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Past Events

Here are some of our previous events:

  • Book tickets for
    Climate and Energy Talks
    by researcher/writer Nikki Jones
    on Thursday evenings
    from 26th April to 31st May
    at Bishopston Library

    Thursday 31st May -The Way Forward


  • Build your own air quality monitor
    Tuesday 12th June at 7pm

    We’re pleased to present this workshop for local residents to build their own air quality monitor. In conjunction with AirApparent and Clean Air Bishopston we have just 5 places available at a cost of £30 each (to cover materials). You will build your own device to take away and monitor air pollution at your own local home (or workplace etc). Your device will join a growing number of others publishing real-time results online.

    BOOKING ESSENTIAL. Please read important details here before you
    email to book your place.

  • Bishopston Library’s First Birthday

    On Thursday 3rd May, Bishopston Library will have been open for one year; in that time it has become an integral part of our local community. Come along and help us celebrate this fabulous resource –  there will be tea and cake from 11.00–12.30 or 2.15–3.30. If you can make some (nut free) cakes to bring along on the day, please let us know:
    There will be a small exhibition about the work of the library and FOBL one year on, plus some activities for children.

  • A series of six free
    home energy workshops
    that put you in control of
    energy at home.

    Thursday evenings from 7th June, from 7pm until 9pm.

    Free but bookable online or at the library,
    follow these links for full details of each workshop:

    7th June, 14th June, 21st June, 28th June, 12th July, 19th July

  • National Writing Day
    Wednesday 27th June
    Ralph Hoyte
    Local poet, writer and author

    Live-art poet, immersive (sensor-triggered) literature creator and writer of Gothic ballads. Author of “Something Needs To Be Done About The Humans”. A lively, engaging evening with Bishopston’s very own performance poet.

    Held on National Writing Day Wednesday 27th June. Doors open at 7.00pm, event starts 7.30.

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

  • 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.

    Stony Broke in No-Man’s Land is an acclaimed multi-media production about the Great War and its significance in Bristol and the West Country. This production uses songs, tunes, poems, readings and images to recreate the experience of the Great War in the lives of real local people. It is informative, funny and very moving- and we guarantee you will hear songs and stories no other Great War production is featuring. It has been called “brilliant” by those who have seen it!

    Doors and bar open 6.45pm, event commences 7.15pm.
    Cash bar with wine and soft drinks.
    Collection in aid of the British Red Cross.

    Tickets available online or in the library.