Crofters Rights

RESCHEDULED: 11th September – Body Talk (now at Left Bank)

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WE’RE BACK!  We’ve got a new venue just in time for our fifth birthday in autumn (the lovely Left Bank, just across the road from our previous venue on Stoke Croft), and we can’t wait to celebrate with you all. But first, let’s get back to the important issue of BODY TALK.

We all have them, and they have quite the story to tell. How do you feel about your body? What’s your favourite bit? Has it ever let you down in public? Or impressed you with its resilience?

We want to head your stories of body parts, functions and self perception, in any medium you see fit. Read us a short story or poem, sing us a song, perform an interpretive dance or draw us an intimate map of your leg fracture. Or just come to listen!

Storytellers have a max. 5min limit and get a free drink for going up to the mic!


Join the Facebook event here.



26th October: Good Ideas vs Bad Ideas

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“If at first, the idea is not absurd, then there is no hope for it.” – well, that’s what Albert Einstein said anyway, so we want to hear your tales of good ideas gone awry, or poorly-thought-out plans which led to something glorious.

Maybe you decided to make a life-sized penguin out of papier-mache, or book a last minute ticket to Cambodia – but what happened next?

Bring your short stories, poems, songs and anecdotes to share, or just come to listen. Entry is free, we’ll give out free sweets, and every storyteller gets a free drink – hurrah!

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

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1st September – Food, festivities and our 3rd birthday!

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What is your most memorable meal? When you cooked for the first time? How you accidentally gave your first love food poisoning? Is it a treasured memory of learning how to bake from your granny, or maybe a meal shared on your travels?

Whether you have a story to share or just want to listen, join us in celebrating our 3rd birthday with songs, sweets, games, and of course, CAKE!

Entry is free, plus we’ll be giving out sweets, cake & other birthday paraphernalia (feel free to bring us a card or a present…), and all storytellers will get a free drink, how nice is that eh?

Here’s the Facebook event, we’ll see you on Thursday 1st September!

Shonette & Will



3rd March – Life Goals (and Fails)

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Join us for our first event of 2016 and tell us about your ambitions, poorly thought out resolutions and general ill-advised attempts at self help or reinvention.

What did you want to be when you grew up? Are you too shallow for a meditation retreat? Too drunk to do Dryanuary? Or maybe you actually realised your dreams and achieved something amazing – we want to hear it all!


As per usual, bring any stories, songs, poems or crude sketches you want to share with us (5min time limit) – the theme is only a suggestion, and if you like you can just come to listen.

Entry is FREE, all storytellers get a FREE DRINK and you all get FREE SWEETIES for being bloody lovely.

Oooh ooh, and if you’re needing a double fix of us in March, come see us for the Bristol Seed Swap at Feed Bristol on Sat 5th March – we’ll be doing our usual mix of storytelling, music & games alongisde some green-fingered folks who will be giving talks, sharing cake and of course swapping seeds.

Shonette & Will x

And here’s the Facebook event!


Friday 25th September – Our 2nd birthday party!

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Will in his traditional folk garb

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) –

We hope to see you there!

Shonette & Will

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Thursday 16th July – Wanderlust!

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We’re pleased to confirm our next event on Thursday 16th July at The Crofter’s Rights, and we’re really excited about the theme this time too!

Our theme will be ‘Wanderlust’, so tell us about your best travel adventures or holiday frolics. The theme is optional though so feel free to tell us any story you like – all storytellers get a free drink!

You can also just come along to listen – entry is free and we give out sweets. Can’t say fairer than that!

Facebook event here:

Here are some images to get your creative juice flowing…


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 –
Nathan Emmanuel –
Thomas David Parker –

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