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
This time we’re taking inspiration from Easter (alleged) resurrections and spring cleans – it’s time to hear about what’s new and exciting!
We want to hear your tales of trying something new, getting out of your comfort zone, or just starting a new chapter in your life. Or maybe you just want to tell us about the inception of an idea, or a burgeoning relationship.
Bring us your stories, poems, songs, raps, illustrations and interpretive dance – we love storytelling in all its weird and wonderful forms! Or just come to listen and support our brilliant performers.
***A FREE DRINK FOR STORYTELLERS*
Let us know you’re coming on the Facebook event, and tell your mates too!
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.
Expect 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!
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?
Come along and share your tales, or just come to listen and cheer along our storytellers!
***A FREE DRINK FOR STORYTELLERS***
See you there!
Shonette & Will x
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.
As per usual:
**A FREE DRINK FOR STORYTELLERS***
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!
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
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