Bombweed with Maureen Armstrong

Bombweed with Maureen Armstrong
Thu, 18 July 2019 7.13pm to 9pm

Doors open 7.30pm

Author Gillian’s sister Maureen will talk about the novel Bombweed, and the life of their mother, Margaret Smith, who wrote the original story.

Set largely in Portsmouth, Margaret’s wartime experiences, and those of her friends and family, are the framework for the plot. Written so soon after the real events, they provide a vivid picture of life on the home front. 
Maureen will explain how, having inherited four volumes of poorly typed script, they worked on Margaret’s text to produce the final book. She will highlight what messages the story holds for the modern reader.

Tickets £3 online or from the library


Self-publishing your way to success – a talk by author Paul Pilkington

Self-publishing your way to success –
a talk by author Paul Pilkington
Thursday 27th June 2019 7.30pm – 9.00pm

Doors open 7.15pm

Come and hear Paul Pilkington, bestselling author of mystery and suspense novels, talk about his writing and experiences in publishing. Paul first found success through self-publishing and was one of the all-time top ten bestselling authors on Kindle in the UK. His Emma Holden mystery trilogy was later published by traditional publisher Hodder and Stoughton, and two standalone thrillers by Thomas and Mercer, an imprint of Amazon Publishing. As well as talking about his experiences, Paul will advise on the options for publishing, including how to self-publish.

Tickets £3 online or from the library

Community Yoga Class at Bishopston Library

Community Yoga Class at Bishopston Library

Join Josie at the library every second Tuesday for an evening of rejuvenating yoga. Suitable for all experience levels, the class will provide a space to unwind and connect the mind, body and breath. Starting on the 28th of May at 7-8pm, the session costs £5, with proceeds going to Friends of Bishopston Library. 
Drop in, or get in touch with Josie at josie_may@hotmail.co.uk if you have any questions. 

Adventures in Cycling and Philosophy – Mind is the Ride

Adventures in Cycling and Philosophy – Mind is the Ride

Jet McDonald cycled 4000 miles from Bristol to India. He’ll take the audience on a visual tour of the trip and also a journey from Western to Eastern philosophy, as he uses components from the bike as a way to explore the philosophies he meets along the way, to better understand the extraordinary experience of cycling across continents.

Tickets £3 in advance from the library or online.

Know your Place Bishopston – Pete Insole

Know your Place Bishopston – Pete Insole
Thursday 16 May 7.30 – 9.00pm

Doors open at 7.15pm

Know Your Place is a free and fascinating online resource that presents a rich story of Bristol as told by past and present communities. Pete Insole, Principal Historic Environment Officer at Bristol City Council, will delve into some of the highlights on the site with specific reference to the Bishopston neighbourhood of yesterday and today.

Cash bar with hot and soft drinks.

Tickets £3.00 at the library or online

A Good Read at Bishopston Library

A Good Read at Bishopston Library
Thursday 25th April


Come and enjoy a Good Read to celebrate World Book Night.

Three local panellists will share their Good Reads, and invite the audience to add their own views and comments.

Our avid readers are Chris Brown, Library group manager and Glos.Vox singer; David Dwek: enthusiast, curious reader & aspiring writer; Daniella Radice: keen cyclist and champion of Playing Out.

Their book choices will be available in the library for ticket holders to borrow prior to the event, you may be asked to show your ticket (copies of the books have been reserved for attendees of this event). They are Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi; Old Baggage by Lissa Evans; The Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham.

Please bring along a book in good condition to donate to The Park Bench, a library service for homeless people in Bristol.

Doors open at 7.00pm, event starts 7.30.

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

The making of Victorian Bristol – Talk by Peter Malpass

The making of Victorian Bristol – Talk by Peter Malpass

Thursday 21st March, 7.30pm (doors open 7pm)

Peter lives locally and is Emeritus Professor of Housing and Urban Studies at UWE. This publication is the product of seven years of research looking at Bristol’s development during the Victorian period.

How was our city transformed by a growing population, industrial change, technological innovation and urban expansion? How did the population respond to the opportunities and challenges afforded by economic growth and world trade? And who had the power to decide what solutions should be adopted?

You will also hear about some more recent research on the development of our local area.

Do you recognise the building above? Come along and see if you are right.

Cash bar with snacks and soft drinks.

Tickets £3 online or from the library

Stokes Croft & Montpelier: Street Photography with Colin Moody

Stokes Croft & Montpelier:
Street Photography with Colin Moody

Friday 1st February, 7.30pm (doors open 7pm)

[Please note the change of date, was previously advertised for 27th Feb]
Local photographer Colin Moody takes us on a journey through Montpelier and Stokes Croft.

No place sums up the Bristol attitude of artistic creation and rebellion as Stokes Croft and Montpelier. With its world-renowned street art, thriving local scene and diverse cultural history, Stokes Croft has for decades been resisting the inevitable creep of corporate interests, but more importantly offers up an alternative. Colin’s photographs take you under the skin of the people, cultures, and place in this unique area of the city, where lives intersect and a new world is being created every day.

Tickets £3 online or from the library

Wine and Cheese Tasting Evening

Wine and Cheese Tasting Evening

Friends Of Bishopston Library are hosting this wine and cheese tasting evening.

If you’ve kept a dry January, this is a chance to get your taste buds back in practice. On offer will be a selection of cheeses from Murray’s Butchers and wines from Grape and Grind. There will be six wines to try and a good variety of cheeses. You don’t need to be an expert, just enjoy the tasting and share your thoughts with each other. You can expect a sociable entertaining evening.

We have to limit numbers for this event so tickets are only available in advance from either Eventbrite or payable by cash at the library. We’re intending to close ticket sales on Tuesday 5th February so please don’t leave it until the last minute. Doors open 7 for 7.30.

Tickets from the library or online: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/wine-and-cheese-tasting-evening-tickets-54385377127

Walk To Health

Friday 12th October, 10am
Walk To Health

A leisurely stroll with out walk leader Kevin, starting and ending at the Library. To end back at the Library in time for coffee around 11.00.

A slow walk St Andrews Park, Happy Lane, Ashley Down Road then back via cricket ground and Somerville Road. About 1.5 miles. We will pick up points of interest – two blue plaques, WW2 memorial in the Park and Muller Homes

All welcome, no booking required. Free of charge.