Mar 172018

We meet again on Tuesday
Usual place and time
Click the calendar on the right
That’s the end of this rhyme.


NB: if viewed on a phone the calendar might be somewhere else…

We meet again on Tuesday
Usual time and place
If the calendar’s not on the right
It’s in a different space
But once it is located
Just click the relevant date
You’ll find a map to guide you
(And try to not be late!)

Mar 042018

A quieter Read Your Words than some in February, but given the weather etc still a very respectable turnout and a very enjoyable evening. The spoken word was pretty good too! We look forward to the next in April – watch this space for further details.

Our regular meeting on Tuesday will be the usual mix of chat and cross-fertilisation (shush), and there’s also going to be some discussion about the new book “Stories from Anywhere”, which is now fully edited and about to launch.

Usual drill – starts at 8:00 in the regular venue, in the bar initially and then in ‘The Library Room’. If you’re a first-timer give a shout in advance and we’ll keep an eye out for you. Full details on finding the venue are available at the click of a button on the date on the event calendar!

Feb 172018

Mine’s an EXTRA busy one, but from the POV of Tunbridge Wells Writers generally it’s a twofer week, what with our regular meetup on Tuesday and Read Your Words at Javabean on Thursday. Tuesday, following our reading night last meetup (thanks to all who read), is likely to be a quieter affair, but looking forward two days anyone itching to share their writing can bagsie a ten minute (max – no min) slot and go for it! The general rule of thumb is stand-alone pieces (no extracts from longer pieces) and no singing (chiz chiz), but apart from that – heaven knows! – anything goes!

Hope to see you at one or t’other or even both – just click the date(s) on the event calendar for times and locations if you don’t already know.

Jan 202018

Scribble-scribble-scribble, scritch-scritch-scritch…

Ah the joyous sound of quill on parchment – what industrious fellows we are! But stop… Wait… Take an evening off… Tuesday evening, to be precise, Tuesday 23rd. But why? I hear you cry. Why, because it’s Tunbridge Wells Writers’ meetup, you silly!

From 8:00, usual place (St John’s Yard). If writing’s your bag, whatever your genre or form, come join us for lively chat and a libation or two. We’ll be in the bar for a bit and then in the library room. If you can’t spot us just ask the staff and they’ll point you in the right direction. Or drop us a line beforehand and we’ll keep a special eye out for you.

Dec 082017

Well here we are again on the cusp of another seasonal break, with just our annual DO to go before we put Tunbridge Wells Writers 2017 out to stud and throw ourselves into the saddle of Tunbridge Wells Writers 2018. And what a magnificent steed it will undoubtedly prove to be! But let’s not gallop too far ahead, for we still have all the joy and wonder of that annual DO to look forward to, as well as the Twelve Days of […insert favoured seasonal holiday here…] Project to unveil from December 13th until Christmas Eve. For details of the project click HERE, but if you’ve not got in already you’re going to have to get your act together pretty sharpish.

Talking of the 13th, that’s also the date of this year’s Word Up slam final at the Forum, so if you fancy airing your poems or just listening to others air theirs then that’s the place to head for on Wednesday night, assuming, that is, that you’ve fully recovered from aforementioned DO.

The event calendar in the sidebar on the right has now been primed, so dates of our first and all subsequent 2018 meets can be found there. Have lovely ones all, and don’t forget to check in daily from the 13th onward for twelve days of festive fun. May your holidays, whatever their flavour, be full of joy and love, and if Santa does feature in them don’t forget to leave his mince pie and brandy out, together with a dirty big carrot for Rudolph.


Nov 252017

Well I never – another year almost done and dusted! Next week’s meetup (Tues 28th) will be the last before our Christmas don’t on December 12th, and the last for 2017. If you’re coming to the don’t (do) get your name, order, deposit etc to Katrina Ray ASAP, and if you plan on contributing to our Christmas Project you’ll need to contact Sue Marlow post haste.

IN OTHER NEWS: There’s a Word Up slam final at the Forum on December 13th. I’ll add details on performers etc as I get them, but the date’s been added to the event calendar as a reminder in the interim.

End of transmission…

Nov 102017

Well, that’s Fright Night done, and what a corker it was! A fine collection of horror-themed writing and one hell of a tasty mort cake (as per) courtesy of Katrina Ray. Thank you, m’dear – Mr Kipling would give his right arm… While a long way off, it’s always a good idea to strike while the iron is hot, so if those contributing readings start firing their stories across to me on Facebook messaging I’ll start collating them ready for next year’s Fright Night Volume 4 e-book.

So, as the title of this blog highlights, time marches on, and it will seem but the blink of an eye before The Season of Goodwill is upon us. Very much time, then, to put pen to paper and get this year’s Christmas Countdown contributions sorted. While Christmas itself is still some… (starts counting on fingers)… six weeks away we’ve only got half that time to get the first pieces ready to roll out at the beginning of December. The remit for this year’s project can be found HERE, where a contact form connecting you directly to Sue Marlow (editor-in-chief this year) can also be found. So get weaving!

Sticking with Christmas, the other biggy on the agenda is our annual “do” scheduled for December 12th, which will also be our last (official) meetup of 2017. The “do” tradition started in the very earliest days of TWWs when there was just a handful of people in a local curry shop, and has continued, at various wonderful venues, to go from strength to strength. This will be our third at St John’s Yard, and we feel sure that this year’s offering will be every bit as special as the previous events, so don’t miss out. Katrina Ray is organising this year and would like your RSVPs, food orders and deposits (£10.00) ASAP so she can get her spreadsheet organised. Tuesday’s meetup would be perfect for getting that done and dusted, but details of the menu can also be found HERE and on the group’s Facebook page.

Finally, but in no way leastly (?), we have an extra event this week in the wonderful form of READ YOUR WORDS at Javabean Cafe on Wednesday night. These reading nights, hosted by Carolyn Gray, are always great fun, and an excellent opportunity for new members to cut their reading-in-public teeth while networking with other writers, poets and performers in the TW area. Full details HERE.

The devilishly clever Katrina Ray guarding her cake from Mr Kipling’s spies… 


Kat & Cake courtesy of Peppy Scott. Background courtesy of

Oct 272017


A quick but timely reminder that this Tuesday’s meetup is FRIGHT NIGHT, when we’ll be reading ALL NEW stories and poems for Halloween and eating mort cake. There will be the-putting-up-of-willies to the extreme with around a baker’s dozen (how apt!) readers, but plenty of breaks for replenishing poisoned chalices and goblets. All comers are bid welcome, so if you’ve been toying with the idea of coming along to a meetup this would be a good one to get a feel for what we’re about. Carved pumpkins, fancy dress and trick-or-treat treats optional but greatly encouraged.

      Oh… PS: If you fancy free books – three volumes of Fright Night plus a clutch of others – click HERE

Original illustrations courtesy of FREEPIK

Oct 142017

Well here we are, two weeks into October with a definite nip in the air. How depressing. Ho hum…

On the plus side, we Tunbridge Wells Writers have several rather lovely things on the horizon, what with our Halloween Fright Night at the end of the month, another Read Your Words in November and our Seasonal Project and annual “do” in December. That’s us sorted then!

If you fancy joining us you would be made very welcome. Fright Night and/or Read Your Words would ease you in very gently and entertainingly, but if you would like to get involved as a reader for Fright Night it would probably be worthwhile to come along and introduce yourself this Tuesday (17th) to get a bit more info. We’ll be in St John’s Yard from 8:00pm, and would love to have you onboard.

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