Oct 172015


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.

Sep 212015

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!

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cover 3 medium dropIf 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… Continue reading »

Nov 042014


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.

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Oct 202014

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Well as you can see from the above banner we’re sticking with the Halloween theme this week. And why the hell (Mwahahahaha) would we not when we’re only a week away from our EXTRA SPECIAL Halloween meetup in only, erm, a week’s time?! We would be absolutely daft not to. Ennit. As you would be to miss it.

Anyhow, as you can imagine, next week’s spooky shenanigans will undoubtedly be a main point of discussion when we gather tomorrow, but there will be heaps of other stuff going on too, including further musings on this year’s Christmas project and our annual piss up dinner. It’s all go at Tunbridge Wells Writers!

books 3If you’re a writer of any kidney, or even an I-quite-like-the-idea-of-writing-but-never-seem-to-get-round-to-it wannabe, and you live close enough to Tunbridge Wells for it to be feasible why not join us tomorrow from 8:00pm onwards at St John’s Yard and see for yourself what all the fuss is about?Alternatively, if listening and/or reading is more your bag, feel free to join us next week for the Fright Night readings and to download the trio of books (including last year’s Fright Night stories) available for FREE (what? Yes you heard me! Absolutely gratis!) from our Smashwords page by clicking on the image on the right.

Oct 032014

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Well it’s that time again, folks… Another fortnight has positively whizzed by and we’ll be meeting again on Tuesday at our new venue, St. John’s Yard, from 8:00pm until probably quite late. The old faithfuls have settled in nicely, thank you, and we’ve also attracted a goodly number of newbies with more pledging to join us as soon as they can find gaps in their busy schedules. Which is nice. If you’re a writer type of any kidney living in or around Tunbridge Wells and you haven’t taken the plunge yet, please do – we’d love to meet you.

halloween cover new smallOne thing we’ll definitely be discussing on Tuesday is our special extra meeting for Halloween night on the 28th. This will be our second Halloween Special, and we hope it will be even bigger and better than the amazing turnout we had last year. Over the next two weeks we will be penning our 1000 word(ish) horror stories, ready for reading on the night. This is an ‘open door’ for anyone who fancies coming along to read and/or listen, and is a perfect evening for introducing yourself if you haven’t been able to make it to one of the regular meets. If you fancy a bit of Fancy Dress or Goth Glamour you won’t find yourself alone, so feel free to chuck on a Bride of Chuckie hairpiece or parade yourself in a Pennywise clown outfit as you see fit. Just don’t be upset if nobody notices, eh, Ms Gray?

In other Halloween News we have just launched our third e-book, the collected stories from last year’s Halloween bash. It’s available NOW from Smashwords in formats to suit all e-readers, and even as a PDF file if that’s the kind of thing that floats your boat. Just like our previous books this one’s totally FREE, and you can download it by clicking on the cover image on the right. So do it now, before you forget… Or the boogeyman will get you…


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