Who will be making the news in 2016? We’ve gazed into our crystal ball to find these likely lads and lasses.
1. Nick Ballard
Following the rise of tenants’ rights group Acorn in light of the growing housing crisis, Nick will be fighting on in Bristol and looking to help open branches of the organisation in other cities in the UK.
2. Ben Behrens
Writer/director Ben has been partially responsible for the rise of Bristol’s much-praised TapTap Theatre – specifically, the wonderful Captain Morgan and the Sands of Time, a comedic tale of pirates on a quest for the secrets of time. 2016 will include a nationwide tour, including a March-April run at the Wardrobe Theatre.
3. Becky Brunning
This 2013 Funny Women Awards finalist is attracting warm reviews for her offbeat stand-up, sketch and character comedy, as seen at Bristol’s Oppo Comedy and Bristol Punchline sessions and elsewhere. Catch Becky next at Smoke and Mirrors’ Monday comedy night on March 16.
4. Esther May Campbell
A previous Encounters winner whose debut feature, Light Years, was screened at festivals in 2015 and should finally get a full release in 2016.
5. Elly Curshen
In April, Elly, who owns The Pear Cafe on Upper York Street in St Paul’s, is releasing her debut recipe book, Fast Days and Feast Days, based on her experiences of the 5:2 diet.
6. Lorraine Francis
Can the Green Party continue their surge in Bristol and start to break into traditional Labour territory? They’re banking on social worker Lorraine in St George West to cause an upset.
7. Jerry Grocravla
Jerry launched True Soldier at the beginning of 2015 as a wearable interpretation of all the creative elements of hip hop culture. He hopes to take the clothing line to the next level in 2016, with fashion shows planned and Bristol, London and New York.
8. Jack Heal
Bristol-based stand-up Jack is a previous Chortle Student Comedian of the Year. He’s also a researcher at the University of Bristol and surely the first person to take a show about synthetic biology to the Edinburgh Fringe.
9. Jamaar House
The apprentice with former Roux Scholar Paul O’Neill at Berwick Lodge’s Hattusa restaurant reached the Student/Apprentice South West Chef of the Year finals last year. Expect to hear much more about Jamaar when he graduates from City of Bristol College.
10. Liv Little
Frustrated at the lack of articles for women of colour, by women of colour, Bristol University student Liv set up her own magazine. Gal Dem covers politics, beauty, fashion, art, music and more. Expect it to go from strength to strength in 2016.
11. Andy Marsh
Andy Marsh will become the new Chief Constable for Avon and Somerset Police on February 1. Most recently Chief Constable in Hampshire, he began his career at Avon & Somerset where he was a former area commander of South Bristol.
12. Craig Miles
“A diamond” according to the Telegraph when aged 16 in 2011. Gloucestershire seamer Craig Miles attended an England development camp in South Africa recently and eyes England Lions action this year.
13. Kayla Painter
By turns soothing, unsettling and otherworldly, Kayla Painter produces some of the subtlest and most inventive electronic music to be heard in Bristol. She’s already supported Plaid, Phaeleh and Hidden Orchestra, and 2016 could well be her year.
14. Simon Pearce
The talented director of the Bristol-set feature film Shank and most recently horror movie Judas Ghost which got a release last year. Simon’s latest project was the 10-part science fiction web series Horizon.
15. Zoe Power
Zoe Power is an illustrator, signwriter and mural artist. 2015 highlights included seeing her work printed on the Bristol Pound £1 note. For 2016, Zoe will continue to spread good vibes across the city – starting off with a 15-metre mural in St George.
16. Emily Wright
Hambrook’s former Easy Runner Athlete of the Month long jumper Emily Wright came fourth for GB at July’s IAAF World Youth Championships in Colombia, missing out on a medal by 1cm but jumping a 6.21m PB.