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…
Of course, what follows isn’t about Flash Gordon, the Queen single of 1980, or the movie for which it was written, but it is about Flash Fiction, so the cheesy song lyric pun seemed to fit the bill as a title for the post.
So what exactly is Flash Fiction? Well, according to Wikipedia it is fiction of extreme brevity, ranging from the six word “short short story” famously-but-not-necessarily-reliably attributed to Ernest Hemingway (for sale, baby shoes, never worn) through to 750 word works of “Sudden Fiction”, stopping off at all points along the way. I’m not sure how accurate that description is, but it’ll do as a framework for our own Flash Fiction reading night which we’ll be holding at a meetup soon.
We’re not entirely sure of the reading night date yet, but as far as a deadline for writing goes it would be nice to tie in with National Flash Fiction day on June 24th. It’s not a competition, so no prizes or accolades involved, but we would love new and potential members to feel free to pitch in. Just let us know – either through ‘comments’ here or through our Facebook page on, erm, Facebook – if you would like a reading spot in time for the NFF day deadline.
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.
Actually, I do. It’ll be at St John’s Yard at 8:00 on Tuesday, as per… Feel free to join us for a jolly good natter about all aspects of writing and publishing and anything else that might crop up. For an idea of what we get up to read the ‘About Us‘ page. Nothing specific on the agenda this time round, but as our last meetup was a presentation on publishing and marketing by Wet Zebra Media there will probably be a bit of that among the this and the other.
That’s NOT how we do it!
Something a bit different at Tunbridge Wells Writers this week with a presentation from Publishing House Wet Zebra who will be outlining their Crowd Commissioning route to publication. This is an opportunity for all – whether existing TWWs or not – to learn about the wide range of services Wet Zebra has to offer budding authors seeking to independently publish in both e-book and traditional hard copy formats. Tuesday March 21st from 8:00pm at St John’s Yard…
In Other News a goodly gaggle of our regular members attended the fourth birthday of Read Your Words at Javabean cafe this week, and what a wonderful evening it was too! A lively mix of prose and poetry and a bit of “Moth” style storytelling, with even the odd monologue and acapella rap thrown in for good measure. Huge thanks to hostess Debbie and MC and organiser Carolyn Gray for all of their hard work, and to all the readers who have helped make the event such a success over the years. Lots more to come, including an evening to ease the town into UNFEST weekend on May 25th. Poster coming soon.
Another opportunity to arise from RYW is a “flash-fiction literary exchange” project with fellow writers in Russia, organised by Astra Nova Writer’s Club. The deadline on this one is quite short (cut-off April 12th), but with a 250 word upper limit for stories you should be OK if you sign up soon. Details HERE.
We meet again on Tuesday
Usual place and time
Click the calendar on the right
That’s the end of this rhyme.
Well, here we are again on the other side of yet another Christmas, gearing up for a new and fabulous year of Tunbridge Wells Writers. The fun commences next Tuesday (10th Jan) at the usual time and place – full details available at the tap of a digit on the event calendar on the right.
We’ll be easing ourselves gently into the new year with a night of ‘social’, bearing in mind that the following Wednesday (18th) will offer ample opportunities for readings with 2017’s first READ YOUR WORDS at Javabean.
We hope we find you in the rudest of health and best of spirits, having enjoyed the crap out of the seasonal break. If you’re not a Tunbridge Wells Writer but like the idea of joining us please feel free to come along and hurl yourself into the fray: you will be very warmly received and courteously treated. Either pitch up at around eight and find us, or feel free to advise in advance using the comment section below and we’ll keep an eye out for you.
IN OTHER NEWS: A reminder for all those who contributed and read at Fright Night 2016 – you need to send me (David) your stories if you want them included in this year’s e-book compilation!
… Push pineapple shake a tree…
Yes, it’s that time again and the TWW annual Christmas bash is only a few short sleeps away. If you’re planning on joining us you’ll find all the info you need listed on the event calendar on the right, and if that’s too complicated for you you can just click HERE . Deposits, food orders and quiz questions ASAP please, all to Peppy Scott.
This is The Tunbridge Wells Writers latest e-book – a companion volume to Fright Night called… … FRIGHT NIGHT II!
Now available from Smashwords and other premium outlets, Fright Night II contains 13 tales of horror and the supernatural, and it’s ready for download in your favoured format right now. Just click on the image and off you go!
And if you haven’t done so already take a minute or two to check out the other titles available from Tunbridge Wells Writers and grab them too – there’s something for everyone, including the kids.
This year’s FRIGHT NIGHT event is scheduled for November 1st, and you are cordially invited to join us for an evening of new spooky tales and mort cake. Full details HERE.