Events at Waterstones – The Galleries

Waterstones offers a wide range of titles from bestsellers to more confidential books. There is something from everyone! And they also host a number of exciting in-store book events and signings.

The store can be found on the middle floor of The Galleries.

Tickets are available from the links below.

Felicity Cowie – How to Win Headlines to Scale Your Business Monday 27 June 2022 at 7pm

Do you have questions about how to get media coverage for your business? What are the benefits and risks? How do you find the journalists and what stories work best?

Felicity Cowie, an award-winning former BBC News and Panorama journalist turned media relations troubleshooter for some of the world’s leading organisations, will answer your questions.

Her newly published book Exposure: Insider Secrets to Make your Business a Go-To Authority for Journalists has been called a ‘must-read for founders. A truly game-changing guide’ by top venture capital investor Eileen Burbidge MBE.

Felicity will be in conversation with Amanda Firth who has worked in the start-up space for more than 10 years, helping to scale companies including Mind Candy, DueDil and currently Cable, and with Marty Reid, who is Director of Engine Shed and SETsquared Bristol and the Head of Enterprise Services Programmes at the University of Bristol.

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Bristol Protests on Wednesday 29 June at 7pm

In June 2020, following a Black Lives Matter demonstration in response to the murder of George Floyd in the US, protesters toppled Edward Colston’s statue in Bristol City Centre, sparking a national and global discussion.
In the Spring of 2021, an afternoon of peaceful ‘Kill the Bill’ protest turned into riot and a night of violence and fire at the Bridewell Police Station in response to the government’s proposed Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill.
Even to this day, the case of the Colston Four is challenged and brought back before the court of appeal by the attorney general.

The culture of protest has a fascinating history, in Bristol arguably more than most cities. Waterstones is hosting a panel of experts to delve deeper into the role of policing protest in the UK, how the police manage crowds, provoke violence and perhaps even break the law.
They’ll also explore the role and value of statues, especially as they were pulled down across the world in recent years, and the stories they were supposed to tell and how they were challenged.

They will welcome Matt Foot and Morag Livingstone, authors of Charged, an essential new investigation into the role of policing since the 1980s.
They will be in discussion with Alex von Tunzelmann, whose book Fallen Idols looks at the global wave of iconoclasm that in 2020 took down the statues of slaveholders and imperialists.
Bristol247 journlist Martin Booth will also chair the panel and share his own experience of reporting from the ‘Kill the Bill’ protest in Bristol.

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Write On! Open Mic: Loud & Queer – Pride at Waterstones Bristol on Friday 1 July

Open Mic evening is back!

They always love listening to your poems, short stories and ideas. And as Bristol celebrates Pride Month, Waterstones want to join in and offer their usual inclusive and supportive platform.

Want to share your words and stories? Felt inspired by other recent works (looking at you, Heartstopper…)? Or simply feel like joining in for an evening of fun and cheers in their bookshop? Join them!

They’re also bringing back otheir poetry competition amongst submitted entries: the audience will vote for their favourite piece which they will print and display in the shop for all readers to enjoy.

*All forms and genres are accepted but the competition is for poems only*

Whether you’re a returning speaker or this is your first open mic, the game is the same: send them your works at and keep your material under 3 minutes to read. If you’d like them to find someone to read on your behalf, let them know.

Spread the good word, Bristol!

Book tickets HERE