Anna Hoghton added to Salon line-up

We’re really pleased to announce that Bristol-based poet Anna Hoghton will be joining Shagufta Iqbal and Sian to share their poetry with you at the Bristol Women’s Literature Festival/Bristol Literature Festival Salon.

Please also bring your work or the work of a favourite woman writer to share on the evening.

Book your tickets.

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Book your tickets for the Salon

We’ve set up an Eventbrite link to the Salon event at Spike Island.

It’s free but booking is advisable.

Here’s a reminder of what it’s all about:

Join us for an evening that celebrates women’s writing – taking its cue from Gertrude Stein’s salon of the 1920s.

We invite you to bring your own work, or the work of a woman writer you love, to share with the group. You might bring a section of a loved novel, or a poem of your own composition. Whatever you want to bring, this is an evening to celebrate women’s writing and creativity from the past and the present.

To kickstart the evening, we’ll also hear from some of Bristol’s best women writers as they share their work with you, including Shagufta Iqbal, Sian Norris and another guest TBC.

When? 24 October
What time? 6.30pm – 8.30pm
Where? Spike Island
How much? FREE!

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Bristol Women’s Lit Fest and Bristol Lit Fest present: The Salon

We’re joining forces with Bristol Literature Festival to host a salon event on Monday 24 October, at Spike Island.

Join us for an evening that celebrates women’s writing – taking its cue from Gertrude Stein’s salon of the 1920s.

We invite you to bring your own work, or the work of a woman writer you love, to share with the group. You might bring a section of a loved novel, or a poem of your own composition. Whatever you want to bring, this is an evening to celebrate women’s writing and creativity from the past and the present.
To kickstart the evening, we’ll also hear from some of Bristol’s best women writers as they share their work with you, including Shagufta Iqbal, Sian Norris and another guest TBC.
When? 24 October
What time? 6.30pm – 8.30pm
Where? Spike Island
How much? FREE!

 

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Hoo Ha Fest storytelling sessions: ebook now live!

Did you come along to Hoo Ha Festival last week and tell a story with me?

Then good news: you can now buy the book packed with all 49 stories written over a jam-packed three days of storytelling fun!

You can download the ebook for your Kindle and Kindle app.

Enjoy!

Buy the Hoo Ha Festival Storytelling Sessions ebook today

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Creating a Hoo Ha at Colston Hall

Roll up roll up and tell your children to put their storytelling hat on. 


I’m running drop in creative writing workshops throughout the Hoo Ha festival this Weds-Fri. 


Join me as we create a storytelling spiderweb and afterwards, your kid’s story will be published in an e-book. 


There’s no times – just turn up and I’ll work with you and your child to learn how to tell a story. 


And some of the time you can come and see me read from Greta and Boris: A daring rescue. 


Here are all the details.


Come see me – I’m FREE FUN!


Hoo Ha Festival – find out more

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Watershed presents: Cinema Rediscovered

This post is promoting an event by our lovely friends at Watershed.

Taking inspiration from the pioneering Il Cinema Ritrovato festival in Bologna, Italy, Cinema Rediscovered brings great films back on big screens in Bristol at Watershed and Curzon Cinema & Arts (Clevedon), one of the oldest continuously-running cinemas in the UK. Whether you’re a seasoned cinephile or new to cinema, there’s something you can watch or get involved in. If you want to immerse yourself in a unique history of world cinema then you can watch the complete fifteen-hours of Mark Cousins’ seminal The Story of Film screening FREE of charge over multiple days (Fri 29 – Sun 31 July).
As part of Women in Archive (Sat 30 July 11am), we welcome special guest Miranda Pennell (The Host, 2016 based on the archives of Anglo-Iranian Oil Company BP) as well as representatives from the East Anglian Film Archive (EAFA) and South West Film & Television Archive (SWFTA.) Bristol Record Office Archivist Nicky Sugar will introduce a selection of Home Movies (Sun 31 July 11:10am) from Africa, India and the Middle East from the largest archive collections of amateur film shot in the British Empire and Commonwealth, held here in Bristol. Programmer and film critic Tara Judah presents an illustrated journey through tantalising textures on film in Experiments in Aesthetics. We also show Pietra Brettkelly’s recent award-winning documentary A Flickering Truth (Sat 30 July 11am), which follows a group of dedicated Afghan cinephiles’ journey rebuilding Afghanistan’s film history and culture, after years trying to protect it from the Taliban.
London’s Autograph ABP present a series of one off Black Atlantic Cinema Club events curated and introduced by writer/curator Karen Alexander. There’s Christopher Harris’ dreamlike cine-poem on his hometown, St. Louis, still/here (Fri 29 July 11am), the rarely seen 60s classic Dutchman (Fri 29 July 5.50pm) based on LeRoi Jones’s award-winning 1964 play and a very rare showing of cult film Ganja & Hess (Fri 29 July 9pm) presented in a 35mm print preserved by the Museum of Modern Art with support from the Film Foundation. Not forgetting a Check the Gate late night 35mm screening of Roeg’s debut as a director, Performance selected by Richard Ayoade with pre screening set by Bristol’s Hellfire Video DJs in the bar from 8pm on Friday.
We are also delighted to present one of the first fictional feature films written and directed by black female American director, the late Kathleen Collins’  Losing Ground (Thu 28 July 9pm). Hardly screened at all in cinemas when it was released in the early 80’s, the film, now digitally restored through the efforts of Collins’ daughter Nina, reveals itself as a masterpiece of African American and women’s cinema.

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The Heroine Project presents: Over the Top

We are posting the following information on behalf of the Heroine Project.

OVER THE TOP

The true-life tale of Dorothy Lawrence

New theatre that tells the astonishing true story of a forgotten First World War heroine

 

Salisbury 1917: aspiring young journalist Dorothy Lawrence returns to spend the summer with her wealthy guardian. She is suffering from a nervous complaint and is harbouring secrets that the War Office forbids her to tell. 

 

What made one woman brave enough to follow her ambition and act alone? How was she affected by what she saw on the on the front line? And what led up to her admittance to Hanwell Lunatic Asylum in 1925?

 

With two performers, dark humour and an orginal score, this show explores the explosive personality at the heart of this extraordinary story.

 

FORTHCOMING TOUR DATES:

 

Thursday 30th June, 6:30pm THE CHALKE VALLEY HISTORY FESTIVAL

 

Thursday 7th July, time TBC HAMILTON HOUSE, BRISTOL

 

Friday 8th July, 6:30pm BRADFORD ON AVON LIBRARY

 

Monday 11th July, 1pm HAYESFIELD GIRLS’ SCHOOL, BATH*

 

*Hayesfield students and staff only

 

 

 

Supported using public funding from the National Lottery through Arts Council England

Sponsored by Gore Browne Investment Management

Education programme developed in collaboration with Now Heritage, in partnership with ‘Wiltshire at War: Community Stories’; funded by the Chalke Valley History Trust, and by Wiltshire Council through the Corsham Area Board.

This show has been developed with the support of The Pound arts centre in Corsham and The Natural Theatre Company in Bath.

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