Smut Slam: April

In April Cameryn Moore brings even more Smut Slam nights 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 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 11th April: SMUT SLAM Bristol: Epic Fail! at The Brunswick Club (16 Brunswick Square, Bristol, BS2 8NX )

Wednesday 12th April: Stand Up Tragedy Presents SMUT SLAM London: Feeling the Fool at the Dogstar (389 Coldharbour Lane, Brixton, SW9 8LQ )

Sunday 16th April: SMUT SLAM Brighton: at Caroline of Brunswick (39 Ditchling Road, BN1 4SB Brighton)

Monday 17th April: SMUT SLAM Glasgow: Theme tbc at The Rum Shack (657 – 659 Pollokshaws Road, Glasgow, G41 2AB)

Tuesday 18th: SMUT SLAM Edinburgh: Theme tbc at Woodland Creatures (260-262 Leith Walk, Edinburgh EH6 5EL)

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.


Submit your flashes to National Flash Fiction Day’s Micro Competition and Anthology!

National Flash Fiction Day UK is on Saturday 24th June 2017, and we are open for submissions for our Micro Fiction Competition and our Annual Anthology! Entry for both are free!

Competition: There is no theme for our competition, so feel free to send us up to three of your stories that are 100 words or fewer! Deadline for entries for our Micro Fiction Competition is Friday 31st March 2017. You can find out more information here:

Anthology: Once again we are delighted to open ourselves up to submissions for the annual NFFD anthology. This year the theme is Life As You Know It.

This year’s editors will be the Co-Director of National Flash-Fiction Day, Santino Prinzi, and renowned flash-fiction writer, Meg Pokrass.

We want stories inspired by the lens of your own experiences, stories that navigate life and the world as only your characters know how. Tales of hope, loss, fear, and resilience. Flashes about identity, vulnerability, and triumph. We want you to harness and make use of your own experiences in fiction: What are your secrets? What makes you cry? What keeps you awake? Feel free to interpret “life as you know it” however you like, but your flashes must fit the theme in some way.

However you care to work with our theme, we want to read your stories. The word limit is 500 words, and you can submit up to 3 stories. Please include them in the email as MS Word attachments, and follow all the guidelines below.

All writers who have a story selected for the anthology will receive a free print copy of the book upon publication. Deadline for entries for our Anthology is Friday 14th April 2017.

You can find out more information here:

This year we will be launching the anthology the U.K.’s first ever Flash Fiction Literary Festival, which will be taking place in Bath.


“Probasss_no14_invite_a4_050217_v2-1bly the best short story event in the South West” (Cheltenham LitFest programme), Stroud Short Stories is open again for your story submissions. And will be until 22 April 2017.

Ten stories will be selected to be read by their authors at our event on Sunday 21 May 2017 at the SVA (Stroud Valleys Artspace) in John Street, Stroud, GL5 2HA. Doors 7.30 for an 8.00 start. Tickets only in advance as we sell out each time. Ticket info will appear here when available.

The Rules and How to Submit are here. It’s free to submit, and the stories can be unpublished or previously published. These stories will be in our next anthology – due 2018.

The judges this time are brilliant short story writer Ali Bacon and SSS organiser John Holland. More info on them here.

Check out our website.

Story Fridays Ice – open for submissions!

Hi everyone.  Any plans for the New Year?  You have now!  Submit a story to Story Friday Ice and you could have the chance to come along to Bath and read it to a lovely warm and friendly audience!  We are teaming up with B&NES Library Service again and part of this Story Friday is a B&NES-wide competition.  So if you live in B&NES and haven’t had a story at Story Fridays before, you might win a thrilling prize as well as the chance to shine on stage!

We’re looking for submissions on the theme of ICE – short stories up to 2,000 words.  Deadline for submissions is 2nd January (plenty of time to get over that New Year’s Eve hangover!), and Story Friday Ice is at Burdall’s Yard in Bath on Friday 13th January.   Please make sure that you can come to the event before you submit.  Submit stories via the website

Thank you and we look forward to reading your icy tales!

Flashers’ Club open mic flash fiction night, 10th November, Cheltenham

Flashers Club will be holding its inaugural open mic night on Thursday 10th November, 7:30-11:00pm, at Smokey Joe’s Coffee Bar, Cheltenham. The mic is open to all writers of short fiction between 300 and 1,000 words. It’s open genre. Published or unpublished, old hand or debut, everyone’s welcome. We aim to be friendly and inclusive, and have a good time! Come along to read, or to hear exciting original writing.

