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News and events update

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.

Dawn does it in style at the Book Busk

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!

They flashed, they slammed …

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!

book bazaar

Nina looks after our wares

Here are some reminders of our Night of Crime

 

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2016 is not over yet: all the news from Writers Unchained

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.

Guest night

sanjidasmallFrom 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.

bone-by-bone-676x1024At 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.

Prizes (we hope!)

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!

Writing Services

sallyhwordsOn 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.

If you’d like to know more about The WordShoveller you can contact her via her website or on Facebook.

Come and Buy!

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mib_logoThis 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.

Corsham stall

Books – what’s not to like?

Then have a very happy Christmas and New Year.

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See you in 2017!

 

Madness it was … (or “phwoah, what a scorcher!”)

midsummergrpahicHelp. Autumn is nearly  upon as and you’re wondering what happened to midsummer.

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.

On with the Midsummer Madness show!

We had a fantastic response to our call for submissions for next Sunday and are busy putting together a sizzle of solstices with a sprinkling of swimming pools just in case the heat gets to much.

Check back in a couple of days for our final line-up and running order. Expect to see supernovae and rising stars from our local writing firmament. Which may not add up astronomically but still promises to be a lot of fun.

Tell the world!

Details below.

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