The Salon/Open Mic Night

A follow up to the fabulous success of November’s Salon event, you are invited to bring your own work or the work of your favourite woman writer to share with the group. So whether you are a writer yourself or want to share the work of a writer you love, this event is for you.

You can bring along short fiction, poems, song lyrics, monologues, a passage from a novel – whatever you choose.

So whether you’ve written a sonnet or want to share one, if you’re a songwriter or a prose lover, bring along your words or the words you love and let’s enjoy an inspiring evening of literary discovery!

When? Monday 2 March

Where? Think Tank Room, Hamilton House

What time? 7pm

How much? Free, but donations to cover room hire are welcome.

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The Salon

In the spirit of Gertrude Stein, we’re inviting writers and readers to come together to share the work that inspires them, and – if they choose – their own writing too.

As such, we’re asking attendees to bring a piece of women’s writing that they love. It could be a poem, a paragraph from a novel, a section of a lecture – it’s up to you. We’ll then share our chosen pieces with the rest of the group – hopefully inspiring one another to discover new work by new writers.

Then, if you are a writer yourself, you can share a piece of your own work. Short stories, poems – bring whatever you like to share with the group!

We would request read pieces are not too long so everyone has an opportunity to share.

The Bristol Women’s Literature Festival is non-profit and non-funded. The hire cost for this room is around £30. We don’t want to charge entry but if you can bring a donation to help cover the costs of the room and the festival itself then that would be a great help. You can also donate online.

When? Wednesday 26th November 2014

What time? 7pm – 9pm

Where? Think Tank Room, Hamilton House, Stoke’s Croft, Bristol

Talk with Lynn Shepherd – author of A Treacherous Likeness

We’ll be hosting a talk from Lynn Shepherd about her book ‘A Treacherous Likeness’

Lynn Shepherd is the author of Murder at Mansfield Park and Tom-All-Alone’s. Lynn’s new novel, A Treacherous Likeness is out on the 07 February 2013. Beginning in London in 1850, A Treacherous Likeness takes us back through time and across Europe, to reveal the dark secrets and tangled lives of the dazzling but doomed Young Romantics- the poet Shelley, his wife Mary, author of Frankenstein, and Lord Byron, famously ‘mad, bad, and dangerous to know.’

Lynn has spoken to Foyles about her inspiration for the event.

Lynn’s talk is called The Last Secret of the Shelleys?: Lynn Shepherd’s new novel A Treacherous Likeness may offer shocking new answers to unexplained mysteries about the life of Percy Bysshe Shelley and his wife Mary, author of Frankenstein.

It should be a really interesting talk about a fascinating period of literary history and one of our favourite authors, Mary Shelley.

Find out more

Where? Foyles, Quakers Friars, Cabot’s Circus, Bristol

When? Monday 18th February, 6.30pm


Anything Words

Anything Words is a time to gather together and share the writing that you love. Inspired by the upcoming Women’s Literature festival in March, we plan to create a unique occasion that will make the private experience of reading public!

Please come prepared to share passages from your favourite writers. You can have a 5 minute slot to extol the deliriousness Emily Dickinson, the biting critique of bell hooks, or the wonders of Ursula le Guin. You can read directly from texts or you can talk about how books have made you think, feel, and completely changed your life. Part confession circle, part consciousness raising, part Parisian literary salon, anything words is cornucopia of literary juiciness waiting just for you!

Entry is by donation and all donations will go to the upcoming Women’s Literature Festival and Arts West Side.
There will also be tea, coffee and nice cake, improvised accompaniments from some fine Bristol musicians, and plenty of opportunities to listen to Anything Words!

Participation not compulsory!

The event is taking place on Wednesday 20th February at Arts West Side, 6 Old Market Street, BS2 0BH

The Big Fun Fundraising Feminist Quiz of the Year

Do you know your Germaine Greer from your Gloria Steinem? Your Le Tigre from your Lana Del Ray? Your Jane Campion from your Jennifer Love-Hewitt? Your…well you get the picture.

The Bristol Women’s Literature Festival is running a fabulously fun and feminist pub quiz to raise money for the festival itself. Don’t worry, you don’t need a degree in gender studies to take part, just a love of quizzes! There will be music, movies and many more marvellous rounds. Plus prizes and a raffle. And cake! And wine! What’s not to love?

Teams to be between 2-6 people. Suggested donation of £2 per player to take part. Raffle tickets and drinks on sale.

Thursday 7th March, 7pm, Cafe on the Square, Grove Ave

Open Mic Fundraiser:

Where? Cafe on the Sqaure

When? Weds 28th November , 7.00pm

Do you have a story to tell? A poem to share? A song to sing?
The come along to the first of the Bristol Women’s Literature Festival Fringe event – an open mic night fundraiser.
Bring your words and your ears for this celebration of creativity.
Cakes and drinks will be available to buy. Raffle prizes up for grabs!

Suggested entry fee of £3 but whatever you can afford will be much appreciated.

In the run up to the festival, we’ll be working with book-ish and literary types across the city to run a series of ‘fringe’ events.

It might be a fundraising open mic night, a book swap, a poetry slam, a writing workshop or even something we haven’t thought up yet!

We’ll keep the fringe programme updated on this page, so you’ll be in the loop with all the events that are coming up.

If you run a writing event and would like to pair up for the fringe events and raise money for the Bristol Women’s Literature Festival, contact us on crookedribpublishing [at] gmail [dot] com.

Watch this space!


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