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19th July – Obsessions & Expertise

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What would be your Mastermind topic? Which subject causes you to reel off a long list of trivia to your disinterested friends in the pub?

We want to know your life-long obsessions, your teenage fandoms, your amazing hidden skills and obscure fascinations – share a story, reel off some facts, show us your party trick, or maybe sing us a song on the A-Z of your specialist subject.

patry trickExpect some Hanson-related stories from Shonette, and some bizarre singalongs from Will.

 

As ever, it’s free entry, free sweets – and all storytellers get a free drink plus a chance to win a sought-after Let Me Tell You a Story Jack medal!

Tell us you’re coming on the Facebook event

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4th May – School & Life Lessons

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We’re back on Thursday 4th May, and it’s time to cast your mind back to your school days and tell us about your fondest or cringiest memories.

Who was your favourite teacher? Who stole your lunch money? Who was your biggest crush, and did you ever tell them?

Or what are the biggest lessons you’ve learned since in the University of Life?

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Come along and share your tales, or just come to listen and cheer along our storytellers!

*FREE ENTRY*
**FREE SWEETS**
***A FREE DRINK FOR STORYTELLERS***

Let us know you’re coming on the Facebook event.

See you there!
Shonette & Will x

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2nd March – Remembering & Forgetting

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We’re back! And this time we want to hear about your dearest memories and the things you’d rather forget.

Share a short story or poem, tell us a tale from your personal life, draw us a comic or sing us a song – we welcome storytelling in all its forms – just make sure you stick to the 5 minute time limit!

Some ideas to get you started:

  • What is your first memory?
  • What is your most vivid memory?
  • Which songs remind you a key moment in your life?
  • Is there a person or item you’d forgotten about before rediscovering it?

We’ll also be doing a collection for the charity Mind on the night, so your donations would be much appreciated for this important organisation.

Join the Facebook event here.

As per usual:
*FREE ENTRY*
**FREE SWEETS**
**A FREE DRINK FOR STORYTELLERS***

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Friday 25th September – Our 2nd birthday party!

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Unbelievably, it’s been two years since we first lit up the stage of the very new (so new in fact, that it didn’t even have its license yet) Crofters Rights, and in that time we’ve met lots of people, heard some incredible stories and been treated to an array of weird and wonderful songs from Will.

Join us on the 25th September for an extra special night of storytelling – in addition to all the usual sweets, medals and shenanigans we’ll also have some special prizes, party tat and maybe even cake!

Pete Sutton reads his chilling story to our extensive audience

We’re really proud of the fun & supportive community we’ve created in the past 24 months, and it’s been amazing to see so many of you start off as nervous first-timers and then go on to be regular performers across the writing circuit, so hopefully you can make it along to celebrate with us.

Bring your best stories about birthdays, parties and celebrations – or just tell us about your best experiences at Let Me Tell You a Story, Jack! (it can’t just be us getting all nostalgic). As usual all storytellers get a free drink.

Facebook event (if that’s your thing) – www.facebook.com/events/1658212924414079/1668393516729353/

We hope to see you there!

Shonette & Will

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Wednesday 11th March – Lies, Scandal and Deceit!

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This month we want you to channel your inner hack and unearth some hidden truths and scandals!

We’ll be giving out those much sought-after medals for the best stories, so start thinking of what you’ll share with us. You could read us a short story, play us a nice tune, do some stand up comedy, perform a poem, or just tell us your most embarrassing travel anecdote.

The theme is ‘Lies, Scandal & Deceit!’ but you can perform about whatever you like – the theme is just to give you some ideas! If you are planning on telling us a story let us know on the Facebook event page or in a comment on this post, just so we can plan a bit in advance 🙂

Free entry, free sweets and there’s also a free drink in it for all performers. We always have so much fun, so make sure you’re there to join us – tell your friends too!

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1604936269721930

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More from our storytellers – Folklore, Fairy Tales & Swampy stories!

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Will in his traditional folk garb

Merry 2015, story tellers and story listeners! Here we are, into our 15th month of sharing tales, songs and sweets with you all, and every show feels better than the one before.

