Short Stories

15th January – Status and Reputation

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Time to stick it to the man! Or something.

We want to know what you’ve gained notoriety for, when you stood up to the powers that be, or when you’ve been acutely aware of your place in a hierarchy.

Have you ever had a reputation among your peers? Was it good or bad? And how did it come about? Or maybe you’ve gone from zero to hero in a situation – whatever it is, we want to hear about it.


Tell you story in whatever format you like – flash fiction, anecdote, poem, rap, song, or bawdy limerick.

Entry is free, and our two top storytellers will receive a free drink and the much sought-after Let Me Tell You a Story, Jack medals!

Bring your tales and your friends, you’re more than welcome to just listen and support our storytellers if you’d rather not go up to the mic.



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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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.

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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 –
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

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.

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

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

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.

Natalie Burns
Reviews, short stories and general Bristol musings.

You can also see more of Will’s music and general japery on his YouTube site:

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