Welcome to The Happy Place Project

A space to inspire your creativity at Henleaze Library, Bristol


to The Happy Place Project! We are the Friends of Henleaze Library and we’re really delighted to see you here.

Who we are

The Friends of Henleaze Library is a group actively promoting the interests of Henleaze Library, the busiest branch library in Bristol, England.

What we do

During the year we run regular events, which are often sold out, on a wide range of topics. This has included a launch of crime writer Gilly McMillan’s new novel, a talk by Peter Lord, co-founder of Aardman Animations, and a rousing evening with popular local folk group Thornbridge.

 With the funds raised we provide equipment or resources which the Library could not otherwise afford, such as display stands, a safety stairgate, children’s bookcases, hanging baskets outside the library, and children’s summer workshops.

We aim to encourage residents to see their library as a thriving local centre and a valuable resource on matters such as education opportunities, leisure pursuits etc.

There are some pictures of us, our events and things we have funded in the Gallery.

We ran four online writing workshops in October and November 2021 hosted by Caleb Parkin, Bristol City Poet. You can see some of the poems that came out of these on our writings page.

In May and June 2022 we are running in-person drop-in sessions at Henleaze Library with poets Mab Jones and Caleb.

Use the menu to navigate your way around this website. And do get in touch if you have any queries!

The Friends of Henleaze Library are a voluntary organisation. We are delighted to be supported by Bristol Libraries through their Innovation Fund, and also with logistical and practical help, and by Literature Works through their Annual Fund.

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