In January of 2016 I started writing something. Or, at least, I started filling a notebook with ideas, doodles, and notes on Bristol and the city novel that I wanted to write about it.
Three and a half years later, eight notebooks on, many pens passed, and countless doodles – relevant and irrelevant – hence, I have finished what has become The Floating Harbour. Given its length, it is probably a novella, but I’m not sure there’s any real validity to different definitions of what counts as novel or novella. Whichever it is, it is a story. A story about Bristol somewhat, but it evolved far beyond what I originally conceived, though elements have certainly remained.
It could have been called A Day In The Life. Poetic license in the use of the word ‘day’…
As announced here, I am going to release it serially: chapter by chapter, once a week, every Sunday morning (UK time), starting with the 4th of August. I will also be doing readings of part of a chapter here, another extract there, around Bristol. The novel will be entirely free. You can download PDFs from this page and from the posts I make for the release of each chapter. Each chapter on this page will become a link to download the PDF from once it has been released (the Prologue is included with Chapter 1, and the Epilogue with Chapter 11 – hence neither Prologue nor Epilogue linking to a PDF).
At the end of the serialisation, I will make available a PDF of the whole thing altogether.
My up-turned buskers hat. May it overflow or remain empty.
The Floating Harbour
by William Altoft
She Rises Then
Mist On Water
The Day, In Gentle Force, Begins
The Church Muses To The Mid-Morning
Cascade Girl In The Mist
The River Keeps Me Company
For All The Syllables, The Words
This Room, This City, This World
Can You Hear His Story? He Is Telling It
A Path More Covered, And A Darker Night
Fire And Starlight
With Time Already Passed
A Bird Facing Left By Water