There’ll be around 8 slots for readers, maybe more if time and story length allow. Names will be drawn from a hat if there are more readers than time. After each story we’ll have a short time for Q and A – not a critique, just a chat.

You can book tickets in advance or come along on the night. There’s a small entry fee (£2 + booking fee online, £3 on the door), all of which goes to the charity First Story. First Story places professional writers into schools in deprived areas to encourage children to write.

For lots more details, booking link and FAQs, see our website: You can also find us on Twitter @flashers_club, or on Facebook /flashersclubcheltenham . We’d love to hear from you!


Elbow Room Live (And a Sale)

Well, this is exciting… After what seems like an age we are returning to The Harrison for Elbow Room Live THIS coming Friday. Our line up celebrates both Volumes 13 and 14, with readings from Richard Skinner, Gram Joel Davis, Owen Vince and Harry Denniston.

We are also thrilled to have the chance to invite Jeremy Tuplin to the Elbow Room stage with his soulful music and intriguing lyrics.


We cannot wait for a night of incredible poetry, prose and live music and truly hope to see you all there. If you can’t make it (and even if you can) we are also having our first ever sale, with everything currently half price. Take a look around our website shop ( and hopefully see you Friday!

Stroud Short Stories at Cheltenham Literature Festival 10 October 2016


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The next Stroud Short Stories event will celebrate our fifth birthday – and will be held at the 2016 Cheltenham Literature Festival. It’s on Monday 10 October at 9pm. I have chosen my favourite seven stories from the 100+ read at SSS events from 2011-16. The authors will read them at the LitFest. Absolutely unmissable.

Tickets are £8 and are available from the Cheltenham LitFest website

John Holland (Organiser, Stroud Short Stories)

SSS Website


Small Wonder Short Story Festival


Don’t miss out on Small Wonder – the jewel in the crown of short fiction calendar!

Running from 28 September to 2 October at Charleston, the Bloomsbury home of art and ideas, nestled in the South Downs in East Sussex (shuttle buses to and from Lewes Station for every event).

Catch Ali Smith receiving the Lifetime’s Excellence in Short Fiction Award and a new generation of prize-winning writers including Kevin Barry, Eimear McBride, Lisa McInerney, Kei Miller and Petina Gappah. Lionel Shriver, Elif Shafek and Salley Vickers pay tribute to Charlotte Brontë, and actress Juliet Stevenson reads Poems the Make Grown Women Cry. Join in The Literary Death Match and the Short Story Slam and hone your own writing skills in creative writing workshops.

Browse the programme and book tickets now!

Flash Fiction Readings in Bath, 29th July

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If you’re in or near Bath on Friday evening, 29th July,  do come to hear fabulous flash fiction writers at our Evening of Readings organised by Jude Higgins at Bath Flash Fiction Award. Readings from acclaimed US flash-fiction writer, poet, writing teacher and editor, Meg Pokrass, who will be reading from51oCRJs7VwL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_ her new collection The Dog Looks Happy Upside Down

Carrie Etter poet, flash-fiction writer and Reader in Creative Writing at Bath Spa University who will be reading from her new pamphlet HometownHometown-001

together with award winning local flash-fiction writers

K M Elkes, Santino Prinzi and Diane Simmons


Venue: St James Wine Vaults, Bath.

Time: 7.30 pm – 10.00 pm.

Cost £5. Places limited. Book now at via paypal or any card


Story Sunday in Bristol: call for submissions

sun_wearing_shadesFollowing the success of our Spinetinglers and Love Hangover events, Writers Unchained of Bristol are holding another Story Sunday on

Sunday July 3rd 2016
Southbank Club
Bedminster, Bristol
from 6.30 – 8.30 pm

Expect an audience of forty to fifty hanging on your every word (or come along and hang on theirs!)

If you’re not a Bristolian that’s no problem – last time we had guest readers from Stroud, Newport and Bath – but you do have to be able to get there on the night.

This time the theme is Midsummer Madness.

If you would like to read on the night please submit stories from 500 to 1500 words by June 12th to writersunchained at gmail dot com 

Anyone selected to read will be informed by June 24th.

More details here and on the Writers Unchained website where you’ll also find (simple!) submission guidelines.


Tickets for non-readers will be on sale on the evening at £5 each.  A bar is also available.

Hope you can join us!



