Save the date! October 20th: Tales of Our City

We’re delighted to announce our next Story Sunday will be on October 20th and in conjunction with the marvellous  Bristol Festival of Literature we’ll be celebrating Bristol and its environs with the theme of Tales of Our City.

We’re putting together some new ideas for this special evening but as usual we’ll be inviting  fellow writers to contribute their stories and friends far and wide to come along and join us.

Submissions open August 12th. Details on our submissions page

Look out for announcements here and on social media, or ask to join our mailing list so that we can contact you!

From the Spanish Civil War to Snakes and Ladders

Book launches

Two book launches in the last month! It’s been a bumper summer for Writers Unchained members.

A Forbidden Love

Kerry Postle launched her fabulous second book A Forbidden Love at Max Minerva’s Marvellous Books in Bristol this July. The audience were fascinated to hear about where Kerry’s research had taken her – into the intricacies of the Spanish Civil War and, in particular, the experiences of women caught up in it. We’re all looking forward to reading this gripping and heart-rending historical novel.

Buy A Forbidden Love

The Undoing of Arlo Knott

This was followed in August by the launch of Heather Child’s second novel The Undoing of Arlo Knott (Orbit), about a man who has an ‘undo’ button for life, at Storysmith books. At this sold-out event, Heather talked about themes of regret and hindsight, snakes and ladders and quantum physics.

Buy The Undoing of Arlo Knott or read an excerpt.

Story Sunday, June 9th. Unreality bites!

After a short intermission, our next Story Sunday is announced with a theme of UNREAL, our first venture into fantasy, altered reality, speculative fiction or the surreal.

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As ever we’ll choose around ten of you – and us – to read on the night.  We love to be shocked, stunned, terrified, amused or just plain bowled over by your writing talent. Any interpretation or genre is acceptable as long as there’s a bit of unreality in there somewhere!

We’ll be open for your submissions from April 22nd until midnight May 26th     

Please only submit if you can read on Sunday June 9th 2019 between 7 and 9 pm at Southbank Club, Dean Lane, Bedminster, Bristol BS3 1DB.

Check our submissions page for our simple rules.

The rest is the same as before, even the audience entry fee of only £5 cash on the door.

Get thinking, get writing – and we’ll see you there!

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Writers Unchained and in the wild

A round-up of our summer adventures – and it’s only July!

Heather Child: ‘Uplit’ at Edgelit

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Heather (far left) on the Edgelit panel

As well as an appearance at the Dark Societies dystopian book club in London, Heather was in Derby last week running a workshop and speaking on a panel at the popular sci-fi, fantasy and horror event EdgeLit 2018.

 

The recent boom in dystopian fiction was the topic of discuss

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ion, though with political decisions made in the last couple of years starting to bed in, it seems the incoming trend is ‘uplit’, or more uplifting fiction. All events were well-attended and people enjoyed meeting their favourite genre authors and getting books signed.

Heather is also at this week’s lunch-time lecture at Bristol City Library on Thursday July 26th at 12.30 in the old library foyer. It’s free, so get there if you can!

Jean Burnett in the Dragons Den

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Jean conquers the dragons

Jean  pitched her unpublished novel to the Chudleigh Dragons at the Chudleigh LitFest last weekend in Devon – and won the prize!

Her cosy crime novel wins a critique from novelist Sophie Duffy from Legend Press.

Jean is also working n a new historical novel and looking forward to a writing retreat in Greece.

 

 

Ali Bacon around and about

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Signing ‘In the Blink of an Eye’ at Wickhambrook

Having survived a book-selling trip to France, Ali set out for Suffolk where she was part of the Wickhambrook literary lunch in late June.

As well as talking about In the Blink of an Eye she had lunch with afternoon speakers Nicci Gerard and Sean French and has been name-dropping ever since.

She is now emerging from a stint on the golf course to do a book signing at Books on the Hill in Clevedon this Saturday 21st and dropping in to the Flash Fiction Festival on Sunday in Bristol.

 

 

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Ali will be at Books on the Hill , Saturday July 21st  Clevedon,  BS21 7PL,

Scottish readers should also check out her website for news of Scottish shenanigans in September and October.

And yes, our next Story Sunday will be in the early autumn, so please watch this space and keep writing!

 

 

 

Story Sunday – Submissions Open

Stop all the clocks! We’re having ‘A Moment In Time’

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After something of a lull at WU Towers we’re delighted to be open for submissions once more for our first 2018 Story Sunday event on Sunday April 29th with the theme of A Moment in Time when around ten writers will be invited to take to the Southbank stage in Bedminster and enthral us with their talent.

Submissions Open Now

Any genre is acceptable, a historical tale or an imagining of the future, or maybe just a moment, crystallised in words. As ever we love to be shocked, stunned, terrified or delighted in any way.
Please check our submissions page for full instructions on how to send us your finely-wrought words.

All welcome on the night

Our promise to writers is a friendly audience – to our audience a night to remember for a mere £5 entry.
Sunday April 29th
7 – 9 pm
Southbank Club, Dean Lane, Bedminster,  Bristol BS3 1DB

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Readers at our Night of Crime. This time it could be you!

 

News and events update

Though we say it ourselves, our Crime Night Story Sunday went particularly well and we are grateful to all of our readers and the enthusiastic audience who made it such a friendly and entertaining evening ( pictures at the bottom of the page!)

We still have to decide on next year’s programme but will keep you up to date here with our plans, or contact us to go on our mailing list for events and submission opportunities.

Dawn does it in style at the Book Busk

Meanwhile we’ve been busy at other Bristol Literature Festival Events, including the first ever Book Busk on Bristol Harbourside and at the notoriously raucous (and testing!)  Flash Slam where we fielded two teams but still had to give way to Stokes Croft Writers (don’t miss their next Talking Tales evening) when it came to top prize!

They flashed, they slammed …

Coming up is an event hosted by theatre group Bristales. Both Dawn and Ali have been selected to take part in an evening of readings on the theme ‘memories’.  Catch them at The Room Above at the White Bear on St Michael’s Hill on Friday Nov 24th at 7.30. (Don’t be late. Ali is first up!)

And just in time for Christmas you can find us on December 9th with our jolly book stall,
this time at the Southbank Christmas Market

MANY STALLS – LIVE MUSIC – HOT SNACKS – FREE ENTRY
BAR OPEN –  IT’S INSIDE at Southbank Club,  BS3 4DB

Yes we sell books as well as write them. Bargains may well be found!

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Nina looks after our wares

Here are some reminders of our Night of Crime

 

A Night of Crime awaits at Story Sunday

Phew, we made it!

As ever is was tres difficile to decide which stories to feature in our Story Sunday line-up but we got there in the end.

We’re looking forward to some fabulous writing and reading so all we need now is you to come along and give them as big an audience as we can muster.

There’s plenty of room and the bar will be open. Tickets £5 on the door.

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