Discover the People's University of Fishponds

October 06 2017

DID you know Fishponds has its very own ‘university’ aimed at celebrating local people and their passions?

DID you know Fishponds has its very own ‘university’ aimed at celebrating local people and their passions?
The aptly named People's University of Fishponds is currently hosted by the Kingfisher Cafe in Straits Parade and holds regular talks on varied topics.
This month's offering sees three very different events lined up, with the first, The Fun Palace, taking place on Sunday October 8.
Run in partnership with Bristol Libraries, the open mic night promises to be great fun.
Coordinator Kate Brooks said: "The Fun Palace idea is that people come and share what they’re interested in – hobbies, interests, collections and so on. It’s an open mic night so anyone can pop along; they’ll be given 10 minutes exactly to share their interests with the audience."
Next up, on Sunday October 22, ‘Moving Stories, Travelling Tales’ will celebrate human rights and social justice.
Guests will have the opportunity to listen to personal stories from refugees in Bristol, all drawn from a locally published book, Borderlands.
Other performances will include Professor Madge Dresser on black history in Fishponds in the 1920s; playwright and performer, Dr Edson Burton, and Bristol’s ‘Poet Laureate’ Miles Chambers.
The University will follow this with a complete contrast on Sunday October 29 with an event called Bats!
Kate said: "We’ll have a visit from Fishponds’ very own bat hospital and Avon Bat Care, who rescue, rehabilitate and release bats from in and around the Bristol area, working with the Bat Conservation Trust. Rumour has it they may even bring along some of their little furry friends, just in time for Halloween, but they definitely won’t be allowed out of their box to fly around the cafe!"
Kate said she hoped local people would turn up to celebrate everything that is great about Fishponds and its people.
"These are three very different events but each is an opportunity to celebrate local people and their passions," she said.
The Fun Palace event is free; all other events are £3.50. All events run from 7-9pm. Profits from ‘Moving Stories, Travelling Tales’ will go to Borderlands charity and profits from Bats! will go to Avon Bat Care.
To find out more about any of these events, visit