242 episodes

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

Now in its eighth year, the Spark - True Stories Live podcast is currently produced by Elle Scott for rethinkdaily.co.uk, with the ongoing support of Joanna Yates, Dave Pickering, Charley Harrison and dozens of volunteers.

Spark - True Stories Live Acast

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.6 • 29 Ratings

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

Now in its eighth year, the Spark - True Stories Live podcast is currently produced by Elle Scott for rethinkdaily.co.uk, with the ongoing support of Joanna Yates, Dave Pickering, Charley Harrison and dozens of volunteers.

    Public Humiliation - Nebiu & Holly

    Public Humiliation - Nebiu & Holly

    True stories told live across the UK. This week we hear two stories on the theme of ‘Public Humiliation’. Nebiu tells us about laughinstereotypes on a crowded bus and Holly explains how an ex flame reignited but in all the wrong ways. 


    For info on all upcoming events and dates for our brand new night at the Waverley Bar in Edinburgh visit ‘stories.co.uk’ and click the ‘events’ tab.
     
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    • 8 min
    Faking It - Marie & Chris

    Faking It - Marie & Chris

    True stories told live across the UK. This week we hear two stories on the highly relatable theme of ‘Faking it’. Marie tells us about the time she put her body through hell to impress a hot date and Chris recounts the time his ‘faking it’ saw a whole company crash and burn. 


    For info on all upcoming events and event dates for our brand new night at the Waverley Bar in Edinburgh visit ‘stories.co.uk’ and click the ‘events’ tab.
     
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    • 16 min
    Weddings – Julie & Flemming

    Weddings – Julie & Flemming

    True stories told live across the UK. In this ‘Weddings’ themed episode we hear from Julie and Flemming. Julie takes us on an emotional rollercoaster as she talks us through her three contrasting marriages and Flemming tells us a story to remind us that you are never too old to find true love. 


    For info on all upcoming events including dates for our brand new night at the Waverley Bar in Edinburgh visit ‘stories.co.uk’ and click the ‘events’ tab.
     
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    • 12 min
    Simply the Best – Elle, Rachel & Scarlett

    Simply the Best – Elle, Rachel & Scarlett

    True stories told live across the UK. We kick off a brand new series with a bang – a birthday bang to be precise. Last year our beloved podcast turned ten years old... Yes ten! So to celebrate, we put on a best-of birthday bonanza at London’s prestigious Underbelly Festival Southbank. We invited storytellers old and new to retell one of their favourite stories from events past. Here’s three of the stories we heard there, each told by a Spark storytelling veteran. 


    First we hear from our podcast producer Elle who tells us about the time she went to a not-so-elite sex party. Then we hear from event producer Rachel who talks us through a psychotic episode she once had without realising she was having it. And lastly we hear from Scarlett – Spark’s amazing host and one-time tea dealer – about a party she can’t quite remember but will never forget. 


    For info on all upcoming events and dates for our brand new night at The Waverley Bar in Edinburgh visit ‘stories.co.uk’ and click the ‘events’ tab.
     
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    • 17 min
    London - Jess & Eleanor

    London - Jess & Eleanor

    True stories told live across the UK. This week Spark London very fittingly hears two tales about London. Jess tells us about the time a stranger’s kindness helped her turn her life around and Eleanor reveals a time Buckingham Palace got her all hot under the collar - quite literally.


    BIG NEWS PODCAST FANS: Spark True Stories turns ten this year and to celebrate we will be hosting a live ‘best of’ at the iconic Underbelly Festival Southbank. Grab your tickets to Spark’s ‘Simply the Best’ night on the 12th of June at underbellyfestival.co.uk or visit stories.co.uk for more details.
     
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    • 11 min
    Reunion - Dimitri & Rachael

    Reunion - Dimitri & Rachael

    True stories told live across the UK. This week we christened our new venue The Bill Murray in Angel with two fantastic stories on the theme of ‘Reunion’.


    Dimitri revels in the time he exacted perfect revenge on two friends and Rachael tells us about when she was locked outside in a very compromising position.


    Our open mic nights are a great way of getting involved with Spark. To find out about where to find us and when visit www.stories.co.uk and click the ‘events’ tab.
     
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    • 11 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
29 Ratings

29 Ratings

K-ride 4902 ,

Can’t get enough

Of this show

Larispie ,

Real people, lovely accents

I'm in the US, so everyone sounds like they have a beautiful accent to me. If you're from the UK, these folks won't sound remarkable to you, but to me it's worth a listen just for he great voices.
Stories are excellent, too.

maa-68 ,

Doesn't Measure Up

I’m a fan of other storytelling podcasts (The Moth, Risk, etc.) but the quality of the stories presented by “Spark” just doesn’t measure up. I expect in any live storytelling venue there are bound to be hits and misses, and maybe a lot more misses than hits, but for a podcast one would expect the producers to feature the cream of the crop. With Spark, it seems as if the producers pull stories at random. The storytellers generally suffer from poor presentation skills and and their stories generally lack a point: lots of rambling, lots of nervous laughter, lots of dead-end tangents. That the stories are told in London is a minor plus, and there tend to be lots of stories with an international setting. But if you are a fan of The Moth, you are likely to be disappointed with this podcast.

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