Oct 142016
 

 

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read-your-words-oct-2016Well I never – double bubble next week what with our regular Tuesday Meetup and another Wednesday Spectacular at the ever-popular Read Your Words! Just click the links or have a quick shufti at the event calendar for more details.

Technically Tuesday is a Reading Night, but it may well be that people will want to keep their readings for Javabean on Wednesday. IF you do want a reading slot on Tuesday – a must if you want feedback as Javabean is reading and thunderous applause only – let me know via Facebook or the comment section below and I’ll allocate one of the three ten minute slots.

Lots of stuff up for discussion on Tuesday – Fright Night, Christmas Project and “Do”, Current Projects etc – but all fairly laid back (the panicking comes later!) and evolving naturally from the scintillating conversation on all things literary and thereabout.

See you at both, hopefully, but one or t’other if life gets in the way (as the bugger is wont to do!)

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Sep 302016
 

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Well I never! Doesn’t time fly when you’re having fun? It seems but a moment since I was posting about the last Tunbridge Wells Writers meetup and here we are on the cusp of yet another! For those unfamiliar with Tunbridge Wells Writers – where we are, what we do etc – here’s a link to our ABOUT US page, which answers some of those questions and gives an outline of the kind of thing you might expect to find on the menu at a typical meetup. For those already in the know, here’s a bulleted list of October 4th’s agenda:

  • fright-night-2-smallFRIGHT NIGHT 4: Only a couple of meetups now until our annual Halloween bash. If you’re planning on reading (1000-1500 words as a rough rule of thumb) please advise Katrina Ray, giving a brief outline of the horror / supernatural elements in your story. She’ll put your name in the hat for a reading slot, and organise things to ensure we don’t get too much of a theme overlap in the reading order. To put you in the mood and perhaps provide some inspiration, we’ve just launched the Fright Night II e-book on Smashwords, available as a totally FREE (are we mad) download by clicking on the cover image on the right.
  • While writing something for Fright Night, don’t forget to set some time aside to pen a piece for READ YOUR WORDS, which is coming up on Wednesday 19th. As well as offering an open mic to all comers, Read Your Words is a great ice-breaker and networking opportunity and one hell of a fun night out. Free entry and entertainment, a well stocked bar, and very reasonably priced food – what more could one ask for?
  • With the stories for our SHORT STORY PROJECT now pretty-much harvested it’s time to start looking forward to our next group projects. One of these, BREAKING THE RULES, has already been outlined and we’re now open for submissions. In addition, we’ll need to start thinking about Christmas, both in terms of our online collaboration and the annual “do”.

So, all in all it’s going to be quite a busy one, but there will also be plenty of time for networking and chat. A non-reading night this time round, as it was generally agreed a few meetups ago that one reading night a month seemed to offer the best of both worlds. See you on Tuesday!

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Aug 082016
 

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Q: So what happens at a Tunbridge Wells Writers meetup then?

A: There’s no easy answer to that! Put simply, there are often so many different things going on at TWWs that a one-size-fits-all definition doesn’t really do it justice. That said, trying to cover every possible angle in every single post made on the blog can be equally frustrating, as well as a bit time consuming. With that in mind We’ve updated the About Us page to include a description of the format of a typical meetup , and will include a link in any subsequent blog posts for first time readers.

The reason we haven’t gone the whole hog and used the About Us page as the website’s landing page is because we also need a bit of room on the front end to advise of any extra-curricular activities that might be coming up or to link to any other news and announcements, like new projects and so forth. In fact, we have a couple of new projects in development at the moment, which kind of makes the point. We also have another outing to Read Your Words next week, and we wouldn’t want anyone to miss that!

So for now, then, we’ll leave the blog as the site’s landing page, but it will be a new, trimmer version and may well be replaced with a static page at some point.

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Jun 182016
 

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Firstly, this update from David Hensley on the “Tribal” collaboration for the Tunbridge Wells Art Fair, containing details of selected poems, the Private Viewing on Thursday evening and the proposed reading event on Friday lunchtime: 

Thanks everyone for putting forward poems to the TW Artists to inspire paintings for the TW Art Fair.  We submitted the poems to them anonymously, so they didn’t know who had written what. The poems that have been selected and used by artists (artist name in brackets) exhibiting in the TW Art Fair are:
  • Aborigine in TW – Louisa Polly  (Elaine Gill)
  • Initiation – David Smith  (Neal Scrase)
  • My Tribe – Jess Mookherjee (Anne Marie)
  • The Starting Gate – Jess Mookherjee and David Hensley (Guy Portelli)
  • Tribal Dance – David Hensley (Chris Burke)
  • Tribal Marks – Peppy Scott  (Mike Flight)
These poets are invited to go to the Private View on Thursday eve, 23 June at the Assembly Rooms. They would like to get photos of the artists with the respective poet.

We have also been invited to read all the submitted poems on Friday 24th, at lunchtime (1:00) – so please let me know if you will be able to join us there – and invite anyone else (friends, family, other Writers, people who come to Words Up etc) to come along at 1pm next Friday to support the reading – entrance to the Art Fair is FREE on the Friday!

IN OTHER NEWS: Following on from the very successful multi-stranded FESTFICTION collaboration for Unfest, Postcards from the Hedge will be happening again as part of next Sunday’s (26th June) “Sunday Session” at the Tunbridge Wells Forum. This will also include a Read Your Words style open mic, and half an hour of poetry readings from Peppy Scott and David Smith (oooh, the hilarity!). Our bit will start at around 5:00, but the garden* will be open from 1:00 onward, offering a heady mix of music, art, table-tennis, and heaven knows what else. A lovely family-friendly vibe, and a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon. Please do come and add your postcard to our collection, and maybe read it for us too as part of the open mic. Or just enjoy all the other stuff that’s going on. Especially me and Peppy.

