Mar 042018

A quieter Read Your Words than some in February, but given the weather etc still a very respectable turnout and a very enjoyable evening. The spoken word was pretty good too! We look forward to the next in April – watch this space for further details.

Our regular meeting on Tuesday will be the usual mix of chat and cross-fertilisation (shush), and there’s also going to be some discussion about the new book “Stories from Anywhere”, which is now fully edited and about to launch.

Usual drill – starts at 8:00 in the regular venue, in the bar initially and then in ‘The Library Room’. If you’re a first-timer give a shout in advance and we’ll keep an eye out for you. Full details on finding the venue are available at the click of a button on the date on the event calendar!

Feb 172018

Mine’s an EXTRA busy one, but from the POV of Tunbridge Wells Writers generally it’s a twofer week, what with our regular meetup on Tuesday and Read Your Words at Javabean on Thursday. Tuesday, following our reading night last meetup (thanks to all who read), is likely to be a quieter affair, but looking forward two days anyone itching to share their writing can bagsie a ten minute (max – no min) slot and go for it! The general rule of thumb is stand-alone pieces (no extracts from longer pieces) and no singing (chiz chiz), but apart from that – heaven knows! – anything goes!

Hope to see you at one or t’other or even both – just click the date(s) on the event calendar for times and locations if you don’t already know.

Jan 242018

The first Read Your Words of 2018 is all set for blast-off  at Javabean Cafe on February 22nd. A fun evening of prose, poetry and whatever else takes your fancy. Only three rules:

  1. No singing (chiz chiz)
  2. Self-contained (so no novel excerpts)
  3. 10 minutes max

Other than that it’s all good, so fill yer boots! This is Debbie’s first go as organiser, so let’s get her off to a cracking start with a full house. SPREAD THE WORD(S)!

HUGE thanks to Carolyn Gray, of course, for all of her years in the hotseat, and here’s hoping the new ventures competing for her time in 2018 prove every bit as rewarding.


UPDATE: Our regular meeting on Tuesday next (6th Feb) will include some reading and feedback… Usual format: three ten-minute reading slots on first-come-first-served basis. With just two days to spare our third reading slot has now been snapped up, so expect to hear from Justin, Sue and Amanda this time round. 

See you on the 22nd 🙂

Nov 102017

Well, that’s Fright Night done, and what a corker it was! A fine collection of horror-themed writing and one hell of a tasty mort cake (as per) courtesy of Katrina Ray. Thank you, m’dear – Mr Kipling would give his right arm… While a long way off, it’s always a good idea to strike while the iron is hot, so if those contributing readings start firing their stories across to me on Facebook messaging I’ll start collating them ready for next year’s Fright Night Volume 4 e-book.

So, as the title of this blog highlights, time marches on, and it will seem but the blink of an eye before The Season of Goodwill is upon us. Very much time, then, to put pen to paper and get this year’s Christmas Countdown contributions sorted. While Christmas itself is still some… (starts counting on fingers)… six weeks away we’ve only got half that time to get the first pieces ready to roll out at the beginning of December. The remit for this year’s project can be found HERE, where a contact form connecting you directly to Sue Marlow (editor-in-chief this year) can also be found. So get weaving!

Sticking with Christmas, the other biggy on the agenda is our annual “do” scheduled for December 12th, which will also be our last (official) meetup of 2017. The “do” tradition started in the very earliest days of TWWs when there was just a handful of people in a local curry shop, and has continued, at various wonderful venues, to go from strength to strength. This will be our third at St John’s Yard, and we feel sure that this year’s offering will be every bit as special as the previous events, so don’t miss out. Katrina Ray is organising this year and would like your RSVPs, food orders and deposits (£10.00) ASAP so she can get her spreadsheet organised. Tuesday’s meetup would be perfect for getting that done and dusted, but details of the menu can also be found HERE and on the group’s Facebook page.

Finally, but in no way leastly (?), we have an extra event this week in the wonderful form of READ YOUR WORDS at Javabean Cafe on Wednesday night. These reading nights, hosted by Carolyn Gray, are always great fun, and an excellent opportunity for new members to cut their reading-in-public teeth while networking with other writers, poets and performers in the TW area. Full details HERE.

The devilishly clever Katrina Ray guarding her cake from Mr Kipling’s spies… 


Kat & Cake courtesy of Peppy Scott. Background courtesy of

Oct 142017

Well here we are, two weeks into October with a definite nip in the air. How depressing. Ho hum…

On the plus side, we Tunbridge Wells Writers have several rather lovely things on the horizon, what with our Halloween Fright Night at the end of the month, another Read Your Words in November and our Seasonal Project and annual “do” in December. That’s us sorted then!