Bunbury has some amazing news for you!

Hello to you all from Bunbury Magazine! We hope you’re doing well. We’ve just swing by quickly to give you some absolutely terrific news and give you some updates.

First off, there is this:


You may remember last time we came by we were asking for your votes to get shortlisted for the Saboteur Awards 2016. Well, we only flippin’ went and did it, didn’t we? We want to thank you all for helping us make the shortlist. The groundswell of support has really blown us away. Keri and I are going to be true to our word and get the tattoos. Christopher is going for the words ‘DON’T PANIC’ and Keri will be getting an ampersand.

Now, we feel like the support we have got from you all has been showered over us but let’s turn this into flowers for May! We’re on the shortlist. We’re in it so we would like to try and win it. There is another round of voting to decide the winner open now. We would be absolutely made up to be able to come home with the big prize. If you need a little convincing, here are some reason that Bunbury Magazine is worthy of Best Magazine:

  1. Our commitment to supporting grassroots creativity, giving a platform to those who may not find it through traditional media.
  2. Our commitment to bringing you the best interviews we possibly can. In the past, we have had the honour to talk to Jasika Nicole, Michael R Perry, Phil Jupitus, Christian Reilly, Wil Hodgson to name but a few.
  3. The Edinburgh Fringe feature we do every year, giving coverage to the stars of the Free Fringe, those who make it a phenomenal place to be for a whole month!
  4. The focus we are now bringing to writing in our local area, giving space and a platform to the wonderful talent in the North West area.
  5. Check out some of the front covers. They’re so damn pretty!


And finally, if we win, not only will we get the tattoos, but we’ll go live on Periscope so you can witness them being done first hand. It’s going to be worth checking that out as Christopher is a complete wimp and will probably have a breakdown! You know you all want to see that. So get voting now folks. The link is below for you. There are lots of categories to get involved in too!

Sab AwardsIn other news, work is underway editing issue 13 for all you folks. If you sent a piece in to us, we will be in touch with you very soon. In the meantime, here is the theme for issue 14! The inbox is open now so let us see what you got, good folks! Click to the picture below for our submissions guidelines and details.bu275lp3jp

Other than that, we’re just keeping up the good work for you good folk. We have our trip to Edinburgh Fringe 2016 coming up so if you are up there performing do let us know and we will get an interview for our feature to you.

Thank you all so much once again for all your help and support. It really does mean the world to us.

Much love and keep scribbling,

Christopher and Keri xxx

Call for submissions

Unknown-4Story Friday in June is very near to midsummer so we’ve chosen the theme SOLSTICE.  We’re looking for stories about summer and sun, whether ice-cream or Icarus, and yes, the occasional pagan ritual might go down well…  Maximum word count 2,000, and do make sure your story reads well out loud.  The event is on 17th June at Burdall’s Yard in Bath.  Please make sure you can come along before you submit – but you don’t have to read if you’d rather not, we have some wonderful professional actors who will read your story for you if you prefer.  Deadline is 6th June.  To submit, go to the A Word In Your Ear website here.

Word Factory #41 & Masterclass – 19th March – London

Join the Word Factory in March for a day, or evening, of inspiration!

Masterclass: A.L. Kennedy – He, She & Me: writing in and out of gender

This is the second masterclass of our Sublime Women series, linking classes, salons, our reading club and offering opportunities to hear your work throughout the year

In her book On Writing, A.L. Kennedy takes the line, ‘A man walks through a door’, to demonstrate the difficulties and potential of a simple beginning. If you are a woman writing this scene, is the task even harder? Can male authors write convincingly about women? Writing in and out of gender offers liberation, complication and inspiration. In an afternoon talk looking at writing outwith and within one’s own sexual orientation and drawing on her own work, A.L. Kennedy will take approaches to character in general as a staring point for further discussion. Audience members may participate in exercises and conversation or feel free to simply listen to one of the UK’s most accomplished authors.

Book your place here – limited to 25 spaces.


Short Story Club

Join the Word Factory’s short story club and enjoy an espresso shot of great literature followed by a thought-provoking discussion. It’s fun – and free!

More info here, or email for this month’s story.


The Word Factory #41

Short-story writer, novelist and performer extrordinaire A.L.Kennedy leads our evening of readings as K.J. Orr launches her first collection, Light Box. They will be joined by two emerging authors selected in advance to read that night who were inspired by . Hosted by short story club maestros Sophie Haydock and Zoe Gilbert.

