2019 Programme 


Sunday 20 October

The Bristol Festival of Literature Writers' Retreat (all day)

Join Bristol Festival of Literature for our annual Writers' Retreat; series of incredible workshops designed to help you write, polish and publicise your writing. Expect a full day of workshops from writers and publishers, along with plenty of opportunities to chat to fellow writers over coffee.

Bristol in Plain Sight with Bristol Fiction Writers Group (2pm)

Discover the secrets Bristol is hiding – real places, imagined mysteries; twisted histories with Bristol Fiction Writers Group.

Writers Unchained: Tales of our City (7pm)

From swashbuckling scallywags to sublime street artists...in Bristol you expect the unexpected. For this special Story Sunday event, come and enjoy a pleasant drink at the Southbank Club while hearing tales of the city's people, heritage and secrets.

Monday 21 October

The Women Who Built Bristol (7pm)

To celebrate the publication of 'The Women Who Built Bristol: Volume Two', we are hosting a splendid evening of silliness, feminism and history in the elegant Grade I listed Coopers’ Hall at Bristol Old Vic.

Tuesday 22 October

Friends of Redland Library: Books That Made Me A Writer (7pm)

Writers talk about the books that have influenced their career paths.

Bristol Writers' Group: Thing (7:30pm)

Join Bristol Writers Group as they return to St. John on the Wall to read a series of short stories on the Theme of Things. Things of wonder, things of awe, some things that will make you laugh, some which will make you cry. The only certainty is that you have never encountered anything quite like these things.

Wednesday 23 October

Adaptation - Book to comic to film to game (7pm)

Can a stream of consciousness novel be adapted into a thrilling film? Can graphic novel characters be imported into a novel? Can you make a video game of Pride and Prejudice?

Young Adult Writers - Fishponds Library (7pm)

Do you love books and want to write? Join us for an evening to inspire the budding writers of Bristol and have the opportunity to talk to published authors.

Thursday 24 October

Fire: North Bristol Writers (7pm)

Fire. It warms us, it cleanses and sterilises, it destroys. We try to control fire; sometimes we fail.  North Bristol Writers invite you to an evening of tales that explore the human side of that most mystifying of elements. To gaze into the flames and see what they reveal.

Young Adult Writers - Bishopston Library (7pm)

Do you love books and want to write? Join us for an evening to inspire the budding writers of Bristol and have the opportunity to talk to published authors.

Friday 25 October

After the Formalities with Anthony Anaxagorou (7:30pm)

After the Formalities explores ideas of division and dominance, incorporating history, science and philosophy alongside autobiographical narratives to examine how race, class and masculinity is shaped in contemporary Britain.

The Bard of Windmill Hill: The Storyteller of the Year Entertains (8pm)

Often titillating but never trivial, the award-winning Bard of Windmill Hill is one of Bristol's most enduringly popular poets and storytellers. 

Saturday 26 October


BristolCon: Bristol's annual science fiction and fantasy convention (10am)

BristolCon is a one-day science fiction and fantasy convention organised by the BristolCon Foundation, a charitable foundation set up to support and promote speculative fiction writing, art and related activities in the South West.

Walk: Treasure Island Trail and Fight Against Slavery (12pm)

The Treasure Island Trail is a walk around the Floating Harbour highlighting Bristol's connections with Treasure Island and other works including Robinson Crusoe and Gulliver's Travels.

Young Adult Writers - Horfield Library (7pm)

Do you love books and want to write? Join us for an evening to inspire the budding writers of Bristol and have the opportunity to talk to published authors.

Dark Stories and Disturbing Tales with Emily Koch, Jane Corry, Jane Shemilt and Melanie Golding (7pm)

Best-selling authors, all writers of powerful thrillers, discuss the art of writing and why psychological suspense is so popular during these turbulent times.

Sunday 27 October 

The Bristol Festival of Literature Book Fair (10am)

Join us for the big Bristol Festival of Literature Book Fair and peruse the shelves of some of the region's best publishers and authors.

Writing for Children (1pm)

Join writer Bob Baker (K9, Dr Who, Wallace & Gromit, Flora’s World) and author Sarah Baker (Through the Mirror Door and Eloise Undercover), for an inspirational Q&A session, chaired by Lottie Storey.

Bristol Climate Writers: Love in the Anthropocene (2pm)

What does love look like in times of a changing climate? Join Bristol Climate Writers for a three-hour workshop for readers and writers and hear inspirational new work prompted by our our changing planet.  

LoveBristol Writers feat. Miles Chambers: Speak, my Soul! (7:30pm) 

Powerful, thoughtful performances and lively discussion co-hosted by Miles Chambers with writers who touch on spiritual faith in their poetry and fiction. Be moved, be shaken, be ready to hear from the soul!

Saturday 2 November

Sky Light Rain book launch and literary night (7pm)*

Author Judy Darley invites you to an atmospheric evening of readings and music on the themes of sky, light, and rain to celebrate the launch of her second collection of short stories and flash fiction.

*This is a Bristol Festival of Literature fringe event.

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