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.


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


Rattle Tales At The Brunswick

What a fantastic night! The first Rattle Tales event at The Brunswick Pub in Hove started in much the same way as all the others, slight worries about unhelpful projectors, hosts lost in the middle of nowhere (Hove), not many people in the bar. Every time we put on a show we worry that no-one is going to turn up and every time we end up with people standing because there aren???t enough chairs. Technical problems solved, our guest authors began to arrive along with our lost host Jo Warburton and then suddenly people were queuing to get in and the room was full.

The night got off to a great start with Joe Evans??? story Pencils. Joe has read at Rattle Tales before and treated us to a sad/sweet story with fairy-tale qualities and beautiful imagery. We normally ask our authors to provide an image to be projected during their story but this time we had collaborated with photographers from Brighton & Hove Camera Club to provide the illustrations. Pencils was interpreted to stunning effect by Heather Buckley.


Amanda Welby-Everard read next; Cri De Coeur, a story about the effect of a mother???s affair on a young girl???s life, tender, poignant and honest and expertly told from the child???s point of view.


Theft by Isabel Costello got them all talking. It was, we later found out, Isabel???s debut on the spoken word scene, but you couldn???t tell. Her story was the most puzzling of the night, and prompted many questions and interpretations from the audience, including one that none of us had thought of! A man tired with his life takes a late night phone call from himself and is persuaded to leave his life behind with himself as a replacement ??? see I told you it was puzzling!


Katherine Doggrell finished the first half with a comic flash piece, X Marks the Spot, about leaving words of wisdom behind in a sort of X-Factor epitaph competition! Do ask not for credit ??? very wise indeed, I???m sure you will agree. Thankfully at a Rattle Tales gig the ??4 ticket price means there is no need to. Our audience now well and truly warmed up, there was a clamour to win our anthology and then off to the bar for much needed refreshment.

Paul McVeigh kicked off the second half with Martin Campbell Is ??? The Incredible Invisible Boy, the very moving story of a young boy trying to escape a violent parental relationship. The audience were stunned by Paul???s heartfelt performance and it felt as if the whole room were taking a breath at once. The story was accompanied with a beautiful photograph by Paul Treadgold.


Erinna Mettler lightened the mood with Killing Stephen Hawking; the tragi-comic tale of a young chef meeting Stephen Hawking at the same time as realising his first love doesn???t want him anymore. Life, the universe and some very un-pc jokes.

Mike Liardet???s??Spike, complete with melancholy photograph by Penny Bailey, told of a brave and faithful dog during World War 2, suffice to say there wasn???t a dry eye in the house as Spike lay down by the fire to dream his last dream.


Brian Bell finished the proceedings with a rousing performance of his Belfast punk flash, No Future. Those Irish boys certainly know how to tell a tale.


Rattle Tales would like to thank The Brunswick for their hospitality and Brighton & Hove Camera Club for their wonderful photographic interpretations; we hope to work with you both again for our 2013 shows.

If you would like to be a part of the next Rattle Tales we have another show coming up in February, check out website and Facebook page in the New Year for submission details.