Get your salon tickets here.



Word Factory Membership – Fellow and Friends
Become a Word Factory Fellow or Friend and enjoy priority booking and other exclusive offers.

fellowTo help you make the most of the dynamic Word Factory programme of interlinked salons, classes and other events throughout 2016 – featuring unmissable writers including Marina Warner, A.L.Kennedy, Tobias Wolff, Neil Gaiman and Tracy Chevalier, we would love to offer you access to our exclusive Word Factory Friendship Scheme.

The scheme is of particular value to writers who, in coming to our club, salon and classes, are being inspired in their work by some of the most accomplished writers in the world.

By becoming a Fellow or Friend, you are also helping the sustainability of the only organisation in the UK promoting and supporting quality short story writing – a unique not-for-profit literary company run by and for writers.

Find out about being a Friend or a Fellow.


Year of Sublime Women

SublimeWomenMarina Warner, Helen Simpson, A.L. Kennedy, Tracy Chevalier, Helen Dunmore, Tobias Wolff, Kirsty Gunn, Deborah Levy, Neil Gaiman, Janice Galloway, Sarah Hall, David Constantine, Michele Roberts, Tessa Hadley, David Vann and many more Word Factory friends are joining us in a long overdue celebration of female short story writers.

Throughout 2016, they will be reading work by their favourite female writers, giving exclusive salons and lectures, and from this exciting literary platform we will be asking you to produce work inspired by our events.

Whether you want to savour the conversation or take up your pen and write a story inspired by Angela Carter, Alice Munro, Jean Rhys, Muriel Spark, Katherine Mansfield or Flannery O’Connor, we will find a space for you.

Full details of the classes and talks, content, class size and price, can be found on our events page.

Story Fridays call for submissions – Fools

Next Story Friday falls on April 1st, so we couldn’t resist.  The theme is Fools and we’re hoping for some wonderful tales of fools and foolishness and maybe some gooseberries.  Please send us your stories on Fools, under 2,000 words, deadline 21st March.  Make sure you can come along on the 1st to Story Friday in Bath before you submit!  There are full details of how to submit and any other stray rules here.  We’re getting great audiences at the moment – we had to turn people away for our last event – so we will pay writers who are successful £10 for their stories.  Enough to buy a pint to celebrate, anyway!  If you can’t make Story Friday Fools, we’ve got another one coming up in June – the theme is Solstice.  Story Friday is on 17th June, deadline for submissions is the 6th.  For more information go to A Word In Your Ear.

Bunbury Magazine here with Crime, Space and World Cup of Authors!

Hello to you all, Bunbury Magazine here! Lovely to see you all again. We are here with some news and updates for your eyes.

First of all, we want to thank all of you that have downloaded Issue Eleven of Bunbury. The response has been absolutely brilliant. If you missed it, then do not hesitate any longer! It is our crime-theme bonanza. Not only that, but we have an epic (we do not use that word lightly!) feature on the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2015, packed full of interviews with some of the best performers that were up there, including Phil Jupitus, Wil Hodgson, Cormac Friel and Christian Reilly. It really is worth it AND it is Pay-What-You-Like. Click the pick below to get your digi-hands on it today.

Issue 11

We are also on a drive for submissions for issue thirteen. The theme is Space, in memory of David Bowie. We are looking for short stories, poetry, flash fiction, art, photography. Anything really! Here is another picture to click, this time to our submission guidelines!

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At the start of February, we are having a bit of fun. We are running a World Cup of Authors. We have been through the Goodreads lists of best authors from 4 categories – Pre-19th Century, 19th Century, 20th Century and 21st Century (so far!) – and chosen qualifying authors. We want you to vote on who should reach the last 32 from each section. 4 from Pre-19th Century. We have another picture for your eyes now. It is the long lists of each category. Click on it to go to the tweet where you can vote for your favourites. Don’t forget to use the hashtag #worldcupofauthors.


Other than all that, keep your eyes peeled for a competition we will be running in the coming months. We are also starting our writing group up again. It is run in Bury, just outside of Manchester. It is a very welcoming group where you can share your work in a safe space and get some great feedback on what you are working on at the moment. We also run regular events with brilliant headliners. This year, we are also looking to start a poetry slam so it is well worth coming along if you live in the area. Full details on the group can be found here. (Yes, yes, another wonderful picture for you!


That’s it for now. Issue Twelve: Self will be out in February. We will speak to you all very soon. Take care and keep scribbling,

Christopher and Keri.


