WoM Bristol Prize Special

Word of Mouth is teaming up with the mighty Bristol Short Story Prize for an evening of short and flash fiction at The Thunderbolt. Here are the details and an eflyer you can forward to your literary chums. Don’t forget there’s still time to enter the 2013 Prize and check out the website for details of The Prize on Radio 4 http://www.bristolprize.co.uk

Our readers on April 3 are Tania Hershman, Holly Corfield Car, Kevlin Henney and Nick Rawlinson.

Tania Hershman is the author of two short story collections, My Mother Was An Upright Piano: Fictions (Tangent Books, 2012), and The White Road and Other Stories (Salt, 2008). Her short stories have been published online and in print and broadcast on Radio 3 and 4. www.taniahershman.com.

Holly Corfield Carr is a Bristol-based writer and artist. She received an Eric Gregory Award from the Society of Authors in 2012 and is currently working as writer-in-residence at Spike Island, supported by Arts Council England. You can hear Holly’s short fiction for Portwall Lane Car Park as part of Missorts, a permanent public soundwork for the Redcliffe area of Bristol, produced by Situations. And you can follow Holly’s other projects at www.hollycorfieldcarr.wordpress.com.

Kevlin Henney writes shorts and flashes and drabbles of fiction. His fiction has appeared in or online at Litro, New Scientist, Word Gumbo, Fiction365, Dr. Hurley’s Snake-oil Cure, Every Day Fiction, The Pygmy Giant, The Fabulist, The Liminal and FlashStories.net, and has been included in the Jawbreakers and Kissing Frankenstein & Other Stories anthologies. He is winner of the 2012 Oxford Flash Slam. He lives in Bristol and online.

Nick Rawlinson is a Bristol-based actor and author whose short story The Final Whistle was shortlisted for the 2009 Prize and appeared in Volume 2 of the Bristol Short Story Prize anthology.

The Thunderbolt
Weds 3 April, 8.00 pm

Trevor and Joel dark and comic combination

Word of Mouth at the Thunderbolt was a stunning night. An audience of 50 experienced an evening of dark, dangerous humour.

The evening started with Mr A. Reading tales from the diary of his departed aunty. The tale was polite and civilised but had a death count that any horror movie would be proud of.

Trevor Coombs introduced the evening putting the audience in their place. A story that accurately portrayed the role of the audience yet made you feel aware of your presence in the Thunderbolt in a strange and disturbing way.

Trevor’s writing works because he fuses his powerful, detailed observations with a mastery of English and a sense of rhythm and pace that drives the tale to a controlled yet surprising conclusion; a true joy for the audience.

Joel Kirby is a talented and incredible singer songwriter. His words and music capture the dark and tragic sides of human life underneath the smiles and happy sensations of existence. Joined in the second half by  John Stirling on bass it added a dimension to the music and performance. With John, Joel was more comfortable on stage and with rapport between them down to meaningful eye contact it was a great joy. Musically they did some wonderful tricks; on one song John took the lead with the bass while Joel kept rhythm.

The audience were spell bound throughout the evening from Mr A to Joel K, no one drew any z’s.

To the pub and beyond

The Thunderbolt was heaving for tonight’s Word of Mouth. For about 50% of the audience it was there first time, and what a treat they had.

Last minute guest Mr A started of proceedings with a slightly different take on Victorian feminine manners than normally reported. His manner and dress suited the style and manner of his reading. Mr A is a performer who we will be hearing more from.

Emma Newman read beautifully. Initially nervous, she warmed into the atmosphere of The Thunderbolt and read from her collection of short stories and the introduction to her teen novel “20 Years Later”. Her stories captivated the audience, the intensity, passion and detail were wonderfully portrayed in her voice. Her tales had a darker and more evil side to them than her public image. She is an active writer reading and promoting her work around the country, do catch her if she is reading near you.

Angie Belcher is a talented poet and comedian, living round the corner from the pub she was more at home here than most of our guests. Funny, crude and incredibly charming she wowed what was her home audience. Angie’s encore had the crowd whooping and cheering.