Talking of Read Your Words, last Wednesday’s outing at Javabean was an absolute corker, with a diverse mix of readers including several first timers. Thanks again to Carolyn Gray for organising and Delightful Debbie for hosting.

FINALLY: The first “three pre-booked readings” trial run went brilliantly, and it definitely seems the way to go from now on. We have two ‘slots’ already booked (Pauline and Bryan), so if you want the last one you had better grab it quickly. If wanting more in-depth feedback feel free to share you stuff ahead of the meetup via facebook, so people can meditate, cogitate and digest accordingly…

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Jun 102016
 

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Well, the title of this post pretty-much says it all – there’s a meetup on Tuesday night (14th), and another evening of open mic fun and frolics on Wednesday night (15th)!

java juneWe hope to see lots of our lovely regulars at both, but newcomers will be made extremely welcome too. Read Your Words, for the uninitiated, is a spoken word event held in Javabean cafe where you can meet and hear writers from not only the TWW collective but also from a variety of other local groups. It’s great fun, costs nowt, and you would be daft to miss it. For more details click HERE or on the lovely pink poster on the right:

Following on from discussions at our last couple of meetups we’re in the process of restructuring the “readings” part of our Tuesday night meetings. The general consensus was to restrict the number of readings to three slots, with the option to book a slot and share work in advance so that more in-depth feedback could be offered. So far there have been no takers for prebooked slots or file sharing, so they’re still up for grabs. Use the comments section below or Facebook to grab a slot. As discussed, priority will be given to first-timers or new readers, with a rolling first-come-first-served schedule for regular readers.

May 302016
 

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Yes, the next Tunbridge Wells Writers meetup is TOMORROW (Tuesday 31st May 2016). If you are reading this on Tuesday 31st May 2016 then it’s TODAY, so you had best get a wriggle on! If you’re reading it any time after the 31st May 2016 then have a look at the event calendar to see when the next one is…

We have had an incredibly busy and successful UNFEST, both in terms of the TWWs collective slot at the Museum/Art gallery on Saturday and as part of Word Up (kind of 😉 ) an hour or so later at the Forum. If I can blow a personal trumpet for a moment, the ‘stuff’ conceived by FESTFICTION (Carolyn Gray, Peppy Scott, blue arsed flySelf) for Perk and Pearl has been very well received, and Postcards from the Hedge has gathered momentum steadily in the Forum Garden. We’ve had some excellent bits and bobs, and look forward to sharing them somehow and somewhere sometime. You meet some really interesting people at TWWs – who knows where that might lead? Certainly to MORE TWWs at Unfest if nothing else. Continue reading »

May 142016
 

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Well another fortnight has flown by (Whoooosh!), and here we are again just days from another meetup. Usual time and place (8:00 / St John’s Yard) and usual drill of meet and greet in the bar before ambling through to the Library Room for about 8:15-8:30. If you’re a first-timer just ask the bar staff and they’ll point you in our direction, or use the contact form below if you’re a bit nervous about jumping right in and would prefer a more formal meet and greet.

This is the last meetup before UNFEST kicks off over the bank holiday weekend and we have SO MUCH going on for that I can’t keep up with it all! In a nutshell, though, there are spoken word opportunities at both The Tunbridge Wells Museum / Art Gallery and the Forum, as well as an art and words exhibit, One Day in May, from three TWW members at Perk & Pearl’s compact and bijou gallery in Grove Hill Road. Additionally, those involved in the Perk and Pearl exhibit have also coordinated an open-to-all collaborative project, Postcards From the Hedge, that will feed into and from the full range of music, art and spoken word events hosted at the Forum over the UNFEST weekend. Blimey we’re going to be busy!

All of that and much more will be on the agenda for Tuesday, as well as the usual mix of literary chat, cross-fertilisation (oh shush! *tsk*), and, erm, boozing. Yippee!

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Fun starts at 1:00. Well, twelve, actually, but that didn’t rhyme. Our bit starts at 1:00 though!

 

Apr 302016
 

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Blah blah blah… Tuesday from 8:00pm, St John’s Yard

Blah blah blah… UNFESTTHIS

brocolli tree houseBlah blah blah… Updates on projects and stuff

Blah blah blah… Tons going on

Blah blah blah… Read Your Words was wonderful as per. More in June.

Blah blah blah… New members welcome

Blah blah blah blah blah…

Apr 162016
 

 

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A TWOFER this week for those who can get the necessary passes, with our regular meet on Tuesday and Read Your Words on Wednesday.

With the deadline for our collaboration with The Royal Tunbridge Wells Art Fair behind us, the main items on the group projects agenda will be the two UNFEST-related events, details of which can be found HERE . This might seem a while away, but these things have a habit of sneaking up on one, so please get submissions for either (or both!) to Carolyn as soon as possible so she can liaise with the Forum and Museum to get the live events organised.

Talking of deadlines, a reminder for all who read at Fright Nights II and III that I need your stories ASAP if we’re going to get them proofed, edited and formatted for the proposed e-book launch in September. Just bung them across to me via DMs on Facebook. The House Style Guide tells you how to set ’em out, and either Word doc or docx (or equiv for OO users) are the standard file types. Never EVER EVER submit PDFs, because as far as editing goes they’re a non-starter!

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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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