Want to perform your writing at the Brighton Festival Fringe? Send it to us.
We’re going back to the Fringe on 23rd May after a sell-out show last year, but we need your help. Send short stories that you’d like to read and discuss with our Fringe audience. Anything goes: funny, sad, weird, twisted…
There are just a few rules:
- Don’t submit anything until you have read the submissions page.
- Send us short stories of 1-2000 words, and flash fiction of up to 350 words.
- Only submit stories you think will work well at a live literature night, and that you’re able and happy to talk about.
The deadline is 12th April. Time to get writing!
After plenty of careful consideration, we’ve settled on the line-up for our 20th Feburary show at the Brunswick. Expect stories of feathers, winter sun, last words, party dresses, smarties, vicars wives, edible wolves and rhinos, from:
Erinna Mettler – Feathers
Katherine Doggrell – Winter Sun
Ashley Meggitt – Famous Last Words
Charlotte Feld – A Dress in Duck Egg Blue
Jade Weighell – Blue
Hannah Radcliffe – Sanctuary
Tracy Fells – Gretel and the Chocolate Wolf
Julie Taylor – Rhino
Get your tickets here for just £4.
Submissions for our show at the Brunswick on 20th February closed on Friday night. We’ve got an impressively sized crop of submissions this time – thanks goes to all the writers who sent in their work. It’s great to know how many people want to come and get involved.
If you are one of those people, we’ll be in touch next week, so keep an eye on your inbox. We’re working our way through the submissions pile now, and will have some tough decisions to make.
Buy your tickets for the show here for just £4. See you there, rattlers.
Having read through another fantastic collection of submissions, we’re ready to announce the lucky winners who will read their stories at our next night of rattling and storytelling fun. Join us and them, with Shoreham Wordfest at the Ropetackle Arts Centre at 8 pm on 6th October.
Ropetackle is a fantastic purpose-built arts venue that attracts some of the UK’s biggest performing arts events. It’s in the heart of Shoreham, and has its own well-stocked bars and a cafe. Getting to Shoreham from Brighton should only take around 15 minutes by either train or car.
Buy tickets here for just £6.
You’ll hear these short stories and flash fiction pieces:
Erinna Mettler – What Me and Pa Saw in the Meadow
Ed Rowe – Spearhead
Gina Challen – The Painted Lady
Kate Allan – In Memoriam
Sara Crowley – The Key
Alice Cuninghame – Tunnels
Rebecca Parfitt – The Eyemaker
Tom Glover – Man’s Best Friend
We are taking our rattles and heading over the Channel to put on our first internatonal show.
We will be reading and rattling at 8pm on 27th October in Relais de la Baie, a cafe and gallery in Noyelles-sur-Mer, on the Picardy Coast.
Noyelles-sur-Mer has a large English-speaking population. If you are one of them, come and see a group of British writers put on a fantastic show that’s fresh from the Brighton Festival Fringe. You’ll hear a diverse mix of original stories and get to chat about them with their writers.
You can buy tickets for the bargain price of 5 Euros from Relais de la Baie in the afternoons (closed Mon and Tue), or reserve them by emailing email@example.com.
Check out the event poster
Look out for a Rattle Tales double this autumn. After our 6th October show at Shoreham Wordfest, we will be back in Brighton just a few weeks later on November 22nd for a show a fanatastic new venue.
We will be taking over the Brunswick in Hove for the night. Anyone who has been there will know what a lovely venue this is – we are looking forward to packing it out with rattlers.
Get your tickets here for the bargain price of £4. If you want to submit keep an eye on this page for details.
May 14th saw Rattle Tales take part in the Festival Fringe for the first time. Being part of such a huge event was fantastic, and meant lots of new faces turned up. A full house of 60 made their way to the Caroline of Brunswick on a gloomy Monday night to see some of our stalwarts and three first-timers read. Jo Warburton made her debut as host, and did great job of keeping things flowing.
