19th November – Winter Tales

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Winter walks, snowy landscapes, festive gatherings, mulled beverages, woolly socks and cosy corners…

Gather round and share some wintery tales, whether it’s some seasonally-inspired flash fiction, an anecdote from your own life, poetry, spoken word or your own interpretive dance of the first frost.

Or just come to listen and support our storytellers! Entry is from 6:30pm for a 7pm start.


Will in his traditional folk garb

10th September – Nostalgia

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The summers of your youth, music of your teens, snacks of your school days – which memories, moments and objects inspire the most nostalgia in you?


Share your stories in whatever way you like – flash fiction, poem, song, rap, comedy sketch or intepretive dance, it all counts1 Or just come to listen.


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16th July – By the Seaside

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We’re back for another evening of open mic variety storytelling, and this time the optional theme is ‘By the Seaside’.

We want to hear your tales of family holidays, youthful escapades, boat trips, local characters and coastal adventures. Maybe you grew up in a seaside town, or visited every summer? Perhaps you’re a cliffside rambler, or had a penchant for penny machines?

Whether it’s an anecdote, poem, flash fiction, rap or stand up routine, we want your stories, tragic or funny, nostalgic or nightmarish. Or just come to listen!


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14th May – Festivals and Music

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Which song conjurs up a very strong memory for you? Were you in a teenage band project you want to tell us about, an obsessive pop idol fan, or do you want to share your adventures from Glastonbury 1998?

Whether it’s in the form of a short story, song, rap, anecdote or poem, we want to hear your music-inspired tales, from dusty basements to colourful festivals, bedroom dancing to life-changing concerts.

Image: Tim Woolf

You’re also welcome to just come and listen if stepping up to the mic isn’t your thing!


Tell your mates, and we’ll see you there!

Shonette & Will x

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12th March – Mayhem and Madness

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Have you ever had a situation rapidly spiral out of control, or ended up in quite the pickle of your own making? Maybe you momentarily lost your mind in the throes of young love, or found it hard to keep your temper during a confrontation.

Share your tales of chaos and insanity in whatever form you like – short story, poem, song, interpretive dance, haiku, or crudely-drawn doodle. As long as it’s a story and within the five minute limit, you’re in, or just come to listen!

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15th January – Status and Reputation

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Time to stick it to the man! Or something.

We want to know what you’ve gained notoriety for, when you stood up to the powers that be, or when you’ve been acutely aware of your place in a hierarchy.

Have you ever had a reputation among your peers? Was it good or bad? And how did it come about? Or maybe you’ve gone from zero to hero in a situation – whatever it is, we want to hear about it.


Tell you story in whatever format you like – flash fiction, anecdote, poem, rap, song, or bawdy limerick.

Entry is free, and our two top storytellers will receive a free drink and the much sought-after Let Me Tell You a Story, Jack medals!

Bring your tales and your friends, you’re more than welcome to just listen and support our storytellers if you’d rather not go up to the mic.


13th November – Milestones (and our fifth birthday!!)

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Oh my word, how did we get to being five years old?

It feels like only yesterday that we were cramming 80+ people into the back room of the The Crofters Rights, the venue so fresh from their recent refurb that they didn’t even have a drinks licence yet (which meant BYO for us, wooo!).

Flash forward five years and we’ve hosted over 30 events, given out 50+ medals, heard hundreds of stories, and made more friends than we could ever have imagined along the way. We’ve forged a proper little community out of our eccentric events, and for that we’re both ridiculously proud and honoured.

Who’d have thought people would put up with five years of Will and I making up songs, improvising gameshows, pretending to be on a desert island or acting out our own version of Sherlock – it’s the free Maoams, right?



Sharing stories is such a powerful thing, whether it’s making people chuckle at your tales of teenage misadventures, or moving them with relatable memories of family, grief and lost love. I’ve laughed until I’ve ached at so many of our events, and I’ve also cried, cringed, screamed and winced. The bravery and openness of our storytellers always blows me away, whether they’re a seasoned raconteur or it’s their first nervous step on to a stage.

And all the way, our audiences have been just as brilliant – we’ve seen new faces every month, as well as managing to keep lots of lovely regulars who’ve supported us for years. Every month without fail, they’ve been respectfully hushed at the right times, and booming encouragement whenever it’s been needed. It’s what sets our events apart I think – an audience makes or breaks a show like ours, and for that Will and I are truly grateful for you always being awesome. Long may it continue.


So come and join us on 13th November in our new home at Left Bank on Stokes Croft to celebrate what we’ve achieved together over the years, and hopefully what’s still to come! The theme this time is Milestones, so bring along your tales of new experiences, key events and turning points to share in whatever medium feels best.

It would also be lovely to see as many of our medal-winning storytellers there as possible, wearing their medals and up for sharing a story – even if it’s of their first time at LMTYASJ!

See you there, legends.

Shonette & Will x

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