Sep 262016
 

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This is The Tunbridge Wells Writers latest e-book – a companion volume to Fright Night called… … FRIGHT NIGHT II!

Now available from Smashwords and other premium outlets, Fright Night II contains 13 tales of horror and the supernatural, and it’s ready for download in your favoured format right now. Just click on the image and off you go!

And if you haven’t done so already take a minute or two to check out the other titles available from Tunbridge Wells Writers and grab them too – there’s something for everyone, including the kids.

This year’s FRIGHT NIGHT event is scheduled for November 1st, and you are cordially invited to join us for an evening of new spooky tales and mort cake. Full details HERE.

 

 

Sep 172016
 

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A very quick blog this week (Hurrah! I hear you cry), starting with a nod to our About Us page where any potential new members can read up on a typical evening with the Tunbridge Wells Writers.

Among items up for discussion this week will be updates on our Short Story project, and further details on our Breaking the Rules project, which promises to be naughtier than a naughty nightie that’s so naughty that when you put it on it melts.*

spiderShort Stories and Rule-Breaking aside, the most pressing piece of current business is our annual Halloween FRIGHT NIGHT, scheduled for November 1st. This is our fourth Fright Night, and if our previous three were anything to go by will prove hugely popular. Whether reading or listening it’s a good idea to let us know early so we can keep tabs on numbers; we will almost certainly have to go foraging for extra seating in the main bar, but forewarned is forearmed and if necessary we can try to rustle up some shooting sticks or bean bags to accommodate the overspill.

Today’s penultimate heads up is for Word Up (see what I did there?), which is happening on Wednesday night at the Forum.

AND FINALLY… 

cover 3 mediumOn Thursday night there’s a Something in the Water reading evening at Tunbridge Wells Library & Museum. This will be very similar in content to the book launch at Waterstone’s, so rather than repeating myself I’ve just used the link to that event to bring everyone up to speed. This will be running from 7:00 in the children’s section of the library, and in addition to the Tunbridge Wells Writers there will also be readings from local poet Mara Bergmann.

PHEW! For a quickie that was quite, erm, long. I hope I’ve not forgotten anyone or anything, but either way you can see that Tunbridge Wells Writers keep themselves very busy. If you fancy being part of that just come along to any meeting and say hi – it’s that easy.

* crap joke courtesy of Eric Idle, if I remember correctly, c.1972

Sep 022016
 

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Well, that’s August done and dusted and the kids will soon be back at school… As I post this it’s raining and chilly outside after WEEKS of glorious sunshine, so I guess we can wave goodbye to summer too. Chiz Chiz.back to skool

Anyhoo, Summer, Winter, Autumn, Spring, Tunbridge Wells Writers rolls on regardless, and we’ll be doing the usual kind of stuff this Tuesday from 8:00pm. If you’re a first timer thinking of joining us this would would be a good opportunity for networking and socialising, as we’ll be taking a break from “Readings”. There are a few projects on the cards, so there will still be plenty to talk about.

One thing we MUST start thinking about is FRIGHT NIGHT, our traditional Halloween spookfest which will be taking place this year on the 1st Of November. Let’s hope we all make it through the official Halloween, but what better timing, should any of us fall foul of the ghosties and ghoulies, to attend in spirit should the body prove unwilling (or incapable). For the uninitiated, Fright Night is a round-the-table reading night dedicated to all things dark, devilish and dangerous. Fancy dress is optional, Morte cake, cobwebs and flickering candles obligatory. More news soon, but in the meantime the usual basic ground-rules apply: spooky stories of around 1000-1500 words, names out of the mortician’s hat for reading order. Get writing!

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You can download the first Fright Night e-book with a simple click 

Aug 082016
 

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Q: So what happens at a Tunbridge Wells Writers meetup then?

A: There’s no easy answer to that! Put simply, there are often so many different things going on at TWWs that a one-size-fits-all definition doesn’t really do it justice. That said, trying to cover every possible angle in every single post made on the blog can be equally frustrating, as well as a bit time consuming. With that in mind We’ve updated the About Us page to include a description of the format of a typical meetup , and will include a link in any subsequent blog posts for first time readers.

