BristolCon | 28/10/2017 | Doubletree Hotel St Mary Redcliffe

in advance (until Oct 26th)
Waged – £25
Unwaged – £15

On the Door – full day
Waged – £30
Unwaged – £20

On the Door – half day (from 2pm)
Waged – £20
Unwaged – £10

Tickets from BristolCon Website

BristolCon is a one-day science fiction and fantasy convention organized by the BristolCon Foundation, a charitable foundation set up to support and promote speculative fiction writing, art and related activities in the South West.

Every year we feature panel discussions and lectures, an art show and small group sessions including kaffeklatsches and workshops. Books, comics and merchandise are available in the dealers’ room and authors will be available for book signings. There’s also a games room and a ‘brick-out’ space (a cafe-style area with lego to play with). A variety of entertainment is offered in the evening.

Guests of Honour for 2017 are: Jonathan L Howard, Jen Williams and Sarah Anne Langton

Tales from the Graveyard | 19/10/17 | 7-9:30pm | Arnos Vale

Tickets are £8 From Arnos Vale direct. Please note that Event Espresso doesn’t issue tickets, all you need is your name which will be checked on a list just outside the cafe. There will be an opportunity to purchase books after the storytelling.

Top local authors read eerie and chilling stories inspired by the cemetery location.

As the sun sets over Arnos Vale Cemetery, enjoy a selection of original stories of the weird and macabre. Following last years sell-out event, North Bristol Writers have prepared all new stories inspired by the cemetery setting. North Bristol Writers have performed at Sanctum, FarmFest and events across Bristol. Members of the group have been widely published and received honourable mentions in Best New Horror as well as being nominated for the British Fantasy Awards and the Peacemaker Awards.

Kate’s Kitchen will be offering refreshments in the cafe from 6-7pm.

Please note that Arnos Vale Cemetery is not a fully accessible site. This event takes place partly outside on uneven paths, steep slopes and may include some steps. Warm waterproof clothing and sensible shoes are strongly recommended. You are welcome to park onsite, and if you are a Blue Badge holder email to reserve a space.


Flash Slam | 20/10/17 | 7:30 – 9:30pm | 51 Stokes Croft

FREE EVENT but turn up early to get a good seat. Donations appreciated.

Join us for the slam with a difference.

This ain’t no poetry event.

Teams drawn from Bristol’s many and diverse creative writing groups battle it out with stories of 300 words or less for the honour being 2017 Flash Slam champion in an event hosted by local comedian Angie Belcher.


Straight Outta Bristol | 21/10/17 | 7-9pm | PRSC

Straight Outta Bristol | 21/10/17 | 7-9pm | PRSC

Tickets £5 from Bristol Ticket Shop


Something happened in the St Paul’s area of Bristol in the early 80s that contributed hugely to what became known as the Bristol Sound. Massive Attack, Tricky, Portishead, Gary Clail, Smith & Mighty, Fresh Four and others found international fame for their musical style of broken beats and soulful reggae tinged with dub and hip-hop that became known (much to the artists’ annoyance) as Trip Hop.

Richard Jones from Tangent Books, whose music titles include The Art & Sound of the Bristol Undergound, Wild Dayz, My Festival Romance (WOMAD), Punks on Scooters, Bristol Boys Make More Noise and The Naked Guide to Bristol is joined by special guests to explore the origins of the music that made Bristol a capital of counter-culture and urban cool.

Dr Peter Webb is a writer, academic and musician who specialises in research into popular and contemporary music, and subcultures. He is a founder of PC Press, publisher of Test Dept: Total State Machine and Twilight of the Mortals a collection of the incredible work of photographer and post-punk DJ Mont Sherar and the result of his 36-year love affair with the band Killing Joke. Pete is also a Senior Lecturer and Programme Leader for Sociology at the University of the West of England, Bristol and in a previous life was part of the Statik Sound System.

Gill Loats is the author of Bristol Boys Make More Noise, a Tangent Books/Bristol Archive Records collaboration featuring the late 70s/early 80s photography of John Spink. Gill was also the first woman DJ at the legendary Dug Out club. She is currently completing a book about the history of the Dug Out.

Bertel Martin was one of the cohort of youngsters from St Paul’s and Montpelier who were at the heart of the movement that developed into the Bristol Sound. He went on to work at the Kuumba African Arts project in St Paul’s and founded City Chameleon press and the Word of Mouth/Blahblahblah spoken word events. Bertel was the first Director of the Plymouth International Book Festival.

It Must Have Been Dark By Then | 28/10/17 | All Day | Central Library

Ticketing Free. Booking necessary.


It Must Have Been Dark by Then’ is a book and audio experience that uses a mixture of evocative music, narration and field recording to bring you stories of changing environments, from the swamplands of Louisiana, to empty Latvian villages and the edge of the Tunisian Sahara.

Unlike many audio guides, there is no preset route; the software builds a unique map for each person’s experience. It is up to you to choose your own path through the city, connecting the remote to the immediate, the precious to the disappearing.

Once Upon A Time In The West | 23/10/17 | 6:30 – 10pm | Naval Volunteer

Tickets: £6.00 From Bristol Ticket Shop

Once upon a time in the West

Come to a screening of True Grit (by the Coen Brothers) and discuss the film afterwards in a Q & A with local western writers

True Grit (2010) Dir Coen Brothers – A stubborn teenager enlists the help of a tough U.S. Marshal to track down her father’s murderer. Following the murder of her father by hired hand Tom Chaney, 14-year-old farm girl Mattie Ross sets out to capture the killer. To aid her, she hires the toughest U.S. marshal she can find, a man with “”true grit,”” Reuben J. “”Rooster”” Cogburn.

Join Jonathan L Howard, Stark Holborn and Charles Millsted in a Q&A after the film’s screening to discuss western literature and book to screen adaptions.

Can we get a Yeehaw?!

Bristol Writers Group Go Into The Dark | 24/10/17 | 7-9pm | Redcliffe Caves

Tickets £5.50 From Bristol Ticket Shop

Join members of Bristol Writers Group and friends in the dark and mysterious Redcliffe Caves for a night of stories with dark and twisted themes.

Hear stories to excite and scare from Mike Manson, Louise Gethin, Gavin Watkins and others.

This event sells out very quickly, so buy your tickets early. The caves are, well caves, so bring warm clothing, something to sit on and a torch.

Talking Tales | 28/10/17 | 7-9pm | Left Bank


A warm, friendly story-telling night, showcasing the talent of Bristol and beyond.

Following the successful ‘More Banksy Than Bonnets’ at the Bath Fringe Festival, we’ll be back in Bristol for the next Talking Tales in October as part of the Bristol Festival of Literature.


Novel Nights | 25/10/17 | 7:30-9pm | Berkeley Square

Tickets from the Novel Nights website

Novel Nights at The Strawberry Thief bar, Bristol January, 2016

Ask an editor from Cornerstones Literary Consultancy At this Novel Nights

At this Novel Nights talk, Cornerstones editor, Dionne McCulloch, will explain what a literary consultancy does, how they can help writers, an editor’s role and give tips on submissions.

Cornerstones offer editorial services to writers and act as literary scouts to agents. They say, ‘We are the writer’s friend.’

Dionne is an American author living in England, who began as a Cornerstones UK editor before managing Cornerstones launch into the US. She writes YA, MG and adult fiction, and is represented by Writers House in NYC