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.

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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.

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.

Talking Tales #15 – 28th October – Bristol

It’s back – full-on and foolhardy. Full of promises more reckless than the last… Talking Tales #15 is now open for submissions.

If anticipation is half the enjoyment, then you’ll be completely thrilled to know that Stokes Croft Writers bring Talking Tales back home to Left Bank. It will be an awesome Autumn night – one of many in the 2017 Bristol Festival of Literature.

Before you’ve even put your fireworks in the biscuit tin (remember that?), take advantage of the bright Harvest Moon and get writing. We want to hear your stories – short or long, pensive or personal, comic or tragic, fantastic and fabulous.

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#15 close on Friday 20th October.                            

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 28th 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 #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.