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.

Hotwells Howlers

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.


Indian Suffragettes

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.


Friends Of Bishopston Library AGM

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.


Penny Kline Local crime writer

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.