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

Spark + Gal-dem 27.2.18

At 7:30pm - 10:30pm, The Book Club, London

Spark are happy to announce that we’ll be collaborating with Gal-dem to host a live storytelling night at The Book Club in London on the theme of Nostalgia – whether it’s the memories we’ll never shake, the places we’ve called home or the people who’ve shaped our lives.

Gal-dem is a magazine written by women and non-binary people of colour, and you can find more details about their events at gal-dem.com. As with any Spark night, the stories will be true, personal and around five minutes in length.

We’re afraid this night has now sold out. But Gal-dem will be back due to (very) popular demand, so keep an eye out for future dates!

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

Questions 9.4.18

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

Most of us have a burning question we wish we could answer. But knowing how and when to ask isn’t always straightforward. Have you ever demanded the truth and been surprised by the outcome? Challenged a system that you didn’t agree with? Or simply been caught out by your own curiosity? Sometimes it’s the questions we ask ourselves that have the biggest impact.

Whatever your story, we want to hear it. Join us to share your experiences in a friendly, encouraging environment.

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

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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— Radliffe Royds

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