All set for Tales of Our City

Readers at our 2018 event, ‘A Moment in Time’

At last your submissions are in and our minds are made up – no mean feat! And so we can tell you the stories you’ll hear on October 20th are by: Dylan Spicer, Liz Clarke, Shirley Wright, Mary March, Mark Rutterford and our own Dawn Kelly and Jean Burnett, not forgetting a guest appearance bywriter and spoken word performer Lucy English.

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As if that weren’t enough, for some extra dramatic pzazz we’re also delighted to be having along two professional actors who will be performing some of these stories on the night.

Chris Brown is a professional entertainer, puppeteer and storyteller for over 20 years and Suzanne Beard is currently treading the boards with the Kingswood players and a drama facilitator for prisoners, the homeless, and excluded young people.

We can promise you everything from history to fantasy, from spooky to outrageous !

So if you woudl like to meet this intriguing lady (or is she?) and a host of other characters real or imagined, all you have to do is come along and join us on Sunday October 20th at
Southbank Club Bristol
Dean Lane
Bedminster BS3 1DB

You can buy tickets in advance for £5 + handling fee or £6 cash on the door.
https://bristolticketshop.com/events/the-bristol-festival-of-literature-4-writers-unchained-tales-of-our-city
 
Doors open 6.30 pm for 7 pm start.

See you there!


 

Judging under way – and a bit of history

Judging under way!

Well we have been wowed by your original, daring and diverse submissions for our Bristol Litfest Story Sunday and decidingwhich to feature in the programme is no easy matter. We can promise an evening of high entertainment and we wil inform those chosen by October 6th at latest. This could be Bristol as you have never seen her/him/them before!

Tickets are on sale here.

Putting the Past on a Page

Meanwhile, three of our number are off to Gloucestershire to take part in the first Writers at the Goodshed evening of the season in Tetbury. That’s on Wednesday October 9th at 7 pm. Entry £4.

Ali, Jean and Kerry will be talking about how they approach research and writing. With Ali recently longlisted for the Dorothy Dunett Historical Short Story Prize this is a must for historical fiction fans and aspiring historical authors.

No more suspension bridges, easy on the balloons! Inspiration for October’s #StorySunday

So with submissions open for Tales of Our City, here’s a blog post from Ali Bacon who has been looking for some visual inspiration.

The tag line ‘no more suspension bridges…’ is taken from a project which began a year ago when Bristol photographer Colin Moody and community arts group the People’s Republic of Stokes Croft found themselves bemoaning the restricted and stereotypical images of Bristol seen in holiday postcards. A competition was mooted and Bristolians invited to send in alternative images.

A set of finalists was chosen and the winning entry (Big Jeff by Paul Blakemore) decided by a public vote last January.

However I was lucky enough to be invited a few weeks ago to the public presentation of prizes and the first chance to buy postcards, singly, in sets or as bigger prints.

There was a really good vibe at the launch event with a piano player helping things along as slides of all the competition entries, not just the finalists, were projected above him. This was a nice touch that recognised everyone’s contribution and showed the quality and range of the entries, upbeat, downbeat and off-beat, from conventional city views with a twist,  to ironic juxtapositions and downright craziness.

Chatting to Colin after the official speeches he was at pains to emphasise the democratic and accessible nature of the project with the official judges as diverse a group as possible and final voting spread around city venues so that anyone could get involved – no internet required!

Several of the finalists were also at the show  including Daniel Durrans – (whose  Bristol July 2017 and Bristol July 2018 both made the final selections) and Phoebe Flint whose M32 Comfort Break was one of three adult runners up.

Phoebe Flint and ‘M32 Comfort Break’

Finalists were each presented with a parcel of postcards which it’s hoped will be posted far and wide and start to change the image of Bristol around and beyond the city. Postcards will soon be on sale very soon from the People’s Republic of Stokes Croft Shop and hopefully city tourism outlets.  

So if you are looking for writing inspiration that goes beyond the obvious, we think Proper Bristol Postcards are a great place to start.

Here’s a selection for starters. More can be found on the Proper Bristol Postcard page or maybe in a shop ner you!

Intimacy, Roo Morgan
The Silence of Maes Knoll by Edward Field
Surveillance, by Rebecca Doe
It’s a wall, Dave Beech

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!

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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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!

 

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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