Mar 312017
 

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.

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Mar 172017
 

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.

 

Jan 062017
 

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 ryw-jantime 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!

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Nov 182016
 

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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.

Thang yew.

Sep 262016
 

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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.

 

 

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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Jul 222016
 

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So that’ll be this Tuesday then?
Yes.
Right. What will be happening?
The usual stuff: a few readings, updates on current projects, suggestions for new projects, that kind of thing. Oh, and literary chat, social networking, all that good stuff.
Sounds great. And that’s where again?
St John’s Yard, near the little Sainsbury’s. We meet in the bar for 8:00 then head into the Library Room.
What about new members?
They can just roll up and jump in if they like, or give us a heads up beforehand using the “Contact Us” form and we’ll keep an eye out and ease them in gently.
Great! Anything else I should know?
Can’t think of anything off the top of my head, but we’ll definitely be discussing THIS, and some of us may well be attending THIS on Wednesday night too.
chat ladiesIt’s all go, isn’t it!
It certainly is. Never a dull moment at Tunbridge Wells Writers!
Okey-Dokey. I’ll see you there then.
Brilliant! I’ll look forward to it…

 

Jul 112016
 

 

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… for Tunbridge Wells Writers’ meetup on July 12th. This is because I’ve just got back from my holidays and forgot to schedule post. Anyhow, the TWWs will be meeting tomorrow as per at St John’s Yard from 8:00pm until around 11:00. It will be great fun and many interesting literary things will be discussed and success stories and near misses shared.

I (David) can’t be there tomorrow but don’t let that put you off (shush 😉 ) as I’ve other fish to fry following my week in Whitstable*. One item under discussion will undoubtedly be the short story project being organised by Justin Richardson. I will give this its own bright, sparkling page very soon, but in the meantime here’s the outline so you can all get up to speed:

PROJECT BRIEF

This has been a long time coming, thanks for bearing with me… As you may or may not be aware this summer I am running a project! Prose; short stories to be precise, and I would very much like it if you would submit…

The rules are these: Genre fiction (sorry poets), any genre or style you like, as long as it is fiction! If you don’t think you can manage then don’t listen to your doubting internal monologue; pick up that pen! Take to the keyboard! You never know, you just might surprise yourself… There is no specific theme, and the word count is in the range of 4k – 20k inclusive; though if it is under or over then I will consider it, as long as it is excellent.

The end result will be an ebook volume of the best stories; possibly an actual print version, though at this stage this is just a possibility; and most likely a recorded podcast serialised for download.

Closing date for submissions is the 6th of September, once the schools have gone back.

Announcement ClipartAny questions then please message me or speak to me in person.

Good luck!

(Stop procrastinating and start writing!)

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If you’re not currently a Tunbridge Wells Writer but live in the Tunbridge Wells area and like the sound of it we would love for you to join us. Just roll up at the allotted time, or feel free to post an advance notice in the comments box below and we’ll keep a special eye out for you and ease you in gently.

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*famed for its fish market. A very weak joke.

Jun 182016
 

… post with details of stuff coming up next week: Announcement Clipart

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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