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13th November – Milestones (and our fifth birthday!!)

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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?

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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.

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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

Sign up on the Facebook event for the latest info

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27th October – Bristol Festival of Literature special: The Great Outdoors!

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We’re changing location for a special one-off event as part of the Bristol Festival of Literature, and this time our theme is The Great Outdoors!

Are you a fond rambler, explorer or adventurer? Tell us of your frolics, whether it be trekking across mountains, or scaling the heights of the nearest NCP car park – we want to hear it all!

Join the Facebook event for more info, or find out more about the Bristol Festival of Literature on their website.

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!

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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.

Hurrah!
Shonette & Will x

And here’s the Facebook event!

 

Wednesday 3rd September – Tales of Luck and Destiny!

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A reminder that Wednesday 3rd September is your chance to enjoy more silly songs, powerful poems, terrific tales and cringe-worthy confessions from Bristol’s best raconteurs, and nicest audience.

This month we’re offering prizes for the best stories in 2 categories:

  • Best dating story
  • Best story of fate, luck or mind-boggling coincidence

Also, keep your eyes peeled around Bristol for this lush poster, designed by Stephen Kelly at Ink Spills Inc.

Free entry, free sweets and a free drink for storytellers, as per usual. We always have so much fun, so make sure you’re there to join us!

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

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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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Stories mean prizes!

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One week left until our next storytelling evening on 9th July – have you thought about what you will share with us?

We love stories in all forms, whether it’s your most cringe-worthy dating anecdote, a short story or poem you’ve written, a song for your favourite person or a rap about your cat. Remember that all performers will get a free drink!

To make things even more exciting, we’re having some prizes on the night too! Get your thinking caps on for stories you can enter in the following categories:

– Best Travel Anecdote
– Claim to Fame
– “The First Time I…”

You don’t even have to go on stage – you can write it down and pass it to the hosts on the night and have it read out for you.

There will also be games, free sweets and songs from our wonderful host Will on the night – it’s the best entertainment you’ll find on a Wednesday night, plus it’s free entry!

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/340605936088861/permalink/345036962312425/

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Coming to a wall near you soon!

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Have you started thinking of what tales you’re going to tell us on the 9th July?

Tell us in the comments section, or over on our Facebook page – there may even be a prize in it for you this time…