Artswords News March 2017

Dear Writers and Readers

Here’s news of what Artswords and others who like Literature-related activities in Swindon offer in this month of daffodils and festival launches, . . . well, at least one!
Wonderwords, an open-mic-like evening of wordsmithery, welcoming anyone who wants to enjoy or tell a story, recite a poem, sing a song, tell something funny or serious, meaningful or mischievous, or simply sit, smile, and enjoy what others offer. Wonderwords promotes the traditional art of speaking or singing from memory and takes place on Tuesday 7th March from 7:30pm to 9:30pm in the Activities Room in the Health Hydro, Milton Road, Swindon. Entry £2.00.

Mum's the Word, a friendly, informal group for mothers interested in writing, meets on Tuesday 7th March at 7.30pm at Lower Shaw FarmDon't worry if you haven't had a chance to write anything yet. The group will help you get started, if you want it to. For further information, please contact Monica.
Swindon Festival of Literature: programme launch! At 12 noon on Thursday 16th March, the brand-new 40-page full-colour programme for the twenty-fourth Swindon Festival of Literature will be unveiled, hot off the press, at Swindon’s prize-winning Central Library. If you have the time, you are invited to join us for this little launch.

The Artswords Reading Group meets at Lower Shaw Farm at 7.30pm Tuesday 21st March – The Story of Lucy Gault by William Trevor. A tale, a story, a legend, or a myth? Set in Ireland, over a 70-year period, it shows how calamity shapes life.
New members welcome! Further details about the reading group from 

For other reading groups across Swindon, run by Swindon Libraries, see here.

Artswords Writing Group at Richard Jefferies Museum Sessions run from 10.30 until 12.00 on Tuesday mornings. The group is tailored to the needs and interests of members, and a typical session has writing prompts and activities, extracts from contemporary writing to discuss, and an opportunity to have your own work given constructive critique. Sessions are relaxed and friendly, but purposeful!
For more info or to book a place, email Jill Sharp at:

The Richard Jefferies Museum supports writers, poets, diggers and dreamers in many ways. You can find out more herePlease note that the poetry masterclass with Kim Moore and Poetry in the Sitting Room is sold out.

Artswords Writers' Cafe & Kitchen, a meeting place for new writers, experienced writers and anyone interested in writing, takes place on Thursday 30th March at Lower Shaw FarmStarting at 7pm and finishing at 10pm, it is a reflective and adventurous writers' meeting place. The emphasis is on connecting with one another and experiencing and offering feedback on people's writing. If you'd like your work to be the subject of helpful comments and discussion, please email said piece to  by Thursday 23rd March, so that group members can read and reflect in advance of meeting. This should amount to no more than 500 words of prose or more than 40 lines of poetry. Please also, if you can, bring a little something to nibble or to drink, and to share.  

If you have any news or events for April and would like us to mention them in the next Artswords newsletter, please let us know by the middle of this month by emailing or calling 01793 771080.

Happy reading and writing, and talking and listening!

Matt Holland & Annie Vickers