Joe Joyce kicked off proceedings with ‘Ganglion’, a tale of gruesome insects and broken dreams. Amanda Welby-Everard changed the tone with ‘The Good School’, a story of over-protective parenting gone wrong. Linda Baker was next up with ‘The Pear Tree’, a poignant story of an argumentative couple, a tree and the triumph of love. Finishing off the first half was Charlotte Feld with ‘The Potential Energy of an Object’, about a man’s misguided curiosity. This was the first of two pieces of flash fiction that were included in the night, a new departure for us that rounded off each half nicely.
The second half began with Ryan Millar’s funny and fascinating story ‘Waking up a Bear’, about a man who wakes up in a zoo as a bear. Alice Cuninghame darkened the mood with ‘All Fall Down’, an apocalyptic tale of the return of bubonic plague to Brighton. Susanna Quinn lightened it again with ‘How to Make Friends and Manipulate People’, a funny story of salesmen and manipulation. Erinna Mettler ended the night with another piece of flash, ‘Elephant’, about a girl’s visit to an elephant.
There was plenty of discussion and questions for the writers, with everyone getting involved and sticking around after to mingle and chat more. Thanks to everyone at Brighton Festival Fringe and Laughing Horse for helping us make it happen.
The night also saw the launch of the Rattle Tales anthology, a collection of 25 stories from all the Rattle Tales nights. Buy it here.
See our facebook page for more photos.
Thanks to everyone that downloaded our free e-book over the last week. That was just a taster: our new anthology, featuring 25 stories from everyone who has read at Rattle Tales so far, will be on sale at our Festival Fringe night on 14th May.
Come along, hear and speak to some of Brighton’s best new writers, and go home with a copy.
Buy tickets here.
Rattle Tales will be back on Monday 14th May as part of the Brighton Festival Fringe.
A year after our first night, we are both pleased and proud to be involved in such a well-known, long-running event. If you have been part of one of our nights before, thanks for helping us get this far. If you haven’t, it’s never to late to start…
Either way, come to the Caroline of Brunswick on the 14th May for some extra special festival rattling. The show starts at 8.15pm, and tickets are available for just £4 from here.
Want to read a story on the night? Submissions are open now. We’re looking for stories from 1-2000 words long, by 23rd April. See our submissions page for details of how and what to submit.
Despite a Dickensian winter, the nine writers who bought their stories to our new venue in the Studio Bar at the Komedia were rewarded with a packed house. With standing room at the back and enthusiastic rattlers at the front, host Lonny Pop led an evening of chilling tales from the future, uplifting stories of home renovation and warnings about the dangers of miscounting your magpies.
Ed Rowe kicked the evening off with his moving story of a man finding a new lease of life as he faced his death, in DIY for the Terminally Ill. Lucy Britner’s cliff-hanger Glenda’s Heel reminded many in the audience of some unwise post-clubbing choices, and Chris Roche closed the first third with The Piano Tuner, which combined thoughts of synesthesia and Ireland’s dichotomies.
Joe Evans led the audience through a child’s efforts at escapism in the enchanting Monster, while Alex Maunder lured listeners into a bleak future tempered by a father’s love in And Just Like Stars They Silenced Us and Katherine Doggrell defied the laws of science and baked beans with The Iron Age.
Tamsin Bishton took the musings of a commuter into fantasy with her story of myths and feminism, Mermaid on the Train, followed by Linda Baker’s The Professor – a conundrum about one scientist’s triumph over time, clutter and colleagues. The night finished with Charlotte Feld’s darkly humorous The Seventh Magpie a tale about what happens when an isolated woman’s search for meaning is undone by her failure to account for a lone magpie.
Lonny Pop kept everyone enthused and engaged and contributed some of her own poems to the night, giving the audience something to ponder as they togged-up to brave the cold for the journey home.
Join us in more clement weather at the Caroline of Brunswick on 14th May at the Brighton Fringe. Check here, on Facebook or follow us on Twitter @RattleTales for submissions details.