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.


Perform with us at Green Man Festival!

We’re putting on not one, but two shows at the lovely Green Man Festival, from 15th-18th August in the Black Mountains.

And, as ever, we can’t do it alone. We’ve got open mic slots at both shows. If you’re going to the festival, bring a mini-story up to 300 words on a science theme and we’ll put you in the hat for a slot on the stage.

We’ll be in the Omni Tent in Einstein’s Garden at 1.15pm on??the Friday of the festival, and at 12.30pm on the Saturday. If you don’t want to read, come along with a rattle and a voice and be part of the show from the floor.

Looking forward to seeing you in Wales!


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.


Line-up for the Fringe

We had another very impressive set of submissions in for our Brighton Festival Fringe show on 23rd May. But there can only be eight winners. They are:

Shirley Golden – Curtailed
Craig Melvin – Albion
Erinna Mettler – Carbon in its Purest Form
Cahir McDaid – Recorded for Posterity
Alice Cuninghame – On the Beach
Mike Liardet – The Collector
Amanda Welby-Everard – Restless Legs
Paul McVeigh – An Honest Man

Get tickets here for just ??5. And get them soon – we sold out well in advance last year. The show starts at 9pm on 23rd May at the Brunswick.


Perform with us at Brighton Festival Fringe

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!


Rattle Tales on Tour

Last Saturday, we travelled the short distance along the coast to Shoreham-by-Sea. The lovely people at Shoreham Wordfest had asked us to be their penultimate night show, and who were we to say no? We sold out the Ropetackle Arts Centre, and had a fantastic evening with a friendly, lively crowd who were happy to get involved and shake their rattles, expertly encouraged by compere Amanda Welby-Everard.

Erinna Mettler kicked things off with her tale of a family day out and futuristic meat production – What Me and Pa Saw in the Meadow. Ed Rowe followed by going back in time with Spearhead, the story of a prehistoric family, and then Gina Challen read The Painted Lady,??a story of teenage friendships and dreams gone awry. The first half was finished off with a flash piece by Kate Allan – In Memoriam, about family life and relationships through the generations.

The second half started with another flash piece, Sara Crowley’s The Key, about the trials and tribulations of a bookshop owner. Next was Alice Cuninghame’s Tunnels, about an elderly jazz musician’s lost life and love. Then we had Rebecca Parfitt’s The Eyemaker, a fairytale about eyes, colour and dreams. Tom Glover closed the proceedings with??A Man’s Best Friend?, about a dog with a difference.

Next up, we take the Rattle Tales tour to France, where we’ll be putting on a show in the Picardy coastal town of Noyelles-sur-Mer, in the Relaie de la Baie gallery?? on 27th October. We’ll be back home in Brighton on 22nd November for a show at the Brunswick in Hove – submissions close 4th November, details here.







Shoreham Line-up

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