Story Sunday in Bristol: call for submissions

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Writers Unchained Story Sunday

Following the success of our Spinetinglers event in November, Writers Unchained of Bristol are holding another Story Sunday on

Sunday February 21st 2016
Southbank Club
Bedminster, Bristol
from 6 – 8 pm

This time the theme is St Valentine’s Day Hangover!


Writers who would like to read on the night are invited to submit stories from 500 to 1500 words by January 31st. 

Anyone selected to read will be informed by February 12th.

More details here and on the Writers Unchained website where you’ll also find (simple!) submission guidelines.

Tickets for non-readers will be on sale on the evening at £5 each to include our renowned cakes/canapes. A bar is also available.

Hope you can join us!


New Story Sunday event in Bristol

Writers Unchained, a group of writers based in and around Bristol,  are putting on a new event where members and guests will read short stories and flash fiction on the first Sunday of each month. The first Story Sunday is on November 1st from 6 to 8 pm at Southbank Club in Bedminster and the theme is Spine-tinglers.

Writers who can read on the night are invited to submit stories from 500 to 1500 words on this theme by October 21st. (Work published or performed elsewhere will be accepted).
Full details and (simple!) submission guidelines are on the Writers Unchained website.

Please note the special ticket offer for everyone who submits! 

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Critically acclaimed Verbose is back with more words in the ’burbs

“From literary heavyweights to emerging talents, this monthly night has them all” – Manchester Evening News

Live literature night Verbose is back from its summer break on Monday 28 September, with special guests from the Centre for New Writing at the University of Manchester: Ian McGuire, John McAuliffe and Geoff Ryman – “a stellar line-up”, according to the current issue of The Skinny.

Ian’s much anticipated second novel is out in spring 2016 while John’s fourth collection of poetry is launching at Manchester Literature Festival in October, so this is an opportunity to get a sneak preview of both artists’ new work. The September event will also be celebrating the launch of this year’s edition of The Manchester Anthology, a showcase of the work produced each year by students of the Centre for New Writing’s Creative Writing MA, some of whom will be reading on the open mic.

Now on its seventh outing with its popular new look, Verbose was recently named by The Skinny as one of the best spoken word nights in Manchester. Verbose invites writers who collaborate on projects and publications, and so far the night has welcomed acclaimed writers including Jenn Ashworth, Elizabeth Baines, David Gaffney, Nicholas Royle and Emma Jane Unsworth, and Man Booker Prize shortlisted author Alison Moore.

Taking place on the fourth Monday of the month at Fallow café in Fallowfield (2a Landcross Road, Manchester, M14 6NA), Verbose is free entry and doors are at 7.30pm. See Email


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:


Word Factory #35 & Masterclass – 25th July – London

Join the Word Factory for readings, conversation, masterclasses and publication with the most inspiring short fiction writers.

Story in Motion: with Jane Feaver

Jane Feaver is a novelist and short story writer, whose a collection of inter-linked stories, Love Me Tender, was shortlisted for the Edge Hill Short Story Prize. Read more about Jane.

‘…the essence of the story is motion. Do not let your chair be “a straight chair, with no arms and a hard wooden seat.” Let your heroine go over and take a firm hold of the back of a straight wooden chair, because at the moment it is stronger than she.’ Shirley Jackson ‘Notes for a Young Writer’. Jane Feaver, the novelist and short story writer, will explore the use of gesture and motion in the short story with reference to the work of Flannery O’Connor. Raymond Carver and more.

This workshop will study the gesture in the short story and some of the ways we might put ‘moveable articles’ to effective use. Suitable for writers sending work out and published, a chance to write and pay attention to detail.


Short Story Club – 4.15-5.15pm
Roald Dahl: The Great Automatic Grammatizator

Join us in July when we will read a dark and twisted (but bitingly funny) short story – The Great Automatic Grammatizator – by the brilliantly playful Roald Dahl. The story, written in 1954 (but still alarmingly relevant) imagines a world where stories are written by machines. This will strike a wry chord with all writers out there…

Email Sophie Haydock for more details and a copy of the story:

The Word Factory #35 – the intimate short story salon – 6-8pm

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Join us for an unmissable evening of storytelling with award-winning children’s author Michael Morpurgo; short story champion Jane Feaver; and one of the UK’s best short story writers Stuart Evers, chaired by Word Factory founder Cathy Galvin.