Oct 142016


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read-your-words-oct-2016Well I never – double bubble next week what with our regular Tuesday Meetup and another Wednesday Spectacular at the ever-popular Read Your Words! Just click the links or have a quick shufti at the event calendar for more details.

Technically Tuesday is a Reading Night, but it may well be that people will want to keep their readings for Javabean on Wednesday. IF you do want a reading slot on Tuesday – a must if you want feedback as Javabean is reading and thunderous applause only – let me know via Facebook or the comment section below and I’ll allocate one of the three ten minute slots.

Lots of stuff up for discussion on Tuesday – Fright Night, Christmas Project and “Do”, Current Projects etc – but all fairly laid back (the panicking comes later!) and evolving naturally from the scintillating conversation on all things literary and thereabout.

See you at both, hopefully, but one or t’other if life gets in the way (as the bugger is wont to do!)

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Sep 302016

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Well I never! Doesn’t time fly when you’re having fun? It seems but a moment since I was posting about the last Tunbridge Wells Writers meetup and here we are on the cusp of yet another! For those unfamiliar with Tunbridge Wells Writers – where we are, what we do etc – here’s a link to our ABOUT US page, which answers some of those questions and gives an outline of the kind of thing you might expect to find on the menu at a typical meetup. For those already in the know, here’s a bulleted list of October 4th’s agenda:

  • fright-night-2-smallFRIGHT NIGHT 4: Only a couple of meetups now until our annual Halloween bash. If you’re planning on reading (1000-1500 words as a rough rule of thumb) please advise Katrina Ray, giving a brief outline of the horror / supernatural elements in your story. She’ll put your name in the hat for a reading slot, and organise things to ensure we don’t get too much of a theme overlap in the reading order. To put you in the mood and perhaps provide some inspiration, we’ve just launched the Fright Night II e-book on Smashwords, available as a totally FREE (are we mad) download by clicking on the cover image on the right.
  • While writing something for Fright Night, don’t forget to set some time aside to pen a piece for READ YOUR WORDS, which is coming up on Wednesday 19th. As well as offering an open mic to all comers, Read Your Words is a great ice-breaker and networking opportunity and one hell of a fun night out. Free entry and entertainment, a well stocked bar, and very reasonably priced food – what more could one ask for?
  • With the stories for our SHORT STORY PROJECT now pretty-much harvested it’s time to start looking forward to our next group projects. One of these, BREAKING THE RULES, has already been outlined and we’re now open for submissions. In addition, we’ll need to start thinking about Christmas, both in terms of our online collaboration and the annual “do”.

So, all in all it’s going to be quite a busy one, but there will also be plenty of time for networking and chat. A non-reading night this time round, as it was generally agreed a few meetups ago that one reading night a month seemed to offer the best of both worlds. See you on Tuesday!


Sep 262016



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.


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?
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.
chat ladiesIt’s all go, isn’t it!
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:


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.

Announcement ClipartAny questions then please message me or speak to me in person.

Good luck!

(Stop procrastinating and start writing!)


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.


*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

… post with details of stuff coming up next week: Announcement Clipart

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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