe Festival included Aiden Killian, Andrew Blair, Charmain Hughes, Darren Walsh, Fay Roberts, Hannah Chutzpah, James Christopher, Laurie Bolger, Mel Jones, Nygel Harrot, Chris Chopping, Phil Cooper, Stuart Laws, Amy Acre, Ben Target, Beth Vyse, Cormac Friel, Martin Sichel of the Panda Villa HotelRichard Hartnell, Ross McCleary, Pierre Hollins and Christian Reilly.

We are also looking forward now to the next issue of Bunbury Magazine. The theme is ‘The Unexplained.’ Have you ever seen or heard something so truly out there it almost defies rationality? If you have, we would love to see your wonderful work again!

As always, you can find all our social media garb at the bottom of this email. If you aren’t already following us on Twitter or have us on the Book of Face then add us and we can tag all those who have been part of this issue and past issues as well!

And as you know, we do not charge at all for reading this beautiful magazine – that’s just not who we are. All we ask is a share on Twitter or Facebook. Just something like ‘Hey guys, check out this zine I was published in.’ or ‘About to read Bunbury Magazine because I like my eyes and want to give them pleasure.’ Or even ‘HOLY F**KB**LS! I’M F*****G N THIS F*****G MAGAZINE! THIS IS F*****G AMAAAAAAZNG! READ IT AND EXPLODE WITH JOY!’             

Ahem. So we won’t keep you any longer. Thanks for coming to see us again. We hope you enjoy your stay. Don’t be strangers now.

            Keep Bunburying!

            Christopher and Keri.

PS – there may not be a prize for the ‘Hampsley Cavern’ competition anymore. It was a cookie but we ate it!


The Grind are currently taking submissions for their third issue. They publish poetry, short fiction, visual art, photography, and everything in between. All styles and genres are welcome and they do not shy away from the more experimental aspects of artistic expression. The first two issues, plus a short story collection, are available on the website.

Everybody who is published will be included in a PDF publication, as per the first two issues, and also an experimental digital project due to be released over the summer. More information will be released in the coming days and weeks. You can keep up with all The Grind’s developments via the website, Facebook and Twitter.