If you fancy joining us you would be made very welcome. Fright Night and/or Read Your Words would ease you in very gently and entertainingly, but if you would like to get involved as a reader for Fright Night it would probably be worthwhile to come along and introduce yourself this Tuesday (17th) to get a bit more info. We’ll be in St John’s Yard from 8:00pm, and would love to have you onboard.

Jul 212017

Well here we are just a weekend and a bit away from our next meetup, and in case you had forgotten it’s our FLASH FICTION reading night. Very straightforward, so don’t feel intimidated if you’re a TWW virgin thinking of coming along: Short Fiction, anywhere between 6 (yes SIX – blame Hemingway with his “For sale, wedding dress, never worn” classic) and 750 words, for reading aloud. It’s been suggested that, given time constraints, it might be better to keep the upper limit to 500 words, so if you’re going to start writing now work to that. No worries, though, if you’ve already got a slightly longer one in the bag based on our earlier post – I’m sure we can accommodate you.

IN OTHER NEWS: Read Your Words at Javabean last week was, as always, a wonderful and fun evening, but all the more special as a celebration of our lovely host Debbie’s FIFTH YEAR of trading. Congratulations and heartfelt thanks from all of us, and here’s to the next five!

Jul 102017

PLEASE NOTE: The Flash Fiction Reading Night proposed for tomorrow evening has been put on the back burner until our next meeting on July 25th. This is to accommodate several regular members who can’t make tomorrow, and to make sure we’re all fresh and up to speed for READ YOUR WORDS on Thursday night. Of course, we will still be meeting as usual and there will be lots of interesting stuff going on, so it’s still well worth the trip to St John’s Yard to join in. Hope to see you there, and/or at Javabean later in the week.

Jul 072017

Hello writers!

Double the fun this coming week with our regular meet at St John’s Yard on Tuesday, as well as that bi-monthly extra-curricular treat that is Read Your Words on Thursday. Not only that, but Tuesday is, if memory serves correctly, our Flash Fiction reading night. I’ve been asked, for the sake of timings, to slightly amend the rules for FF by implementing a 500 word limit rather than the 750 suggested by Wikipedia and quoted in a previous post. That said, I’m sure nobody will mind if that information has arrived too late for a few, just so long as nobody takes the pee.  As for Read Your Words at Javabean, the usual rules apply – anything you like up to 10 minutes but NO incomplete readings (i.e. excerpts from novels etc) and NO singing. Even me. *tsk*

If you’re not a TWW but like the sound of the above please feel free to join us from 8:00 on Tuesday. You’ll find us in the bar to begin with, and then in the Library Room from around 8:15 – 8:30. If in doubt ask the lovely ladies behind the bar. For further details of Read Your Words click on the links or Thursday’s date on the event calendar on the right…

Jun 252017

Another fortnight rolls by and it’s another meetup night this Tuesday (June 27th)…

A ‘gearing up’ meetup in readiness for both our own Flash Fiction reading night on Tuesday July 11th, and the wonderful fun that is Read Your Words on Thursday July 13th. If you haven’t got anything written for either then NOW is the time to get your brains and typing fingers in gear.

As far as the Flash Fiction night goes it’s just a matter of sticking to the word limit (anything up to 750) and putting your name forward, while Read Your Words has the usual ten minute time slots and anything-goes-but-music-or-songs qualifier. Wonderful fun to be had at both, whether reading or just listening, so come along on Tuesday and find out more. Potential new members more than welcome – just fetch up at St John’s Yard for around 8:00pm and look for the intellectual looking lot in the bar, or make straight to the Library Room from around 8:15 onward. Alternatively, you can message via the comment box /contact us widgets and let us know in advance, and we’ll keep a friendly eye out for you.



May 282017

Well, it’s been a busy week what with Read Your Words and various bits and bobs for Unfest, and we’re not quite done yet as Unfest still has two and-a-bit days to go before winding down with “Unofficial Tuesday’. I for one am totally knackered and suspect a few other Tunbridge Wells Writers may well be feeling the same way, so Tuesday’s meetup could be a slightly more subdued affair than usual to compensate. Still lots to talk about, though, as always, if you would care to join us. Usual place (St John’s Yard), and as per we’ll be starting in the bar at about 8:00 before moving to The Library Room a wee bit later.

Following the Haiku evening a few weeks ago it was suggested that we could have a ‘flash fiction’ reading night sometime soon. Sounds good to me, and we can have a show of hands on Tuesday.

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