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Stokes Croft Writers & Talking Tales

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Stokes Croft Writers

Stokes Croft Writers

Stokes Croft Writers (SCW) is a writing group based in Bristol. We meet up every 2 weeks and critique short stories, novel chapters, non-fiction pieces and anything else written by members of the group.

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It's a very supportive and collaborative writing group to be involved with and has helped my short story writing improve enormously. I certainly wouldn't have had so many short stories published without first getting feedback from the group and then making edits to improve my work.

Many of the group members also help me judge the To Hull & Back humorous short story competition. You can read their stories in the anthologies.

SCW is also involved with the Bristol Festival of Literature and we often present The Speakeasy, which is the festival's closing event.

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Talking Tales

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Every 2 months (or so), SCW run a short story reading/performance event in Bristol called Talking Tales. We invite anyone to submit and accept submissions of any style or genre. The only real rule is that performances are limited to a 10 minute maximum, so stories need to be fewer than 2,000 words in length.

If you're interested in submitting to read at our next event, simply check out the Talking Tales page on the SCW site for full details.

The event has been running for over a year now, and we've enjoyed many fine performances from writers in the local area and further afield. We record every event and release a podcast of it afterwards. You can hear some of the podcasts here or look through the past event dates below where I have embedded YouTube videos of the performances. Or just check out the Talking Tales YouTube channel.

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Talking Tales Reading Event Dates

Here is the Talking Tales calendar. I've included the history too, along with podcast videos of each event. Everyone is welcome, so if you fancy an evening of storytelling and drinking (the latter is optional) please come along. Entry is currently FREE to the vast majority of our events.

Stokes Croft Writers present the To Hull & Back short story competition anthology book launch as part of Talking Tales @ Left Bank, Bristol on Saturday 10th December 2016

Stokes Croft Writers present Talking Tales @ Left Bank, Bristol as part of the Bristol Festival of Literature on Saturday 22nd October 2016

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Podcast & Video of Talking Tales #10 October 2016

Stokes Croft Writers present Talking Tales @ Left Bank, Bristol on 13th August 2016

Podcast & Video of Talking Tales #9 August 2016

SCW present Talking Tales @ The Bath Fringe Festival, Burdall’s Yard, Bath on 5th June 2016

Podcast & Video of Talking Tales #8 June 2016 @ Bath Fringe Festival

Stokes Croft Writers present Talking Tales @ Left Bank, Bristol on 16th April 2016

Podcast & Video of Talking Tales #7 - 1st Birthday Party April 2016

Stokes Croft Writers present Talking Tales @ Left Bank, Bristol on 20th February 2016

Podcast & Video of Talking Tales #6 February 2016

Stokes Croft Writers present Talking Tales @ Left Bank, Bristol on 14th December 2015

Podcast & Video of Talking Tales #5 December 2015

Stokes Croft Writers present Talking Tales (The Speakeasy) @ Left Bank, Bristol as part of the Bristol Festival of Literature on Saturday 24th October 2015

Podcast & Video of Talking Tales #4 - The Speakeasy @ Bristol Festival of Literature October 2015

Stokes Croft Writers present Talking Tales @ Left Bank, Bristol on 17th August 2015

Podcast & Video of Talking Tales #3 August 2015

Stokes Croft Writers present Talking Tales @ Left Bank, Bristol on Monday 15th June 2015

Podcast & Video of Talking Tales #2 June 2015

Stokes Croft Writers present Talking Tales @ Left Bank, Bristol on Monday 13th April 2015

Podcast & Video of Talking Tales #1 April 2015

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Find SCW on Social Media

Here are links to the Stokes Croft Writers social media pages:

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Videos

Many are above, in the Talking Tales calendar. Below are two videos of standalone stories, read at Talking Tales.

The first is called Zombies on a Boat. It's a story written by Mel Ciavucco. I read it with Mel at the first Talking Tales event in April 2015.

The second story is called Death of a Superhero. I read it at The Speakeasy which is the closing event at the Bristol Festival of Literature.

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Current Members

This picture was taken at the inaugural Talking Tales event on 13th April 2015.

Writing Group

From left to right, Chris Fielden, Christie Cluett, Tom Parker, Mel Ciavucco, Nick Edwards, Steph Minns, Andy Melhuish and Leah Eades

A few changes have occurred since then. The current members of SCW are (links take you to their personal websites):

Those That Have Left The SCW Fold

A few members have left, because we don't like them. JOKING. For various reasons, like moving away because of work, emigrating to Germany, not being able to stand my unnatural hatred of incorrect use of punctuation 'for artistic reasons' etc.

They are:

All of them are sadly missed, although we do still get to drink beer with some of them on occasion which makes us very happy.

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