Upcoming Events

Lyra Festival public talk

Free event Sat 22 APRIL 2023

Bristol Central Library College Green BS1 5TL

5.30 to 6.30pm

Who were we? What did we do? Why?

Remembering past Bristol Black writers’ groups

I will be sharing personal archives and anecdotes

as a member of Bristol Black Writers 1997 to 2002,

founder member of Bristol Black Womens Writers 2002-2005

& founder member of Our Stories Make Waves 2005-2009

I am merely one of many. Going down memory lane, going through flyers, photos, mins of mtgs, recordings into Bristol black writers, Bristol Black womens writing group and our Stories make Wave it has been a humbling exercise, how we came together, to connect, share, develop our craft and support one another with creative projects……


See you there.



Up and coming Free Author talk with Reading by Ros Martin
Bristol Central Library Event:

Thursday 16th Feb. 12.30 pm

(Book through eventbrite https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/lunchtime-lecture-before-i-am-rendered-invisible-tickets-524428318217

See you there


10th December 7.30pm book through eventbrite.

I shall be in the line up along with writer Subitha Baghirathan for STONE THE CRONES a monthly older/ageing/elder women’s night of spoken word at Windmill Hill city farm, Philip St Bedminster Bristol Bs3 4EA

Do come along and support . This is the last STONE THE CRONES performance night of the year

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/401214532467 (£5)

Copies of my new book BEFORE I AM RENDERED INVISIBLE resistance from the margins will be on sale.

See you there.


Stone the Crones is a monthly spoken word night in Bristol featuring older/aging/elder women, plus accompanying creative workshops to write material, develop skills, build confidence & find community.

Stone the Crones is about finding our voices and reclaiming the concept of crone as a fierce, strong, wise elder woman.

Stone the Crones is about recognising the energy, wisdom, talent and creativity of older / aging / elder women. Bristol’s women have long been at the cutting edge of creativity in the city – it is important that as they age their experience skills cultural capital and strong fierce voices are not lost.

Stone the Crones is produced & hosted by Beccy Golding.

Friday 4 November, 6.30pm Doors open at 5.30pm

Central School of Speech and Drama,

Eton Avenue

Belsize Park

Book your free place

Embassy Retrospective – BLACK PRESENCE IN THE EMBASSY Tickets, Fri, Nov 4, 2022 at 6:30 PM | Eventbrite

The Legacy of Space Documentary Film premiere of Paul Robeson at the Embassy Theatre posing the question of what Robeson achieved here

with contributors Claudette Williams, Roberto Puzone & cast.

Q&A Black presence in the Embassy Stephen Bourne, film & social historian / Jeffery P. Green, author & historian / Colin Chambers, author & Emeritus Professor, Kingston University / Ros Martin, award-winning playwright & social activist


Writer Ros Martin & musician Alphonse Daudet Touna invite you to a free celebratory book launch event at Bristol’s Waterstones Galleries.

This event is sponsored by ‘The World Reimagined’ ; supported by Bristol Ideas and Palavro/Arkbound.

22 October 2022

18.30 hrs

11a Union Galleries,



For the launch of:

BEFORE I AM RENDERED INVISIBLE resistance from the margins’ by Ros Martin

A compilation of literary activism in spoken word, play, social commentary and memoir.

The BOOK LAUNCH event consists of

Spoken word Ros Martin with Music by Alphonse Daudet Touna


playing games chanting rhymes to the rhythm of our lives’

links childhood memories to colonisation’s legacies

plus other readings and book signing

Link to blogpost

Olawale Arts & Our Stories Make Waves celebrate International Womens Day With a Literary Event

                                                LISTEN TO ME SISTER  Sat Mar 14  2020

 Women of colour, raise women’s words & raise their voices

in thought provoking readings from New Daughters of Africa anthology

(writings from women of African descent) edited by Margaret Busby.

Readings with live music & afternoon tea     

Readers: Antonette Clarke, Christelle Pellecuer, Imani Grant, Nagina Muhammad,

Patricia Anderson, Riya Baghirathan, Ros Martin, Sadia Jee, Silu Pascoe, Yoma Smith

Hosts :    Marie Annick Gournet, Ruth Pitter

Live music: Clare Martin

Producer Olawale Arts, Our Stories Make Waves

Sat 14  Mar 3.00pm to 5.00pm

Broadmead Baptist Church, Bristol, BS1 3HY

entrance on Union Street next to Tesco metro

entrance £7/3

TXT 079 0420 1975 to book; leaving names & nos attending

or indicate attendance through facebook Listen to me Sister literary event


Supported by the Centre for Black Humanities, University of Bristol,

Broadmead Baptist, Olawale Arts & Our Stories Make Waves

Women coming together from different backgrounds, women of different ages, reading out aloud and sharing; has been an empowering experience, enabling us, to recognise and speak our own truths found in poetry, essay and memoir extracts within the book and, to pass on something of our discoveries, to each other and you, the listener.’

Bristol’s Ujima Radio Sisters with Voices 20th May  2018, 7.30p.m St George’s, Bristol I am contributing with a 15min set of spoken word


Intro, screening & Q& A with director, writer & producer Ros Martin UK  in  residency at St John’s College, with Prof Ferreira da Silva Social Justice Institute UBC

 St John’s UBC Social Lounge

2111 Lower Mall, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z4

 Refreshments 4.30 pm

 5.00pm-6.15  Wednesday 2nd May 2018

RSVP  stacy.barber@ubc.ca by 1st May 2018.

‘Being rendered visible is an 18th century African maidservant of the Georgian House, Bristol and her maternal lineage. This film transcends in the universality of marginalised, abused, lives of women ..

Raised in 2017 in Bristol UK to mark 250 years of the birth of Fanny Coker, enslaved on a sugar plantation in Nevis, DAUGHTERS OF IGBO WOMAN is a collaborative, digital memorial tribute comprising a trilogy of digital shorts shot in landscapes of South East Nigeria, St Kitts & Nevis & Bristol UK with writers and artists:  Prof Akachi Ezeigbo & Sam Osajie (Nigeria), Vida Rawlins (St Kitts & Nevis) & Ros Martin Bristol UK. We honour and restore a family’s lineage that has been broken; we give voice to three generations of African women, their lives torn apart by the inhumanity of the transatlantic slave trade.’ R. Martin