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: The First Show of 2013

It was a breezy, freezy night in Hove last Wednesday but the welcome was warm and the Brunswick Pub buzzed with punters taking advantage of the food and drink offers. Many of them came along to the first Rattle Tales of the season and they weren???t disappointed; the standard of the readings was among the best we???ve had.Image

Erinna Mettler started off the night with a flash fiction called Feathers telling how the world ends at the hands (or feathers) of depressed angels. Sky News was name-checked as the work of the devil.

Hannah Radcliffe unnerved us all with the tale of a vicar???s wife, vulnerable in a remote rectory with a new baby and an unwelcome guest. The baby monitor crackled and you could have heard a pin drop.

Back to heaven again (anyone would think the Pope had resigned or something) as Ashley Meggitt treated us to a comic tale of death by frozen meat (not horse) and Famous Last Words. Thanks to Ashley for coming all the way from Cambridge to read.

After a short interval, Rattle Tales regular Charlotte Feld enchanted with A Dress In Duck Egg Blue. A restrained and moving piece inspired by the photograph projected during her reading. Charlotte imagined a heart-breaking and ultimately up-lifting story of a mother and daughter stronger than they thought.

Keeping up the colour theme Jade Weighell made us laugh with Blue, a story of a Smartie addict. A spirited reading of a present tense monologue set at a SA meeting that left the audience wondering what happened next.

In part three, experienced rattler Katherine Doggrell took us to mars via travel agent innuendo and a sexless old man. As ever, hugely imaginative and jauntily read.

Tracy Fells re-imagined Little Red Riding Hood in Gretel and the Chocolate Wolf, leaving us with the urge for a hot chocolate.

Julie Taylor rounded off the night with the flash fiction Rhino, about a woman on the look-out for the perfect nose, first it belongs to Sophie Dahl, then an unwitting shop assistant. Aptly titled because everyone knows rhinos are the psychos of the animal kingdom.

There were lots of new faces in the audience and we hope that they enjoyed the show as much as we did. Rattle Tales had some great news earlier in the day; we have been picked by The Independent as one of the ???i-likes??? at Brighton Fringe. The show is on May 23rd back at The Brunswick and subs are now open.Image


All Lined Up

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