Sep 172017
 

Another FREE e-book for Halloween, with spooky stuff penned by a dozen of our writers for last year’s FRIGHT NIGHT evening. We’ll have bags of new stories for this year’s celebration, which is a biggy, given that it falls on Halloween itself and is our FIFTH such event. Feel free to join us to hear live readings and enjoy a slice (or two) of Katrina Ray’s legendary mort cake! Fancy dress optional, but given the date you might find yourself the only square in the village if you don’t…

In addition to Fright Night we will also be getting up to speed on all things Christmassy at this week’s meet, with news of our annual CHRISTMAS “DO” (don’t!) and our seasonal online ADVENT CALENDAR, so if you’ve toyed with the idea of joining us but haven’t got round to it now would be a good time to get involved.

So that’s Tuesday 19th at St John’s Yard from eight, then, and you would be made most welcome.

Sep 032017
 

Well technically the ‘busy’ comes later, but at our next meeting on Tuesday September 5th the Tunbridge Wells Writers will be contemplating the things that will be be keeping them harmlessly occupied over the next few months. This will include plans for our FIFTH Halloween FRIGHT NIGHT and our third Fright Night story collection, which we’ll be launching very soon, as well as our annual ADVENT CALENDAR coming in December.

The bits and bobs mentioned are, of course, only the tip of a much larger battenberg iceberg, so if you’ve clicked on the links and feel these are the kinds of thing you would like to be involved in we’ll be at St John’s Yard from 8:00 onwards. Feel free to just rock up and say hi, or if you prefer you can let us know in advance using the comments or contact boxes provided and we’ll keep an eye out for you.

Aug 182017
 

August almost done? Gosh – doesn’t time fly when you’re having fun?! Yes, it does, but with our last meetup before we slip into September only days away the Tunbridge Wells Writers are already starting to think about the nights drawing in and the lovely autumn / winter projects that lie ahead…

FRIGHT NIGHT – our annual celebration of Halloween – looks set to be an extra extra special one this year, given that our regular Tuesday meetup falls on the very night itself. Not only that, but a quick shufti at the back catalogue informs us that this will be our FIFTH YEAR of communing with the ghosties and ghoulies, so we’ll be pulling out all the stops on this one. I haven’t got round to creating a dedicated page for this year’s Fright Night yet (darn it, I been awfu’ busy for the past few weeks and time just seems to have gotten away from me…), but in a nutshell we’re talking about a wonderfully spooky evening of ghost and horror stories by candlelight to which we bid all a very vampy velcome. There’s cake too (magnificent marvelous mort cake, courtesy of Mistress of the Macabre, Katrina Ray), and pumpkins, and fancy dress, and cobwebs and… and… Well, let’s just say it’s an extremely entertaining evening whether taking the plunge and reading or just coming along to listen. More details soon, with an e-book of last year’s stories uploaded to our Smashwords page just beforehand to whet your appetites.

Though horrifyingly early to be mentioning the dreaded “C” word the simple truth is that CHRISTMAS (in whatever guise you take or eschew it) will soon be upon us too. We took a wee break last year from our usual twenty-four day advent offering, but truth be told we missed it. This year’s theme, proposed by Sue Marlow, is a prompt taken from the opening line of Terry Pratchett’s Hogfather:  Everything starts somewhere, although many physicists disagree…  We invite all Tunbridge Wells Writers (and would be Tunbridge Wells Writers) to take inspiration from Mr Pratchett’s words and pen a tale or poem or play or monologue or whatever else takes their fancy for us to share with the world over the festive season.

So there you have it. We’ll be discussing these projects and much more besides from 8:00 on Tuesday evening. We’d love to have you join us: for full details of venue and ground rules (first rule of TWWs – there are no ground rules!) just click on the highlighted date in the event calendar on the right.

IN OTHER NEWS: If you happen to be in Tonbridge on Sunday afternoon several of the group’s poets will be doing their thing in the open air between four and five as part of the community event Invite a Tree to Tea – a ‘family picnic with Music, Arts & Crafts, Spoken Word, and Games’ taking place on the banks of the beautiful Med at River Lawn. It would be lovely to see you…

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 

Oct 312015
 

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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… 😉  Continue reading »

Oct 272015
 

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It’s Tonight!

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… …ghost

Oct 172015
 

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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.

ghostFinally, 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.

 

Oct 032015
 

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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.

Announcement ClipartNot 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 snoopyprefer 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.

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