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.*
Short 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.
On 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
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.
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!
For those who couldn’t make it our commiserations: last week’s Fright Night was a resounding success boasting no less than fourteen readers, each offering their own unique take on the traditional Halloween tale. There were ghosts, ghouls and goblins a-plenty, and even the odd gnome thrown in for good measure.* In addition to the readers we had a good sized audience packed into the room too, and came dangerously close to running out of seating despite (not so) discretely acquiring additional chairs from the ‘library’ and restaurant areas, which following our raids were so denuded of bottom-accommodating furniture that punters were forced to stand while gobbling their grub. Silly things, had they but realised they could have slipped in to listen too, and fed themselves up on cake and chocolate and other festive treats free of charge. Don’t tell the management… 😉
And just to make it even more scary I used Comic Sans to announce it – that will have sent a shiver down the back of every budding graphic designer looking in!
For those not yet up to speed (what have you been doing with yourselves? *tsk*) details of what, when and where can be found HERE. Fiendish Fun starts at eight, all comers welcome. Fourteen readers at last count – let’s hope none get grabbed by the ghosties or ghoulies while making their way to the venue. It’s no fun getting grabbed by the ghosties… …
Well I never! Doesn’t time fly when you’re having fun? And oh what fun we’ve been having!
Continuing in the same fun vein the Tunbridge Wells Writers will be meeting again on Tuesday at the usual time and place (function room of St John’s Yard from 8:00pm onward) for the second of their ‘formal’ meetings, which will include a talk about Social Media and Blogging from new(ish) member James Ferrett.
If time there will probably be a bit of a reading and feedback session too, but there’s all sorts of other stuff up for discussion, including some brainstorming regarding the possibilities for our annual online Christmas event and Scott Kingsnorth’s Comedy Sketch Workshop coming up in four week’s time. Justin Richardson will also be initiating a new group project, but I won’t steal his thunder by announcing it here.
Finally, and approaching far more quickly even than the items mentioned above, we come to our Halloween Fright Night, which is happening (ghosties, ghoulies and gremlins willing) on the 27th. We have fourteen (yes, fourteen – count ’em!) readers lined up so far, so it’s only fair to warn at this stage that anyone who has left it to this point to put their name forward may find they’ve shot themselves in the foot. That said, we will of course, do our best to accommodate all comers if time and those aforementioned ghosties, ghoulies and gremlins will allow. It’s going to be a good night, so be there or be disappointed. Fancy dress optional, good spirits* compulsory.
*If you will excuse the pun.
Well, another fortnight has flown by (whooosh!) and with it another month. Bye bye September – see you again next year. Which brings us to our first meet of October, a busy month for the Tunbridge Wells Writers with no less than three meetups on the calendar, the third of course being that extravagance of cake, creepy-crawlies and tales from the crypt that is FRIGHT NIGHT. Brrrrrr: was that just the chill winds of autumn shivering my timbers or could it be something more sinister altogether? Perhaps it’s Auntie Dolly trying to contact me from the grave? I hope not – we didn’t really have that much to talk about before she bit the big one, and I doubt a decade of pushing up the daisies will have provided many anecdotes of note for her to pass on… But I digress… Back to Tuesday’s meet:
We will be meeting, as usual, at 8:00pm in the bar area, and making our way to the function room around fifteen minutes later when the choristers who use it before us have had their fill of, erm, choristing. It would be lovely if you joined us.
Not too much on the agenda this time as it’s an ‘informal’ Tuesday, but there will probably be a few readers and a bit of feedback for those who want it. Readings of around 10 minutes max, please, and if inundated with potential readers we’ll either take a break for refreshments or roll a few over to the next meet. Other items up for discussion are the aforementioned Fright Night, for which we’ll be seeking names to add to the list of readers, and a bit of a chat about our annual Christmas “do” which is creeping up on us rapidly and won’t organise itself! Other than that it will be the usual free-for-all of lively discussion and literary witterings until we’re too tired to continue or the lovely lady behind the bar calls time.
If you are a writery type living in or within driving distance of Tunbridge Wells and you fancy being part of our group you will be made very welcome. You can contact us beforehand using the “Contact Us” or “Comment” boxes and we’ll round you up at the bar and point you in the right direction with appropriate introductions, or if you prefer the stealth approach you can just rock up and hurl yourself into the fray. There’s no formal membership (except for Fright Night which demands a contract written in blood) and no subs involved, so you have nothing (nuffink, if travelling from Tonbridge) to lose and everything to gain. Well, everything might be a bit of an overstatement, but it is jolly good fun for the most part, and a quick perusal of our “Tunbridge Wells Readers” section will show it can be quite productive too.
Well, it’s been an extremely busy and productive fortnight for the Tunbridge Wells Writers, what with no less than EIGHT new members pitching up for our first meet of the new writing season, and the hardcopy launch of Something in the Water at Waterstones: a resounding – and sellout – success, as the pictures below show. Not one copy of the book left, so the Kent Library System will have to wait a bit before they get theirs!
If you fancy treating yourself to a “proper” hardcopy book just click on the image to the right and you will whizz by the magic of t’internet to our Amazon page where you can purchase your very own copy.
But enough of past glories, what’s happening this week I hear you ask? Well, we’ve two outings this week, the first in the form of our regular fortnightly meetup at St John’s Yard and the second being another Read Your Words at Javabean cafe…
A bit late out of the traps with this heads up on account of the extra Halloween meetup last week throwing me into a complete state of confusion. It doesn’t take much…
Anyhoo, our Halloween Fright Night was a resounding success, with 13 Readers (Woooo! Cross your fingers, close your eyes and spit three times all you triskaidekaphobics!) and around 20-25 writers and guests in total. Lovely to see some new members in the mix, and to say hi again to a few who hadn’t previously caught up with us at the new venue.
As always picture taking was rather overlooked in favour of drinking and chatting, and the few that were taken were not of the highest standard. Apologies, then, for the poor quality of the slideshow below, but it is included for reference and to remind members that if they want decent pics they have to take ’em! They don’t grow on trees, you know. Pics courtesy of the various facebook posters I nicked them from – i.e. Carolyn Gray, Jess Mookherjee, Kat Ray and your’s truly.
So… we’ll be at St John’s Yard from 8:00pm onward, and we would love for you to join us if the fancy takes you. See you there.