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NEXT FLASHERS’ CLUB: Tuesday 2nd May, Smokey Joe’s Coffee Bar, 7:30pm onwards.

Guest reader: No guest reader for this session, sadly, but we have a roster of very exciting names committed to reading for us in August, November and on into 2018!

Free lit from Open Pen magazine to everyone who’s bold enough to read!

Reading: We’re open mic, so there’s no advance sign-up. If you want to read just make sure it’s less than 1,000 words long and then bring it on the night. If you can bring a spare hard copy to enable our hearing-impaired audience to read along, it would be greatly appreciated.

Ticketing: We are dropping the advance booking option – but don’t worry, we always have more capacity than we sell. All tickets will be £3 on the door.

Full info below and via FAQ page.


Flashers’ Club is a quarterly flash fiction open mic night at Smokey Joe’s Coffee Bar, Cheltenham. Writers read original short fiction pieces between 100 and 1,000 words. You can read about our last event on our blog, and we hope you’ll come to our next event. Bring something to read, or just bring your ears!

We welcome all writers: published writers and unpublished, seasoned readers and debutants. The atmosphere is friendly, supportive and inclusive: no need to fear if you’ve never read before! We want to hear you. We like to bribe our readers with free literature (our last two events have featured short story anthologies from indie publishers The Fiction Desk and litmags by Prole), so there’s a good incentive to get up behind the mic.

We also feature a special guest writer every session. Pop over to the ‘Our Readers’ page to see who we’ve featured in the past. We’ll announce the guest writer for the next session shortly.

There is a small entry charge for Flashers’ Club, and all proceeds after running costs are donated to the charity First Story.

Read about past events and see pictures on our blog pages, and check out open mic reader bios on the ‘Our Readers’ page.

For more details, have a look at the FAQs or contact us via the contact page. You can also find us on Twitter @flashers_club, or on Facebook. Follow us or like us to get the latest news and updates.

See you there!