Sky Light Rain book launch and literary night

Sky Light Rain launch pic

To celebrate the launch of her second collection, Sky Light Rain, author Judy Darley invites you to an atmospheric evening of readings and music on the themes of sky, light, and rain. Drawing on her enduring fascination with the fallibility of the human mind, Sky Light Rain is a collection of short stories and flash fictions examining aspects of human existence, our relationship to nature and complex behaviours towards one another.

The event will take place at Waterstones Bristol Galleries, from 7pm on Saturday 2nd November 2019. Alongside Judy, participants include writers Paul Deaton, Kevlin Henney and Grace Palmer, and indie art-pop musician Hidden Tide.

This is a Bristol Festival of Literature 2019 fringe event.

Tickets are free but limited, so don’t forget to book yours.

Date And Time: Saturday 2nd November 2019, 7pm-9pm.

Location: Waterstones, 11A, Union Galleries, Broadmead, Bristol BS1 3XD

Book your free tickets here. Sky Light Rain will be published by Valley Press.

National Flash Fiction Day celebrations

FlashWalk2016_Actor Tom Parker

National Flash Fiction Day 2018 falls on Saturday 16th June, with events across the UK and a special trio of celebrations in Bristol.

The day kicks off at 10.30am with the #FlashWalk.

We invited competition entries on the theme of Urban Landscapes. Submissions arrived from all over the world. The winning entries will be shared by actors during the Flash Walk.

The Flash Walk begins just outside the harbourside entrance to Bristol’s M Shed. It will finish at the GreenHouse, Hereford Street, BS3 4NA (just under a mile’s stroll away), around 12.30pm.

The GreenHouse will be the venue for the afternoon’s free writing workshops. There will also be an evening of flash fiction performances at Bedminster Library, and the launch of the 2018 National Flash Fiction Day anthology.

You can find more details here:, here and here:



Write for a Flash Walk

Totterdown coloured houses cr Judy Darley

After a year’s hiatus, the #FlashWalk is set to return as part of the National Flash-Fiction Day UK celebrations on 16th June 2018. Far less seedy than it sounds (depending on the tales submitted), the Flash Walk will take place in Bristol, celebrating fiction in its shortest and most intense form.

The Flash Walk will take place in central Bristol, and your words can be part of it.

To be in with a chance of being included, send us a piece of flash fiction, prompted by some aspect of the theme Urban Landscape. You can take this idea in any direction you choose, using any theme and any genre, providing your tale is between 40 and 400 words in length.

Bristol can be but doesn’t have to be a source of inspiration.

The deadline for submissions is Monday 21st May 2018.

The selected stories will be shared by actors during the walk, so if yours is chosen, all you need to do is come along and enjoy the performance!

The walk begins at 10.30am on 16th June, outside the main entrance to Bristol’s M-Shed on the harbour side. It will finish at the GreenHouse, Hereford Street, BS3 4NA (just under a mile’s stroll away), between an hour and an hour and a half later.

The GreenHouse will also be the venue for the afternoon’s free writing workshops.

To be part of National Flash-Fiction Day‘s #FlashWalk2018, submit your entries to before midnight on Monday 21st May 2018. There’s no charge to enter, so why not give it a try?

National Flash Fiction Day Bristol celebrations

Pero's Bridge cr Judy DarleyNational Flash Fiction Day is on Saturday 25th June 2016, with free events to celebrate fiction in its shortest forms.

In the morning (10:30–12:00) we have a Flash Walk around Bristol centre and harbourside, with site-specific flashes being read by trained actors along the route. Find details of how your tales can be included here and here.

In the afternoon (13:30–16:30) we have a workshop at Bristol Central Library led by award-winning writers Alison Powell and Ken Elkes. Find details here.

In the evening (19:00–22:00) at At the Well on Cheltenham Road, Bristol, we’ll have flash readings from local and not-so-local writers: Alison Powell, Calum Kerr, Diane Simmons, Freya Morris, Jude Higgins, Judy Darley, Ken Elkes, Kevlin Henney, Pete Sutton, Tim Stevenson, Tino Prinzi and Tom Parker. Find details here.

