Looking ahead, one of the key decisions we took was to endorse Nick Xylas as a WR candidate in next year’s elections to Bristol City Council. Nick is a freelance writer and publisher who was raised in Patchway and currently lives in the Eastville ward, which he plans to contest on our behalf. In between, he lived for six years in the USA with his American wife and so can speak authoritatively on the differences between there and here that we would do well to cherish. His current publishing venture – Parthenia Comics – is a range of comics aimed at adult literacy and ESOL learners. Previous jobs include 15 years in the civil service and three years in US state government.
Wessex has been one of Nick’s interests since childhood: both the ancient kingdom and what a contemporary revival will look like. Throughout his adult life, Nick has demonstrated a commitment to public service and social justice. Half-Greek, half-Wessaxon, Nick is also well-placed to represent the cultural diversity of Bristol’s inner suburbs. We’ll endeavour to report further on the campaign as it develops. If you can help with highlighting neglected local issues or in any other way then do get in touch.