The Word of Mouth audience enjoyed the evening immensely and all the evening’s writers found new fans.

Cantina, coffee and the future looks brighter.

Met with Byron today at the Cantina and planned Word of Mouth at BOV if it all comes to fruition 2012 will be a great year for Word of Mouth.

We want to push what we’ve done this year further and bring back some old favourites.

We will be spending January getting the programme finalised look out for the flyers and check here for future notifications.

Word of Mouth at BOV, Monday, 16 January

Bohdan Piasecki and Lucy English
Word of Mouth at Bristol Old Vic
Monday, 16 January
8.00 pm
King St
Tickets: £8.00/6.00
Box Office: 0117 987 7877

Bohdan is a performance poet and slam host born in Warsaw, Poland, currently based in the UK, where he is putting the finishing touches to a PhD in poetry translation.

Before his move to England, Bohdan started the first poetry slam series in his country, introducing Poles to spoken word and creating a platform for a whole new generation of performers.

Bohdan has travelled around Europe (with some forays into North America) with his poetry; he represented Poland at the 2007 Poetry Slam World Cup in Paris (and was the only European poet to reach the finals), proudly wore the title of the 2008 Hammer & Tongue Oxford Season Slam Champion, and was an artist in residence at the European Poetry Slam Days in Berlin in 2009.

He has a keen interest in literary translation and ways in which it can be used in performance, and actively pursues collaborations with other poets as well as artists from fields such as photography, video, music, and dance.

Bohdan derives a perverse pleasure from inflicting poems in Polish on unsuspecting international audiences. He has a tendency to speak too much, enjoys walking, but not chewing gum, and still hopes to learn to play bass one day. He also finds writing about himself in the third person has lost a lot of its lustre since the advent of social networking sites.

Visit his website.

lucy-20101-250dsLucy English was born in Sri Lanka and grew up in London. She studied English and American Literature at the University of East Anglia, and has an MA in Creative Writing from Bath Spa University.

She has three novels published by Fourth Estate: Selfish People (1998), set in contemporary Bristol; Children of Light (1999); and Our Dancing Days(2000), set in a Suffolk commune in the 1970s.

She is best known as a performance poet, winning the first Bristol Poetry Slam in 1996, and going on to tour worldwide, performing her poetry at several international festivals including the Edinburgh Fringe, Austin International Poetry Festival, Wordfest, at Calgary in Canada and The Cuirt in Galway, Ireland.  Her poetry has also been published in a variety of anthologies.

In 2003 she co-ordinated the International Conference in the writing and practice of performance poetry at Bath Spa University and since then run the only performance poetry module at a UK university.  In 2006 she was artistic director of Apples and Snakes Poetry Tour, Exposed. In 2007, she was a finalist in the first BBC Radio 4 Poetry Slam.

She has toured Sri Lanka, India, Thailand and Taiwan with the British Council running workshops and performances. She has also run workshops for the Arvon Foundation and The New Writing Partnership.

Lucy English is a senior lecturer in Creative Writing at Bath Spa University. She was the Royal Literature Fellow at the University of Swansea from 2003-6 and the Royal Literature Fellow at the University of Cardiff Institute during 2007-08.

Word of Mouth at The Thunderbolt

Wednesday, 4 January
8.00 pm
Bath Road,
Free Entry
We are pleased to kick start 2012 with stalwart of the Bristol writing scene Louise Gethin and acoustic, country indie band Furlined.


Louise GethinLouise Gethin writes short stories influenced by love and death and anything in between. Bristol-based and bred, she has written a number of pieces that capture the flavour of city, including Ship’s Diary and Night Out. She is a co-founding member of the Bristol Writers Group and was included in this year’s anthology Hidden Bristol with her story Heaven’s Below. Her writing ambition is to publish her collection of short stories Anecdotes of Love and Death.


FurlinedPeerless songs, rich vocals and lush, swooning cello define Furlined, a Bristol-based band formed in 2007 by singer-songwriter Neil Crossley and cellist Tegan Everett.

In 2008 the band released their debut album Love Comes In Canisters, which attracted much acclaim in publications such as Billboard, Clash and Rock ‘n’ Reel.

