Line-up for 13th February

We had a bigger than ever set of submissions in for this show, with some excellent writing and some hard decisions to make. But make them we did, and this is the result:

Lucy Britner – It’s Your Funeral
Alice Cuninghame – The Last Client
Linda Baker – The Fake
Holly Dawson – Everything Here Belongs in a Cage
Pete Maguire – Have the Schemes of Nature Succeeded in Dreaming You Pure?
Heather McKenzie – Out of Time
Nicolas Ridley – Always
Bill Parslow – The Reversed Fish

Come down to the Brunswick on the evening of 13th February to listen, chat, drink and rattle.

Tickets only ??5 from here, or on the door. Doors open from 7.30pm, show starts at 8pm. See you there!


Our Best Show Yet

Our Autumn Rattle Tales took us bit by surprise this year. We???d had such a full and fantastic summer what with the Green Man and Brighton Digital Festivals, and supporting Lonny Pop as host at The Small Wonder Slam, we almost forgot about organising our regular show. By the time we did remember there weren???t many dates available and the whole thing was a bit rushed in terms of calling for submissions and publicising the show. The subs came in though, and the standard was exceptionally high.

Katherine DoggrellWe headed to our spiritual home, The Brunswick Pub in Hove, last Wednesday for a night of stories and, for the first time, music. There weren???t as many people in the audience as usual (probably due to the spontaneity of the show!) so the venue was a little less packed, people could sit comfortably around candle-lit tables and there were enough rattles for everyone.

Rattle Tales veteran, Katherine Doggrell started off proceedings with a funny flash fiction about a pre-9/11 airline pilot disturbed by a stream of visitors to the cockpit, arch and thought-provoking, ending with the line, ???he???d do anything for a sturdy door and a gun.??? The audience was on fine form from the off and asked Katherine several questions about her inspiration and intention.

Out-of-towner, David McGrath launched into a spirited reading of his prize-winning story The Elephant in David McGraththe Tower complete with French accent about an elephant in the king???s menagerie at the Tower of London several centuries ago. The tale was absurdly tragi-comic, narrated by the sophisticated beast, it spoke volumes about cultural difference, between us and the French and between us and our ancestors (though some would say we hadn???t changed that much.) At the end, we had tears in our eyes for le pauvre elephant and again the audience had many questions.

Mike Liardet finished off Part One with The Invention, a memoir from Sir Isaac Newton???s cat, Spit Head, about his involvement in the scientist???s greatest invention. Again, truth was revealed to be stranger than fiction when Mike revealed that Isaac Newton was indeed responsible for the feline-related invention and that the prototype can still be seen in his former home. The small dog in the front row particularly enjoyed Mike???s story.

With I Was There Watching, Edward Rowe gave us a harrowing first-person account of a terrorist watching the scene of devastation before and after her attack. In less than 400 words Ed managed to tap into the psyche of fundamentalism and its justification of atrocity.

Ruby Cowling followed with Give Over, a tale of child manipulation unfolding over the course of an interview between a teenage girl and her concerned teacher. Ruby gave us an authentic teenage voice with a story which stared with comic recognition of youthful folly and ended leaving us all feeling decidedly uncomfortable.

Sam Crawley & Sam IrelandMusician Sam Crawley, a friend of Rattle Tales approached us some time ago proposing a musical interlude during the show and this idea came to fruition this October. She and vocalist Sam Ireland performed two songs which provided an extra dimension to the stories we had just heard, beautiful, stirring and melancholy, a Lynchian pause in proceedings in which to float away and clean our minds.

After another short break Alice Cuninghame read The Washout, a dystopian tale about a world under-water, where the rich live in sky-scrapers in reverse, the most affluent residing the furthest from the surface. Expertly read, it told of class injustice and loss of liberty that seems only a natural disaster or two away from the present.

Jo Gatford made her Rattle Tales debut with Now Look What You Did, the story of cat death and psychotic Women???s Institute outrage that moved from laugh out loud to a horrifying approximation of the rise of Nazism. Jo???s story was extremely clever and prompted one audience member to ask if it was about the death of Princess Diana.

Erinna Mettler sent us home with an atmospheric ghost story, a lonely Devon pub, a blizzard at the door, wind rattling the windows and footprints with no owner. Truly terrifying.

The audience was fantastic, the readers brilliant and we at Rattle Tales think it may have been our best show yet. Thanks to everyone who came along, here???s to the next one.


Line-up for the 23rd!

Fancy an atmospheric evening of storytelling, laughs and discussion? You’re in luck.

Come along to the Brunswick next Wednesday 23rd October for just that.

And this time, we’ve got live music alongside the stories, from Sam Crawley and Sam Ireland.

The show starts at 8pm. Join us for a drink first or perhaps a burger from the very tasty Trolls Pantry.

Buy tickets in advance from here for a bargain ??5. Any left will be on the door.