The reason we haven’t gone the whole hog and used the About Us page as the website’s landing page is because we also need a bit of room on the front end to advise of any extra-curricular activities that might be coming up or to link to any other news and announcements, like new projects and so forth. In fact, we have a couple of new projects in development at the moment, which kind of makes the point. We also have another outing to Read Your Words next week, and we wouldn’t want anyone to miss that!

So for now, then, we’ll leave the blog as the site’s landing page, but it will be a new, trimmer version and may well be replaced with a static page at some point.

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Jul 222016
 

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So that’ll be this Tuesday then?
Yes.
Right. What will be happening?
The usual stuff: a few readings, updates on current projects, suggestions for new projects, that kind of thing. Oh, and literary chat, social networking, all that good stuff.
Sounds great. And that’s where again?
St John’s Yard, near the little Sainsbury’s. We meet in the bar for 8:00 then head into the Library Room.
What about new members?
They can just roll up and jump in if they like, or give us a heads up beforehand using the “Contact Us” form and we’ll keep an eye out and ease them in gently.
Great! Anything else I should know?
Can’t think of anything off the top of my head, but we’ll definitely be discussing THIS, and some of us may well be attending THIS on Wednesday night too.
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It certainly is. Never a dull moment at Tunbridge Wells Writers!
Okey-Dokey. I’ll see you there then.
Brilliant! I’ll look forward to it…

 

Jul 112016
 

 

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… for Tunbridge Wells Writers’ meetup on July 12th. This is because I’ve just got back from my holidays and forgot to schedule post. Anyhow, the TWWs will be meeting tomorrow as per at St John’s Yard from 8:00pm until around 11:00. It will be great fun and many interesting literary things will be discussed and success stories and near misses shared.

I (David) can’t be there tomorrow but don’t let that put you off (shush 😉 ) as I’ve other fish to fry following my week in Whitstable*. One item under discussion will undoubtedly be the short story project being organised by Justin Richardson. I will give this its own bright, sparkling page very soon, but in the meantime here’s the outline so you can all get up to speed:

PROJECT BRIEF

This has been a long time coming, thanks for bearing with me… As you may or may not be aware this summer I am running a project! Prose; short stories to be precise, and I would very much like it if you would submit…

The rules are these: Genre fiction (sorry poets), any genre or style you like, as long as it is fiction! If you don’t think you can manage then don’t listen to your doubting internal monologue; pick up that pen! Take to the keyboard! You never know, you just might surprise yourself… There is no specific theme, and the word count is in the range of 4k – 20k inclusive; though if it is under or over then I will consider it, as long as it is excellent.

The end result will be an ebook volume of the best stories; possibly an actual print version, though at this stage this is just a possibility; and most likely a recorded podcast serialised for download.

Closing date for submissions is the 6th of September, once the schools have gone back.

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Good luck!

(Stop procrastinating and start writing!)

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If you’re not currently a Tunbridge Wells Writer but live in the Tunbridge Wells area and like the sound of it we would love for you to join us. Just roll up at the allotted time, or feel free to post an advance notice in the comments box below and we’ll keep a special eye out for you and ease you in gently.

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*famed for its fish market. A very weak joke.

Jun 272016
 

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A very successful ‘arty’ week as collaborations with SEEArt and Festfiction came to fruition. Superb stuff, and we’ll be posting more later in the week when time allows.

In the meantime we have our regular meetup tomorrow night (please note the date of this post rather than making sarky “tomorrow never comes” comments – you know who you are… 😉 ) from 8:00pm at St John’s Yard as per.

writerWe have three readers lined up eager for feedback and suggestions on their work, as well as updates on two new projects – one poetry and one short stories – currently under development.

If that sounds like your kind of thing and you haven’t attended a meetup yet then shame on you! Come on in, the water’s lovely…

 

Jun 182016
 

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Firstly, this update from David Hensley on the “Tribal” collaboration for the Tunbridge Wells Art Fair, containing details of selected poems, the Private Viewing on Thursday evening and the proposed reading event on Friday lunchtime: 

Thanks everyone for putting forward poems to the TW Artists to inspire paintings for the TW Art Fair.  We submitted the poems to them anonymously, so they didn’t know who had written what. The poems that have been selected and used by artists (artist name in brackets) exhibiting in the TW Art Fair are:
  • Aborigine in TW – Louisa Polly  (Elaine Gill)
  • Initiation – David Smith  (Neal Scrase)
  • My Tribe – Jess Mookherjee (Anne Marie)
  • The Starting Gate – Jess Mookherjee and David Hensley (Guy Portelli)
  • Tribal Dance – David Hensley (Chris Burke)
  • Tribal Marks – Peppy Scott  (Mike Flight)
These poets are invited to go to the Private View on Thursday eve, 23 June at the Assembly Rooms. They would like to get photos of the artists with the respective poet.

