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Guided walk What Are the Stories Bristol Tells Itself?

Festival of the Future City
Caleb Parkin

Starts at Watershed  |  £8 / £6

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Join Bristol City Poet Caleb Parkin for a walking tour, where we’ll reimagine Bristol – and cities generally – in several different, intersecting ways.

What if we thought of cities as part of, not apart from, our ecosystem? Is a city a creature or a machine, a mind or a microchip, or a bit of both? What does it need to eat, to thrive? What does it think about itself and how might that change?

We’ll travel around several city-centre locations, meeting with invited speakers for conversations with Parkin, hearing their work, then considering questions raised by fellow walkers.

Tour headsets will be available for use, so please arrive in good time so that we can explain how to use them. If possible, please bring your own headphones to use with the headsets.

The walk will last approximately 90 minutes, ending at Watershed and covering a maximum distance of around 1.5 miles. Most of the walk will be on level pavements. We aim to make the tour as accessible as possible, and there will not be any stairs or high kerbs on the route. If you have any access requirements please contact us

The walk will carry on come rain or shine, so please bring the appropriate clothing.

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Caleb Parkin

Caleb Parkin is Bristol City Poet 2020-2022. He is a poet, performer, facilitator and filmmaker with a particular passion for inclusive environmentalism; wellbeing; arts, culture and heritage; and LGBT+ pride. His poems have been published widely in journals that have included Poetry Review, The Rialto, Butcher’s Dog, Under the Radar, Coast to Coast to Coast, Envoi and Magma, in Bristol 24/7 and online.

Image credit: Paul Samuel White

Booking is managed by Watershed’s Box Office. Book online or call 0117 927 5100.

Events start punctually and, out of consideration to other audience members and speakers, our policy is not to admit latecomers. 

We only refund tickets if the event is cancelled. Full Terms and Conditions here.

PARTNER RATE is for staff, students or members at the following organisations: Arts Council England, Bristol City Council, Business West, University of Bristol and UWE. Please note that you will be asked of proof for your eligibility of a concession or partner rate ticket. No refunds/exchanges are possible for tickets already purchased at the higher price.

Festival of the Future City

Festival of the Future City takes place every two years in Bristol. This year – due to the pandemic – the festival brings together live on-stage, live online and pre-recorded events. Check the project page for details and follow #FutureCity21 on Twitter.

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