Ending a day with ferocious Quokka’s, an Australian marsupial, devouring humans on a boat before engaging in various forms of sexual intercourse with werewolves, vampires and zombies might seem unconventional, but is, in my opinion, an excellent way to spend the evening.

​Of course, this only happened in a fictional manner at the Talking Tales event at Burdall’s Yard. The first thing which struck me was the amazing familial atmosphere at the event. Although this was probably down to most of the crowd being made up of friends and fellow writers, I thoroughly enjoyed cheering and clapping as the performers took to the stage.
​Each writer took on subjects such as teenage romance, female body image and bankruptcy with a unique sense of humour. I particularly enjoyed Kevlin Henney’s story Three Moments of Defeat in which he beautifully exemplified the horror, but ultimate acceptance, of regret. No wonder that ‘I use writing as a form of therapy and there is nothing wrong with that’ became both theme and running gag of the night.


​Altogether, I couldn’t have asked for a more entertaining and inspiring night and I hope to attend more Talking Tales events in the near future and maybe even sign up as a performer.



​For those who are interested, you can find the Stokes Croft Writers, you can find them at to keep up-to-date on upcoming events.



 ***** 5 stars

By Alexandra Wilbraham


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