January 2018

Book Review: Lyrically Justified (Vol 2)

Lyrically Justified (Vol 2) by Urban Word Collective Review by Ben Fielders (Montpelier) With contributions from several St Pauls-based poets, this poetry anthology is genuinely thought provoking and inspirational. There are 42 poets in total, who build upon the budding talent that was featured in the first volume of this book (same title). Many of the poets touch upon difficult issues and are unafraid to be controversial and provocative. They

Book Review: Kurious

Kurious by Elizabeth Lumley-Smith Review by Chris Myers (St Pauls) Kurios is an illustrated children’s story by a local author that whisks you away to a quaint, magical adventure made all the more brilliant by the illustrations. Kurios – a strange catlike creature – wakes up in a shrunken forest (well, it is actually him that has become giant.) He comes across another peculiar creature, much smaller in size. Together

Eyes of the TIGER

TIGER (Teaching Individuals Gender Equality and Respect) is a Montpelier-based workers cooperative that runs gender education workshops across Bristol. In light of the recent #MeToo campaign, they are encouraging schools to prioritize developing strategies that will put a stop to sexism and sexual harassment for young people. “Challenging the cultural scripts on identity and gender and teaching about the importance of consent to young people is the only true way

Befriending in Bristol

Words by Peter Mcnamee Part of Barnardo’s Befriending service is to help Unaccompanied Asylum Seekers Children (UASC) feel welcomed and safe in a new city. We befriend the young person, show them around the city, the places of worship, leisure centres and shopping areas. About 18 months ago, I started to befriend a young man from Afghanistan who had travelled from his homeland via Europe over a period of 6

Inside St Pauls Learning Centre: The Makershed

St Pauls Learning Centre was transferred to the Ethical Property Company in 2015 and is now going from strength to strength. We have an inspiring range of classes, workshops and courses happening in 2018. We have organisations who are based here who are offering interesting artistic and creative courses, as well as tutors who hire the spaces on a sessional basis to offer activities. What SPLC offers is a range

Vocalise Journalism Workshops

Between October-December 2017, Vocalise ran 7 journalism workshops for people living in Ashley Ward to get involved with journalism outlets across Bristol. The workshops were supported by the Bristol Cable, Rife Magazine, meMaps, Full Circle, Open Democracy Foundation and independent journalists – with funding from Quartet Community Foundation and the Bristol Impact Fund. Everything from writing techniques to effectively using YouTube was covered in the workshops, giving participants a broad

Local Artist: Barbara Disney

Barbara Disney is a Bristol-based visual artist with many years of experience running participatory art and public projects in health and community settings across Bristol. She is currently working in St Pauls Learning Centre running printmaking and textiles workshops and at St Pauls Nursery School and Children’s Centre facilitating Wellbeing Arts Courses. Describe your practice. I have 30 years’ experience of working within the arts as a practitioner of socially

Free Community Organising Training

Whether you are just getting involved or planning to get involved in community action or you are a seasoned community leader , social entrepreneur, community activist, engagement worker, public or third sector worker; this training will help you gain some great insights into the practice of community organising and you will connect some amazing people who like yourself want a better world. The 1 day intro training sessions aim to achieve these learning outcomes:

Festival of Solutions 2018 (Up Our Street and Vocalise Community Event)

Up Our Street and Vocalise Bristol are organising a Festival of Solutions for Ashley in the spring. There will be speakers and workshops designed to find resident solutions to neighbourhood issues.   We would love to hear your ideas for a theme and what could be included in the programme. Contact Vocalise (info@vocalise.org.uk) or Up Our Street to get involved (stacy@upourstreet.org.uk) 

Bristol Pound Design Competition 2018

Competion opens 22nd January and closes 22nd February Five years on from the launch of the Bristol pound, the UK’s first city-wide currency, we’re getting ready to redesign our paper Bristol Pounds once again. To do this we’re inviting anyone who lives, works or learns in Bristol to submit designs and images for the third edition of Bristol’s money, which will be released in June 2018. There have been two