Spark Preston connects people through true stories at events held in the Korova Arts Café in the centre of the city.

There are only three rules at Spark:

1) It must be true,
2) It must be your own story, and
3) It must be under five minutes long.

With a different theme each time, you’ll soon find yourself talking to friends and strangers about moments from each other’s lives. Our aim is always to connect people through true stories.

Spark London was begun in 2007 by Joanna Yates, a business psychologist who overcame dyslexia to become an expert on the art of storytelling. Since then, over a thousand true stories have been told live from Spark stages.

There are regular storytelling nights at the Hackney Attic and Upstairs at the Ritzy, and we put on a monthly show at the Canal Café Theatre featuring all the best stories plus special guest storytellers.

Spark London also produced shows at the Edinburgh Festival, Foyles, the Glenfiddich Distillery in Dufftown, Manchester Town Hall, Soho Square, the Blue Elephant Theatre and you’ll find Spark at The Wilderness Festival.

Regular contributor to Spark London, Ian Barratt, brought the format up to the Preston Tringe in October 2014 and has encouraged local volunteers to keep it going in Preston. Initially, the Korova Arts Café & Bar is hosting Spark Preston every two months, with the intention to make it monthly once word spreads around and a regular audience can be built up.

Spark Preston’s ambition is to faithfully recreate the London experience on our regional doorstep. The London website is:


From their website you’ll find links to audio podcasts to a wide selection of the best and most thought-provoking stories told in London over the last eitght years.

It takes time to gain a new following, so come along to one of our Preston events and tell all your friends how enjoyable and informative all our evenings together are!


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