We like to keep ourselves busy at Tunbridge Wells Writers. Below you’ll find details of our latest ventures and our previous triumphs…
Current Projects & Events:
- We will be celebrating out FIFTH Fright Night on October 31st 2017. Full details for those looking to sign up – whether as readers or audience – can be found HERE. Ahead of this we will be publishing our third collection of stories and poems from previous events. The book will be available from Smashwords from October first, so watch this space for the link. For collections one and two, check out the links below.
- While I hesitate to use the “C” word in September the simple fact is that Christmas will soon be upon us. We took a break from our Christmas Countdown last year, but plan to be back this year with a project inspired by the opening line of Terry Pratchett’s seasonal offering Hogfather. Full details can be found HERE.
- Submissions are now closed for our Short Story anthology, and editing, I’m told, is well underway. There are plans for a hard copy edition as well as the usual e-book, so fans of real paper will not be disappointed! Watch this space for further news.
Recent Projects & Events:
While fruits of our labours this spring and summer are largely intangible Tunbridge Wells Writers have kept themselves busy with a variety of reading nights, festival events and other performance-related collaborations. These special events are always promoted here on the website, but by their very nature it’s a case of blink and you’ll miss ’em. Which would be a shame. The event calendar in the r/h sidebar highlights all events as they’re happening, so make sure to check in regularly to get your fix… Meanwhile, read about some of our previous collaborations below, and feel free to grab the goodies on offer from or various Smashwords projects:
- Fright Night II, the second anthology of horror stories from our annual Halloween gathering, was published via Smashwords in September 2016 as a precursor to the main event in October. The free e-book can be downloaded HERE
- June 2016 saw the culmination of our collaboration with The Royal Tunbridge Wells Art Fair (Formerly SEEArt), where poetry written by members of the group was used as inspiration by local artists to create artwork on the theme “Tribal”. The artworks, together with the poems inspiring them, were prominently displayed during the fair as well as being featured in the local press. Discussions are already underway for a bigger and more coordinated collaboration next year.
- During the May bank holiday weekend Tunbridge Wells Writers were once again involved with UNFEST. Having contributed in the past with spoken word performances and a poetry and music ‘fusion’ event (see below) we added art into the mix in a takeover that saw the gallery of the TW museum packed for performances of live music, poetry and fiction readings, and an art installation linking Tunbridge Wells past and present. The event was a resounding success, and will undoubtedly lead to further collaborations with the museum and gallery.
While not strictly a Tunbridge Wells Writers project, “FestFiction” is something of an offshoot, combining the collective skillsets of several members who met through the group. FestFiction contributed not only to UNFEST, but also produced its own art and fiction exhibition for Perk & Pearl gallery, and has since hosted a spoken word slam and performance event as part of The Forum’s “Sunday Sessions”. We look forward to new FestFiction collaborations, and hope that many similar projects will emerge from networking opportunities provided by Tunbridge Wells Writers.
- Our latest e-book, Something in the Water, is now available from smashwords as a FREE download. For those who prefer good old-fashioned paperbacks we’ve also produced a hard copy version, available from Amazon HERE
- Hitting the presses just ahead of Something in the Water, our collection of stories for younger readers aged Twelve Down is also available as a FREE download from Smashwords. Scoop up your copy by clicking HERE
- Our previous e-book, Fright Night, is also available from Smashwords as a FREE download. You can grab a copy by clicking the cover image, if you hadn’t worked that out already. Fright Night brings together all of the stories from our live reading night for Halloween 2013.
Our first collaborative poetry project, ‘Lipschtick’, went live online in May 2014 in the form of an interactive Poetry Oracle. It also featured as an installation in the Artist Unveiled ‘Perk & Pearl’ gallery as part of the Tunbridge Wells Unfest festival. To access the Lipschtick Oracle click HERE or to access the Mind Your Head gallery / Artists Unveiled website click HERE.
In addition to ‘Lipschtick’ we also contributed to Unfest with two evenings of music, poetry and prose at Javabean Cafe. Details HERE.
Our online Advent Calendar, posted throughout December 2013, was a major success, sparking huge interest in the group with record breaking website ‘hits’ and two multi-page spreads in the local Courier Newspaper. The calendar was followed up in 2014 with a “Christmas A to Z” and in 2015 with a 24 day countdown on the theme of “Presents”. Navigating these babies can be a daunting task, but for those with the stamina HERE‘s your starter for 24. If you navigate right to the bottom of each day’s blog listing you’ll find arrow keys below the “comment” box to get to the next post in the series. For “Presents” just type that word into the site’s search engine and all your Christmases will come at once!
In addition to the above projects the Tunbridge Wells Writers have previously collaborated on an online Audio Tour of Tunbridge Wells – “AUDITOURY“ – as part of the town’s 2012 Electric Lantern Festival, and an e-book of short stories called A Picture Paints a Thousand Words. We have also produced, as an e-book, a transcript of the Auditoury recordings called Wells Read. Both books are completely free, and can be downloaded from Smashwords in your reader’s favoured format by simply clicking this link: