Unputdownable : We live to tell the tale.

Book-fan? Writer? Wish you had more time? Unputdownable is here for you, with a weekend of performances featuring guests from near and far. Register for updates (see left) or Facebook & Twitter


2015 Events Announced! Oct 15th-25th

We’re so looking forward to this year’s festival, we wanted to let you know what’s in store as soon as we could. For 2015, we’ve brought together a collective of very different writers with very different voices to build a calendar of events for everyone – from writers to readers with something for families and […]

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Launch ‘The Ship’ with Antonia Honeywell | 19 Feb, 6pm | Foyles

Antonia Honeywell’s “mind-blowing” debut novel will be released by Weidenfeld & Nicolson in February 2015. The Ship is described as “rites-of-passage novel, a love story and a high-concept thriller”, telling the story of a world in collapse, where a wealthy man buys a huge ship to transport a handpicked group of 500 – including his […]

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Jamaica Rising | Comic Book Heroes | October 2014

After three big festivals in a row, in 2014 we hosted two, multi-talented performances, showcases and socials on Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th October. Our very special guests included the Jamaican Poet Laureate Mervyn Morris (pictured), plus more from Bristol and beyond. Here’s what happened: Bristol Festival of Literature and Yardstick present: JAMAICA RISING: THE […]

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Stroll back in time: 2013

To everyone who took part in 2013, as a performer, participant, sponsor, venue, publisher or volunteer, we say a huge ‘thank you’. Scroll down for a flavour of 2013′s events. We are changing how the Festival works, having come this far in the absence of the City Council and Arts Council support that enable many […]

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The Kraken Rises! | A record-breaking book.

This anthology was written in just 24hrs by ten previously unpublished writers, judged, edited and published in a record-breaking five breakneck days by Angry Robot who tell us this has never been done before – see it here! http://tinyurl.com/krakenrises To see the challenge that the writers were set, visit the Kraken pages below. Proceeds go […]

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Andy McNab! | Interrogate the SAS | (2013)

DO NOT TAKE THIS MAN AT FACE VALUE. Since the day he was found in a carrier bag on the steps of Guy’s Hospital, Andy McNab has lived an extraordinary life. Meet the former SAS operative, whose identity is still protected. His new Nick Stone bestseller, SILENCER, is out on 24 Oct, so come and […]

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Where has all the romance gone? | Street Art | (2013)

Bring the kids, meet FLX and have a go (on paper!) or come and heckle. This is no easy topic: “I wouldn’t let my 7 year old do it,” says artist ‘FLX’ Braun, who started writing graffiti in the mid-80s and grew up with the Bristol scene. He continues to live and paint in the […]

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Day of the Word | (2013)

Hosted by Southville Writers with compere Amy Morse (pic.) we showcase the city’s vibrant writing group circuit with a packed programme of performances at the Launch Pad. True cafe culture that lights the fuse beneath new publications. This city is bursting with grassroots talent. Don’t miss this brilliant day (well, afternoon anyway!) Discover something new..! […]

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The Unputdownable Speakeasy | (2013)

Wow! Our annual bookfans’ cabaret is packed with goodies this year. With music from the wonderful Bookshop Band. First we announce the winners and publication of The Kraken Rises from last Saturday, followed by the first reading in full of the Citywide Tentacle. After the break we meet three fabulous writers. Take a trip to […]

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National Academy Masterclass | (2013)

Especially for established and emerging writers and dedicated book fans. Taking your knowledge of writing to the next level? Then this is a highly rewarding MUST. With the National Academy of Writing’s Director, Richard Beard (LAZARUS IS DEAD, pic.) and guests including Alison Moore (see separate post). Two pre-submitted pieces are professionally assessed by our […]

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Alison Moore | Writers’ Conference | (2013)

We are highly privileged to feature Alison Moore, brilliant author of The Lighthouse, shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2012, and The Pre-War House and Other Stories, nominated for the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award 2013. Alison lifts the bonnet on the writing life with encouragement and advice aplenty. Time: 8.30-9.15pm Place: Spike Island […]

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Crime! in the caves | (2013)

Crime writers Stav Sherez (Eleven Days), Kate Griffin (Kitty Peck & The Music Hall Murders), Andrew Martin (Night Train to Jamalpur) and Bristol’s Sarah Hilary. With professional actors voicing the performances. The depths of crime should never see the light of day, or should they? Our third adventure underground, with highly gifted authors from indie […]

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Citywide Tentacle | Edson Burton & You | (2013)

The apocalypse begins in Henleaze! Are house prices to blame?(!) Written by YOU, Part One of our Citywide Story kicks off in a nerve jangling attack when a terrifying beast rises from the waters. Led by inspirational BBC R4 playwright Edson Burton, the idea is you come along, design the start of the story as […]

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Unchained | Bristol Women Writers Group | (2013)

With Tania Hershman at the helm, celebrating an outstanding year of publishing success, Bristol Women Writers showcase Unchained, a collection of fiction and poetry inspired by Bristol library service’s 400th anniversary. Join us with special guest Tania Hershman to discover how centuries of well-thumbed pages and a remarkable building can liberate the imagination. Time: 7.30-8.30pm […]

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Thriller time | (2013)

How far would you go to protect what you love? Hi-paced action from bestselling Chris Ewan (pic.) with Jari Moate, and Sarah Hilary. The bestselling author of Safe House and The Good Thief’s Guide series propels us into nerve-twanging narratives from his newest title Dead Line. With Sarah Hilary showcasing her new crime series with free […]

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Poetry Slam | Squash & Pop | (2013)

Bring the kids & teens to our make-your-own-poem slam, where adults challenge the kids to create a poem that will win our Dead Poets Slam. Great clean fun with bar for the grownups and squash for the youngsters – with Trevor Carter (pic), Rebecca Tantony working with the teens and Bethany Wivell for primary age […]

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Toby Litt | (2013)

We are on our tippy toes to welcome the outspoken ‘New Puritan’, author of  Corpsing and general literary omniscient, who aims to write a novel for every letter in the alphabet. With Nikesh Shukla, author of Coconut Unlimited and one of the coolest cookies on the book scene, Toby Litt wants to challenge what survives […]

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Medicinal purposes | (2013)

The medical benefits of reading and being read to have huge impacts for patients who have suffered the terrifying effects of a stroke. InterAct are an incredible charity who use literature as a healing intervention. In the words of one stroke patient: “an hour of InterAct is worth four months of medicine!” In performances and […]

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Owen Sheers | (2013)

A powerful performance, in Redcliffe Caves. This writer’s stock has never been higher. Poet, novelist and rugby writer, you need to see Sheers’ PINK MIST. A lyrical play, up for the BBC Audio Drama Awards 2013, three young Bristol soldiers are sent to Afghanistan. Still in their teens, each have their reasons for enlisting. They […]

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Lauren Child | (2013)

If you’ve never heard of Charlie & Lola then a) you haven’t lived or b) you haven’t got young kids, which may mean life is quieter, but meeting Lauren Child, the creator both of this lovable pair and of Clarice Bean, will be a guaranteed inspiration for all ages. Bristol Old Vic’s new monthly Saturday […]

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