Apr 032016

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Hey ho, here we are again just a few days from another exciting TWW’s meetup, and it promises to be another very full evening with all sorts of lovely stuff going on. First and foremost, we have Read Your Words coming up at Javabean in just a couple of weeks, so don’t forget to book the evening off from family commitments and get your spoken word freak on! Poetry, prose, and anything in between welcome, and if we’re really lucky maybe a new sketch or playlet from the Javabean Players!

unfest 2016The next big event on the TWW’s calendar is Unfest, where there will be more opportunities to Read Your Words, as well as to get involved with a collaborative art project with Kent Libraries and Museums. Full details are HERE, along with contact details for Carolyn (Gray) who will be coordinating all the different bits and bobs.

Talking of Kent Libraries etc., if you haven’t got your Tribal Poem in for our collaborative project with the Royal Tunbridge Wells Art Festival you’ve probably missed the boat. David Hensley will hopefully have an update for us on Tuesday, but all indications are the artists’ responses to our poetic prompts have been very encouraging.

I think that’s about it, but to be honest we’ve got so much bizzle going on right now I can’t keep up with it all! CU Tuesday, I hope. 🙂

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Mar 192016

text pic 1Something a little bit different in the mix this Tuesday with a Powerpoint presentation from member Glyn Harper to look forward to on various aspects of writing, editing, and getting published. A full outline of the presentation and discussion can be found HERE. All being well we will be kicking off at around 8:30 – 8:45, so don’t be late.

We’ve several projects and items of interest on the bubble at the moment (various art festivals / poetry readings, the proposed Fright Night II book, in-depth feedback sessions…), so hopefully there will be time for updates on the state of play with those too. Additionally, we can now confirm the next Read Your Words at Javabean date as April 20th, offering another delightful opportunity for open mic fun and games for one and all. Yippee!

glyn's talkFinally, please don’t forget that submissions for the Royal Tunbridge Wells Art Fair need to be in by the end of THIS MONTH! If you haven’t already got your finger out but are planning on getting your finger out then you had best get your finger out!

If you’re not a member of our group but feel you might like to be, please feel free to just pitch up and join in. Just click on a (highlighted) date on the event calendar, and you’ll find details of what, when and where we are doing things, together with directions for getting to us. If jumping in at the deep end is not your thing just drop us a message using the Contact Us page or the comments section below and we’ll keep an eye out for you and make some formal introductions.

Feb 212016

Announcement ClipartThe night we read our stuff out…

Yes, we did, thank you. It was at Javabean Cafe last Wednesday for Read Your Words, in case you were wondering. A nice turnout, as the gallery below shows, and wonderful poetry and prose from all those reading. And as if that wasn’t enough we also had our first group reading in the form of a short three-header script by Michael Benenson, performed by the man himself with able assistance from Christopher Hall and brave-but-enthusiastic Javabean first-timer Melissa-Jane Dalyanci (hereinafter referred to as The Tunbridge Wells Playas Players).  It was very, very good and heaps of fun. If you missed it you really should give yourself a kick up the bum. Continue reading »

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 »

Sep 052015

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Brrrr… Bit nippy, ennit? Which only goes to emphasise, I suppose, that summer, at least as far as skool holidays go, is officially over. Which by extension means that the Tunbridge Wells Writers’ summer recess is over too and that it’s time to get back down to business. And what a lot of business there is!

First and foremost, then, our first “official” meetup of the new writing year will be happening on Tuesday: Usual time (8:00pm), usual place (St John’s Yard), and the usual mix of lively discussion with a smattering of readings and feedback. Subsequent meetings will be held fortnightly, and will alternate between informal meetings as above and more formal gatherings offering (e.g.) workshops, guest speakers, and structured writing tasks and objectives. It’ll probably take us a while to settle into the new routines and there will, of course, be a great deal of crossover, but it is hoped that all members will bear with us during the transition and benefit from the proposed changes.

cover 3 medium dropJust 23hrs after the start of that meet (that’ll be 7:00pm on Wednesday the 9th for those of you struggling with the maths!) we will be embarking on our first ever hard-copy Book Launch at Waterstones in Calverley Road. Full details of the event can be found HERE, and we hope to see many of you there. Continue reading »

Aug 262015


text pic 1… and we’ll soon be kicking waving our horrible little herbs darling wee children back through the gates as another school year begins.

Of course, with holidays out of the way we’ll also be resuming our own adult lives, including reconvening for more literary fun and frolics at St John’s Yard with our Tunbridge Wells writing chums. First meet of the season is Tuesday September 8th (as seen on our events calendar on the right), and we hope to see you there.

If you happened to glance at the calendar when parenthetically prompted to do so above you will have noticed that Wednesday the 9th is also highlighted. This is the launch date of our first hard copy publication Something in the Water, and we’d love to see you at Waterstones for that too. Details of the evening and where to purchase tickets etc can be found HERE.