Don’t forget to bring your rattles to cheer on this lovely lot of established and up-and-coming writers:

Jo Gatford – Now Look What You Did

Ruby Cowling – Give Over

David McGrath – The Elephant in the Tower

Alice Cuninghame – The Washout

Erinna Mettler – Footprints

Mike Liardet – The Invention

Edward Rowe – I Was There Watching

Katherine Doggrell – One Eleven


Our New Season – Submissions Wanted

Afer a wonderful summer of festivals we are back in Brighton for a new autumn show. It takes place on Oct 23rd at the wonderful Brunswick on Holland Road Hove.

We are now looking for submissions but only for a very short time, the closing date is Oct 1st!

We are after short fiction and flash so, if you fancy reading at the show send in that killer story and it could be you.

Send short stories between 1-2000 words long or flash fiction up to 350 words to [email protected]
But make sure you read our submissions guidelines first!

We got a few new ideas too so it looks like it’ll be a great show plus all stories chosen will be included in our 1014 anthology.


Write a story with us at Brighton Digital Festival

The Brighton Digital FestivalRattle Tales Brighton Digital Festival is about to kick off, and Rattle Tales is going to be part of it for the first time.

We want you to join us at the Latest Music Bar??at 8pm (doors 7.30pm) on 9th September for The Global Consequences of Rattle Tales.

For this show, we’re going more interactive than ever before. This time, you get to help us write the story. Along with people who will tune in digitally from around the UK and the world.

We’ll be playing a game of consequences, with a difference.

To get things started, we need adjectives. Tell us your favourites: email them [email protected], tweet them to us or send us them on Facebook.

We’ll have all our usual rattling, literary fun, but with a digital twist. And as we think it wouldn’t be fair to expect you to pay to be part of the show, it ??is completely free.


Adjectives wanted for Brighton Digital Festival

We’re putting together an exciting show of a completely different kind as part of Brighton Digital Festival. And we need your help to do it.

The Global Consequences of Rattle Tales??is ??a night of story creation including people from all around the world. We’ll be at the Latest Music Bar from 8pm (doors 7.30pm) on 9th September. There, we’ll connect the people in the room with people in other places to create stories line by line.

To start those stories off, we need adjectives. Email your favourite adjective to us by August 26th. We’ll use those we like best in the show.

Then come along on the 9th Sept and take part. Entry is free. Find out more about the show and the festival here:??https://www.brightondigitalfestival.co.uk/events/the-global-consequences-of-rattle-tales/



Rattle Tales at Brighton Fringe

Another Brighton Festival, another Rattle Tales at the Fringe. This was to be our biggest show yet, with 80 tickets sold in advance. The Brunswick was packed out and buzzing as soon as we opened the doors.


We were joined for this one by the Brighton and Hove Camera Club. Each story was illustrated by one of their photos, with the person who took the photo speaking to the audience after each story. It was fascinating to see how each photographer interpreted each story ??? many thanks to everyone involved.

The Stories

We kicked off with Shirley Golden???s flash piece, Curtailed. This story of a girl growing up with a tail gave everyone something to think about. Should she have it removed…or not?


Craig Melvin???s Albion was a journey around Brighton and its characters. It mixed myth and reality perfectly, breaking plenty of rules and keeping everyone engaged.

DSC_9772Erinna Mettler???s Carbon in its Purest Form was an emotional walk through Britain???s forgotten former mining communities, in the light of the death of a certain ex-Prime Minister. That ex-PM wasn???t named in the story: she didn???t need to be.

Cahir McDaid gave us Recorded for Posterity, about a baby with a rather unusual diet. He very cleverly introduced the idea of a zombie child slowly, although perhaps the BHCC photograph gave the game away a little. Cahir told us he hadn???t done much writing before. We certainly hope he does more.

Alice Cuninghame read On the Beach, a dystopian tale of a girl fighting to survive in a world of slums, glass cities and refugees. She does survive, but not in the way she wants to.



Mike Liardet gave us his flash piece, The Collector, about a man who collects coincidences. This brilliantly funny tale got plenty of laughs…and a few sharp intakes of breath with its unexpectedly violent ending.

Amanda Welby-Everard read Restless Legs. This tells the story of a battle with the syndrome of the same name, and its relentless effects on both body and mind.

Paul McVeigh finished the show with his hilarious monologue An Honest Man, based on the confused thoughts of a self-justifying womaniser. We all know one of those…


DSC_9786Want more?

Take a look at these reviews from our writers:

Shirley Golden:??https://www.shirleygolden.net/site/Latest.html

Paul McVeigh:??https://paulmcveigh.blogspot.co.uk/2013/05/rattle-tales-at-brighton-fringe-launch.html

Laura Wilkinson:??https://lauracwilkinson.wordpress.com/2013/05/28/rattling-good-tales/








DSC_9754Coming up

Join Erinna Mettler and Amanda Welby-Everard on 22nd June for a beginners writing workshop. Find out more here.

Read stories from our newly published anthology out now on Kindle??and in paperback.