Creating Connections – Bristol

Date: Wednesday 22 November 2023
Time: 14:00 – 19:00
Venue: Conference Hall, Bristol City Council, College Green, Bristol BS1 5TR
Tickets: Free via Eventbrite here >>
Inquiries: [email protected] | 0203-970-0709

Explore the way religion and worldviews are interwoven into the life of Bristol, as people from long-standing and diverse communities share their stories and open the window into their world.

Join us for workshops and presentations with journalists, teachers, academics, religious leaders and invited guests, making new contacts and networking with local media representatives who are looking for stories.

The intention is to raise understanding between religious groups and the media, explore new stories, break down misunderstanding, and showcase the expertise of RE teachers and academics from local universities.

Bristol is one of 6 cities chosen to host this unique networking opportunity this year, along with Bradford, Coventry, Newcastle, Liverpool and Norwich. Attendance is free, but you must register beforehand.

This project is generously funded by the Culham St Gabriel’s Trust.


2.00pm Coffee and tea
With stalls from faith groups around the room
2.05pm Introduction with presenters Leo Devine, former senior editor in BBC regions; and Tanya Muneera Williams, poet, cultural producer, and mental health practitioner 
– What is the Religion Media Centre and why are we all here?
– What are the concerns about the relationship between religion and the media in
– What stories are not being told?
2.15pmInterview with the Mayor of Bristol Marvin Rees by Leo Devine
followed by Q and A
3.00pmPresentation: the religious landscape of Bristol, by Ed Pawson,  Deputy Chair of the Religious Education Council, and RE Hub leader for the south west
3.15pmMedia panel: Who are the local media, what stories are they interested in and tips of the trade? Chaired by Leo Devine, with a panel including
Matt Pick, Broadcast Co-ordinator BBC Bristol
Chris Sandys, Senior Content Producer, Communities, BBC Bristol
Mark Thomas, ITV News Editor Diversity and Inclusion
4.15pmNetworking and coffee / tea break
4.30pmWorkshops & Networking – A chance for people to pitch their stories to journalists
on issues of concern including climate change, race, and poverty, to name just three. Another workshop will offer a media clinic, advising on skills and how to tell your stories well.
5.20pmPlenary and evaluation. What are the next steps?
5:30pmAfternoon Section Ends.
6pmWelcome and introduction to the Religion Media Centre, and exploration of local concerns
6.10pmInterviews with invited guests
6.45pmEvaluation and next steps


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