The Success Stories storytellers set the world on fire.

Another successful night for the Success Stories Club tellers!

‘People have been telling stories around the fire all over the world from humanity’s earliest times.’

Sharon said that to Richard (the producer of the documentary currently being made about how the Success Stories Club came into being) and, lo and behold, four weeks later, there we all were telling tales around the fire and being filmed doing it! 





Colin and Sharon divvied up the jobs to be done on the night and Colin became the Compare …..









….while Sharon took on the much more important role of Tea Lady!




As usual, the tellers were fabulous, from the youngest (Go, Iris!) ……





… the oldest (Go Penn!).




We attracted a great crowd of eager listeners and the atmosphere was lovely (tending towards spooky once it got very dark).





The venue was the very lovely Hulme Community Garden Centre. Have a look; it’s a wonderful place.

In the meantime, join us next month for an evening of tales on the theme of ‘Accident and Emergency’ on Monday 11th September.    Click here to find out more.

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Storyteller of the Year 2017

Congratulations Sue Dempsey!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

We love Sue’s poetry so much we made her our Storyteller of the Year.









Here’s one she wrote for Mark who very generously bought the trophy for the club:



I believe you bought the cup which now rests on my mantel-shelf

Where it adds a touch of opulence  and does wonders for my health.

It’s so become my pride and joy and, whether they choose to do  or not,

I’ll drag all passers-by inside to show them what I’ve got!

And I’ll keep it safe for one whole year, polish and keep it clean

Then – when it goes – I still will boast and show the spot where the cup had been.

Congrats also to our fabulous runners-up, in  equal second place came Phil Coogan and Steve Tarling and in equal third place, Colin Rowan and Dave Brown… don’t they look proud?




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And then there were twelve

Phil Coogan became  the final piece of the Storyteller of the Year Jigsaw this month when he wowed the audience with his tale (and his t-shirt) to win their votes and take the trophy. This is the the last slot in next month’s big event, our Storyteller of the Year contest.  His funny take on Rapunzel meant he won by an impressive margin against a whole host of extremely talented  tellers – it was a great night all round. Phil is a regular, not only at the Success Stories club but also in Matlock at the Storytelling Cafe and The Stafford Knot Storytelling Club which you can find on their Facebook page.


Brilliant as ever, Phil.

The good news continues as the documentary about our wonderful little club is moving on apace. Filming re-starts in the week commencing June 19th with interviews, outside shots (with drones no less) and a storytelling bonfire scene. I kid you not, so watch this space….

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Raconteur of the Year (Again)!.

Our very own Pennant Roberts wowed the crowd last  night at the Deanwater Hotel in Stockport to win the annual Susan Heyhurst Memorial Trophy……… and become the first person to see his name engraved on the cup THREE TIMES!

He beat off stiff competition from members of several public speaking clubs to win the audience vote and the silverware.

No wonder he looks so chuffed in this photo.

Well done Penn!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Lovely Liverpool Lad wins again!

And the winner is…….

the wonderful Andy Johnson!

Andy tells lyrical, heartwarming tales from all over the world and was a worthy winner if this month’s trophy.

He’ll be headlining at our next meeting on Monday 8th May and then competing in our Storyteller of the Year Contest on Monday 12th June. Stories start at 7.30 at the Moorfield pub, 131 Marsland Road Sale, M33 3NW.

If you can’t make those dates, don’t despair because you can always catch Andy at his own club where ‘Storytime’ is always on the 3rd Wednesday of the month. The address is the Irish Centre, Boundary Lane, (off West Derby Road), Liverpool, L6 5JG

It starts at 7.30 & entrance is free and not only are there stories but live traditional Irish music from the band, the Lowlands.


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Tales from the Emerald Isle

Poetry please

Sue Dempsey has been writing poetry for just two years but wowed the audience with her heartwarming poems about all things  Irish this week at our night of ‘Tales from the Emerald Isle’.

Sue is a member of Sale Scribblers writing group which meets twice a month. She will be headlining at the next Success Stories meeting on Monday 13th April  when the theme will be ‘A Tricky Situation’. Click here to find out more.

Sue Dempsey

Sue Dempsey receiving her engraved trophy.

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It’s been another busy week for our storytellers

What a week… not only did we have a fabulous Pre-Valentine’s Night session of Tales of Love and Hate but some of the gang of regular tellers made a second programme for Wythenshawe radio too (no wonder we’re all so haggard-looking…  still, exhaustion gives us all really good faces for radio!).  ‎More about that in the next blog post.dave-brown

The worthy winner of the club trophy this month was Liverpool’s own Dave Brown who told the  very funny tale the less-than-successful love life of two likely lads. Dave is also a member of the great new storytelling club in Liverpool’s Irish Centre.








Dave will be headlining at our next session on Monday 13th March when the theme will be…. TALES FROM THE EMERALD ISLE!!!!!

The venue is the Moorfield pub on Marsland Road in Sale, M33 7NW. Stories start at 7.30. It would be great to see you there.


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