The Poetry of Heathcote Williams

Bristol Anarchist Bookfair Radical History Zone 2011 Poster
Heathcote Williams is celebrated for many reasons; as writer, actor, painter, even conjurer. Heathcote’s foray into diplomacy came in 1977, when he became Ambassador to Great Britain for a London squat called Frestonia, which declared independence. His epic ecological poems such as Whale Nation and Autogeddon were loved by a readership far beyond the usual poetry-reading circles. He continues to paint, poetise and rant on matters topical and historical. This is an opportunity to hear Roy […]

Glam-Punk Disco Inferno

Life Before Thatcher
We're taking you back to the 70s with a night of music from across the decade. 1970 may have seen the passing of Jimmi Hendrix and the disbanding of the Beatles but this decade saw the birth of new genres which were integral to fashions, the party and the political scene at the time. Punk Rock's anti-establishment and DIY ethic moved away from previous trends of the 60s, to create, as Tommy Ramone described "some pure, stripped down, no bullshit rock 'n' roll" and played a big part in the Punk […]

Opening The Archives

Your chance to view primary source material related to the struggle for democracy in the Bristol Room of the Central Reference Library. Hosted by the knowledgeable and helpful archivists Dawn Dyer and Jane Bradley. French Revolution - contemporary views. Orator Hunt broadsides. Reform dinner 1831 illustrations. Justice - the organ of social democracy 1884-1887 - national and international news re. trade unions, anarchy etc. Bristol Socialist Society special collection c.1900. Original Cartoons […]

Fire & Folk Devils

Stories and music round the fire at the Boiling Wells site, St Werburghs City Farm; 7.30 - 10 pm. BYO drink. Tales told by Martin Maudsley and friends, with salty songs and feisty fiddle tunes from the ‘Cheese Strings’. Bring and burn an effigy! Limited numbers, don't be late... Director of Bristol Storytelling Festival, Martin runs regular adult and children’s story telling events at the Scout Hut on Redcliffe Wharf.

Robb Johnson & The Irregulars/ Clayton Blizzard

Robb Johnson is an old friend of ours, having performed with Leon Rosselson for our first Radical History Week in 2006. Tonight he returns to the Cube with his band the Irregulars for another evening of caustic wit, political song and furiously strummed guitars. Support is provided by Thornbury’s finest, Clayton Blizzard and his poetic and pointed hip hop/ folk fusion. Tickets for this event are available in advance from Bristol Ticket Shop: BG29 The Galleries Bristol, BS1 3XB 0870 44 44 400 […]

Opening The Archives

Your chance to view primary source material related to regicide and republicanism in the Bristol Room of the Central Reference Library. Hosted by the knowledgeable and helpful archivists Dawn Dyer and Jane Bradley.

Roy Bailey & Eirlys Rhiannon

An English folk legend, Roy Bailey is one of this country’s best-regarded political songwriters and has been described by his friend and collaborator Tony Benn as ‘the greatest socialist folk singer of his generation’. Roy was recently awarded an MBE, which he promptly returned in protest at the British government’s foreign policy. In other words, he’s right up our street. Supported by local singer-songwriter Eirlys Rhiannon.  

Opening The Archives

View original source material from the Reference Library's archives in the Bristol Room. Hosted by Dawn Dyer and Jane Bradley. (More details to follow.) Since there is limited space in the Bristol Room we are offering two 1 hour slots; 2pm - 3pm & 3pm - 4pm.

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