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 2020 Programme 


Saturday 10 October

Bristol Short Story Prize Awards

Join writers, agents, publishers and literature lovers from around the world as the Bristol Short Story Prize reveals the winner of its 13th annual competition.

Friday 16 October

Rosana Amaka in Conversation

Rosanna Amaka writes of people moving between worlds, and asks how we can heal and help each other – join her in conversation with Novelist Dr Sanjida O’Connell as they discuss Amaka’s irresistible and powerful debut novel: The Book Of Echoes.

Saturday 17 October

The Bristol Festival of Literature 2020 Writers' Retreat

The Bristol Festival Of Literature Writers’ Retreat has become one of our most popular events in recent years so book your slot early to avoid disappointment. This event is aimed at writers who want to get published and comprises four separately bookable sessions with industry experts.

Poets 4 The Planet

Interbeing: Poets 4 The Planet is a national forum of writers responding to the climate crisis.

Sunday 18 October

Imagine: Writing Bristol's Future

Bristol Climate Writers is a network of writers of all genres using creative techniques to explore and interpret issues based around climate change. This workshop event is based on the understanding that in order to move toward a sustainable Bristol, we need to start imagining new possibilities for today.

Monday 19 October

Colston: Fact And Fiction with Roger Ball, Mark Steeds and Ros Martin

From Wulfstan To Colston is a major new study of the abolitionist tradition in Bristol that was released just days before the statue of slave trader Edward Colston was toppled and dumped in the Floating Harbour.

Heating Up with the Bard Of Windmill Hill

Join the award-winning poet, lyrical comedian and stand-up philosopher for an evening of lyrical musings inspired by climate change.                    

Tuesday 20 October


SPEL is a poetry and acoustic music open mic providing an intimate, friendly space to read or

perform or listen to local poetry and acoustic music.

Storytelling Across Diverse Media

A Novelist, a Screenwriter, a Comic Creator and a Visual Storyteller walk into a Literature event…

Wednesday 21 October

Stepping Out with Bristol Writers’ Group

A collection of short stories exploring travelling and journeys to tie in with the release of new zine Stepping Out.

Thursday 22 October

Landscapes: A showcase of work by The Diverse Creative Writing Group

Performance by members of the Diverse Creative Writing Group for adults with Autistic Spectrum Condition.

Dream Haiku with Asha Sahni

Take a journey into the world of dream haiku, crafting short poems in response to your dreams during this workshop.

Novel Nights: Taking Risks As A Writer with Julie Cohen

Julie Cohen chats to Novel Nights about taking risks in a writing career, overcoming writer’s block and challenging the status quo. This author talk and Q&A is hosted by David Lloyd.

Friday 23 October

Stories of Strong Women – Inspirational Female Authors

Women inspiring women! Bristol authors Jane Duffus, Elle Spellman and Heather Child discuss women whose writing has blazed a trail.

Burning Eye Presents

Burning Eye Books is a southwest indie publisher, and the largest producer of spoken word/performance/slam/stand up poetry in the UK.

Saturday 24 October

Literary Walk

Volunteers from the Long John Silver Trust will lead this literary walk from King Street to Merchants’ Landing following the route of the Treasure Island Trail  which celebrates Bristol’s link with Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic Treasure Island.

Georgia Calling

Georgia is the first country partner of the Bristol Festival of Literature and we are delighted to be able to host three of the county’s leading literary figures.

Hidden Gems

From landmine-sniffing rats to the mysterious ‘red gene’... Bristol novelists Ali Bacon, Jean Burnett, Kerry Postle and Heather Child share the three most amazing things they found out while researching their books.

Sunday 25 October

Story Sunday – The Great Escape with Just Write Bristol

A showcase of original fiction written and performed by local writers

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