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Spark - True Stories Live

Connecting people through true stories. Listen to stories taken from Spark's storytelling nights across the UK, incorporating our regular nights in London, Preston, Bristol, collaborations and specials. Like what you hear? Come to an event for the full experience - full details at stories.co.uk See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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All Aboard - Hamish Grant

Hamish takes a trip on the Trans-Mongolian Express and encounters some home truths along the way.From September 2011, when the theme was 'Land or Sea.'Be sure to book your tickets for the next Spark London at the Canal Cafe Theatre on 3rd September. Head to sparklondon.com/events for more details. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

5mins

20 Sep 2011

Rank #1

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Cows on a Train - Sara Banerji

Sara tells the story of when she gave up everything in to become a dairy farmer in India and the epic saga of trying to transport a heard of cows accross its vast continent.From October 2011, when the theme was 'The Kindness of Strangers.'Be sure to book your tickets for the next Spark London at the Canal Cafe Theatre on 7th November. Head to sparklondon.com/events for more details. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

6mins

18 Oct 2011

Rank #2

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Bipolar Gigolo - Jools

True stories told at Spark's open mic nights and Encore showcases. Today, Jools tells an audience of strangers how he came to meet his first client whilst working as a gigolo in Bristol.To hear our back catalogue of 200 episodes FOR FREE - subscribe to the podcast via stories.co.uk/podcast. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

7mins

9 Nov 2016

Rank #3

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The Dentist - Emily Lewsen

What makes a good dentist? Emily ponders this question for us and provides some answers based on her own experiences, growing up in Canada.Thanks to Dave Pickering for looking after the pod for the past few weeks - you can catch his excellent podcast at gettingbetteracquainted.com. Go on. Click it now. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

11mins

21 Nov 2011

Rank #4

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The Great Escape - Sophie Tailby

Sophie told this story at our open-mic night in Brixton. It should be a night of passion for her and her new boyfriend - but will it be ruined by over-caring friends?From November 2011, where the theme was 'Fireworks.'Thanks to everyone who came and raised money for our special NOVA night last Monday. If you want to find out what happened - and maybe make a donation - you can do all this and more at novanew.org.uk. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

6mins

7 Dec 2011

Rank #5

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Out and About - Sharon Shaw

Sharon tells this story of her transition from child to adult... to adult lesbian. From November 2011, where the theme was 'Transitions.'Next Monday (5th Dec) we're celebrating our fourth birthday at the Canal Cafe, with stories of 'New Beginnings'. Not bad eh?As usual, we'll be raising cash for charity: this year we're supporting NOVA, a great team who train the long-term unemployed in North Kensington. You can find out more about them - and donate - at novanew.org.uk. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

7mins

28 Nov 2011

Rank #6

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MORE: Sex Worker stories - True Stories Told Live

WARNING: this episode contains honest, open accounts of sexual activityFollowing the massive response to the episode we released in August, here are three more stories from our recent collaboration with the Sex Workers Open University (SWOU).As such, we have nothing more to add than the original post, reprinted below. If you haven't heard the original episode, you can find it by subscribing to our podcast.Special guest Miranda Kane hosted a Spark night where sex workers from across Britain share their true stories. This episode features our highlights: from eccentric clients to the unusual - and hilarious - situations in which women can find themselves.In keeping with Spark's mission to connect people through true stories, this partnership with the Sex Workers Open University (SWOU) provides a platform for people to tell and frame their own stories for themselves. We welcome all stories and all people. This event follows in Spark's tradition of partnering with organisations that advocate for voices... See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

22mins

6 Oct 2015

Rank #7

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Between a Rock and a Hard Place - David Dinnell

Happy new year! David Dinnell goes scuba diving off the coast of Sicily, and gets into troubled waters.This month we're bringing you new stories from our favourite storytellers, some of whom have appeared on the podcast before. If you've enjoyed this story, why not try 'David and the Cow' from back in 2009? See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

11mins

4 Jan 2012

Rank #8

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Jealousy - Jess & Adrienne

True stories told live in the UK. Jealousy can completely over-take you, it can ruin a lot of things, and it can meddle when we least desire it. Are you the jealous type who always gets into trouble because of it? Or have you experienced jealousy first hand and in this case; how did it pan out?We have two stories today that will remind you of everything you've regretted in your life. You are welcome. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

