True stories told by you. Ordinary people tell their extraordinary stories.
They’re poignant, funny, life affirming, cathartic and true. You could be a part of it if you have a story to tell. Join us on the last Thursday of each month for this extraordinary evening with the power of words.
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This months’ storytellers include:
Melissa Jo Smith
Melissa Jo is a visual artist, filmmaker, poet, writer, textile artist and arts producer. Working with schools, community groups, prisons and detention centres, Melissa Jo began developing arts projects to explore lost and hidden history and heritage, out of which sprang Illuminated Arts, a South London based Community Interest Company. Melissa Jo’s projects include the Peckham War Horse Project and Hairlooms, and – in collaboration with MOCA London – House of Queer Mirrors and the LGBT Sewing Bee.
April founded Brixton’s eatery Three Little Birds, which serves delectable Jamaican cuisine, small-plates and an array of the island’s condiments, coffee and clothing. It is far from a typical Caribbean haunt! Having been educated in Jamaica until the age of 16, April completed her A-levels in the UK before a stint as an au pair in France, which preceded a Miss Jamaica Universe win. She now lived permanently in the UK and has just opened up a second restaurant on Battersea Rise.
A former marketing manager, a battle with mental health led Charlie to quit the nine-to-five to fulfil his dream of walking across America. His 2650-mile trek along the Pacific Crest Trail took Charlie through the heart of the American wilderness. He crossed deserts, climbed mountains and traversed snow fields, facing treacherous river crossings, dangerous wildlife and brutal weather conditions. 135 days after setting off from Mexico, he finally finished his long walk at the Canadian border, 15 kilograms lighter and having raised over £3000 for mental health. Now training as a mountain leader, Charlie has also trekked the length of the Pyrenees, cycled from Gibraltar to London and is in training for a 150-mile, seven-day ultra-marathon across the Atacama Desert in Chile.
Jonathan is a medical student and neuroscientist and his research focuses predominantly on the use of psychedelic compounds, like LSD and Psilocybin – the active ingredient in magic mushrooms – in the treatment of mental health disorders.
His work outside of the lab and the consulting room is about engaging a new understanding of madness, including both what it is and what it isn’t.The aim is to change attitudes that still persist even in the most tolerant parts of our society (and remain entirely unchallenged in most parts of the world), and to encourage innovation to help improve the lives of the billions of people that suffer directly and indirectly from mental health disorders.
Camille is a South East London born and bred theatre-maker and performer. She discovered her love for the absurd, funny and filthy when studying theatre and film at Bristol University. Whilst there, she created many shows, most notable of which was PUSSY, which sought to dive into the media-fuelled, sexualised world of the teenage girl. With a particular interest in girlhood and its – often hilarious – complexities, Camille is currently working on her latest play Girl World which, after a successful run in London, will be going to Edinburgh Fringe Festival this August. Camille travels the world every chance she gets but is always drawn back to London by her love of the relentlessly exciting arts scene, the people she loves and her three-legged pooch.
Hanieh was born in Iran and moved to the UK when she was 2. She initially moved to London then to Cumbria and when she was 15 she moved back to London with her family to pursue a career in television. She gained a degree in Media and Cultural studies from Roehampton University and started TV presenting when she left university. She counts an interview with Quentin Tarantino as one of her career highlights. She enjoys reading, travelling and cooking. She lives in London with her husband and three year old son.