Artswords News January 2016

Dear Writers and Readers 

Happy New Year!

Wishing you, him, her, me, and everyone else, a healthy, happy, and productive 2016!

Here are offerings, from Artswords and partners in Literature, in January for you. 

Mum’s the Word meets on Tuesday 5th January at 7.30pm at Lower Shaw Farm. A friendly, informal group for mothers interested in writing. For further information, please contact Monica at

Artswords Writing Course:  Seeing it through with Jill Sharp
10.30am – 12noon £35 for each series of 5 sessions. First one starts 12th January.
Richard Jefferies Museum. Marlborough Road, Coate, Swindon, SN3 6AA 
This series of sessions will help writers completion, re-draft, and edit a novel or memoir. It is aimed at writers who have already made a reasonable start on an extended piece. 
Sessions take place on Tuesday mornings from 10.30 until 12.00, hopefully at Richard Jefferies House, where we all feel very comfortable and welcome, and I’d suggest a charge of £35 per series of 5.
Series 1: Jan 12, 19, 26, Feb 2, 9.
Series 2: Feb 23, Mar 1, 8, 15, 22
Series 3: Apr 12, 19, 26, May 3, 10
Series 4: Jun 7, 14, 21, 28, Jul 5
To book, or call 01793 771080 

Poetry Swindon Open Mic hosted by Sam Loveless
8pm Sunday, 17 January  at The Sun Inn, Coate, Swindon, Wiltshire SN3 6AA 01793 523292 £5 (Friends use code for 20% discount)
This month's guest is Michael Bartholomew-Biggs, who is a poet-mathematician. As well as three maths textbooks he has published four poetry chapbooks and a full collection Tell it Like it Might Be (Smokestack, 2008). He is the current Poetry editor of London Grip magazine. --- All-comers are welcome to bring a poem or two to share with a supportive and friendly audience. 
Full details of all Poetry Swindon events are detailed on the website:

The Artswords Reading Group meets at Lower Shaw Farm on Tuesday 19th January at 7.30pm to discuss A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens.  Paris, London, revolutionaries, peasants, aristocrats, brutalities, and assorted characters, who could ask for anything more? A mid-nineteenth century classic novel. 
Further details from

A Workshop with Hilda Sheehan: the marigold at the sun's eye discovering the sonnet through reading, discussion, and writing.
4pm – 6.3pm Sunday, 24th January 2016 Richard Jefferies Museum - Marlborough Road.. Coate. Swindon, Wiltshire SN3 6AA
£12 (Friends use code for 20% discount)

Artswords Writers' Café & Kitchen takes place on Thursday 29th January, 6pm – 10pm. A meeting place for new writers, experienced writers, and anyone interested in writing to meet, greet, and connect. The Cafe starts with pot-luck supper from 6pm. If you can, please bring something to nibble or drink, and to share with others.

Following acclimatisation with food, drink, and friendly chat, we take time to look at our writing, hear it, and comment where wanted.

You may simply read your work, prose or poetry, for up to 5 minutes; or, if you have a story, to tell, not read, and ideally a story from your life, please bring it along and tell it; or, if you’d like your work to be the subject of helpful comments and discussion, and this is the ‘Kitchen’ part of the Café, bring 10 copies of one piece of writing to pass around and read out. This should amount to no more than 500 words of prose or 40 lines of poetry.
For further information, or call 01793 771080

Poetry Swindon Friends Welcome Party and AGM
Come and find our more about Poetry Swindon, become a friend or just enjoy good company and a few poems.

7pm Saturday, 30 January 2016 
Richard Jefferies Museum - Marlborough Road.. Coate. Swindon, Wiltshire SN3 6AA

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If you have any news or events for February and you would like us to mention them in the next Artswords Newsletter, please let us know by the middle of this month.

Happy reading and writing, and best wishes for 2016!

Matt Holland & Annie Vickers