• Bristol Lit Fest

Treasure Island and Bristol’s Fight Against Slavery

Updated: Aug 12, 2018


11am, 27 October

Merchant Venturers Almshouses, Free


Please note that this is a walking event. Sensible footwear and weather-appropriate attire are recommended. 


Bristol’s maritime and literary past collide in Bristol’s ongoing City Conversation. The Treasure Island Trail is being used as a catalyst to discuss this. The walk starts at the Merchant Venturers Almshouses in King Street and finishes at M Shed after a detour to the Seven Stars.


Inspirational writing with a Bristol connection: – Treasure Island, Robinson Crusoe, Gulliver’s Travels and the Ancient Mariner.


Stevenson, Treasure Island’s author, was against colonialisation and all of the books mentioned take in the topic of slavery. Coleridge, Southey, Yearsley, More and Chatterton all wrote against it.


The event will finish at 12:30pm.


Mark Steeds

Mark Steeds is a former draughtsman and current publican of some 25 years, interested in all aspects of Bristol’s past. Keen on trying to right old wrongs, he would like to see a Slave Trade memorial and Abolition Shed on Welsh Back. Noted for irreverent and chippy walks and talks.


Address: Merchant Venturers Almshouses, King Street, Bristol, BS1 4DZ



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