Truly It Felt Like Year One: A Tour of Angela Carter’s 1960s Bristol

We’re excited to announce that Professor Marie Mulvey-Roberts and Dr Charlotte Crofts are collaborating with Dr Stephen Hunt on a tour of Angela Carter’s 1960s Bristol as part of Being Human Festival 2020, the UK’s only festival of the humanities.

Angela Carter, one of the twentieth-century’s most acclaimed novelists, came of age as a writer in 1960s Clifton, where she experienced life in post-war Bristol, looking at a horizon bombed-out and derelict, but also booming with reconstruction schemes. On this tour through Clifton and Hotwells, we will revisit the places and counterculture that inspired her writing, in a society undergoing transformation and renewal so profound, that she declared: “Truly, it felt like Year One.”

Join author Stephen Hunt, author of the recent Angela Carter’s Provincial Bohemia on a virtual tour of Angela Carter’s 1960s Bristol followed by Q&A with Marie Mulvey-Roberts and Charlotte Crofts (co-founders of the Angela Carter Society). The tour also draws on Dr Zoe Brennan’s (UWE Bristol) chapter ‘Angela Carter’s Bristol Trilogy: A Gothic Perspective on Bristol’s 1960s Counter Culture’ in Mulvey-Roberts (ed.) Literary Bristol: Writers and the City (Redcliffe Press, 2015)

How to Participate

The event will take place online as a webinar due to the pandemic. Once you register you will have access to the webinar link and a downloadable PDF of the map which you can use as a self-directed tour guide. We hope to run the event as a walking tour when all this blows over.

“Premonition of the imminent end of the world is always a shot in the arm for the arts; if the world has, in fact, just ended, what then?” (Angela Carter, “The Alchemy of the Word,” 1978).


Dr Stephen Hunt (UWE Bristol) has a background in environmental humanities and is the author of Angela Carter’s Provincial Bohemia: The Counter Culture in 1960s and 1970s Bristol and Bath (Bristol Radical History Group, 2020). He is currently editing a collection on the Kurdish environmental movement. He is also a long-time member of the Bristol Radical History Group.

Professor Marie Mulvey-Roberts (UWE Bristol) is the editor of The Arts of Angela Carter: A Cabinet of Curiosities (MUP, 2019) and co-editor with Charlotte Crofts of the forthcoming Angela Carter’s Pyrotechnics (Bloomsbury 2020). She co-curated the exhibition Strange Worlds: The Vision of Angela Carter at the Royal West of England Academy and co-produced performances of two musical adaptations from The Bloody Chamber, which she helped commission. The book is also the focus of a Massolit film she made on Angela Carter for schools. She started up the Get Angela Carter website to celebrate Angela Carter’s Bristol connections with Charlotte Crofts.

Dr Charlotte Crofts (UWE Bristol) is Associate Professor in Filmmaking at the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol, UK), a filmmaker and creative producer. Her PhD was on Angela Carter’s writing for radio, film and television (since published as Anagrams of Desire by MUP, 2003) and she has also published on Angela Carter’s Japanese writings in Rebecca Munford (ed.) Re-Visiting Angela Carter (Palgrave, 2006). As well as co-editing Pyrotechnics (with Marie Mulvey-Roberts) she is also co-editing a special issue of Contemporary Women’s Writing (OUP) on Angel Carter and Japan with Professor Natsumi Ikoma and she has a feature film adaptation of Angela Carter’s ‘Flesh and the Mirror’ in development with BFI.


This event and accompanying map is funded by UWE Bristol, in partnership with Being Human Festival. The map was devised by Hunt, Crofts and Mulvey-Roberts and designed by Richard Grove, in partnership with Bristol Museum and Art Gallery, Bristol ArchiveBristol Know Your PlaceUWE Regional History CentreBristol Festival of Ideas and Bristol Cultural Development Partnership. Technical support is provided by the Digital Cultures Research Centre.

The Angela Carter Society seeks to celebrate and promote the study and appreciation of the life and work of Angela Carter, one of the greatest writers of the twentieth century. This society aims to create an international community of Angela Carter scholars and passionate readers to share and discuss historic and contemporary developments in the field of Angela Carter studies. The society was co-founded by Crofts, Mulvey-Roberts and Caleb Ferrari (née Sivyer).

The Bristol Radical History Group was founded in 2006 and organises events across Bristol and the South West including talks, film screenings, archive days, walks, historical recreations, gigs and fireside storytelling, and have published over 50 pamphlets and books with the aim to open up some of the ‘hidden’ history of Bristol and the West Country to public scrutiny and challenge some commonly held ideas about historical events. The BRHG approaches this history from ‘below’ by examining the actions and perspectives of those involved rather than the views of the contemporary establishment histories.