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Coexist & CoResist presents Rachel Rose Reid – with a lost 13th century tale of a gender fluid hero/ine on a quest for freedom and the power to be themselves.”Immense skill and breathless conviction…there’s no faulting Reid’s command of her craft.” (The Times)

Join us for an epic that’s not been told in England for 700 years – as told by the “Queen of the New Wave of Storytellers” (BBC Radio 3). Reid reclaims and reconfigures a lost Arthurian epic following a gender fluid warrior-maiden, minstrel and knight on a quest for equality, to save the soul of medieval England. 

In the whole World, only one manuscript unfolds the Roman de Silence.

Written in 1250 by Heldris of Cornwall, it was discovered in 1911 in an old English Manor House, in a box marked ‘Old Papers, No Value’. But In 1911 suffrage protests were at their explosive height, and the controversial manuscript was kept silent.

But the story was made to be told.

Now is the time to tell it.



During the day, Rachel will be a guest of  M Shed and Out Stories Bristol, talking about Silence as part of LGBT+ History Month.