Tag Archives: Bristol

A Night of Crime awaits at Story Sunday

Phew, we made it!

As ever is was tres difficile to decide which stories to feature in our Story Sunday line-up but we got there in the end.

We’re looking forward to some fabulous writing and reading so all we need now is you to come along and give them as big an audience as we can muster.

There’s plenty of room and the bar will be open. Tickets £5 on the door.

Night of Crime_Programme-page-001 (1)

 

Advertisements

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.

midsummerposter2

More Banksy than Bonnets it certainly was

While we rub our hands and gloat over a very tasty bag of submissions for our next event, here’s Gail’s  snapshot of Stokes Croft Writers’ carefully managed  assault on the genteel cobbles of Bath. 

bathfun

Shaping up for a bit of iconoclasm?

It was a steamy hot summer night on the not-so-mean streets of Bath, when a motley crew of Bristol writers came to town. Presented by the inimitable Stokes Croft Writers, this unique event was hosted at Burdall’s Yard, home of Bath Spa Live.

We Unchained lot (all 3 of us on this occasion) were part of the lively Bristol contingent, bringing a ‘More Banksy Than Bonnets’ night of humorous ‘talking tales’ to the Bath Fringe.

banksybigposterThere was a rather patchy turnout from our Bath cousins. We put this down to the weather and people opting for ‘More Barbecue than Banksy or Bonnets’ but there were plenty of us to make up a suitably raucous audience, and it’s good to have a change of scene after all!

Seriously though, Burdall’s Yard is a great little venue, with a convivial bar and an intimate ‘Cavern’ style performance space. The evening was held together (as quoted in the programme) by Christie Cluett and Thomas David Parker. We were treated to acts of highly entertaining word-art, written and preformed by writers affiliated to the various Bristol writing groups.

jeanheatherbath

Heather and Jean recover from hell going into administration with a nice cup of tea

Such a diversity of work, I couldn’t begin to describe without lauding each and every piece, and its author, but I will give a special mention to our own Heather Child and her wickedly funny “Hell Goes Into Administration” read for us by Jean Burnett.

The evening was rounded off in suitably irreverent Bristol fashion by Stoke’s Croft Writers’ Mel Ciavucco and Christopher Fielden with “Zombies on a Boat”.
Yes. Zombies on a Boat. You had to be there! Perhaps just as well we didn’t have too many Bonnets in the audience as it turned out.

It was an illuminating evening, and I hope those who hadn’t experienced the Bristol writers thing before might hop on over for the next Talking Tales event back on SCW’s home turf!

Bring it on!

scwriters

Thanks to Stokes Croft Writers. Who needs bonnets anyway?

Spine-tinglers event November 1st. Cometh the hour …

Let us tell you a story

South Bank Bar

Yes, as you may have heard our new and improved Sunday Night Stories get-together WILL take place on Nov 1st from 6 – 8 pm when you can snuggle up in the bar at Southbank Club Bedminster and let our members and guests make you shiver or smile with their spine-tingling stories.

Update! Submissions are closed and we have selected eight stories by our members and guests to be read on the night. We’ll be in the main bar at Southbank and hope to welcome everyone there who’s free to join us.

Tickets on the door. Don’t forget your voucher if you have one! Details below or contact us with any questions.

 

Local writers are invited to join us 

If you are within striking distance of Bedminster and have a chilling or thrilling story to hand (or can rustle one up in a hurry!) please send it to us by Wednesday October 21st. We’ll pick those we like best and invite the authors to take up our three guest slots on the night.

Please read our submission guidelines before you send us anything and only submit if you can come and read on the night. We’ll let you know by October 28th if you’ve been selected.

There is no entry fee (or prize!) for this BUT

  • everyone who submits a piece for consideration will be sent a Bring A Friend For Free voucher, so that even if you’re not reading, you can come along with a friend and have your entry at half -price.
  • if you’re selected and decide to come alone, you’ll have free entry.

The full ticket price is £5, by the way, to include spooky refreshments. (Cash only.)

So whether you’re a reader, writer, or someone who likes a bit of entertainment, don’t let Sunday evening get you down. Come along and be part of the Southbank scene, and let us tell you a story.

Spine-Tinglers Flyer

 

Need help with writing? Join us at Southbank, Bedminster

We’ve spent most of the last year toiling away at our writing desks, but with September and that new term feeling upon us we’ve decided it’s time to get out and about again. Our aim is to meet more writers, help more writers, and, yes, find new audiences for our work.

First of all we’re delighted to announce a new partnership with the management of Southbank Club in Bedminster who are keen to have creative arts activities alongside language and exercise classes.

And so first off (drumroll!)  we’re delighted to announce the  Monday Writing Club which will meet fortnightly from Sept 21st (1st and 3rd Monday of each month) from 12 – 1.30  at Southbank (Dean Lane, BS3 1DB) with each session led by a member of the Unchained Writers Collective .

South Bank Bar

Cosy venue for our autumn workshops and story-reading events

So who is it for?

  • Maybe you have an idea I’d like to write about but haven’t quite got round to it
  • Or you might have made a start on something but need moral support, feedback or just the company of other tortured souls
  • Or maybe you’ve got a finished piece of work (WOOP!) but would like some advice on the mad mad world of publishing (believe us, it is!)

radiogroup

If any of these apply do come along and join us. The cost is a only £4 per session with a hot drink provided (BYO lunch)

You can pay on the day, or if you’d like to reserve a place (or have any questions) please use our contact form. 

And did we mention story readings? Watch this space!

southbanklogo

Book launch and exhibition : Vice & Virtue, the history of Old Market

We may not have taken on any new group projects lately, but our members have been as busy as ever.

ViceVirtue_Cover-300x301Since last year Louise Gethin, has been proud to be involved in Vice and Virtue, an initiative exploring the history of Old Market with the book launch and exhibition happening on July 16th 2015 at Trinity Community Arts Centre. http://www.bristolbooks.org/news/launch-of-vice-virtue-book-a-history-of-old-market/

Everyone is welcome to see the outcome of what sounds like a fascinating community arts project.

Do contact the organisers if you would like to attend.

ViceVirtue_Invite

Louise is also working with illustrator Beth Hawkins on a pamphlet called In Sane Moments, five short fictional pieces exploring elements of Mental Health, which should be ready as a one-off limited edition in time for the Bristol Festival of Literature (BFL)  in October.

Watch this space for more BWW member news and other events at this year’s BFL, now in the planning stages.

News! Unchained to be unleashed at library launch

We are thrilled to announce that preparations for the launch of Unchained have been finalised and even more delighted to reveal it will take place in the gorgeous surroundings of Bristol Reference Library. Less than two weeks to go and the excitement at BWW Towers is mounting!

Join us for the launch

reflib2aesop

If anyone out there hasn’t heard the details, the launch event is part of the Bristol Festival of Literature (lots of other great stuff going on there) and will be at 7.30 on October 23rd. Every local writer or even reader we know should have had an invitation by now, but if you have somehow been missed, do leave a comment and we’ll get one to you.

Or download our Press Release (.pdf file 220KB approx)
Unchained_pressrelease_FINAL_031013

unchained coverOf course we hope the joy will not be confined to Bristol. This is  celebration of all libraries, everywhere and other things besides. If you can’t join us on the night, the book is in bookshops now and available to order online. Don’t forget the proceeds are going to a great cause, the National Literacy Trust.

There’s still a lot to do before the Big Day, but now we have the book in our hot little hands.  Worth a small celebration!

Bristol Women Writers

By the way, this post will be stuck fast to the top of this page for the time being – but don’t forget to have a look at the new posts which will still be coming up underneath.