Don’t forget, attendance of each event is free of charge, so come along, listen to tales, be inspired, write a few words, and discover new authors all in celebration of flash fiction!


Write a Bristol Flash

Bristol Millennium Square
As part of the National Flash-Fiction Day celebrations on 25th June 2016, we are plotting a special story walk, and your words can be part of it.

To be in with a chance of being included, all you need to do is send us a piece of flash fiction (between 40 and 400 words), inspired by Bristol’s harbourside area.

The walk will begin at 10.30am outside the main entrance to the Bristol Central Library, ending at Corn Street close to St Nick’s Market, and taking in Millennium Square, Pero’s Bridge, Queen Square and Broad Quay along the way. Selected stories will be shared by trained actors, hopefully capturing the spirit of the location and stirring our imaginations!

The walk will take between an hour and an hour and a half.

Your flashes may be on any theme, and in any genre, as long as they are short. Comedies, tales of betrayal, heartbreak and redemption, ghost stories, space operas and anything else your subconscious serves up are all welcome.

Submit your entries to before 9th June 2016.

Life, Love and Mortality

St-John-in-the-Wall-photo-credit-Andy-MarshallTaking place in the atmospheric setting of St John on the Wall, the literary event Life, Love and Mortality will be an evening of thought-provoking tales, poetry and music. From 7pm to 10.30pm on Thursday 9th June, performers will share literary works and music inspired by the setting and by the themes life, love and mortality.

The event will offer the chance to spend an evening in one of Bristol’s hidden buildings, cared for by The Churches Conservation Trust, whilst listening to short fiction, poetry and music.

Featuring the words of Judy Darley, Paul Deaton, Louise Gethin, Harriet Kline, Mike Manson, Helen Sheppard, and Claire Williamson, plus the music of Joanna Butler and Paul Bradley, this will be an evening focused on the things that can stop us in our tracks, and spur us on to achieve our dreams.

A bar will be available.

Proceeds will go to The Churches Conservation Trust and homelessness charity St Mungo’s.

Date & Time: Thursday 9 June, doors at 19:00, starts 19:30.
Address: St John on the Wall, Broad Street, Bristol, BS1 2EZ.
Price: £3 early bird booking, £4 thereafter.
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Writing From Art Workshop, Wed 12th November, Bristol

Girl-with-Wings-cr-Carol-PeaceImmerse yourself in art for an afternoon of creative writing. In the intimate space of a working artist’s studio, you’ll have the opportunity to think about how art can fuel your own writing, discuss what art and writing mean to you, and take away practical tips to help your writing glow.

Short story writer, arts journalist and writing tutor Judy Darley says: “I’ve been drawing inspiration from art all my writing life, and believe it can provide a stepping stone between the page and your imagination.”

Surrounded by the sculptures of Carol Peace, we’ll take a brief look at the history of art’s influence of writing before carrying out writing exercises designed to connect you with your senses and the artwork, and help your words to flow.

CAROL PEACE is an internationally recognised sculptor based at the Paintworks in Bristol, with work in private collections across the UK, Europe and America. Carol studied sculpture at Winchester School of Art and has had solo shows in London, Cambridge, Athens, Zurich, France, Spain and Holland. Find her at and @CarolPeace_art.

JUDY DARLEY has had short stories published by magazines and anthologies including The Simple Things, Litro, Riptide Journal, and The View From Here. Her debut collection ‘Remember Me To The Bees’ is out now. She’s currently working on a collection of short stories, poems and flashes based around the theme of journeys. Find her at and @JudyDarley.

The Writing From Art workshop takes place from 2-5pm on Wednesday 12th November 2014 at Studio 5.3, at Paintworks, Bristol.

Cost: £12 per person. Limited to 8 places. Book your place at

We will also be hosting a night of literary readings inspired by art, also at Carol’s Paintworks studio, on Friday 7th November. Find details here.

Carol Peace sculptures