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There are a couple of noteworthy events coming up in Bristol this weekend.  Saturday is Record Store Day, so I’ll be out of bed early, armed with a long list and  hunting rare records.  Record Store Day has become a bit of an institution for nerdy vinyl-loving types over the past few years, and it’s an event that has really helped to keep the few remaining independent record shops alive.  I used to work in an indie record shop, so it’s something I like to support (and the lure of rare goodies is impossible to resist!)

If you’re interested in Record Store Day, all the information is here : http://www.recordstoreday.co.uk

After that, it’s a quick scamper back across town to Waterstones in the Galleries, where E J Newman will be signing copies of her YA dystopian novel “20 Years Later” (previously reviewed on this very blog – Jan 27th 2012 ).  She’ll be doing readings from the book throughout the day, and she’s a bit nervous, so be extra-nice to her!  The fun kicks off at 11 and goes on until three.


And then on Sunday, St Georges Hall will be hosting a celebration of the life and work of Diana Wynne Jones (Howl’s Moving Castle, Witch Week), who lived in Bristol.  I believe this is a free event, I can’t see any mention of ticket prices on the website, and it starts at 2pm.  There will be a sale of Diana’s books for charity after the event.

Details are a little skimpy, but what there are can be found here :


Busy weekend!  I may have time to squeeze in another Word War too…