Putting pirates in the spotlight
AS part of this month's Bristol Festival of Literature, the Long John Silver Trust (LJST) a registered charity, will be taking part in a number of events on October 13 and 14.
These promise to be THE family events of the weekend with pirates and adventurers taking over the harbour.
A Literary Walk on the Saturday (October 13) will take in those parts of old Bristol that inspired poets and writers such Daniel Defoe, Jonathan Swift, Samuel Taylor Coleridge and Robert Louis Stevenson.
Meeting at Temple Church at 2pm (behind the Kings Head in Victoria Street) the walk costs £3, payable on the day.
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On Sunday, October 14, at 1.45pm, Cabot's replica ship, the Matthew, will be transporting Aardman's Peter Lord, writer Gideon Defoe and Radio Bristol's Steve Yabsley across the harbour to M shed.
Here, at 2pm, the author and film-maker will explain how they collaborated on turning Gideon's novel, The Pirates into a blockbusting, cinematic success.
The talk (£9 families/£5 and £2.50) will be followed by book signings.
At 3.15pm and 4pm the Matthew will be taking people on storytelling trips around the harbour (cost £8) featuring the pirate novels Treasure Island and The Black Banner.
Cannons, parrots, pirates and a sail-maker will add to the atmosphere.
Tom Sykes and Tony Giles from Bristol's Radical History Group (BRHG) will be on hand to explain just who the real criminals were in the pirate story.
Kid's Crafty Crafts will be keeping younger children happy at M shed from 1pm to 5pm (£1 suggested donation).
The following week, on Thursday, October 18, at 8pm, there will be an M shed debate, "The truth about pirates".
Academics from UWE will line up against Roger Ball of BRHG and Mark Steeds of LJST to ask why pirates have been airbrushed out of Bristol's history.
Secretary, Long John Silver Trust