In the last fifteen years Lisa Drewe has hiked, biked, run, swum, and kayaked around the outer edge of over 150 of Britain’s islands. Coining the term ‘islandeering’, here she shares her motivation and some favourite routes from her new book.Read More Islandeering with Lisa Drewe
We are very pleased to announce that Stanfords Bristol has been awarded a £2000 grant to fund a literacy project based in the city centre.
Stanfords Bristol is one of ten independent booksellers in the UK to receive funding for a literacy project initiative funded by publishers Harper Collins, who have pledged £20,000 in grants for independent bookshops to help transform the lives of young people through reading as part of its ongoing commitment to The Literacy Project, launched in 2018.Read More Stanfords Bristol awarded Harper Collins Literacy Grant
We are thrilled to announce that Stanfords Bristol will be one of the bookshops participating in the BA/Egmont Eager Readers project, established earlier this year as part of the Bookseller’s Association Diversity & Inclusivity initiative.
The six-week summer reading project aims to inspire reading for pleasure through allowing children to choose their own books and encouraging parents to read to their child on a daily basis. We’ll be working with a primary school in the city centre to sign up local families with a child between the ages of 7 and 11 who is reluctant to read and with parents who find it difficult to make time to read to their child.Read More Stanfords Bristol to take part in BA/Egmont Eager Readers Project
In the last thirty years, Rosita Boland has visited some of the most remote parts of the globe carrying little more than a battered rucksack and a diary. To celebrate the publication of her new book Elsewhere, here she shares with us three offbeat things from her travels.
The weirdest thing I ever saw for sale
I was standing with my rucksack in Florence, waiting for the bus that was going to take me to the hostel. The stop was by a very fancy shop opposite the Dumou, the city’s famous church. You had to ring a bell to go into the shop. I didn’t ring. I knew from looking in the window everything on sale in there was far beyond my budget. Beautiful, handmade leather notebooks. Delicate silver bowls. Hand-blown glass.Read More Elsewhere with Rosita Boland
Ahead of his event at Stanfords Bristol this week, author Dan Richards discusses his new book Outpost – an exploration of far-flung shelters in mountains, tundra, forests, deserts and oceans – and answers few of our questions.
What books, authors or novels inspired you in writing Outpost? And what are you reading at the moment?
At the moment I’m reading Brian Dillon’s Essayism and Muriel Spark’s The Finishing School. I tend to read several books at once. Also The Pine Barrens by John McPhee; that’s on my bedside table — but Jan Morris, Joan Didion, Rebecca Solnit, and J.A. Baker have taken me on eye-popping journeys into strange lands. Richard Brautigan, Bob Dylan, George Simenon, Lavinia Greenlaw, Mark Doty, David Bowie, Cate Le Bon, T.S Eliot, Denis Johnson, Ted Hughes and Alice Oswald are a never-ending source of indelible images. I try to furnish my books with as much poetry, art, music and literature as possible and all those fed into Outpost.Read More Q&A with Dan Richards
In his latest book Epic Continent, award-winning travel writer Nicholas Jubber takes us on a fascinating adventure through our continent’s most enduring epic poems to learn how they were shaped by their times, and how they have since shaped us. Here he gives us an example of how there are echoes of these tales today:Read More Europe’s Epic Legacy by Nicolas Jubber
The UK boasts an amazing network of rivers and canals which is ideal if you want to plan a journey on the water. As many people are opting for people powered modes of slow travel, canoeing, kayaking and paddle boarding are on the up. If you are planning on exploring more of the UK sans roads, we have selected some of our favourite guides, maps and accessories to help you take to the water:Read More Canoeing, kayaking and Paddleboarding in the UK
Read More Another extract from ‘Underland’ by Robert Macfarlane
Ahead of the launch of Robert Macfarlane’s new book Underland: A Deep Time Journey, we are lucky to be able to share an extract to give you a taste of what is ahead.Read More An extract from ‘Underland’ by Robert Macfarlane