In other news, we also plan to hijack a small area of hopefully-not-too-soggy grass at Local and Live this Saturday for a bit of a pic-a-nic. You should find some of us floating about any time from around 2:00 onwards, which is a bit casual as plans go I know, but we all have busy lives so it’s more of a drop-in-and-out-as-and-when kind of thing than a pic-a-nic per se. Let’s hope this very naughty rain we’ve been contending with for the past few days has done one by then, and that we get the righteous sunshine we deserve 🙂

Coming up later in September we have another Word Up event at the Forum and a Read Your Words at Javabean. I’ll post full details on the event calendar very soon.

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Jul 042015

While those above ground take a break from official meetups to make the most of our glorious summer the TWW Morlocks continue their back-breaking work in the dark and dripping tunnels beneath the Chalybeate Spring, keeping the wheels turning on the various projects we’ve been collectively working upon. Hot off the presses, then, is this collection of twelve short stories penned with younger readers in mind, available AT ABSOLUTELY NO COST WHATSOEVER! from our Smashwords page. Available in mobi (Kindle) and epub (just about everything else) formats  and even as a PDF file if that’s the kind of thing that floats your boat, all it takes is a single click and you’re sorted for all of your summer reading needs.*

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In addition to Twelve Down the summer holiday period will also see the launch of our first hard copy collection Something in the Water in early August. We’ve not quite finalised the date yet, but cover 3 medium droprest assured we’ll post details in good time for you to book your seat at Waterstones and reserve your deluxe first edition copies of what promises to be the Christmas bestseller of the year**

As if that wasn’t enough, many of the TWW’s will also be contributing to the fabulous performance poetry event that is Word Up at the Tunbridge Wells Forum on July 29th, and we’ll also be gathering in force to picnic and partaaay in Calverley Grounds during the Local and Live music festival over the bank holiday weekend.

And as if that wasn’t enough wasn’t enough there is also talk of a Read Your Words at Javabean (though that may not come to fruition until September), as well as more unofficial meets (for those of us who can’t afford proper holidays) in the delightful gardens of St John’s Yard. Keep your eyes peeled for further details on all of the above both here and on our Facebook page


* Provided, that is, that the sum total of your summer reading needs is a dozen short stories for readers aged 12 Down.

** Shush.  

May 312015


Well here we are again just a few days away from our next meetup – Tuesday 2nd, from 8:00pm at St John’s Yard as per. Between our last meeting and this one we had a little outing to Javabean CafĂ© for Read Your Words, and what a lovely evening it was too, with a mix of poetry and prose readings and some stuff in between that was neither fish nor fowl, as it were. I like to call it “prose poetry”, but that’s probably a bit of a stretch…

Anyhoo, it was a grand night out and made all the more enjoyable for some new faces and virgin readers, all of whom acquitted themselves splendidly, with not a single virgin sacrificed.

There will be more poetry and live readings (including some reet good proper performance poets from the London circuit) at Word Up later in the month, and several of the Tunbridge Wells Writers will undoubtedly be tossing their hats into the ring for the slam section of the evening. For those too lazy to click on (or too stooopid to have recognised) the link, that’s on the 17th at the Tunbridge Wells Forum. It’s also listed on the events Calendar in the R/H sidebar. It would be lovely if you joined us and the other poets and poetry lovers attending, whether as slammer or audience member.

Coming back to this Tuesday there are a couple of things on the agenda including updates on the status of our various projects. Those intending to contribute are reminded again that the closing caravandate for comedy sketch submissions is approaching fast. You have less than TWO WEEKS – to get your final drafts in, so get your fingers out and flying across your QWERTYS. You have to be in it to win it, and you’ll be kicking yourselves when you see our top prize of a LUXURY CARAVAN (courtesy of Jim Bowen’s “Bullseye”)* going to some undeserving chancer whose ideas were rubbish compared to yours but who managed to get them down on paper.

If you’re a writery type living in or around Tunbridge Wells we’d love to have you in our collective. Just roll up and introduce yourself at one of our fortnightly meetings and you’ll be certain of a warm welcome. Hope to see you soon.



* Winner collects from current location (Ryde, Isle of Wight). At own risk. The competition organisers take no responsibility for the actions of Edna and Wilf, current (illegal) occupiers of the property, or for their three “rare-breed-that-looks-ever-so-much-like-a-pitbull-but-isn’t” terriers.

May 172015

Carolyn's read your words posterTwo outings for Tunbridge Wells Writers this week with our regular meetup on Tuesday night (8:00pm, St John’s Yard – come on, keep up, you must know this by now!) and another evening of red-hot open mic action for Read Your Words at Javabean on Thursday.

On Tuesday we will no doubt be discussing our two ‘live’ projects – Sketches, Skits and Radio Bits* and Small Chain(ge) Reactions** – as well as catching up on news of Something in the Water’s hardcopy launch and the state of play with our Kid’s Kollection. Throw a bit of reading, feedback, and literary discussion into the mix and add copious amounts of alcohol and a good time is undoubtedly guaranteed for one and all. If you aspire to write and live in or around Tunbridge Wells why not join us? You’ll get a warm welcome and have more fun than a kitten with a new ball of wool. Probably.

cover 3 medium drop* This is a fictional project name. The project is real, but as yet untitled. Follow the link and see.

** This is another fictional project name. The project is real, but as yet untitled. Follow the link and see.

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