Thursday, 24 March 2011

I Wanna Quit Everything and Become a TRAVEL WRITER!!

Is that how you feel? Then look no further! From the people who brought you Intuition and Erudition, a new platform for student-based travel writing (although non-students are also very welcome to contribute!) is in the making: Exploration.

If you've ever fancied trying your hand at publication, have some interesting stories to share from the other side of the world, or have some amazing travel tips you're just dying to share, and are interested in joining the Exploration writing team, then please contact the relevant editor (and be sure to tell any friends you think might be interested too!):

For general enquiries: Sally Cervenak,
Europe: Daisy Alsup,
North America: Nicola Spencer,
Latin America: Leah Eades,
Africa: Charlotte Drummond-Chew,
Oceania: Jenny Awford,
SE Asia & India: Lucy Rowland,
Far East: Lexie,
Middle East: John Martin- email Sally and she will forward it to him!

Monday, 21 March 2011

New theme: NONSENSE

Hello all, and thanks to those of you who made it to the launch party for our WILD issue last Tuesday. It well and truly lived up to its name (photos here), and celebrated one of our finest issues yet. For those of you who couldn't make it, it's going to be distributed around the university in the next few days, so make sure you grab a copy then. Or if you're simply too lazy (or busy!) to leave the house, it can be browsed online here.

Now onto more pressing matters: Helicon is delighted to announce our third and final theme of this year: NONSENSE. Make sense of it if you can (as loosely or literally as you like) and email your art, photography, poetry, prose and features submissions with your name and medium as the subject (eg. Lewis Carroll Prose) to before the deadline of May 1st. All submissions will be lovingly recieved and provided with full feedback by our friendly editorial team.

We're also running a competition for our NONSENSE issue: best made-up word. As sensical or nonsensical as you like, please submit yours to with a short definition to help explain it (or not). The top ten entries will be published in the nonsense issue, and the top three will even be given the honour of illustration by our prestigious illustrator's network!

Please don't hesitate to drop us an email if you have any questions. We look forward to receiving your submissions and competition entries!


Saturday, 19 March 2011

SEE: ArtOfficial Illumination Exhibition in the Crypt of St. John the Baptist Church

Despite the amazing sunshine, if you're stuck for ideas of what to do this weekend pay a visit to the spectacular medieval Crypt of St. John the Baptist Church, currently home to an array of student artwork.

Some of the strongest works on show are portraits, particularly an oil painting of an old man by Kathy Cox, an atmospheric depiction of a gentleman with a shadow enveloping his face. His leathery hands, appearing unusually almost as flesh gloves, further convey the years and life he has endured.

All donations go straight to the Bristol Refugee Rights Hardship Fund and the exhibition runs all weekend between 11:00 and 18:00. Take the opportunity to explore this unique building and artwork!


Monday, 14 March 2011

Helicon Presents: Mary Spender

Tomorrow night will be our official Launch Party and we'll be proud to present to you the extremely talented Mary Spender. Check out her music on itunes or spotify, or follow her on facebook. With original songs and one hell of a voice, we can expect big things from her.

See you at the launch!

Monday, 7 March 2011

'WILD' Launch Party

15 March · 8:30
Papaji's House of Teas
109 Whiteladies Rd
Bristol, United Kingdom

Get ready to go absolutely WILD at the Helicon Launch Party (click here to attend the facebook event) for our brand new 'wild' issue! All are more than welcome: whether you're a contributor; appreciative reader of the magazine or blog; or just interested in finding out a bit more and meeting some like-minded folks.

As anyone who attended our last launch party will know, we are planning an amazing evening for you all. Papaji's is a brilliant, quirky venue (tea cocktail, anyone?), and we'll be displaying fantastic artwork and photography throughout. And don't forget live music, a typewritten story to unfold over the course of the evening (with a little help from you of course), facepainting... and our lovely new magazine for you to flick through with a drink in hand and take home too.

So come! Bring your friends, bring your neighbours, bring your cat! Bring anyone who you think might have an interest in anything creative.

We look forward to meeting you all!

Saturday, 5 March 2011

Get your Harry On..


To raise money for this year's Bristol University Arts Ball the English society Falstaff will be fundraising in true nerdy literary style... with a HARRY POTTER READATHON!

From 9am-9pm they will be commandeering the Humanities Common Room on Woodland Road. Different people will be reading aloud in fifteen minute slots (with special guest readers tbc!) and they will be taking bets on just how far through the series they can make it in 12 hours.

Harry Potter themed cakes will also be on sale! So come by, grab a cake, make a bet and maybe even volunteer to do a little reading yourself!

Embrace your love of all things Harry! And there may just be an after party... watch this space!

Tuesday, 1 March 2011

Dramsoc presents: Playhouse Creatures


By April De Angelis

This week Bristol University is staging 'Playhouse Creatures', which insiders claim is set to be one of Dramsoc's most compelling performances of the year. It is the latest project of the University's acclaimed director Holly Roughan, who advertises the play as an 'earthy' and 'gritty' drama; one that intriguingly seeks to discover 'if sex really does sell'?