Oct 26

LJST Open Letter to Bristol Mayoral Candidates

We have sent the Open Letter below to all Bristol Mayoral Candidates, to find out who supports us, and to publicise our proposals via the hustings. We will post any replies from candidates when they are received. Open letter to Bristol mayoral candidates

So far we have had the email responses posted below.

Dear Chris
Thank you for your email and your open letter to the Mayoral candidates.

I am certainly delighted to offer you my support and would enjoy walking the route with you in due course but I have to say that my diary between now and 15th November is too full to take any further commitments.

I do however wish you well and please do keep me up to date on your progress.

With best wishes

Yours sincerely

Geoff Gollop

Hi Chris
This sounds a fantastic idea!  I read Treasure Island as a lad and I re-read it a couple of years ago as part of the Read A Million Words Initiative.  I never tire of telling those not from Bristol about our literary past, the Hole In The Wall and the story of Alexander Selkirk and Daniel Defoe.

With all best wishes for the future and for a great boost to Bristol tourism reputation.

Neil Maggs
Respect Party Anti Cuts candidate for Mayor of Bristol

Dear Long John Silver Trust,
Thank you  very much for your letter, sharing with me your exciting plans about a Long John Silver Trail. My family and children already enjoy walking around the docks, and I think you plans would certainly enhance the area and make a great tourist attraction.

If I get the chance over the next week, I will write about your plans in my blog (address below), and publicise further.

Best wishes,

Daniella Radice

Green Party Candidate for Mayor of Bristol

Oct 18

LJST and Bristol Festival of Literature 2012

The LJST was delighted to be involved with the 2nd Bristol Festival of Literature which started last Saturday (13th October) and is going on until this Sunday 21st October (please go to www.unputdownable.org for other events).

The Trust was involved with a Literary walk around Bristol on the 13th – dodging showers – which went well and followed this up with the Festivals first feature event on the 14th ‘!PIRATES! ADVENTURES WITH SCIENTISTS…AND HISTORIANS!’ which went extremely well.

LJST favourite, BBC Radio Bristol’s Steve Yabsley, interviewed Pirates author Gideon Defoe and Aardman film maker and founder Peter Lord.

LJST’s firm friends, the Matthew of Bristol Trust, kindly agreed to support the event with the good ship Matthew and the event opened with guns blazing as the celebrities were collected from Aardman HQ and shipped down to the magnificent M Shed on Bristol’s internationally famous Floating Harbour who were hosting the talk.

A slight hiccup occurred when the pirate planner didn’t allow enough time for collecting and dropping off, but the guests were only a few minutes late and host Steve just breezed over the mishap.

Silver tongued Steve soon settled the speakers down and the ensuing interview just flew by with Peter Lord, the consummate pro that he is, having everyone rocking in the aisles.

Peter and Gideon went off to sign books and the Trust’s motley crew got reunited with the ship to do two sell out sailings around the docks with storytelling of RLS’s Treasure Island and Helen Hart’s Black Banner, complemented by Seb of Jungle Talk’s two parrots Rosie and Dumpling, Saul the sail-maker from HMS Canopus and cannonaders Geoff and Ann (magnificently dressed as characters from !Pirates!).

The two pictures show Trust narrator Long John Steedsy regaling the crowd with tales of Blackbeard and the T.I. connection (Fifteen men on a Dead Man’s Chest) and the other ‘Gouty’ Geoff and Saul the sail-maker.

Huge thanks to all who helped make it such a cracking day, especially Yabbo, Cap’n Rob, the crew of the Matthew and Chairman Gerry’s colleagues at the Bristol Post.

Now the bad news, tonight (Thursday 18th) we were supposed to have ‘UWE History Department vs Long John Silver – The truth about pirates’ but unfortunately it got cancelled. The two teams had assembled but the pitch had become unplayable – a bit like Poland vs England on Tuesday. We’re hoping to reschedule so please keep an eye out for any possible news.Bristol Festival of Literature
Bristol Festival of Literature

Oct 03

Forest Edge Magazine – Matthew Article October 2012

On page two of the Forest Edge Magazine for October 2012 is an article on the Matthew.

Many thanks to Angie the editor for sending us the link and keeping us in touch, and all because they so enjoyed their recent  trip on the Matthew with the LJST !! (The photos on page 2 were taken during the trip).

Forest Edge Magazine – To see the magazine web page

Click here – To see the Matthew article

Oct 02

LJS Trust Activities in October 2012

October 2012 promises to be an exciting time for the Long John Silver Trust, as part of this year’s Bristol Festival of Literature, we’ve been invited to take part in a number of events.

It’s a real honour for us to be involved and there are exciting happenings almost throughout the whole of October but in particular between 13th and 21st October – please go to www.unputdownable.org or follow events on Twitter @bristolfest or Facebook facebook.com/group/unputdownable

LJS is involved in three of the offerings: –

  • Saturday October 13th 2-4pm, meeting at Temple Church (behind the Kings Head in Victoria Street) Cost £3 on the day. “The Long John Silver Literary Walk: Adventurers Tales”
    Will take in parts of historic old Bristol that inspired the likes of Daniel Defoe, Jonathon Swift, Samuel Taylor Coleridge and Robert Louis Stevenson through the daring deeds of some of Bristol’s more colourful characters.
  • Sunday October 14th 1-5pm, meeting at M Shed Cost variable (Box Office: Book online at www.unputdownable.org or phone 0117 230 5157)
    “Gideon Defoe and Peter Lord: Pirates! Adventures with scientists…and historians!”
    The Matthew will be collecting Peter, Gideon and radio Bristol’s Steve Yabsley form Aardman HQ and delivering them to M Shed, guns blazing at about 1.45pm for what promises to be the highlight of the Festival, a talk between the 3 of them in M Shed 2pm – 3pm with book signings after.The Matthew will then be taking people on 45 minute Storytelling trips around the docks featuring Treasure Island and the Black Banner (3.15pm and 4pm).The Trusts own cannonaders, parrots and sail-maker will be on hand to explain their connection with Bristol’s notorious Buccaneer’s.“The biggest family event of the weekend. Pirates and adventurers take over the Harbourside to tell us who they were and why they did what they did.

 At the centre of things, the author and the film-maker arrive by ship to the M Shed to show us how they collaborated on turning Gideon’s cracking novel into the blockbuster Aardman success, with clips, filmobilia and performances.”

 Families: Take a trip on the Matthew. Grown-ups: Ask the Bristol Radical History Group who the real criminals were or quiz Tom Sykes and Tony Giles, two modern adventurers who buck the trend. Smaller kids: Make something crafty. Everyone: Join in!

 Meet Gideon, Peter and Steve 2-3pm £9 fam/£5/£2.50p

 Kid’s Crafty Crafts 1-5pm £1 suggested donation

 On board tour and tales 3.15pm and 4pm on the Matthew £8

 Radical History, Modern Travel Tales, Craft Demo’s, Book Signings 1-5pm M Shed lobby’s £Free

  •  Thursday !8th October 8-9pm at M Shed Cost £Free
    “UWE History department vs Long John Silver: The truth about pirates”

Academics line-up against Roger Ball of BRHG and Mark Steeds of LJST to answer why pirates have been airbrushed out of Bristol’s history.

“Cheese I likes, toasted mostly”
Ben Gunn

 “I own myself an Ass” Squire Trelawney

 “Smart as paint” Long John Silver

“Be there or be square” LJST