Stories wanted: STICKS & STONES

Sticks and stones/May break your bones… but we feel it’d be much more positive all round if instead they inspired you to send us some fantastic short fiction for our September event! Which is a roundabout way of saying that we’re after unpublished stories of between 800 and 2,000 words on the theme of Sticks & Stones.

Think walking-sticks, Pooh-sticks, joss-sticks, glo-sticks. Think standing stones, stepping stones, bladder stones, gemstones. As always, we invite you to interpret the theme as creatively as you like – and get your stories to us at by the end of August 28.

The best will be brought to life by our amazing actors at a Liars’ League Leeds event later in September.

Stick it to us.

Ladies & Gentlemen, March 19, 2015

Liars’ League Leeds is delighted to present another night of marvellous storytelling. This Thursday, our Ladies & Gentlemen event takes you behind the scenes at the Coney Island freakshow, into the inner sanctum of the mysterious Cimmerian Club, to a romantic dinner-party for, uh, six, and up on stage for a stand-up’s worst nightmare…

For your entertainment and edification, we will be reading…

A Sideshow Story by Joe Saxon
Grim by Liam Hogan
The Comeback by Rosalind Stopps
The Cimmerian Club by Susan Carey
Knights Round A Table by Elizabeth Hopkinson

Also, FREE BOOKS! (if you are clever enough to triumph in our almost-famous half-time books quiz.)

You can find us at the wonderful Crowd of Favours pub on Harper Street, Leeds:

Entry is FREE, FREE I tell you! Roll up on Thursday, March 19 from 7pm and – once we’re all sitting comfortably – we’ll get the stoytelling started at 7.30pm.

We’re back with a bang. See you there!

Liars’ League Leeds: back for good


Yes, we’re back and back for good. A lovely new venue – of which more later – but the same old Liars’ League: amazing actors bringing scintillating new short fiction to life.

Which means, of course, WE NEED YOUR STORIES!

We’re after original short fiction of 800 to 2,000 words on the theme of ‘Ladies & Gentlemen’. As ever, that theme is yours to do with as you please. Lollipop ladies in a gentlemen’s club? A gentleman’s personal gentleman and a lady of the night? From jury-boxes to jousting-lists, from public toilets to parliamentary protocol, hit us with your very best shot – just get it to us at by midnight on Friday, March the 6th.

It’s good to be back. Looking forward to seeing you soon.

LL Leeds @ Wakefield LitFest: THE RETURN

Liars’ League Leeds returns! We’ll be performing at the star-studded Wakefield LitFest from 7.30pm onMonday, September 22 – and we’d love to have you there!
What have we got? Well, we’ve got dinosaurs on the Tube and the Paraguayan navy. We’ve got a troubled Texan who won’t drink her juice and a shifty shipbuilder who’s taking on Jack Dempsey. We’ve got a house full of bats and a squatter in the soft furnishings.
Best of all, we’ve got five incredible actors poised and ready to bring these stories to life.
Our writers for this comeback special include Katy Darby, Joan Taylor-Rowan, Liam Hogan and Richard Smyth.           
We really hope you can join us and help us come back with a bang. Wakefield’s beautiful Orangery is hosting us for the night (yes, there’s a bar); here’s how to find it:
The rest of the festival is definitely worth checking out too. Here’s the programme:
See you very soon. It’s good to be back.  


Hello, world! LL Leeds has been woken from its hypersleep by this lovely plug in the Guardian,  in which we (as ever) piggyback on the reputation of our London big sister event.

We’re sorry to say, however, that LL Leeds remains in a state of suspended animation for now. WE MAY YET RETURN – and you, dear reader, will be the first to hear about it when we do.


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On the road again…

There’ll be no Liars’ League Leeds in Leeds this month, we’re sorry to say.

But we’ll still be busy telling lies like nobody’s business, when we open the Into The Woods stage at the fantastic Beacons Festival near Skipton on Friday, August 17!

The storytelling starts at 1pm.

Just think of it: LLL sharing a playbill with Roots Manuva. Kinda.

Maybe we’ll see you there – but, if we don’t, you’ll soon be able to see us here: we’ll be posting all the videos from our first festival once we’re home safe and sound.

We’ll be sure to keep you posted about our next show in good old Leeds – email to get yourself added to our mailing list.

Enjoy the rest of the summer!

Muck & Brass: July 25, 2012

Liars’ League Leeds celebrated its first birthday with five great stories, five awesome performances, and a plateful slateful of in-no-way-marked-down-Jubilee-leftovers birthday cupcakes.

Here’s LLL mainstay Stephen Bellamy giving a blistering reading of Stanley James’  grotesque mediaeval drama From Within:


From Within, by Stanley James

The scourge has come upon us. In the shite-strewn streets the ragged preachers howl of damnation, and preach sermons from the Second Book, I shall hold forth mine hand, and I shall smite thee and thy people with pestilence, and thou shalt perish from the earth. More lie dead than the living can bury. The fat white maggot feasts and the bold and busy rat scurries in the gutters. All is filth – all is filth and blood and foetid summer rainwater.

The common people, as they weep, and suffer, and burn, and die, and cry to Christ Jesus that they, their wives, their children, might be spared, know it as The Mortality. Or the Black Death.

And in normal circumstances I would be all for it.

Read the rest of From Within here.

More to come soon…