Unputdownable : You live to tell the tale.

Are you a book-fan? Occasional dipper? Perhaps a writer? Unputdownable is here to unlock it all. Each October, brilliant writers perform in surprising venues citywide. See the world afresh! Register for updates, Facebook & TwitterScroll down (to get a flavour…)


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Thank you to all who took part | 2013

To everyone who took part in 2013, as a performer, participant, audience member, sponsor, venue owner, publisher or volunteer, we say a huge ‘thank you’. A gallery page will be posted here very soon, with brilliant photos from 2013′s events. Stay in touch with your tips and suggestions, for news, or if you’d like to […]

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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This anthology was written in just 24hrs by ten previously unpublished writers, judged, edited and published in a record-breaking five breakneck days by Angry Robot who tell us this has never been done before – see it here!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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Sat 26

Andy McNab! | Interrogate the SAS | Sat 26 Oct, 6pm

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 | Sat 26, 2pm

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 | Launch Pad | Sat 26 Oct

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 | Sat 26, 7.30pm

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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Richard Beard | National Academy Masterclass | Thu 24

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 Part 3 | Thu 24 Oct

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 | Mon 21 Oct, 7-8pm

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 | Mon 21, 6pm

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 | Wed 23, 7.30pm

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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Don’t miss the Deadline! | Thriller time | Wed 23, 8pm

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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Kids v Adults Poetry Slam | Squash & Pop | Sat 26, 2pm

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 | How to Survive The End of the World | Sat 19

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: The Listening Cure | Sat 19

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 | Pink Mist: drama in the caves | Sun 20 Oct

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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Calling all ‘Charlies’ & ‘Lolas’ | Lauren Child | Sat 12 Oct

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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Forage! For tales and tipples | Sun 20

Kids & Adults will both love TM Alexander and Andy Hamilton (pic) in our great outdoors event – based at Ashton Court cafe and stables. We embark on a trail around the fields and woods to find edible plants and things that make delicious cordials, thinking who on earth tried them first?! Returning to the […]

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Jasper Gibson Tue 22

Rum Readings | a comic hero, with rum | Tue 22, 8pm

Jasper Gibson’s comic hero staggers his way to redemption from the mid-life grumps in South America. A great evening’s performance with free rum tasting, this debut from a new indie press is making an impact. “Very funny, very moving …” –Michael Palin “Few first novels are as bold or as haunting as this.” –The Spectator […]

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Michael Morpurgo | Sat 31 Aug

Meet the living legend that is Michael Morpurgo, at Bristol Old Vic, Sat 31 August, 10.30am, tickets £4. from Bristol Old Vic boxoffice. Open to all, but especially young people, this first in a new series of Saturday Stories will stir and nurture a lifelong love of reading, writing and storytelling. Our curator and first […]

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