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 »

May 142016

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Well another fortnight has flown by (Whoooosh!), and here we are again just days from another meetup. Usual time and place (8:00 / St John’s Yard) and usual drill of meet and greet in the bar before ambling through to the Library Room for about 8:15-8:30. If you’re a first-timer just ask the bar staff and they’ll point you in our direction, or use the contact form below if you’re a bit nervous about jumping right in and would prefer a more formal meet and greet.

This is the last meetup before UNFEST kicks off over the bank holiday weekend and we have SO MUCH going on for that I can’t keep up with it all! In a nutshell, though, there are spoken word opportunities at both The Tunbridge Wells Museum / Art Gallery and the Forum, as well as an art and words exhibit, One Day in May, from three TWW members at Perk & Pearl’s compact and bijou gallery in Grove Hill Road. Additionally, those involved in the Perk and Pearl exhibit have also coordinated an open-to-all collaborative project, Postcards From the Hedge, that will feed into and from the full range of music, art and spoken word events hosted at the Forum over the UNFEST weekend. Blimey we’re going to be busy!

All of that and much more will be on the agenda for Tuesday, as well as the usual mix of literary chat, cross-fertilisation (oh shush! *tsk*), and, erm, boozing. Yippee!


Fun starts at 1:00. Well, twelve, actually, but that didn’t rhyme. Our bit starts at 1:00 though!


Apr 302016

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Blah blah blah… Tuesday from 8:00pm, St John’s Yard

Blah blah blah… UNFESTTHIS

brocolli tree houseBlah blah blah… Updates on projects and stuff

Blah blah blah… Tons going on

Blah blah blah… Read Your Words was wonderful as per. More in June.

Blah blah blah… New members welcome

Blah blah blah blah blah…

Apr 162016


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A TWOFER this week for those who can get the necessary passes, with our regular meet on Tuesday and Read Your Words on Wednesday.

With the deadline for our collaboration with The Royal Tunbridge Wells Art Fair behind us, the main items on the group projects agenda will be the two UNFEST-related events, details of which can be found HERE . This might seem a while away, but these things have a habit of sneaking up on one, so please get submissions for either (or both!) to Carolyn as soon as possible so she can liaise with the Forum and Museum to get the live events organised.

Talking of deadlines, a reminder for all who read at Fright Nights II and III that I need your stories ASAP if we’re going to get them proofed, edited and formatted for the proposed e-book launch in September. Just bung them across to me via DMs on Facebook. The House Style Guide tells you how to set ’em out, and either Word doc or docx (or equiv for OO users) are the standard file types. Never EVER EVER submit PDFs, because as far as editing goes they’re a non-starter!

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Apr 032016

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Hey ho, here we are again just a few days from another exciting TWW’s meetup, and it promises to be another very full evening with all sorts of lovely stuff going on. First and foremost, we have Read Your Words coming up at Javabean in just a couple of weeks, so don’t forget to book the evening off from family commitments and get your spoken word freak on! Poetry, prose, and anything in between welcome, and if we’re really lucky maybe a new sketch or playlet from the Javabean Players!

unfest 2016The next big event on the TWW’s calendar is Unfest, where there will be more opportunities to Read Your Words, as well as to get involved with a collaborative art project with Kent Libraries and Museums. Full details are HERE, along with contact details for Carolyn (Gray) who will be coordinating all the different bits and bobs.

Talking of Kent Libraries etc., if you haven’t got your Tribal Poem in for our collaborative project with the Royal Tunbridge Wells Art Festival you’ve probably missed the boat. David Hensley will hopefully have an update for us on Tuesday, but all indications are the artists’ responses to our poetic prompts have been very encouraging.

I think that’s about it, but to be honest we’ve got so much bizzle going on right now I can’t keep up with it all! CU Tuesday, I hope. 🙂

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Mar 192016

text pic 1Something a little bit different in the mix this Tuesday with a Powerpoint presentation from member Glyn Harper to look forward to on various aspects of writing, editing, and getting published. A full outline of the presentation and discussion can be found HERE. All being well we will be kicking off at around 8:30 – 8:45, so don’t be late.

