Straight Outta Bristol - Bristol Festival of Literature


Join Tangent Books publisher Richard Jones, Thomas Brooman (author My Festival Romance) Gill Loats (author Bristol Boys Make More Noise) and Bertel Martin (ex-Kuumba African Arts Centre) for a panel discussion on the origins of the Bristol Sound. Followed by World Music DJ set at THE SPACE (PRSC), STOKES CROFT, BRISTOL.

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 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 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.

Thomas Brooman is the co-founder of Womad who recently published his autobiography My Festival Romance with Tangent and Bristol Archive Records.

Gill Loats is the author of Bristol Boys Make More Noise, another Tangent/BAR collaboration this time featuring the late 70s/early 80s photography of John Spink, Gill was also the first woman DJ at the legendary Dug Out club.

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.

The discussion will be followed by a World Music DJ set.

Tickets: £5.50  

Bristol Festival of Literature

Bristol Festival of Literature: Unputdownable
A celebration of the creative word held each year in Bristol, England. It is organised by an independent voluntary and community group.
The first festival was launched in October 2011, initiated by Jari Moate, a writer in the city with a desire to see literature presented in fresh, exciting and meaningful ways.

Joined by a talented group of friends and volunteers including writers, publishers, readers, editors and in its first years, the charity LoveBristol, it has become an annual festival, with events throughout the year that culminate in a full programme each October.
It never stands still, and always brings new shapes and surprises.

Organised by those who’ve been inspired by what’s gone before, BFL is grateful for the kind support of local firms, donors and of course the hundreds of people who perform, participate and make such wonderful guests and audiences – to all of you: thank you! You are truly unputdownable!
Bristol Festival of Literature is a programme of events and performances celebrating creative writing, mainly fiction. They inspire audiences with the very best local, UK and international authors; They engage communities with each other through events in unusual places and they equip writers at all levels with masterclasses, showcases and routes to publishing. They love irrepressible creativity and dissenting voices.

That’s why they call it ‘Unputdownable’.


Address: Various venues in Bristol * Click on the address to launch google maps.