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Wednesday 4 February, 7pm
Bristol Central Library
Gloucester-born writer Julian Holland recalls youthful days spent in engine sheds and on the ends of platforms back in the great age of steam, as well as more recent railway adventures.
His illustrated talk will draw from his many books on the subject, including Mapping the Railways, Exploring Britain’s Lost Railways and Great Railway Journeys of the World, and the trains, the railways and the journeys which inspired them.
Tickets cost just £2.50 and are available from any Bristol Library or on the door on the night.
Monday 2 February, 2pm to 4pm
Claire Cavanagh will be broadcasting live from libraries across the region in the week leading up to National Libraries Day, Saturday 7 February.
Claire will be joined by Costa prize winner Moira Young, crime novelist Penny Kline, and children's writers Rob Lewis and Anna Wilson.
Moira Young is an award winning author and former opera singer. Her novel Blood Red Road won the Costa prize.
Either tune your radio to BBC Radio Bristol or pop into the library and enjoy the fun in person.
Saturday 7 February, 11am: Children's story
Join in the fun and celebrate National Libraries Day with Bristol Libraries by coming to one of our Simultaneous Storytimes across the city.
Libraries will be holding a special storytime at 11am on Saturday 7 February where children can listen to the story ‘Christopher Nibble' by Charlotte Middleton.
This book has a lovely green message for children, to support Bristol Green Capital, about sustainability and Growing your own! Children 8 and under must be accompanied by an adult.
Saturday 7 February, 2.30pm: Bristol politics and poll books
The Central Library will be hosting an event by Central Library friends group exploring part of our own fascinating collection.
Local historian John Stevens, author of Bristol Politics in the Age of Peel, will be examining our Poll Books, used to record the vote, and often address and occupation, of each voter until the mid nineteenth century.
These fascinating documents are invaluable to political historians but John will demonstrate how they can also shed light on family, social and economic history.
His free talk starts at 2.30pm, places may be booked at any Bristol Library, or by ringing the Central Library on 903 7250, or by calling in on the day.
All of our libraries will be offering a range of protional deals, please see the Libraries West website for details: http://www.librarieswest.org.uk/nld15/
Friday 27 February, 7pm to 9pm.
We are delighted to be working with The British Fantasy Society and the BristolCon Foundation to present an evening with science fiction writers Gareth L. Powell and Joanne Hall.
Gareth is the award-winning writer whose books include a trilogy featuring Ack-Ack Macaque, (described by the Guardian as “an inspired creation, a monkey with attitude, issues and a hole where his heart should be”), whilst Joanne’s work includes the two volume fantasy novel The Art of Forgetting.
Both writers will read from their work and answer reader’s questions. The Library Café will be open and there will also be a free glass of wine courtesy of BristolCon!
Places for this free event can be booked at any Bristol Library.