We had another full house this month, with lots of new faces, a great mix of stories and some lovely feedback, so thank you so much to everyone who came along and made it such a fun evening.

Did you also see that we got picked out by Bristol 24/7 again? Hooray for us! If you’ve seen a review of the night or have any photos please share them with us, or let us know if you’d like to feature in the next show.

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Will in his traditional folk garb

This month’s rough theme was Folk Tales & Festivals, with a rather wonderful poster designed for us by Stephen from Ink Spills Inc, and we made sure to give our audience some interesting sights when they arrived – including bunting and some impeccable costume choices from Will!

We heard from some great familiar faces, such as Sven our reigning Storytelling King, who told us about his role-reversal holidays with his mum in Amsterdam and Thailand.

Our lovely audience :)
Our lovely audience 🙂

We also had some excellent readings from local writers Angela Brooks (with her tale of Miranda, the dowdy woman who is anything but ordinary), Thomas David Parker (sharing his chilling story about a special shell with a sinister secret) and Christopher Cutting (with possibly the most intense story we’ve had to date, and about a train scheduler no less!)

Chris puts  on quite the show with his train planner thriller!
Chris puts on quite the show with his train planner thriller!

We also heard an excellent sci-fi-esque folk tale from Tim Popple, Alex’s short but sweet memory from a pop-up planetarium, a heartwarming community story from Gareth, and an assortment of anecdotes from the accident-prone Jimmy. All of these storytellers were performing for the first time, so well done! 🙂

Of course we also had our winners of the audience vote, now recipients of the much sought after Let Me Tell You a Story Jack medals! Our talented winners were Christie with her short story of romance in a lift, and Andy with his selection of short, sweet and sardonic fairytales.

A quick summary of writer links:

Thanks once again to everyone who came along – we’ll see you again in mid March!

Shonette & Will

Will closes the show with his sea shanty, 'Row, row you ****s'
Will closes the show with his sea shanty, ‘Row, row you ****s’

More from our Storytellers!

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Another full house this month, hooray!

In addition to a fantastic turnout and lovely audience, we also had a bumper edition of stories from old friends and newcomers alike.

Our crowned storytelling king Sven read us the first chapter of his novel after a year of delighting us with his travel anecdotes at every show, we had a wonderful piece about measuring success from Natalie Burns, Shonette told us about a surreal spooky hen do she went on, and we also had some short snippet stories from Amy, Simon and Matt.

Our prize winners this month were Thomas David Parker and L.E.Turner, with their respective tales of scary spidery writing god Anansi, and rabid, radioactive badgers.

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A packed Crofters Rights – that’s what we like to see!

Our next show will be in mid January, so look out for more info nearer the time. If you need a storytelling fix before then, here are some other lovely evenings for you to consider:

Small Stories
Based in Small Bar on the first Monday of every month, this night attracts a great professional and aspiring author crowd.
twitter.com/SmallStoryBris

Bright Club
Science, comedy, stories, sweets. What more could you want?
brightclubbristol.wordpress.com

The Arts House
This cute cafe on Stokes Croft runs monthly poetry, open mic and storytelling nights.
www.theartshousecafe.org

There are also open mic nights across town throughout the month. If comedy is your thing, why not check out this list of some of the Best Comedy Nights in Bristol?

Finally here are the websites for our storytellers this month:

Thomas David Parker
Short stories and thoughts from the Bristol writer.
www.thomasdavidparker.com

L.E. Turner
Urban fantasy, gothic horror, science fiction, and the odd feminist rant.
leturnerwrites.wordpress.com

David J Rodger
Science Fiction, thrillers, dark fantasy and post-apocalypse tales.
www.davidjrodger.com

Natalie Burns
Reviews, short stories and general Bristol musings.
knowledgeporridge.co.uk

You can also see more of Will’s music and general japery on his YouTube site: www.youtube.com/user/willstheway

Thank you once again – whether you came to tell a story or supported in the audience; you’re all treasures. See you in January, happy festivities!

Shonette & Will
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