Artswords News November 2015

Dear Writers and Readers

It’s November. Days are colder and nights are longer. Clearly, a good time for more reading and writing.

This month has been designated as National Novel Writing Month: thirty days in which to write 50,000 words. Can it be done? With the support of fellow readers, writers, and Artswords tutors it should be. If you want to know more, see here.

An Artswords writing course with Jill Sharp is already running each Tuesday from 10am to 12pm at the Richard Jefferies Museum.

Mum’s the Word, a group for mothers interested in writing, next meets on Tuesday 3rd November at 7.30pm at Lower Shaw Farm. For further information, please contact Monica at

Poetry Swindon’s Open Mic returns on Tuesday 10th November at 7.30pm with readings from former Battered Moons winner, Zelda Chappel. Find out more and book your tickets here

The Artswords Reading Group meets at Lower Shaw Farm on Tuesday 17th November at 7.30pm to discuss Bel Ami by Guy de Maupassant. Set in Paris in the upper-middle class environment of journalists, it tells the story of Georges Duroy, who climbs his way up to be chief editor, and clambers into other places too. Lots of Gallic intrigue.

Then on Saturday 21st November, New York poet Kathryn Maris comes to Swindon to share her expertise. Find out more and book your place here.

This month’s Artswords Writers' Cafe and Kitchen takes placefrom 6pm on Thursday 26th November at Lower Shaw Farm. Cost £2. Starts with pot-luck supper from 6pm. If you can, please bring something to nibble or drink, to share with others. Following acclimatisation with food and friendly chat, we take time to look at our writing. You may simply read your work for up to 5 minutes; or, if you’d like your work to be the subject of helpful comments and discussion, bring 10 copies of one piece of writing. This should amount to no more than 500 words of prose or 40 lines of poetry.

Other News

 One of the undersigned is heading for Paraguay this month. If you want to read and see some of what he does there, check out

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Autumn greetings.

Matt Holland & Annie Vickers