Spark London

At Spark London events you will hear personal stories told not by professional storytellers but by anyone who has a great story to share. Expect to be surprised and moved.

Upcoming London events

Role Models 11.12.17

At 7:30pm - 10:00pm, Hackney Picture House, Mare Street

How do we decide what kind of person we want to be? We may look to our parents, sisters, brothers or friends for guidance; sometimes a fictional character, historical figure or iconic performer can shape our view of the life we want to live.

Whether you want to talk about the ways in which a role model has inspired you, or discuss your own attempts to set a good example for others (successful or not!), come along to tell your story in a friendly, encouraging environment, or listen to others share theirs. Stories must be true and they must be about the storyteller.

Entrance £5, doors open 7.30pm, stories from 8pm

Family Ties 18.12.17

At 7:30pm - 10:00pm, Brixton Ritzy, London

We all have families with their own dynamics. Families can be volatile, fractured, supportive, oppressive, wonderful and many more things. What binds you to your family members? At this time of seasonal celebrations we want to hear stories about your family connections. Come along to listen to others share stories or tell one of your own.

Spark open-mic evenings involve inviting members of the audience to tell a true personal story from their life of about 5 minutes in length. We create a warm friendly environment that makes it easy for anyone to get up on stage and share something from their lives.

Entrance £5. Doors 7:30pm. Stories from 8pm

Speaking Up 8.1.18

At 7:30pm - 10:00pm, Hackney picturehouse, London

It’s not always easy to share our inner lives with others – fear of judgement, embarrassment or dismissal can make it feel simpler to stay silent. But speaking up about who we are, how we feel and what we want can be transformative.

Whether you’ve broken the silence around a challenging personal issue, defended a friend in need of support, or simply found the courage to tell your ex that, no, you don’t like his poetry, come along to share your story in a friendly, encouraging environment, or listen to others share theirs. Stories must be true and they must be about the storyteller.

Entrance £5, doors open 7.30pm, stories from 8pm

Epiphanies 15.1.18

At 7:30pm - 10:00pm, Brixton Ritzy, London

Just an ordinary day. Like any other. Same routine. Usual conversations. And then !!>BAM<!! You realise. Why was it not obvious? Something must change.

Did you suddenly know what you needed to do with your life? Was it clear who you should be with? Or be without? Perhaps the elusive answer to a situation came sharply into focus?

Come along and tell us about a time when something fell into place in your life and you knew what you must do. Or listen to others tell their stories.

Spark open-mic evenings involve inviting members of the audience to tell a true personal story from their life of about 5 minutes in length. We create a warm friendly environment that makes it easy for anyone to get up on stage and share something from their lives.

Education 19.2.18

At 7:30pm - 10:00pm, Brixton Ritzy, London

We spend a lifetime learning – from parents, mentors, teachers, friends and from life itself. Do you have stories from formalised education in schools, colleges and workplaces – the inspiring teacher, a lesson that went wrong, learning something unexpected, being failed by the education system.

And then there is life, making the same mistakes and failing to apply the lessons that have been learnt the hard way. Or finding out things for yourself that fall outside any regular learning environment.

Come along to tell us of any way you aquired an education. Or listen to others tell their stories.

Spark open-mic evenings involve inviting members of the audience to tell a true personal story from their life of about 5 minutes in length. We create a warm friendly environment that makes it easy for anyone to get up on stage and share something from their lives.

Spark London blog

20.10.17 • “Bad Timing” in Brixton

It had been a strange day in London. Like most of the country we had been affected by hurricane Orphelia as it swept in from the South-West. instead of high winds we were bathed in a peculiar soft orange light, as sand swept up from the Spanish peninsula put a filter over the sun. It […]

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25.09.17 • A Brixton Night

Ian writes: Monday, like so many Spark nights, contained an unorchestrated mix of compelling and entertaining stories that captivated those present. Any speaker arriving at the microphone is an unknown quantity whose narrative can develop in any direction, and on Monday we heard a wide variety of life experiences around the theme of “Miscommunication”

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08.03.16 • Spark supports Refuaid

MATT WRITES: In the five years we’ve been making the Spark -True Stories podcast, we’ve shared stories with our listeners. But recently we’ve felt moved to do more than that…

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07.12.15 • Tales from Body & Soul

JEN WRITES: In collaboration with Body & Soul charity, Spark put on a special show to recognise voices from our local community who support the respect, dignity and wellbeing of people affected by HIV.

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20.11.15 • How to pitch through stories

JOANNA WRITES: on Monday the 9th of November I was invited to spend a day with a group of interactive documentary filmmakers. They came to London from all over Europe to soak up wisdom and support from their IF lab coaches. My job was to give them some tools to help them make a positive […]

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