World Book Night at Bishopston Library

World Book Night at Bishopston Library

Thursday 23 April 2020 @ 7.15pm

Thursday 23 April is World Book Night, the grown up version of World Book day.

We will be celebrating with an evening of informal book talk, chatting in small groups about the books that have inspired us. So please have a think about these four questions we will discuss on the night:

  1. Which book would you save from the fire or flood?
  2. What is your favourite childhood book?
  3. Which book do you urge all your friends to read?
  4. Which author never lets you down?

We will have some surprise guests sharing their views, a few wild card options and a licensed bar. And we will gather up everyone’s choices for a ‘Bishopston recommends’ display.

Event starts at 7.30pm (doors open 7.15), tickets £3.00 online or from the library.

Lunchtime talk: Lucienne Boyce

Lunchtime talk: Lucienne Boyce on her Dan Foster Mystery series

Friday 20th March 1-2pm

Local writer of historical fiction and non-fiction Lucienne Boyce will talk about her Dan Foster Mystery series.

If you don’t fancy coming out on dark evenings or just want to be entertained during your lunch break, why not come along to our lunchtime sessions?

Tickets £3.00 including a hot drink or fruit juice.

Lunchtime talk: Kerry Postle, A Forbidden Love

Lunchtime lecture: Kerry Postle, A Forbidden Love

Friday 14th February 1-2pm

Local author Kerry Postle will talk about her historical novel, A Forbidden Love.

If you don’t fancy coming out on dark evenings or just want to be entertained during your lunch break, why not come along to the first of our lunchtime sessions? Local author Kerry Postle will talk about her historical novel, A Forbidden Love. Set in the humble town of Fuentes during the Spanish Civil war, Maria falls for an occupying soldier. Can she can truly love someone who is her enemy, and will there be a happy ending? Find out more about how Kerry researches her novels and ask about her other books.


Tickets £3.00 including a hot drink or fruit juice.

CANCELLED – Kelvin Players Theatre Company

CANCELLED – Kelvin Players Theatre Company

Friday 31st January

UPDATE Wednesday 29th January

This event is unfortunately CANCELLED.

We’re very sorry but advance ticket sales have been extremely low, possibly because of the clash with Brexit Day. We should have let Boris know so he could have picked a different date!

Please do support The Kelvin Players by going to The Children and please do come to future Friends Of Bishopston Library events.

Kelvin Players Theatre Company on their upcoming production The Children.

The actors will perform a short scene from The Children just a few days before the show opens, and then the director and cast will hold a question and answer session for the audience.

The Kelvin Players are our immensely successful local theatre company, since 1929. Lucy Kirkwood’s play The Children is a near-future drama about the aftermath of a catastrophe at a nuclear power station. It was first performed at the Royal Court Theatre Downstairs, London in November 2016. More details on the play here.

Growing Fruit Organically Tim Foster

Growing Fruit Organically
Tim Foster, Local Author & Lecturer on Organic Horticulture

Thursday 23rd January

Fruit for life! Probably everything you are likely to need to know to improve the quality of the fruit you want to grow on your plot.

Local author and lecturer on organic horticulture Tim Foster on how to grow all kinds of fruit. Apples, pears, cherries, plums, currants, gooseberries and more, Tim takes us on a journey through the growing year – the why as well as the how of growing fruit successfully. Tim somehow manages to make everything we knew and lots that we didn’t fit together and make sense. Followed by Q&A.

Doors open 7.15pm, the event will start at 7.30 .

A cash bar will be available for hot drinks and soft drinks.

Tickets £3 available online or from the library

Community Games Evenings

Community Games Evenings

Wednesday 26th February @ 7pm
Monday 9th March @ 7pm
Wednesday 25th March @ 7pm

We’re hosting friendly sociable evenings, welcoming to all adult members of our community.

Board games, card games, 2-player to many-player games. Traditional to modern games. We’ll provide a selection of games (and Lego) and we hope that people will bring their favourite games to share.

