Five Reasons Why Bristol Is The Place To Be For Writers

We run a procrastination-busting writers’ retreat in the heart of Bristol to help you smash your writing goals and build your own luverly local literary community.

But WHY is Bristol a super ace place for writers? Well, here are five reasons to get you going…

1. Inspiring Sightseeing

From the Clifton Suspension Bridge to one of few remaining working observatories in the world to the SS Great Britain, The Matthew, The Georgian House and Red Lodge, and – hold onto your hats –  ornate Victorian toilets (cos we’re gert posh isn’t us?). Oh, and the architecture – always look up in Bristol (mind you don’t bump into people) Gargoyles ahoy. Bristol drips inspiration. Did you know, a woman jumped off the bridge in an attempt to take her own life but her crinoline dress inflated and ballooned her safely onto the mud flats, Mary Poppins style (without the umbrella)? Now, there’s story in that…

2. Storytelling Events

Let Me Tell You A Story, Jack, Talking Tales, Flash Walks (no not that type of flashing, seriously), Novel Nights, Short Story Sunday… You can’t move in Bristol without someone telling you a story (especially the drunks in the city centre on a Saturday night).

3. Ghosties & Ghoulies

If horror is your genre, we’ve got haunted pubs and hotels and things that go bump in the night. Yep, we got ‘em all. And we celebrate it. You can get married at Arnos Vale Cemetery. And they have a café there with lovely cake. Nothing scares us Bristolians (shit, what was that?!).

4. Festivals

Free-from food, music, harbourside, cider, gin, vintage, Bristol Literature. We like a festival. Feed your mind and feed your body. Or just get a bit pissed. Whatever works for you.

5. Theatre

What better way to focus your writing mind than go watch a play you wish you’d written or feel you could write better? Famous for the Bristol Old Vic and the Hippodrome, where you can of course see stunning shows, in Bristol the fringe is often the place to be. The Alma Tavern Theatre, Tobacco Factory, The Wardrobe and The Room Above. Oh, and the lesser known New Vic, of course. Something that will make you laugh, cry or just question why? – you’ll find that in Bristol (though you could also get that by people-watching all the tourists).


Still not convinced? Book your place at the next Bristol Writers’ Retreat and write your goshdarn socks off – then you’ll see. You’ll all see…

Bristol Writers’ Retreat is led by the frankly marvellous Amanda Staples:

Amanda has the usual pile of writing she can’t look at even with a pot of tea and a whisky chaser. Since 2016 she’s sent a lot of short stories to a lot of places. Some got into magazines and anthologies. She’s self-published a recipe book and finished a novel (hated it, started another). In 2017/18 her play was staged in Croydon and Bristol. ​She has performed at Bath Lit Fringe Fest, Bristol Lit Fest, Talking Tales and Writers Unchained events in Bristol. When not writing, she’s felting, pom pomming, or reading.

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