That same year, the duo recruited bassist Graham Dalzell and drummer Greg White into their ranks, and the subsequent four-piece have since blossomed into a powerful and magnetic live act.

In March 2012, Furlined will release their second album Win A Dream Wedding, and undertake a UK tour and press/radio campaign to promote the new release.

Audience wowed by cracking poetry performances

Bristol Old Vic was rocked by two great performers in the intimate Basement Studio.

Luke Kennard and Tom Phillips performed sets that covered a wide range of styles swerving past haiku.

The evening started in blistering style with host, Byron Vincent, recounting his experience of his recent stay in one of Bristol’s finest establishments for nutters.

A great evening was had by all.

Tom Phillips radio star

If you are in Bristol this morning tune into BBC Radio Bristol. Tom Phillips interviewed by Dr Phil Hammond at 11.40. It will be a corker.

Word of Mouth at Bristol Old Vic, 21 November

Word of Mouth at Bristol Old Vic featuring Luke Kennard and Tom Phillips hosted by Byron Vincent

Word of Mouth are pleased to bring to Bristol audiences the exciting talent of Luke Kennard and bring to Bristol Old Vic a Word of Mouth at the Thunderbolt favourite Tom Phillips. Their work covers the spiring towers of literary academia to the depths of drunken, debauched nights in the bars and on the streets of Britain.

Word of Mouth at Bristol Old Vic
Monday 21November

Bristol Old Vic
Ticket Price: £8.00/£6.00 concs
Box office number: 0117 987 7877
Web: http://www.citychameleon.co.uk/wordofmouth

Luke Kennard is an award-winning poet, critic and short-fiction writer. He works as a research student and assistant teacher at the University of Exeter.

His first award-winning collection of prose poems The Solex Brothers was published by Stride Books in 2005 and won an award. He has worked as regional editor for Succour, a biannual journal of poetry and short fiction based at the University of Sussex and as an associated reader for The Kenyon Review. He is currently reviews editor of Exultations and Difficulties. His award-winning poetry has appeared in numerous print and on-line journals. He exists in a permanent state of award-winning; he is like a giant magnet for awards or, if awards are moths, a giant light.

Tom Phillips has lived in Bristol for 25 years. After ten years working in radio, became a freelance journalist, and is now chief sub-editor for Venue magazine. He’s published two collections of poetry (Reversing into the Cold War and Burning Omaha) and eight of his plays have been staged in Bristol and Bath, including Hotel Illyria and Arbeit Macht Frei. Having spent three summers idling around eastern Europe by train, he’s now studying for a PhD in travel writing at Reading University.

Word of Mouth at The Thunderbolt, 2nd November

Word of Mouth at The Thunderbolt, Bath Road, Bristol with compere Bertel Martin
Wednesday, November 2
Free Entry

Our guests

Back by popular demand, Mike Scott is one of the most popular and influential musicians on the local acoustic and folk scene. Mike’s work is rooted in the protest tradition of folk. Sometimes the songs are overtly political, but more often they are themes of more personal protest and reflection but they are always delivered with a whimsical humour and a sideways glance at a host of subjects from wealth to growing old. Check out his work at www.myspace.com/bristolsmikescott

David C Johnson is a prize-winning performance poet and Radio 4 playwright. His witty, observational poetry has entertained audiences at literary and poetry festivals in the UK and North America. He was Appledore Book Festival’s Garrick poet 2010 and Bristol Bike Festival 2010’s Poet in Residence. His latest collection is “Holding on and Looking Out” (Paralalia April 2010).

Claire Williamson has published two narrative poetry collections: Ride On (PoTA Press, 2005) and The Soulwater Pool (Poetry Can, 2008) and is currently working on a novel, The Scarab Bookshop. She has been on three National tours with Apples and Snakes in Exposed, Performance Prose with Words Allowed and Performance Poetry with Pimp$ of the Alphab£t Press. Claire lives in Bedminster with her poetry-phobic husband, two beautiful daughters and two equally scruffy dogs.