Stop all the clocks! We’re having ‘A Moment In Time’
Submissions Open Now
All welcome on the night
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.
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!
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!
Here are some reminders of our Night of Crime
Thanks to all those who submitted. Participants will be announced by October 15th.
You are invited to submit stories from 500 – 1500 words on the theme of Crime for our Story Sunday on October 22nd.
Deadline October 1st.
Check out how to do it on our submissions page.
Time to strap on those writing wings and take flight!
Please jump over to our submissions page and take a look.
While we’re on a break from our Story Sunday programme, there’s been plenty going on. We’ve had a guest night, the launch of a new enterprise and soon you’ll have the chance to pick up some pre-Christmas bargains. A fitting end to a pretty eventful year.
From time to time we replace our fortnightly feedback meetings with a visit from a local writer and at our last-but-one meeting of the year we were delighted to welcome Bristol author and journalist Sanjida Kay who gave us a fascinating insight into how her own needs and preferences as a writer have been shaped by the demands of the market.
At an almost full house, she read to us from her ‘domestic noir’ debut Bone by Bone and we were lucky enough to have a sneak preview of her next book in this increasingly popular genre. Sanjida has already had a successful career in literary fiction and brought along a great selection of her titles for us to browse. Most of us bore away more than one goodie for future consumption.
Thanks Sanjida for sharing your work and reminding us of the rewards and some of the harsh realities of this thing called getting published.
Meanwhile we have success of our own to report with Jean Burnett’s new detective novel shortlisted here . Well done, Jean and good luck for making the prize list!
On another front, Sally Hare (last seen in our Midsummer Madness show) has relaunched her business as freelance writer, editor, proofreader, facilitator and coach.
Sally has an M.A. in Creative Writing from Bath Spa University and all of us can vouch for her eagle eye and critical acumen.
This Christmas we are making our first appearance at the Made In Bristol Gift Fair which runs over several weekends at the Colston Hall.
If you want to catch us and our books, we’ll be there on Sunday December 11th, 10am – 4 pm with an array of genre and literary fiction for you to peruse and take home to stuff in those stockings.
If you’d like a sneak preview, some (but not all) of what we’ll have on offer is over on our Bookshop page. There will certainly be some pre-Christmas bargains to be had on the day.
Come along to say hello and support your local writers.
For us it all came down to a rather warm evening at Southbank Club and a great line-up of readers who entertained us with tales of doomed love, doomed window-cleaning, febrile festivals and disturbingly real trouser snakes.
Amongst all the general insanity we also had some spectacular prose and highly professional performances.
So before moving on to whatever autumn may bring, here are a few souvenir postcards of what we did on our midsummer holidays with thanks to all those who came along and made it what it was.