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.


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.


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.






Thursday 7th July, time TBC HAMILTON HOUSE, BRISTOL


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




*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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Look out, it’s Emergenc(i)es

We’re posting this on behalf of this exciting new Bristol project.

6-17 June 2016, Trinity Centre, Trinity Rd, Bristol, BS2 0NW.
Two weeks of workshops, screenings, performances, thinking, art and discussions will create time and space to diagnose, explore and understand the world we live in. The full, and up to date programme, can be accessed here.
All sessions at Emergenc(i)es are free to attend, thanks to generous funding from Awards for All.
Emergenc(i)es is an activist-led exhibition to address the question of emergence within emergency.
Emergenc(i)es will explore three themes:
1. Improvised Publics
How can improvisation be used to create social relationships?
Eight lunchtime ‘gatherings’ (Tue-Fri, 12-2pm) will take place at Emergenc(i)es. Gatherings will create time and space for people to share stories, gestures, noise, food, community and whatever else emerges in the encounter.
Workshops facilitated by experienced practitioners such as Maggie Nicols and Corey Mwamba will introduce participants to the social and creative art of improvisation. Martin Crowley will discuss aesthetics, participation and contemporary social conditions. There will also be performances from Bela Emerson, Ben Owen, Anushiye Yarnell and abher behn that include improvised elements.
2. Control and Calculation
What is the relationship between the digital, calculation and control? What is ‘big data’, and how is it connected to ‘smart cities’ and the ‘internet of things’? How do we, as everyday users of digital technologies, help to create wealth for large multinational companies? Should we be paid for our time and labour?
Workshops, performances, visual art and installations from the Immaterial Labour Union Zine, Arne Hintz and Lina Dencik from the Digital Citizenship and Surveillance Society project, Katia Barrett & Jan Adriaans, Edson Burton, Hannah Schling, Lídia Pereira and Dušan Mihajlović (A.K.A. “Dr. Spira”) will respond to this theme.
3. Inheriting Liberation
Education at Emergenc(i)es is imagined as a public process of inheritance that has potential to liberate how people think and feel, and what they know about the world.
Per/forming Pharmacy, facilitated by Alex Wardrop and Georgie Huntley, will encourage participants to explore the therapeutic potential of informal education and Charlotte Cooper will discuss research justice. Sessions from Madhu Krishnan, Ann Heilmann, Shannon Woodcock and Nathaniel Adam Tobias C——— will encourage reflection on the historical legacies and thinkers we use to understand the present. Jacob V Joyce will display their Alphabetical Anthology of White Liberal Proverbs.
A facilitated reading group will take place 10-12pm, Tue-Fri, throughout the whole exhibition. We will read writing by the Organisation for Women of African and Asian Descent (OWAAD), Wilmette Brown, Frantz Fanon, Kathleen McKittrick, Tiziana Terranova and Sylvia Wynter. A reading pack is accessible here.
On Friday 17 June, 10-12pm we will screen One World In Relation, Manthia Diawara’s film about the work of Édouard Glissant.
Everyone is welcome to Emergenc(i)es. All activities and performances are free attend, no booking is required, please just turn up. No previous knowledge or experience is necessary to participate in workshops or reading groups. Facilitators will do their best to ensure that material is presented in ways that are accessible to non-experts. We hope to create an environment where questioning is welcomed, developed and supported.
Trinity Centre is a wheelchair accessible venue

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Want to go see Caitlin Moran?

We’re cross-promoting this on behalf of our friends at Bristol Festival of Ideas and Mr B’s.

An evening with 
Thursday 10th March7:30pm 
at Bath Forum
1A Forum Buildings, BA1 1UG
(doors open from 6:30pm)

On the eve of publication of her engaging new book “Moranifesto”, we are thrilled to welcome to Bath the much-loved, outspoken writer and face of contemporary feminism, Caitlin Moran to the Bath Forum.

In “Moranifesto” Caitlin combines some of her recent award-winning Times columns with lots of new writing, to create a rallying call for our times. Tackling topics as pressing and diverse as “gaying up the Olympics”, 1980s swearing, boarding schools and Benedict Cumberbatch, “Moranifesto” is Caitlin’s own campaign for change and a passionate quest to understand 21st century society.

Caitlin will be in conversation with freelance journalist, broadcaster and feminist campaigner Caroline Criado-Perez.

Join us for a hugely entertaining evening with Caitlin and Caroline chatting about her books, modern culture and how we can change the world!

Legendary names brought to you by Mr B’s Emporium of Reading Delights. These events feature an in-depth interview, book signing and a Q&A session with your favourite writers with a few extra special Mr B’s touches.

Tickets £20 includes a copy of Caitlin’s new book “Moranifesto” (RRP £20)
To book call 01225 331155, email tickets@mrbsemporium.com, book online, or pop into the shop.

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Bristol Festival of Ideas presents Janine di Giovanni

We’re happy to promote this fascinating event featuring world-leading foreign correspondent Janine di Giovanni as she discusses her reporting on Syria.

Janine di Giovanni, Dispatches from Syria

Thursday 18th Feb, 12:30-13:30

Janine di Giovanni has reported on war for over 20 years and is considered one of her generation’s finest foreign correspondents. In May of 2012, she travelled to Syria and began reporting from both sides of the conflict, witnessing its descent into one of the most brutal, internecine wars in recent history. Drawn to the stories of ordinary people caught up in the fighting, Syria came to consume her every moment, her every emotion.

Speaking to those directly involved, di Giovanni relayed the personal stories of rebel fighters thrown in jail at the least provocation; of children and families forced to watch loved ones taken and killed by regime forces with dubious justifications; and of the elite, holding pool parties in Damascus hotels, trying to deny the human consequences of the nearby shelling.

Following on from her other acclaimed books about her work from places of violent struggle, di Giovanni’s latest, The Morning They Came for Us, is an unflinching account of a nation on the brink of disintegration. She talks about life in a jihadist war, courage and human resilience in the face of devastating, unimaginable horrors.

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