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

Dreams 13.11.17

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

Most of us grow up with an idea of our dream life – our perfect job, perfect house, ideal social circle. Perhaps you chased after your dream and found everything you wanted. Or maybe you decided that the reality could never match the fantasy. Or it could be that a particularly vivid dream one night helped you wake up with a totally new perspective.

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.
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Appearances 20.11.17

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

What does your look say about you? Are people surprised that you are different from their first impressions of you? Perhaps your appearance means a great deal to you and you spend ages getting the right look. Do you have a public or online profile that makes you appear different from how you really are.

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

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

Spark London blog

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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18.11.15 • Stories of Multicultural Minds with charity Mind in Haringey

Spark and Mind in Haringey first collaborated last year (2014) and the feedback was fantastic. Talking about mental health problems in the Spark storytelling forum had not really been done and no one quite knew what would happen. Although the stories that were told were often heavy or deeply personal, people came away from the […]

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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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