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  • Friday 28th September
    Penny Kline
    Local crime writer

    Penny Kline has previously worked as a psychotherapist in the NHS and a university lecturer. She began her writing with radio plays – having had two broadcast on Radio 4 – and then went on to write several crime novels. Ursula’s Arm, a novel about psychoanalysis and the frustrations women had to endure, set in the 1930’s, followed, and she then returned to crime: Nobody’s Baby, set in Exeter, where Penny once lived while running the student counselling service at the university, then two set in Bristol: The Gifted Child, and her new book, published in April – The Sister’s Secret. Penny lives in Bishopston.

    Preceded by our AGM (no more than 30 minutes)

    Doors open at 7.00pm, AGM starts 7.30.

    Book tickets online or in the library.
    Cash bar with wine & soft drinks.


  • Friday 28th September
    Friends Of Bishopston Library AGM

    We’re one year old this Autumn. At 7.30 on 28th September, proceeding Penny Kline, we’ll take no more than 30 minutes to share with you our journey so far and where we might go next. We feel ready to grow and do more but we need more people to be involved at all levels. We must elect a new committee as part of the AGM, nominations must be received by 5pm on the 24th so for more information about what’s involved or to arrange to meet one of the current committee for informal chat please contact us.

    Come along and find out what we’ve been up to and have a think about getting involved. There’s no need to book and pay if you want to come for the AGM but can’t stay for Penny Kline.

    Doors open at 7.00pm, AGM starts 7.30.

    Cash bar with wine & soft drinks.


  • Thursday 11th October
    Indian Suffragettes by Sumita Mukherjee
    Author, lecturer and researcher

    Popular depictions of campaigns for women’s suffrage usually focus on Western suffrage movements. However, women from the Indian subcontinent built up a vibrant suffrage movement in the twentieth century. ‘Indian suffragettes’ were not only actively involved in campaigns within the Indian subcontinent, they also travelled to Britain, America, Europe, Asia and Africa, taking part in international discussions about feminism, democracy and women’s voices. This talk will discuss the ways in which Indian women were involved in national and international campaigns for the vote, and the legacies of this movement.

    Doors open at 7.00pm, event starts 7.30.

    Book tickets online or in the library.

    Cash bar for soft drinks.


  • Friday 2nd November
    Hotwells Howlers perform their
    Stony Broke in No Man’s Land

    Local Traditional Folk Group The Hotwells Howlers were commissioned by the Friends of Bristol Museum to create a piece to commemorate the centenary of the outbreak of the Great War. They will be performing it in Bishopston for the first time.

    Further details and tickets – coming soon.


  • Friday 12th October
    Coffee Morning
    For National Libraries Week

    Drop in and talk to us and to library staff over coffee and cake.
    This is part of Libraries Week 2018, which has a focus on wellbeing.
    From 11am to 12.45pm.

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About Friends Of Bishopston Library

FOBL is a voluntary group of local residents aiming to support Bishopston Library, helping to sustain and improve its service and connecting it with the local community. This includes organising events and activities at the library, raising funds for additional equipment at the library, building the community of library users and promoting all aspects of the library.
We have an elected committee, a constitution and a bank account. Read more about how we work and how to get involved.
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