9mins

12 Oct 2016

Rank #9

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SPECIAL: Sex Worker stories

WARNING: this episode contains honest, open accounts of sexual activitySpecial guest Miranda Kane hosted a Spark night where sex workers from across Britain share their true stories. This episode features our highlights: from eccentric clients to the unusual - and hilarious - situations in which women can find themselves. In keeping with Spark's mission to connect people through true stories, this partnership with the Sex Workers Open University (SWOU) provides a platform for people to tell and frame their own stories for themselves. We welcome all stories and all people. This event follows in Spark's tradition of partnering with organisations that advocate for voices and issues rarely represented in the media.For more information on SWOU, visit their Facebook... See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

1hr 7mins

4 Aug 2015

Rank #10

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Surprises - Beth, Joe & Joe

Three true stories told live in the UK, this time at our most recent open mic at the Brixton Ritzy.Remember that surprise party you planned, where the guest of honour never showed up? Or perhaps you realised at the worst imaginable time that you were going to be a parent: surprise!?Beth, Joe and Joe bring their own tales to the stage. Thanks to Meabh for the recording and to Charley for hosting. The live producer was Christina Friis and the podcast producer is Matt Hill of Rethink Audio. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

17mins

7 Jun 2016

Rank #11

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Shocking Behaviour - Max Yates

Life is, they say, a series of lessons - some of which, when Max's dad are involved, are crueler than others.Max tells us how he came to turn the tables. From February 2012, when the theme was 'The Unexpected.' See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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26 Feb 2012

Rank #12

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Leaving Home - Julie Kertez

Julie is something to Spark royalty here at Spark London; she performed more than any other storyteller, each time with something new from a long and adventurous life.And she shows no signs of stopping: this month she won silver for Best Comedy Newcomer at the Silver Comedy Festival 2012.This is another of her finest, from April 2010, when the theme was 'Home.' See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

10mins

20 Feb 2012

Rank #13

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No More Weather - Matt Sherman

Matt realises his Gran wasn't always old, and vows to find out more about her.From March 2011, where the theme continued to be 'Family'.Next Monday (21st) we'll be back the Ritzy in Brixton for more true stories. The event's open mic and pay-what-you-can, so if you're curious please come join us! More details at sparklondon.com. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

8mins

15 Mar 2011

Rank #14

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Escorts - Andy Bodle

Andy had some spare cash. Andy spent the spare cash.The devil is in the detail, of course. From April 2009. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

9mins

8 Feb 2010

Rank #15

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The Long Goodbye - David Dobbs

David is going backpacking and his dad offers him a lift to the station. Will this be the moment for a genuine heart-to-heart? And will David be able to cope?From March 2012, when the theme was 'Change'.Got the storytelling bug? We're running a workshop on the 17th March at the Canal Cafe Theatre - check out our website for more details. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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7 Mar 2012

Rank #16

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Breaking It Gently - Boris Witzenfeld

Boris realises his girlfriend is not The One... and needs to break it to her gently. From October 2009, when the theme was Now or Never. Spark is back at the Canal Cafe next week (7th March) and we have another open mic at the Ritzy in Brixton on the 21st. Full details at sparklondon.com/events This podcast is produced by rethinkdaily.co.uk and Spark London is the baby of Joanna Yates. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

10mins

28 Feb 2011

Rank #17

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Open Hearts - A Spark London Special

As our regular producer Matt Hill is off this month (getting married), the host of our Hackney open mic night has put together a full show from earlier this year, when the theme was 'Open Heart.'You can hear his own excellent podcast, Getting Better Acquainted, by clicking this link: https://soundcloud.com/gettingbetteracquainted See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

1hr 18mins

3 Oct 2013

Rank #18

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The Twist - Deborah Henley

Deborah's story has a twist to it - and one that threatens her dream of competing in the Olympics.Warning: this ep ontains some strong language at a rather loud volume. Probably not ideal for the school run, which is why we've decided to put it out at half term... You're welcome.If you have a story, please do get in touch. We're celebrating one year at the Brixton Ritzy next week (20th Feb) and we'd love you to join us. Details at sparklondon.com. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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13 Feb 2012

Rank #19

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In A Pickle - Katie & Josh

Oh dear, here we go again: You’ve got yourself into a situation which you really don’t want to be in. Katie & Josh know how you feel, in these two true stories recorded live at the Hackney Attic in August 2016.SPECIAL OFFER: get a free audiobook of your choice with Spark, by using this link: www.audible.co.uk/sparkFor every person that signs up, Audible gives us ACTUAL CASH, which means we can keep making this podcast. Support us AND get a free audiobook. Do it now. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

12mins

5 Oct 2016

Rank #20