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Bristol's Festival Of Literature takes place this month with a huge range of events for every kind of literary lover...

Bristol Festival Of Literature returns for a magnificent run of varied events this October, with local, national and international authors all queued up to amaze! The fest, first launched six years ago in 2011 by writer Jari Moata, has grown into a huge citywide celebration of books and writing, with events popping up in the most unusual locations and all manner of voices showing love for literature.

The ever-popular festival this year spans well over a week, taking place between 19 and 29 October. The fest looks to drag you out of your comfort zone with exciting events across Bristol looking at firm favourites and fresh tales — pop down to Arnos Vale to hear spooky yarns inspired by the cemetery from top local writers, or trip down into Redcliffe Caves for a chilling session of spine-tingling stories… after dark! 

As well as readings and storytelling, there are some workshops for those interested in self-publishing or historical writing, plus a celebration of 40 years of iconic comic brand 2000AD with Rob Williams, Dave Kendall and Lee Carter, flash fiction slams, live interviews, book markets and a one-of-a-kind “book and audio experience” that meshes noise, field recordings and narrative to explore the natural world. 

An unmissable highlight on 21 October is Straight Outta Bristol, a panel discussion between Tangent Books publisher Richard Jones, Thomas Brooman (author of My Festival Romance), Gill Loats (author of Bristol Boys Make More Noise) and Bertel Martin (formerly of the Kuumba African Arts Centre). The guests will talk about the origins of one of the city’s most famous exports: The Bristol Sound and how it shaped and continues to shape modern music. 

Another exciting event at the Naval Volunteer sees a screening of The Coen Brothers’ True Grit followed by a discussion and Q&A about film adaptations with local western experts Stark Holborn, Charles Millsted and Jonathan L Howard.

Whether it’s sci-fi, food, travel, the environment, romance, horror or true crime that gets you excited, you’ll find something to love at this year’s Festival Of Literature! Check out the website for full listings and ticket details (tickets available separately).

When: 19–29 October

Where: Various city centre venues  

Website: www.unputdownable.org 

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