We have also been invited to read all the submitted poems on Friday 24th, at lunchtime (1:00) – so please let me know if you will be able to join us there – and invite anyone else (friends, family, other Writers, people who come to Words Up etc) to come along at 1pm next Friday to support the reading – entrance to the Art Fair is FREE on the Friday!

IN OTHER NEWS: Following on from the very successful multi-stranded FESTFICTION collaboration for Unfest, Postcards from the Hedge will be happening again as part of next Sunday’s (26th June) “Sunday Session” at the Tunbridge Wells Forum. This will also include a Read Your Words style open mic, and half an hour of poetry readings from Peppy Scott and David Smith (oooh, the hilarity!). Our bit will start at around 5:00, but the garden* will be open from 1:00 onward, offering a heady mix of music, art, table-tennis, and heaven knows what else. A lovely family-friendly vibe, and a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon. Please do come and add your postcard to our collection, and maybe read it for us too as part of the open mic. Or just enjoy all the other stuff that’s going on. Especially me and Peppy.

Talking of Read Your Words, last Wednesday’s outing at Javabean was an absolute corker, with a diverse mix of readers including several first timers. Thanks again to Carolyn Gray for organising and Delightful Debbie for hosting.

FINALLY: The first “three pre-booked readings” trial run went brilliantly, and it definitely seems the way to go from now on. We have two ‘slots’ already booked (Pauline and Bryan), so if you want the last one you had better grab it quickly. If wanting more in-depth feedback feel free to share you stuff ahead of the meetup via facebook, so people can meditate, cogitate and digest accordingly…

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Jun 102016
 

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Well, the title of this post pretty-much says it all – there’s a meetup on Tuesday night (14th), and another evening of open mic fun and frolics on Wednesday night (15th)!

java juneWe hope to see lots of our lovely regulars at both, but newcomers will be made extremely welcome too. Read Your Words, for the uninitiated, is a spoken word event held in Javabean cafe where you can meet and hear writers from not only the TWW collective but also from a variety of other local groups. It’s great fun, costs nowt, and you would be daft to miss it. For more details click HERE or on the lovely pink poster on the right:

Following on from discussions at our last couple of meetups we’re in the process of restructuring the “readings” part of our Tuesday night meetings. The general consensus was to restrict the number of readings to three slots, with the option to book a slot and share work in advance so that more in-depth feedback could be offered. So far there have been no takers for prebooked slots or file sharing, so they’re still up for grabs. Use the comments section below or Facebook to grab a slot. As discussed, priority will be given to first-timers or new readers, with a rolling first-come-first-served schedule for regular readers.

May 302016
 

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Yes, the next Tunbridge Wells Writers meetup is TOMORROW (Tuesday 31st May 2016). If you are reading this on Tuesday 31st May 2016 then it’s TODAY, so you had best get a wriggle on! If you’re reading it any time after the 31st May 2016 then have a look at the event calendar to see when the next one is…

We have had an incredibly busy and successful UNFEST, both in terms of the TWWs collective slot at the Museum/Art gallery on Saturday and as part of Word Up (kind of 😉 ) an hour or so later at the Forum. If I can blow a personal trumpet for a moment, the ‘stuff’ conceived by FESTFICTION (Carolyn Gray, Peppy Scott, blue arsed flySelf) for Perk and Pearl has been very well received, and Postcards from the Hedge has gathered momentum steadily in the Forum Garden. We’ve had some excellent bits and bobs, and look forward to sharing them somehow and somewhere sometime. You meet some really interesting people at TWWs – who knows where that might lead? Certainly to MORE TWWs at Unfest if nothing else. Continue reading »

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