Over the last 16 years Bloom and Curll has traded as an independent bookshop in the heart of Bristol. Alongside selling books we have held poetry evenings, homework clubs, chess events, bookbinding workshops, writers in residence, pupils for work-experience, shared reading groups, book clubs, micro-cinema, one-woman theater and much more it has always been at these events that the bookshop has felt most alive and most of use to the community of people that have joined us along the way.
However, as bookshops become ever more passive, Instagram experiences. We have decided to take action, to restore the bookshop as a place of active community, shared knowledge and free education. To do this we aim to buy the shop we currently rent at 74 Colston St and secure its future as a place of community and education.
These are some of the current activities we provide part-time, which will become our full time role once we own our own space.
Drop-In Homework Club—where ‘pupils’ or anyone who might need a space to study can work in peace and/or help out their neighbor.
Mind You Language—free English language classes and help with English forms/letters/applications etc for non-native speakers.
Sharing Knowledge events— Univerisity students from Bristol will share what they are learning with the community who are interested, allowing the student to learn themselves as they explain??
Shared reading : reading groups with an emphasis on personal expression and mental well-being.
Kids creative writing class.
Chess club/kids chess club
Poetry/music evening once a month where everyone who has used the space can come together
Tea and cake book-club morning—focusing on the over 60’s
To make this happen we will be fundraising in order to:
1. to buy the shop we currently rent.
2. to provide ongoing support for our activities.
Education and Society are our new ideals, and we are lucky enough to be able to offer what we can give to those who wish to make use of us. So, from Bloom & Curll will be a school, a meeting place, an exchange for ideas, a chess club, a bindery, a workshop, a theater, a quiet space, a free place.
However, these events can only happen if you get involved, so please, pop by, say hi and join us.