Pubs and Potatoes, Giants and Geniuses
A Story Walk Through Irish Bristol
Written and led by Clare Reddaway
'A story stroll to feed your soul' [walker, 2023]
'A fascinating and very entertaining mix of history and storytelling. It was brilliant, I loved it. The time flew by.' (walker, 2023)
Saturday 9th March 2.30pm
Saturday 16th March 11.00am
Saturday 16th March 2.30pm
Sunday 17th March 3.00pm
Walk, listen, discover, enjoy!
Join Clare for a story-walk exploring the hidden histories of Irish life in Bristol. Walkers will hear snippets of history and slices of fiction as they see the city with fresh new eyes. Clare's stories are inspired by the streets and buildings at the heart of Bristol and bring to life the people who once lived there.
Clare runs regular story-walks in Clifton. Audience members said of her Clifton walks: ‘Superb – a tour de force!’ ‘An absolute joy!' 'You have a little bit of magic in you’
The walk lasts approx 1½ hours. Suitable for 12 years and over. It begins (and ends) outside St Nicholas' Market, Corn Street, Bristol.
Tickets are £10, not including the Eventbrite fee.
This story-walk is part of the West of England Irish Culture Fest, a programme of events celebrating the Irish diaspora, with dancing, music and sports, culimating in the St Patrick's Day parade through the centre of Bristol.
Clare Reddaway would like to thank Dr Erika Hanna, Department of History, Bristol University, for her help and support in the creation of this walk. All mistakes are of course Clare's own.
WHAT PEOPLE SAY
Emotive, animated storytelling which really brought the history to life
We loved everything about it.
The stories were cleverly chosen to develop the different roles and situations of the immigrant population
I liked the combination of historical fact and historical fiction (I was in tears at the first story) - the lovely gentle humour - the way Clare made me imagine that I was seeing the city as it was at the time when it was only the roads and modern buildings in front of me. I thought I knew Bristol well but I learnt a lot more.
I love your stories. They're very engaging and informative. I liked your breadth of knowledge.
I loved Clare’s powerful, captivating stories which vividly brought to life the hardships and resilience of those who lived in Bristol years ago. Still thinking about those stories, and I’ll definitely be looking out for any future story-walks led by Clare.
Very powerful stories, and I learnt a lot - thank you for bringing the history alive in such an entertaining and absorbing way.
A fascinating and very entertaining mix of history and storytelling. It was brilliant, I loved it. The time flew by. It was also interesting to hear other walkers stories of Irish migration and family history.
I liked that the right amount of research into the history of the Irish in Bristol had been done to inform each story. A good spread of ideas about the characters and places to fictionalise - and a good mix of parts of Bristol. Clare's a natural performer.