Bristol Festival of Literature returns from 21- 29th October 2016, with curious, intriguing, inspiring events popping up all over the city. I wrote a feature about it for The Bristol Magazine, and was wowed by the options on offer. Events are already selling out, so get your tickets fast!
You can pick up copies of The Bristol Magazine all over the city, in cafes, hairdressers, estate agents and other businesses.
I’m taking part in a least two events. The first is Writers in the Caves, taking place in Redcliffe Caves from 8-9.30pm on Tuesday 25th Oct. Going Underground: Subterranean Tales is a Bristol Writers and friends event – I’m one of the friends, and very excited to be invited back! Reading in the caves is a really magical event – it’s a wonderfully spooky environment, and I’ve written a ghost story especially for the occasion. The pic at the top of this post (photo taken by Sally Hare) shows me at last year’s event.
The second is A Hint of Crime, the launch of Bristol Fiction Writers’ Group’s section anthology (which I have three tales in). At Foyles Bookshop Bristol (3-5pm, Friday 28th October, free), we’ll be reading stories with “a dark or dishonest undertone” and answering questions about writing and the imagination. I’ll be reading my story The Longhouse, inspired by my travels in Borneo.
There are so many other fabulous literary happenings to choose from too. Want to hear spooky stories in a cemetery? North Bristol Writers have that covered with Tales from the Crypts, (7-9pm, Thurs 20th Oct, £8). Fancy hearing some Egyptian storytelling surrounded by ancient artefacts? Head to Bristol Museum & Art Gallery (3-4pm, Saturday 22nd Oct, free). Keen to celebrate women in writing? Bristol Women’s Literature Festival are hosting a salon where you can share writing by women you admire, or your own at Spike Island’s reading room (6.30-8.30pm, Monday 24 October, free). Up for learning how to source fiction prompts from newspapers? Join journalist and author Emily Koch at Paper Arts on Thurs October 20th, 10am-12pm (£5). And these are just a few of the rich literary pickings on offer!
Find the full programme and ticketing details at unputdownable.org. Hope to see you at an event or few!