open mic Bristol
“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.
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! 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***
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
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
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: https://www.facebook.com/events/873622699342092/873622706008758/
Here are some images to get your creative juice flowing…
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 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:
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.
L.E. Turner –
Urban fantasy, gothic horror, science fiction, and the odd feminist rant.
David J Rodger
Science Fiction, thrillers, dark fantasy and post-apocalypse tales.
Reviews, short stories and general Bristol musings.
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