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

School 6.5.19

At 8:00pm - 10:30pm, The Bill Murray, London

Our school years are the best years of our life. Well, so some people say anyway. But no two people truly experience it the same way. Were you a bit of a geek? The class clown? Bullied? (*Whisper it*) the bully? Were you the son/daughter your teacher never had, or a regular fixture in after-school detention? Did you spend biology class smoking behind the bike sheds, or PE lessons hiding in the library? Perhaps you work in a school now, or find yourself revisiting those days through the eyes of your kids.

We want to hear your stories on the theme of School. Join Spark at The Bill Murray pub in Angel for a night of true storytelling. Storytellers can sign up on the night.

Stories start at 8pm, though the bar is open all evening.
Entry is £5 on the door or in advance.

The Outsider 13.5.19

At 8:00pm - 10:30pm, Brixton Ritzy, London

Have you ever felt like the odd one out? Maybe you found yourself in an unfamiliar country, with little understanding of the language and customs. Perhaps you’ve felt like the outsider in your own family. Sometimes being different from those around us is a conscious choice; we can decide to dress or act or think in a way that marks us out. Often we try to fit in, but find our efforts fall flat. Perhaps you once made someone else feel like an outcast and have learned from your mistakes – or maybe you welcomed someone new into your circle.

We want to hear your stories on the theme of The Outsider. Join Spark at Upstairs at The Ritzy in Brixton for a night of true storytelling. Storytellers can sign up on the night.

Doors open at 7.30pm and stories start at 8pm.
Entry is £5 on the door or in advance.

Morality 3.6.19

At 8:00pm - 10:30pm, The Bill Murray, London

Right or wrong. Good or bad. We apply these words to people, to situations, to ideas… but it’s rare that anything (or anyone) is quite that straightforward. Have you ever hurt someone in the process of trying to help them? Or learned to forgive something you never thought you could? When was the last time you were faced with a moral dilemma? And which side of you won out?

We want to hear your stories! Join Spark at The Bill Murray pub in Angel for a night of open-mic true storytelling, and share your experience in front of an inclusive, welcoming audience. Storytellers can sign up on the night.

Stories start at 8pm, though the bar is open all evening.
Entry is £5 on the door or in advance.

Simply the Best! 12.6.19

At 9:30pm - 10:30pm, Underbelly Festival, London

We have BIG NEWS! To celebrate our podcast’s 10th birthday, Spark will be hosting a night at this year’s Underbelly Festival Southbank!

Join us this summer at the iconic Belly stage, to see some of our veteran storytellers share their favourite tales from the past 10 years of Spark. With stories cherrypicked to cover a wide range of experiences, you can expect to laugh, gasp, tear-up, pause for thought, and – as always – to relate.

It’s our live storytelling birthday bonanza and everyone’s invited! Grab a ticket before they go.

Tickets are available for £14

 

Family Traits 17.6.19

At 8:00pm - 10:30pm, Brixton Ritzy, London

We don’t always get much choice when it comes to the habits we inherit. As the poet Philip Larkin famously put it, your mum and dad “fill you with the faults they had, and add some extra, just for you” (along with some, um, less polite sentiments). What characteristics have you picked up from your family – good, bad and everything in between? Do you have your mum’s silly sense of humour? Your dad’s terrible taste in shirts? Your older sister’s love of B-movie horror films? Your grandma’s fiery temper? Your great grandfather’s mischievous streak?

Whatever it is that runs in your family, we want to hear your stories! Join Spark at Upstairs at The Ritzy in Brixton for a night of true storytelling. Storytellers can sign up on the night.

Doors open at 7.30pm and stories start at 8pm.
Entry is £5 on the door or in advance.

Spark London blog

25.03.18 • Glasgow pop-up night for Sailor Jerrys

Charley surveyed the crowds of waiting commuters gazing up at the Euston train station departure boards and hoped a spontaneous flashmob dance would erupt. It was too early for that. I like to think it broke out as soon as we left for our platform. Our team of three, Charley as host, Dave on sound […]

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04.01.18 • “Family Ties” in Brixton

Our theme of “Family Ties” for December was intended to open up the possibility of some seasonal stories but it transpired that Christmas didn’t actually feature at all. The evening looked to be an interesting one for me, as my entire family were going to be present. I am used to my sister attending Spark […]

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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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'This prison warden comes in and says. I bet you're the black sheep of your family. He wasn't wrong.'

— Radliffe Royds

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