There’s a charge of £2 which will go towards buying more games. Self-service low cost hot drinks. No need to book, just turn up. Last entry 8.30pm.

More details about how it works here

Flash Fiction

Flash Fiction

Tuesday 3rd December 7.15pm

We present some of the best Flash Fiction, read by a number of authors: self-contained stories that take only a few minutes.

An evening of readings introduced by Jude Higgins, founder of the international Bath Flash Fiction Awards and the short-short fiction press. There will be readings from Jude and four other local, widely published writers of the form: Judy Darley, KM Elkes, Alison Woodhouse, John Wheway.

Flash Fiction is self-contained stories that take only a few minutes. There will be a wide variety of styles and subject matter, all within a 500 word or less format.

It will be fun, pacy, get you thinking and maybe wanting to write something yourself.

Doors open 7.15, event starts 7.30.

There will be a cash bar for soft drinks and hot drinks.

Profits go to Friends Of Bishopston Library to provide facilities and events at the library.

Tickets online or from the library

Bristol’s Nautical Women – Rosemary Caldicott

Bristol’s Nautical Women
Rosemary Caldicott
and
The Feminist Folk Singers
Thursday, 7th November 2019

Rosemary Caldicott explores the stories of women whose lives were inextricably linked to the sea. She tells of the women of sailortowns struggling to keep out of the dreaded workhouse and resisting the prowling press gangs; and of the courageous and skilful cross-dressing women sailors who went to extraordinary lengths to hide their gender.

The Feminist Folk Singers sing songs in harmony from a variety of folk traditions where the heroes and storytellers are women.  Our songs tell of women sailing the 7 seas, witching, finding inventive ways to escape peril and rising up against oppression. The songs are in turn beautiful, quirky, full voiced and rollicking, powerful, lamenting, and victorious.  

Doors open 7.15, event starts 7.30.

There will be a cash bar for soft drinks and hot drinks.

Profits go to Friends Of Bishopston Library to provide facilities and events at the library.

Tickets online or from the library

Friends Of Bishopston Library AGM 2019

Friends Of Bishopston Library AGM 2019

Wednesday, 23 October 2019 from 7pm
Followed by Heather Child – Everything About You

Friends Of Bishopston Library is approaching two years old and we must once again take a moment to update you on our progress and offer you the chance to ask questions or to join our team and contribute to our ongoing success.

Our short AGM will be held on Wednesday 23rd November at 7pm (immediately before Heather Child who will begin at 7.30)

Free, no booking required (you may attend the AGM without needing to buy a ticket for Heather Child).

If you would like to join our team or if you have a question or motion for the AGM please contact friends@bishopstonlibrary.org.uk by 20th October.

Heather Child – Everything About You

Heather Child – Everything About You
Wednesday, 23 October 2019

Doors open 7pm, this event will start at 7.30
(preceded by a short AGM for Friends Of Bishopston Library).

The Guardian said “The Undoing of Arlo Knott, Heather Child’s second novel, following the successful Everything About You, combines compassion and a fascinating premise to produce a moving time-slip romance. It opens with 13-year-old Arlo helping his mother in the garden: a moment of inattention leads to the accident that kills her, and which Arlo might have prevented […] Child makes the initially unlikable Arlo the focus of our sympathy as she expertly reveals a character flawed by circumstance, and the novel has a wonderfully poignant ending. The Undoing of Arlo Knott is a triumph”.

Everything About You: Who will make our decisions in the future? So rapidly is a transhumanist near-future becoming reality that science fiction can hardly keep up. In this talk, local author Heather Child will explain how data company Cambridge Analytica managed to target people’s ‘inner demons’, and how the networked world will soon know us so well that it will second-guess our every move. Amid room-mapping vacuums, self-filling fridges and bikinis that warn of sunburn, we will be tempted to sit back, relax and leave decisions about our lives to the artificially intelligent assistants that know what’s best for us.

A cash bar will be available for hot drinks and soft drinks.

Proceeds go to Friends Of Bishopston Library – we provide facilities, equipment and events at the library.

Tickets £3 online or from the library