Artswords News February 2016

Dear Writers and Readers 

Here are February offerings for you from Artswords and local partners in Literature. 

Mum’s the Word meets on Tuesday 2nd February at 7.30pm at Lower Shaw Farm. A friendly, informal group for mothers interested in writing. For further information, please contact Monica at

Also happening on 2nd February at 6.15pm, creative writing at Savernake Street Social Hall – a monthly informal evening workshop to encourage and inspire you to write, and share your writing with others. This is a community group run by local writer Andy Larter. 
Please contact Andy directly for more information: 

The Artswords Reading Group meets at 7.30pm at Lower Shaw Farm on Tuesday 16th February to discuss Wise Children by Angela Carter.   -  What’s with parenthood?  And what do twins from a theatrical family get up to? And why do other readers rate this is a bizarre carnivalesque novel? Let’s find out!
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Poetry Swindon offer a Workshop with Stephen Waling, using 'cut-ups' and other experimental writing techniques to help writers find fresh ways to create poetry. 3pm Sunday 21 February at Richard Jefferies Museum.

Poetry Swindon’s Open Mic takes place at 8pm on Sunday 21 February at the Sun Inn Pub in Coate. Guest poet is Stephen Waling.
Other poets are welcome to read. Please bring up to two poems, or read for up to 5 minutes. You are welcome to dine at the Sun Inn with the Poetry Swindon’s friendly crew at 6:30pm. 
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Artswords Writers' Café & Kitchen takes place on Thursday 25th February, 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, contact or call 01793 771080

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If you have any news or events for March 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! 

Matt Holland & Annie Vickers