Back in 2011, a a few of my fellow writers (who I’d met on the MA Creative Writing at Sussex University) started a little night called Rattle Tales.
It began as a way for us to showcase our work and discuss it with an enthusiastic audience. But, even from the very first show, it became clear that it was going to be grow to be much more than that. Every show has readers telling stories, an audience who ask questions, make suggestions and shake colourful football rattles to show their appreciation. It’s not a stuff literature thing – it’s fun and interactive, and attracts a diverse crowd.
We grown and grown, regularly selling out the Brunswick Venue. We’ve been part of the Brighton Festival Fringe, Green Man Festival, Brighton Digital Festival and Small Wonder at Charleston House. We’ve even taken our show abroad, putting on a special show in France.
And this last week, has been a busy one for us. We put on another sell-out show on the 13th February, at which I read my story ‘The Last Client’, a slightly gruesome tale of futuristic grave robbing and medical disaster.
But more importantly, we’ve launched Brighton’s first short story prize. Closing on 1st April, the winner will scoop up £400 and be invited to read their story at our Brighton Fringe show in May. As will two runners up, who will win £50. The top ten stories will be offered publication in our next anthology.