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Liars' League
The heart of literary London
Writers write. Actors read. Audience listens. Everybody wins.
Interests: Short stories, writers, stories, short fiction, flash fiction, literature, writing, live literature, storytelling, new writing, books, creative writing, story telling, more books, that sort of thing.
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Winning stories are announced below, and bookings are open now! From office romances to vengeful fairies and laundrettes to lunatic asylums, via kleptomania and commuting bears, we've a tasty selection-box of fiction for you enjoy at our first event of... Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2024 at Liars' League
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Read by Zach Harrison (3rd story in podcast, at XXmin, here) Hi. My name is Rudy, and I'm an alcoholic. It's been 364 days since my last drink, but I still worry about falling off the wagon. Or should that... Continue reading
Posted Dec 20, 2023 at Liars' League
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Read by David Mildon (5th story in podcast, at 1hXXmin, here) *Aelwyd: Welsh for hearth, and for home. Braith fills her lungs with the chill morning air, petrichor on the breeze. She avoids slipping on the icy path winding to... Continue reading
Posted Dec 20, 2023 at Liars' League
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Read by Carrie Cohen (2nd story in podcast, at 16min 30s, here) Cassandra could not explain why she was compelled to visit Chance House. Or why she had dreamt of the grand estate, seeming to know its every corner. She... Continue reading
Posted Dec 20, 2023 at Liars' League
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Read by Sarah Barlex (5th story in podcast, at 1hXXmin, here) It was Christmas in Berlin. Lise had come alone on the train from London because there was no one who might have come with her. Everywhere in the streets... Continue reading
Posted Dec 20, 2023 at Liars' League
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Read by Stephen Butterton (1st story in podcast, at XXmin, here) When he got off at St Paul's, the station was deserted apart from a few discarded copies of the Evening Standard that skittered along the platform as the train... Continue reading
Posted Dec 20, 2023 at Liars' League
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Read by Jamie Laird (6th story in podcast, at 1hXXmin, here) While Tom Phelan froze to death out the back of his pub on Christmas Eve, Tom Phelan became not too happy with the story of Tom Phelan, Tom Phelan... Continue reading
Posted Dec 20, 2023 at Liars' League
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PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS EVENT TAKES PLACE UPSTAIRS AT THE WHEATSHEAF, FITZROVIA, NOT OUR USUAL VENUE OF THE PHOENIX From glowing hearths to snowy bloodbaths, we've a stocking stuffed full of festive fiction for you to enjoy at our final... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2023 at Liars' League
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Read by Sophie Cartman (final story in podcast, here - find it at 1:30:10) Under an obsidian sky with no stars, Kiyane crouches by the chicken coop in the yard behind mistress house. She doesn’t know what to do. Going... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2023 at Liars' League
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Read by Silas Hawkins (5th story in podcast, here) I’m sorry I'm late, but skinning the cat took longer than I had expected. People always say that there is more than one way to skin a cat, but it's a... Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2023 at Liars' League
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Read by Thomas Delacourt (third story in podcast, here) There once was a ship that put to sea The name of the ship was the Billy o' Tea The winds blew up, her bow dipped down Oh blow, my bully... Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2023 at Liars' League
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Read by Lisa Rose (second story in podcast, here) Put your hands over your eyes and count to ten. No peeking; not even a tiny bit. Block out the light. Don’t let in enough to see red at the edges.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2023 at Liars' League
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Read by Clareine Cronin (fifth story in podcast, here, at 55:15) The King always has blood beneath his fingernails. It is all I think about as he touches me, clumsily, with bloated hands that struggle to obey his desires. Rusty... Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2023 at Liars' League
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Read by Lucy Mabbitt (first story in podcast: click here) Esme’s heart beats so quickly that even super fast songs, 160 beats per minute, sound as though they’re in slow motion. My pulse could outrun anything, she thinks to herself... Continue reading
Posted Oct 26, 2023 at Liars' League
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PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS EVENT IS NOW AT THE ALBANY, GREAT PORTLAND STREET, NOT OUR USUAL VENUE OF THE PHOENIX As the season of spectres & sepulchres lurches ever-closer, chains rattling, we're chilled to announce the winning stories for our... Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2023 at Liars' League
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To listen to actress Lucy Mabbitt reading the story, click here: While You Were Sleeping MP3 I let my head fall against the chair's faded leather upholstery. "Today would be the second anniversary of our first date. A year ago,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2023 at Liars' League
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Guilt is a hunter. Love is a warrior. Sorrow is a stranger. Solitude is a face glimpsed in a crowd and then gone forever. Knowledge is a ray of light in the darkness. Confusion is a twat. I stand at... Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2023 at Liars' League
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Read by Claire Lacey Sandra found out she was pregnant early on, when “your baby is approximately the size of a blueberry”. She’d never bothered with books when she was expecting the girls, it had all just happened. But it... Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2023 at Liars' League
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Read by Carrie Cohen Red is quite the storyteller. ‘There was a deafening roar as it charged out of the undergrowth, coming right at me, straight for my pale throat ...’ She’s told this same story to locals and tourists... Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2023 at Liars' League
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Read by Lin Sagovsky When Abbie summons me, she offers up her soul to destroy everything. Laughing, I decline. “I’m a fallen angel,” I say, gesturing to my missing wings. “Exiled to Hell for greed. But one day, I’ll be... Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2023 at Liars' League
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WE HAVE OUR WINNERS! It's never an easy task, sorting the very best stories from the teetering tower of talent that is the Women & Girls submissions every year ... but we've picked our five winning stories, and they're below!... Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2023 at Liars' League
Read by Anoushka Deshmukh (third story in podcast, here) Tonight, again, Madam cannot sleep because of the rustling. Because Madam doesn’t sleep, I can’t sleep. She pulls me from my cot — a meagre straw thing pushed to the furthest... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2023 at Liars' League
Read by Jeremiah O'Connor (third story in podcast, here) It’s not perfect, but they’ve done it. It will be presented tomorrow by the team leader (nerdy Portuguese save-the-bees guy, remember him?). The invite has been sent out to all members... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2023 at Liars' League
Read by Tony Bell - first story in podcast, here There was a roaring fire. Bess, the innkeeper’s lovely wife, moved through the crowd pouring mugs of ale, one to each, except for Big Sam, who took two, and Little... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2023 at Liars' League
Read by Clive Greenwood - final story in podcast, here. “Well I'll be a ... The Granite Grappler. Now there's a name I haven't heard in a long time.” The Granite in question was very much as his name would... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2023 at Liars' League