About

Spark is Britain’s first true storytelling club, with regular live events across the UK. We welcome all-comers. Sit back and listen, or sign up on the night to tell your own story!

There are only three rules at Spark:

  1. Your story must be true
  2. It must be something that happened to you
  3. It must be up to five minutes long

With a different theme each time, you’ll soon find yourself talking to friends and strangers about moments from each other’s lives. Our aim is to connect people through true stories.

We hold regular live nights Upstairs at the Ritzy in London’s Brixton and at The Waverley Bar in Edinburgh. We also host special one-off events.

You can subscribe to our award-winning podcast via this website, or by searching “Spark True Stories” in your podcast app.

Spark has produced shows at the Edinburgh Festival, Foyles, the Glenfiddich Distillery in Dufftown, Manchester Town Hall, Soho Square, the Underbelly Festival, the Blue Elephant Theatre, and more.

We are a small team who believe in the power of storytelling. Everyone who comes to Spark, whether to listen or to share their experiences, plays a big part in what we do. If you are looking to volunteer we’d love to hear from you, contact joanna@sparklondon.com.

How Spark began

Spark London was founded in 2007 by Joanna Yates, a business psychologist who overcame dyslexia to become an expert on the art of storytelling. Since then, thousands of true stories have been told live from Spark stages.