We’ve several projects and items of interest on the bubble at the moment (various art festivals / poetry readings, the proposed Fright Night II book, in-depth feedback sessions…), so hopefully there will be time for updates on the state of play with those too. Additionally, we can now confirm the next Read Your Words at Javabean date as April 20th, offering another delightful opportunity for open mic fun and games for one and all. Yippee!

glyn's talkFinally, please don’t forget that submissions for the Royal Tunbridge Wells Art Fair need to be in by the end of THIS MONTH! If you haven’t already got your finger out but are planning on getting your finger out then you had best get your finger out!

If you’re not a member of our group but feel you might like to be, please feel free to just pitch up and join in. Just click on a (highlighted) date on the event calendar, and you’ll find details of what, when and where we are doing things, together with directions for getting to us. If jumping in at the deep end is not your thing just drop us a message using the Contact Us page or the comments section below and we’ll keep an eye out for you and make some formal introductions.

Mar 092016
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Hello All –
An as-quick-as-I-can-make-it update for those who couldn’t make last night’s meetup and a reminder for those who did…
It was an EXTREMELY busy night, with absolutely tons of news and updates on various projects/events. More of that later, but two very important items for immediate consideration:
1) It was clear to all last night that the reading and feedback session has grown beyond all expectation. That’s great, but also hugely demanding. With that in mind, we’re going to restrict readings to around 30-45mins at the top of the evening on a first-come-first-served basis, with anyone not getting to read rolling over to the top of the list for the next meetup.
Additionally, many felt that a more in-depth feedback / critique workshop would be useful. Interested members are invited to sign up to share work a week or so ahead of meetings, again on a first-come-first serve, rollover basis, but with (initially) a maximum of two writers submitting work for any meet. Obviously inclusion in the in-depth session will preclude inclusion in the ‘on the fly’ session (and vice versa) as they will be running concurrently. Please leave any thoughts / indicate interest using the comment box below.
2) Halloween seems miles away, but if we’re going to get an e-book proofed, edited and published ahead of Fright Night 4 then the sooner the better to get started. Could all those who read at Fright Nights 2 and/or 3 please send any stories they want included in the collection to me by DM on Facebook. If you did both, please indicate which story for which year! Don’t forget to check out the Formatting Guide for submissions. 
Thanks all, and while a bit taxing getting to grips with it all, isn’t it good to be so INDUSTRIOUS? Great stuff! 🙂
Mar 052016


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Well, another fortnight has positively whizzed by and another meetup beckons. Not entirely sure what’s on the menu this time round, but there will almost certainly be a few readings at the head of the evening (5-10 mins max, please readers!) with feedback. More news on that and some ideas for a more in-depth feedback group on the night!

Wednesday, of course, sees another Word Up happening at the Forum. Some of us will be going for the double (two nights out in a row – heaven forfend!), both as “Slammers” (It’s not a genre, you know, it’s a movement…) and as clappers-but-not-whoopers in the audience. A bit of a Ladies Night this time round with headliners Sophia Walker and Sea Sharp, but none the worse for that I’ll warrant.

I’ve heard on the grapevine that there may be other exciting news from Carolyn Gray, but as she’s keeping mum until Tuesday I can offer nothing more than this tantalising teaser. It’ll probably be extremely interesting, though. Probably.

Finally, a quick reminder that the NEXT meet on March 22nd will be a (slightly) more formal affair, with a presentation from Glyn Harper on Planning & Structuring a Novel to kick off the action.

WORD UP MARCH 2016Well that – save any surprises I’ve not been told about – is about it for this week, but once all of the above meat has been taken care of we will be regrouping for the tasty dessert that is general chit-chat on all things literary and non-literary, stopping off at all points between.

If you’re a writery type living in or around Tunbridge Wells please feel free to join us. You’ll find us in the bar from around 8:00 and in the Library room from about 8:15 onward. Just click on the meetup date on the event calendar for full directions to St John’s Yard.

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