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More from our storytellers – Lies, aliens and MSN Messenger!

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Pete Sutton reads his chilling story to our extensive audience
Pete Sutton reads his chilling story to our extensive audience

Another month and yet another packed out crowd for storytelling! We’re seriously overwhelmed by the amount of support and feedback for the event – both from our wonderful regulars and the new faces we see each month.

This month’s theme was ‘Lies, Scandal and Deceit’, so we were expecting some spectacular stories from you all and you certainly didn’t disappoint.

Previous medal-winner Christie Cluett kicked off the night with , followed by true life tales from Thomas David Parker (his about his great aunt, a deceitful Irish nun) and myself (an MSN Messenger dual-identity cringefest).

We then moved on to a series of brilliant readings from new faces – Mark Rutherford was trying to win the approval of his hard-to-please stepson Charlie (including some excellent kazoo playing) and Kevlin Henney told us a creepy tale of jealously (I’ll never see Masterchef in the same way ever again), and then we ended on an alien-based story from Mel Ciavucco, who then went on to win a medal in the audience vote at the end!

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The audience squash in for the second half – starting with Ben’s short story

The second off was kick-started with a murderous tale from Ben, followed by a story which went on to win the second audience vote – Nathan read his short story about the ‘great leader’, complete with some brilliant urban slang. The night ended with the sinister ‘iButler’ from Pete Sutton, and a femme fatale from Angela Brooks. As you can tell, it was quite an eclectic mix!

We also got two lovely reviews of the night, one from one of our storytellers Pete Sutton, and one from Girl in Bristol – if you have any pictures or feedback on the night you can post them in the comments or on our Facebook page 🙂

We’ll see you again in mid May – keep an eye to the website, our Facebook page or Twitter for more details closer to the time!

You can read more from our writers here:

Mel Ciavucco – melciavucco.weebly.com
Pete Suttonpetewsutton.com
Nathan Emmanuel –  nathanemmanuel.wordpress.com
Thomas David Parker – www.thomasdavidparker.com
Kevlin Henneyasemantic.blogspot.co.uk
Christie Cluettchristiecluett.co.uk
Mark Rutherfordwww.facebook.com/MarkRutterfordWrites
Angela Brookswww.angelaebrooks.com

Other storytelling nights/writers groups to check out:

Bristol Con Fringe – Sci fi and fantasy stories, reading events and more!
Talking Tales – A new short story evening at Leftbank, hosted by Stokes Croft Writers
Hammer and Tongue – Monthly poetry slam at The Birdcage

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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
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!

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

Wednesday 14th January – Folk Tales and Festivals!

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This month we’re going full-on with the festivities and folk tales, as Will & Shonette unearth a long forgotten traditional winter festival to brighten up your dreary January! Think Morris Dancers, Druids, Maypoles, The Wicker Man, Glastonbury, The Winter Solstice…

In addition, we’ll be once again giving out prizes 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 favourite holiday anecdote. Prizes are in the categories of:

– Folk Tales
– Festivals & Holidays

But you can perform about any topic you like on the night – maybe if it’s good enough you’ll get a prize anyway 😉

Thanks again to Ink Spills Inc for a very very cool poster. See you all on the 14th!

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Next event: Wednesday 3rd September!

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Are you craving some stories of adventure? Some amusing songs about service stations or powerful poems about the meaning of life?

Well, fortunately there’s not long to go until the next storytelling event, so note Wednesday 3rd September in your little Filofaxes and get to The Crofter’s Rights at 7pm to meet some of the nicest and most creative sorts in Bristol and hear them share their various tales.

Feel free to tell us a story yourself – all performers get a free drink!

See you on the 3rd 🙂

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/847983278547005/

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Next Event: Weds 9th July

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Good news, storytelling fans! Our next show is on Wednesday 9th July at The Crofters Rights, so you have time to think of whether you’ll bring us a song about your fridge contents, a poem about your cat, an illustration of your favourite coffee spot or a short story you wrote whilst you were on jury duty.

Mark the date in your diary now, and let us know that you’re coming and if you’re telling a story on our Facebook page.

In the mean time, if you’re missing Will and his lyrical prowess, here he is with a ditty about rambling.

Will’s Memory Palace

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If you liked seeing Will’s memory palace in action at the Film Noir storytelling, here it is again in all of its glory.