No Bindings Call Out for Submissions

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What makes a city the kind of place where you can grow older and be an older person?

No Bindings is collaborating with Bristol Ageing Better (BAB) to explore the possible answers to this question! No Bindings is a project, started in Bristol, by Lily Green. Lily is a resident of the Pervasive Media Studio at the Watershed. She makes sound recordings and handmade books. These book-come-audio pieces are called publication-podcasts! Over the autumn months and beginning of winter, Lily will join forces with Pat Gregory, a member of BAB’s steering group. Equipped with a dictaphone, they will get to know the ins and outs of nine projects that work with and for older people in Bristol.

They will collect interviews and stories and hear what project leaders and older people have to say about how age-friendly the city is. No Bindings seeks contributors for its fourth publication-podcast! No Bindings is looking for writing and artwork related to the following themes that make a city age-friendly:

  • Navigating this City
  • Dignity
  • Inside Spaces, Outside Spaces
  • My House, My Home
  • My Value
  • #connected
  • My Voice
  • Join in the Fun and Games!
  • Feeling Well

The publication and the podcasts (sound recordings) will explore the ways in which a city is, and isn’t, a place where you can grow older and be an older person.

No Bindings strongly encourages you to send in work if you are over 50 years of age. No Bindings welcomes collaborative pieces between younger people and older adults. All contributors must live in Bristol.


  • Submissions must be no more than 1000 words (prose) or 50 lines (poetry).

  • Fictional work and work translated from other languages into English are encouraged!


  • Please be aware, artworks will be printed in one colour (grayscale).

Deadline: 5 pm, 10th November 2017

Selected contributors will be invited to take part in a relaxed interview. The recorded content of this interview will be used in the podcasts (sound) material.

Selected contributors will be paid £150.00 for their written piece or artwork and their involvement in this project.

For more information visit the webpage:, or email:

No Bindings is a publishing project based in Bristol, UK. We produce fold ups filled with art and writing, each with a counterpart podcast. We call these publication-podcasts. With its malleable format, you can send it as a letter, read it as a book, and listen to it as a podcast.

Lily Green started and runs the project. Lily is a resident of the Pervasive Media Studio.

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