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.