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

Journeys 19.8.19

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

“Life is a journey, not a destination” is the sort of cliche we’re used to seeing posted all over social media (beach sunset optional). In truth, life is often made up of lots of journeys. Some are of the more literal kind – leaving home, moving country, going travelling – but there are other kinds of transitions, too. Changing careers can feel like a journey, as can any major change. It’s about realising that you no longer want your life to stay the way it is now – at “point A” – and finding a way to move on, to find your new life at “point B”.

We want to hear about the journeys you’ve taken! Join Spark 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.

First Love 2.9.19

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

When was the first time you remember getting butterflies in your stomach? That light-headed, giddy, often slightly scary feeling that we get when we care about something more than we feel we should. It might have been a person who you made you feel that way – you first school crush. It might be a famous figure or fictitious character that you fell head-over-heels for. Or it might not have been a person at all. Perhaps it was the thrill of winning your first 100m race or the joy of solving your first maths problem or the first time you saw someone who looked like *you* on a TV show.

We want to hear stories about your First Loves. 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.

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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