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Stokes Croft Writers & Talking Tales

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Stokes Croft

Talking Tales

A warm, friendly story-telling night, showcasing the talent of Bristol and beyond.

Talking Tales is back on 27th October 2018 as part of the Bristol Festival of Literature. Join us for stories, beer, badges and the legendary 'Finish the Lines'.

Talking Tales story reading

The Next Talking Tales

When? Saturday 27th October 2018.

Where? CAFE KINO – 108 Stokes Croft, Bristol BS1 3RU (just down the road from our usual venue, Leftbank).

Start time? Doors open 7pm.

Deadline for submissions? Friday 19th October 2018.

How do I submit? Please read the submission guidelines below.

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Want To Perform?

We want YOU to perform your story. Our submission guidelines are super-simple, much like us. Newcomers welcome! There isn't usually a theme, but if there is, it will say so above.

Talking Tales Perform

We only have a couple of rules:

  1. Stories must be under 10 minutes long when read aloud (1,500 words or less prefered, 2,000 word absolute maximum)
  2. Submit your story by the deadline to: stokescroftwriters@gmail.com

That’s it!

We’d love you to get involved.

All readers are awarded a coveted Talking Tales Badge.

Talking Tales Badge

Over enthusiasm regarding potential badge ownership when submitting will not be tolerated. Please attempt to contain your excitement. We know it's difficult, but try.

More Information About Talking Tales

Talking Tales has been running for many years and we've enjoyed many a multitude of performances from writers in the local area and further afield. We record many of the events and release a podcasts or videos on YouTube afterwards.

Join Our Mailing List

If you'd like to join our email list, please contact Chris. We send emails out before events, asking for submissions. We do not share your information with anyone, ever. You can learn more by reading Chris's privacy policy.

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Stokes Croft Writers

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

We are an eclectic bunch, writing everything from humour to fantasy and flash fiction to novellas & novels.

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Many of the group members help 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.

Stokes Croft Writers

SCW members behaving very sensibly at the Bath Fringe Festival

We used to have a website (www.stokescroftwriters.com) but decided to close it down in 2018. This is because all the events we run are free, so the group does not have any income. The website was costing us a lot of money every year and we weren't using it very much, so we decided to use a page on Chris's website instead.

Find SCW & Talking Tales on Social Media

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

Join Stokes Croft Writers

If you're interested in becoming a member of Stokes Croft Writers, please email Christie at:

stokescroftwriters@gmail.com

We limit the group to 8 members. If we're at capacity, we have a waiting list that you can be added to, if you wish :-)

If you'd like to join our email list, please contact Chris.

You can learn about the current members below.

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Talking Tales Calendar / History

Here is the Talking Tales calendar, including a history of past events. 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.

Coming Soon...

Stokes Croft Writers present Talking Tales @ Cafe Kino, as part of the Bristol Festival of Literature on 27th October 2018

Stokes Croft Writers present the To Hull & Back short story competition anthology book launch as part of Talking Tales on 8th December 2018

Past Events

Stokes Croft Writers present Talking Tales @ Left Bank, Bristol on 16th June 2018

Talking Tales

Stokes Croft Writers present Talking Tales @ Left Bank, Bristol on 21st April 2018

Talking Tales at Left Bank Bristol

Stokes Croft Writers present Talking Tales @ Left Bank, Bristol on 17th February 2018

Mark Rutterford Hosting Talking Tales

Mark Rutterford Hosting Talking Tales

Stokes Croft Writers present the To Hull & Back short story competition anthology book launch as part of Talking Tales @ Left Bank, Bristol on Saturday 9th December 2017

Talking Tales Short Story Reading Event

Stokes Croft Writers present Talking Tales @ Left Bank, as part of the Bristol Festival of Literature on 28th October 2017

Talking Tales Story Performers

SCW present Talking Tales @ The Bath Fringe Festival, Burdall’s Yard, Bath on 2nd June 2017

Talking Tales Bath Fringe Festival

Stokes Croft Writers present Talking Tales @ Left Bank, Bristol on 22nd April 2017

Talking Tales 13 - 2nd anniversary event

Stokes Croft Writers present Talking Tales @ Left Bank, Bristol on 18th February 2017

Talking Tales Story Reading Event

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

To Hull and Back Book Launch 2016

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

Talking Tales @ Bristol Festival of Literature

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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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 Chris's unnatural hatred of incorrect use of punctuation 'for artistic reasons' etc.

They are:

  • Andy Melhuish
  • Anita MacCallum
  • Dani Redd
  • Josh Keeling
  • Leah Eades
  • Lisette Hoffmans
  • Nick Edwards
  • Sophie Bishop - Sophie runs Show & Tell in Bristol - it's awesome

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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Lindy G
Hi Chris et al. I tried to join up having got to that bit in your book (wot I am reading like a good 'un) and despite putting my details in twice and pressing the 'submit' button, nothing happened. So am not sure if I'm now subscribed, but I would like to get the newsletter and hope to come to the talking tales event in April.

Chris Fielden
Hi Lindy. Great stuff, glad to hear you're reading the book like a good 'un.

Sorry if you're having trouble with the form. Is that the one on the SCW website? Or my site?

I've checked my email list, and you're subscribed to that. You aren't on the SCW email list, so I have added you to that one. I hope that's OK. Look forward to seeing you in April.