News from Friends of Bishopston Library

November 27 2018

Bishopston Library welcomed a capacity audience for the last ever Bristol performance of Stony Broke in No Man’s Land by the Hotwells Howlers.

First commissioned by the Friends of Bristol Museum to mark the centenary of the outbreak of World War I, this show is based on a range of sources, including original research, about the wartime experiences of people from Bristol and Somerset. Through songs – traditional and less well known – words and images, it tells the story of those who fought, those who died, some who deserted and others who were conscientious objectors. Watching Stony Broke was an emotional roller-coaster, harrowing, funny and compassionate, and was certainly really appreciated by the audience. The evening raised £89 for the Red Cross, the Hotwells Howlers chosen charity.

The library also had a display of WW1 stories and photos contributed by local people. In a similar vein to the show, the display looked at all aspects of wartime experience. The sheer scale of the First World War make it hard to comprehend - both the show and the display reminded us that it is perhaps only through the individual stories of men and women that we can begin to understand the lasting and devastating impact.

We are still waiting for definite news on the next phase of the library strategy. We understand that it will involve a small number of meetings covering multiple areas, rather than one per library, and that people will be able to attend during the day or in the evening. These meetings are likely to take place in the new year, and we will let you have the dates as soon as possible – look on our Facebook page, and we will send via email to supporters. 

We will shortly be sending out information about a series of writing surgeries early in 2019 with local author Mike Manson, who talked about The Hidden History of St Andrews back in March. If you have ideas, a project underway, or would like some feedback, then these will offer the perfect opportunity for you. 

And don’t forget, if you have written a letter to Santa, you can post it in the library letter-box.


See you all in 2019


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