May 122017
 

Well, another fortnight has whizzed by and once again the Tunbridge Wells Writers are gearing up for their usual Tuesday night meeting. What with the very successful Haiku evening last time round and Read Your Words and Unfest looming large, this week’s meet (16th May) will be a quieter affair, given to general chit-chat and catching up on all aspects of one another’s writing.

One piece of outstanding business from last time round: the annual charges for website hosting, and a reminder for those who do wish to contribute that we’ll be having a whip round. New members please note – you are in no way expected to chip in! The whip round is the easiest way to maintain the website etc without the need for formalities like committees and treasurers, and is an annual one-off.

A couple of final reminders: if you haven’t got your bit for Read Your Words finished get your finger out, and if you haven’t yet sent me (David) your Fright Night story from last year please do so, as we need to get the e-book formatted.

Mar 172017
 

Something a bit different at Tunbridge Wells Writers this week with a presentation from Publishing House Wet Zebra who will be outlining their Crowd Commissioning route to publication. This is an opportunity for all – whether existing TWWs or not – to learn about the wide range of services Wet Zebra has to offer budding authors seeking to independently publish in both e-book and traditional hard copy formats. Tuesday March 21st from 8:00pm at St John’s Yard…

In Other News a goodly gaggle of our regular members attended the fourth birthday of Read Your Words at Javabean cafe this week, and what a wonderful evening it was too! A lively mix of prose and poetry and a bit of “Moth” style storytelling, with even the odd monologue and acapella rap thrown in for good measure. Huge thanks to hostess Debbie and MC and organiser Carolyn Gray for all of their hard work, and to all the readers who have helped make the event such a success over the years. Lots more to come, including an evening to ease the town into UNFEST weekend on May 25th. Poster coming soon.

Another opportunity to arise from RYW is a “flash-fiction literary exchange” project with fellow writers in Russia, organised by Astra Nova Writer’s Club. The deadline on this one is quite short (cut-off April 12th), but with a 250 word  upper limit for stories you should be OK if you sign up soon. Details HERE.

 

Mar 042017
 

Actually I do! It’ll be at St John’s Yard from 8:00pm on Tuesday 7th, just like the calendar over there  says. So now you have no excuse. Unless you’re Mick Canning who has already made his.

For those who are not existing members of TWW an outline of a typical evening (if there is such a thing) in our company can be found HERE. It’s an ‘informal’ this time round, so no readings, but bits and bobs up for discussion will undoubtedly include updates on our Short Story Project and the impending visit of publishing house Wet Zebra coming later in the month. And if that wasn’t enough to tempt you along we will also be gearing up for another wonderful evening of wordsmithery at Javabean with Read Your Words next Thursday. Gosh, we keep ourselves busy!

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Nov 112016
 

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Well, that’s another Fright Night done and dusted, and what a corker it was! An embarrassment of riches, both in terms of the spooky literary gems offered up by our many readers and the abso-bloody-lutely delicious Mort Cake with which Katrina Ray did us proud AGAIN. Thank you all who contributed readings, pumpkins and cakekins and to those (living, dead and hovering somewhere in-between) who graced us with their presence. For those who couldn’t make it DESPAIR NOT! – an e-book of the stories and poems read will be made available in the fullness of time. Don’t hold your collective breath, though, as the plan is to launch it as an appetiser for next year’s event.

frightnight-fadeWe had hoped to present a slideshow of pictures from the evening but sadly the Truprint™ envelope seems to have got lost in the post. I know, I know, we should have stuck with the tried-and-trusted Boots counter service rather than putting our faith in this new-fangled postal processing malarky, but times are hard and the 99p saving and free film offer was too hard to resist. Still, you learn by your mistakes, and if the pics do finally show up (“someday my prints will come”) we’ll add ’em in later. Meanwhile, here’s a pic of one of us (no names, no pack drill) looking rather the worse for wear after last year’s event. For those who haven’t done so yet a simple click on the pic will whizz you over to the Tunbridge Wells Writers’ Smashwords page where you can download last year’s stories (Fright Night II) as well as our other e-books for the absolutely rock-bottom price of Sweet Fanny Adams! Are we MAD? No, just nice. Well, mostly nice. Well, harmless. Well, mostly harmless. Anyhoo…

We will be meeting again this week at the usual time and place (St John’s Yard, 8:00pm) and would love you to join us if the fancy takes you. No readings this week, just lots of social and a catch up on things like our Christmas DO (please bring an extra fiver for the deposit if you plan on attending; only a couple of meets before the meal itself on the 13th and we need to confirm booking numbers etc) and current projects.

In other news, there’s a “Slam Final” Word Up at the Forum on December 7th where TWWs old and new will be struttin’ and spittin’ their stuff. Two places left for the final slam so still time to be part of it, but a good evening out if you would rather just applaud and throw money.*

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* Rotten fruit will be confiscated on entry.

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!

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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 

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