On 13th September 2020, in bright sunshine, SI Bristol’s history book was launched in Clifton – Covid-securely. The event was organised at short notice and well-attended by Soroptimists as well as local author Jane Duffus. The book, which is entitled “100 Years of Sisterhood: Bristol Fashion” describes the 100 year history of the Bristol Venture/Soroptimist Club and is generously peppered with photographs.
Prior to the launch, Marion Reid and Lizzie Corrigan had an opportunity to deliver a copy of the book to Peaches Golding, the Lord Lieutenant.
“The story of the Bristol Soroptimists is the story of a number of remarkable and pioneering women, many of whom made – and are still making – positive and lasting differences to the lives of others. Marion Reid’s history of their first century is a meticulously researched account combining of real-life stories of individual achievement and of collective effort. It deserves to make Bristol more aware of how much it owes the Soroptimists.” Eugene Byrne
“If you have ever wanted to make a difference to the lives of women and girls this book is a must.” Lizzie Corrigan
“The book is a fascinating account of the birth and development of Soroptimism, first in the form of a Venture Club in 1920’s Bristol and subsequently as part of the global Soroptimist International movement. The history of the Bristol club unfolds through the book with the tremendous amount of pioneering work accomplished by many interesting and capable women, contemporaneous comments, as well as old photographs. It is a testament to the indefatigable research carried out by Marion Reid and the collaboration of so many, to whom we will always be indebted. So much volunteering charitable work has been accomplished by so many committed members of Soroptimist International of Bristol over the last 100 years that it deserves to be much more widely known. I’m sure this book will be an excellent conduit for that.” Ivete Hunt
“As a non Soroptimist I found this book both enjoyable and enlightening. The dedication and commitment of the Soroptimists to woman’s causes was a real eye opener and Marion’s tenacity for research is to be marvelled at. That the story runs parallel to historical aspects of Bristol and its buildings makes it even more enjoyable. A thoroughly good read!” Joyce Poole
I couldn’t put the bloody book down! Lizzie Corrigan
A History and Celebration of the Playhouse, Weston-super-Mare
‘With contributions from staff, ex-staff, volunteers and audience members, plus the usual quota of mishaps and ghost sightings, Samantha Ball, who works in the Playhouse’s box office, has written an affectionate history of a theatre she obviously adores.’
Geoff Bowden, The Call Boy Magazine Autumn 2019
‘There’s dedication and then there is dedication…Samantha Ball spent the best part of three and a half years (in between the day-job and the part-time job) researching the history of the Playhouse Theatre. This, she decided required her to look through every single edition of the Weston Mercury from 1946-2000. Anyone reading this who has researched local history and has spent any time in the library going through old editions of the local newspaper on microfilm will understand what a mammoth task this was. It’s not just that it’s hugely time-consuming, it’s also that with every single page you run the risk of being distracted by some fascinating news story from years ago.
The end result is her book A History and Celebration of the Playhouse Theatre Weston-super-Mare, a well-told account of a much-loved local institution.’
Eugene Byrne, Bristol Post & Western Daily Press 15th October 2019
We are delighted to be publishing the inaugural anthology of extracts from the Bridport Prize Novel long-list. This accompanies the Bridport Prize Anthology of poetry, short stories and flash fiction.
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Our author Robin Tetlow will be at Taunton Leisure, Bedminster on Thursday 22 November at 6.30 to chat about his book Beyond Bristol: 24 Country Walks.
‘In the process of getting-to-know the area down the years, I have completed more than 300 different walks and got the idea of producing a ‘best of’ compilation that would help others to enjoy the easily accessible and diverse landscapes here on our doorstep. I’ll be sharing my knowledge and experience of walking during my talk.’
For more information, please visit https://www.facebook.com/events/1827116657401085/ or ring Taunton Leisure on 0117 9637640.