Bristol Public Libraries
In December 2013, Bristol Libraries celebrate the 400th anniversary of a library service in Bristol. Libraries have changed since the old days of musty tomes and hard seats. Today Bristol’s library service is thriving, offering a host of activities from toddler story times and a school ‘Reading Challenge’ to free internet access and an Adult Reading Group, as well as audio books, e-books, DVDs and an online ’24 Hour Library’ service.
For those who may struggle to get to their local library, Bristol Libraries also offers an ‘At Home’ visiting service, visits to sheltered accommodation and nursing homes, and a community bus service to Bristol’s Bedminster Library.
Collections include Art and Drama, Music, Education, Family and Local History, as well as newspapers, periodicals and a wide range of both fiction and non-fiction.
To get more from your local library, visit http://www.bristol.gov.uk/page/libraries.
With help from …
Unchained is designed, published and distributed in paperback and e-book by Tangent Books, a Bristol-based independent publisher. Originally set up as Naked Guides Ltd., their intention was to write a series of alternative guide books, laying bare all the major (and not so major) towns and cities in the UK. However, after the publication of the Naked Guides to Bristol and Bath, other cities lost their appeal, and the team quite literally went off at a tangent.
This popular, leading local publisher is committed to publishing books that celebrate aspects of Bristol life that may otherwise be unrecorded. The books on Tangent’s list are witty, unique, alternative and radical ‘just like our readers’ and subjects include street art, culture, music, fiction, memoirs, local history and politics.
Tangent Books is a Fairtrade business that does not print in China because of political and environmental concerns.
More about Tangent Books at http:// www.tangentbooks.co.uk
We’d also like to give a special mention to the designer Joe Burt at Wildspark Design who came up with such a brilliant concept for the cover design.
The Bristol Festival of Literature
The Bristol Festival of Literature – aptly named Unputdownable – will host fifty amazing writers in venues across the city from 19-27 October 2013, with a multiplicity of smaller events happening throughout the year. With a winning combination of ‘big’ names and talented local authors, the Festival offers plenty of opportunities for Bristolians to air their creative abilities.
There will be numerous workshops, plenty of expert advice and events you won’t find anywhere else: crime and horror in Redcliffe caves, a word karaoke, and rum tastings while you listen to tales from Venezuela.
We are delighted to be launching Unchained as part of the festival on October 23rd in the Central Library.
For more information, visit http://www.unputdownable.org
Tania Hershman is the author of two story collections: My Mother Was An Upright Piano: Fictions (Tangent Books, 2012), a collection of 56 very short fictions, and The White Road and Other Stories (Salt, 2008; commended, 2009 Orange Award for New Writers) . She is writer-in-residence in Bristol University’s Science Faculty and editor of The Short Review, the online journal spotlighting short story collections and their authors. Tania teaches regularly for the Arvon Foundation and gives workshops on short stories, flash fiction and science-inspired fiction. Website: www.taniahershman.com