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

Epiphanies 22.1.18

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.

Hunger 12.2.18

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

It’s been said that there’s no sincerer love than the love of food – we use it to nourish our bodies, bond with our friends or comfort ourselves at the end of a hard day. For some, food conjures up strong memories of family or travel. For others, our relationship with hunger may be more complicated.

Of course, food is not the only thing we hunger after. Our appetites extend far beyond the dinner table. Perhaps you recently found yourself craving success, status or another person’s attention?

Whatever your story, we want to hear it. Come along to share your experience 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

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.

Rivalry 12.3.18

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

We all have a competitive side – whether it’s wanting to be smarter than our siblings, funnier than our friends or simply to succeed when others think we won’t.

If you’ve ever found yourself competing against another person for love, money, prestige or acceptance, we want to hear your story. Come along to share your experience in a friendly environment, or listen to others share theirs.

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

Getting Lost 19.3.18

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

When have you been lost? We have all taken a wrong turn in life and found ourselves somewhere where the exits are not marked. A job, a relationship, maybe a course at college. When did you realise that you were lost and how did you navigate your way out of the situation?

Or maybe you have been phycically lost. Wandering around in some unfamiliar place trying to find a way through. Lost in the wilderness, in a strange building or on the way to an appointment. Or do you you get lost in places you know well?

Come along and tell us about a time when you felt lost. 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.

Doors open 7:30pm. Entrance £5

The Boss 16.4.18

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

When did you take charge? Maybe your life needed changing and you stepped up to make things happen. We all need to do that from time to time.

And then there are those times when you are put in charge of others or given new resposibilites. Were you out of your depth or did you totally boss the situation?

We have all had “interesting” bosses at work or college. What happened to you when bosses created difficult working conditions or required you to perform strange tasks. Some bosses are amazing and might have inspired you to new levels.

Come along and tell us about a time when you were the boss or had been bossed around. 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.

Doors open 7:30pm. Entrance £5

Spark London blog

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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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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'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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