Nov 272016
 

betty booBlimey – the years just whizz by, don’t they?

It might seem a little bit early to be talking about the end of the year, but with fortnightly meetups we’re almost there: just one regular meet and one Christmas do to go. So that’s Tuesday 29th for the former (next week if you hadn’t worked it out yet!) and the 13th December for the latter.

If you want to come to the do then Tuesday’s your last chance to get your deposit (five English squids) to Peppy Scott. You’ll also want to get your food choices made and noted, and, if submitting, your question for our Literary Quiz after dinner entertainment. More details on all of that HERE.

Do aside, Tuesday is a reading week, so if you have something you would like feedback on then shout quickly for one of the three reading slots. Instant feedback on the night, of course, but if you would like something a little more considered then give a shout via Facebook and share in advance.

New members always warmly welcome – just rock up on the night or give us a heads up using the comment box below and we’ll keep an eye out for you.

 

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Oh: If Slam Poetry is your thang then don’t forget WORD UP on December 7th with Jess Mookherjee on the bill and Peppy Scott in the slam final. Just a fiver on the door and two quid back if you get up and slam for your supper. 

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Nov 112016
 

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Well, that’s another Fright Night done and dusted, and what a corker it was! An embarrassment of riches, both in terms of the spooky literary gems offered up by our many readers and the abso-bloody-lutely delicious Mort Cake with which Katrina Ray did us proud AGAIN. Thank you all who contributed readings, pumpkins and cakekins and to those (living, dead and hovering somewhere in-between) who graced us with their presence. For those who couldn’t make it DESPAIR NOT! – an e-book of the stories and poems read will be made available in the fullness of time. Don’t hold your collective breath, though, as the plan is to launch it as an appetiser for next year’s event.

frightnight-fadeWe had hoped to present a slideshow of pictures from the evening but sadly the Truprint™ envelope seems to have got lost in the post. I know, I know, we should have stuck with the tried-and-trusted Boots counter service rather than putting our faith in this new-fangled postal processing malarky, but times are hard and the 99p saving and free film offer was too hard to resist. Still, you learn by your mistakes, and if the pics do finally show up (“someday my prints will come”) we’ll add ’em in later. Meanwhile, here’s a pic of one of us (no names, no pack drill) looking rather the worse for wear after last year’s event. For those who haven’t done so yet a simple click on the pic will whizz you over to the Tunbridge Wells Writers’ Smashwords page where you can download last year’s stories (Fright Night II) as well as our other e-books for the absolutely rock-bottom price of Sweet Fanny Adams! Are we MAD? No, just nice. Well, mostly nice. Well, harmless. Well, mostly harmless. Anyhoo…

We will be meeting again this week at the usual time and place (St John’s Yard, 8:00pm) and would love you to join us if the fancy takes you. No readings this week, just lots of social and a catch up on things like our Christmas DO (please bring an extra fiver for the deposit if you plan on attending; only a couple of meets before the meal itself on the 13th and we need to confirm booking numbers etc) and current projects.

In other news, there’s a “Slam Final” Word Up at the Forum on December 7th where TWWs old and new will be struttin’ and spittin’ their stuff. Two places left for the final slam so still time to be part of it, but a good evening out if you would rather just applaud and throw money.*

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* Rotten fruit will be confiscated on entry.

Sep 172016
 

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A very quick blog this week (Hurrah! I hear you cry), starting with a nod to our About Us page where any potential new members can read up on a typical evening with the Tunbridge Wells Writers.

Among items up for discussion this week will be updates on our Short Story project, and further details on our Breaking the Rules project, which promises to be naughtier than a naughty nightie that’s so naughty that when you put it on it melts.*

spiderShort Stories and Rule-Breaking aside, the most pressing piece of current business is our annual Halloween FRIGHT NIGHT, scheduled for November 1st. This is our fourth Fright Night, and if our previous three were anything to go by will prove hugely popular. Whether reading or listening it’s a good idea to let us know early so we can keep tabs on numbers; we will almost certainly have to go foraging for extra seating in the main bar, but forewarned is forearmed and if necessary we can try to rustle up some shooting sticks or bean bags to accommodate the overspill.

Today’s penultimate heads up is for Word Up (see what I did there?), which is happening on Wednesday night at the Forum.

AND FINALLY… 

cover 3 mediumOn Thursday night there’s a Something in the Water reading evening at Tunbridge Wells Library & Museum. This will be very similar in content to the book launch at Waterstone’s, so rather than repeating myself I’ve just used the link to that event to bring everyone up to speed. This will be running from 7:00 in the children’s section of the library, and in addition to the Tunbridge Wells Writers there will also be readings from local poet Mara Bergmann.

PHEW! For a quickie that was quite, erm, long. I hope I’ve not forgotten anyone or anything, but either way you can see that Tunbridge Wells Writers keep themselves very busy. If you fancy being part of that just come along to any meeting and say hi – it’s that easy.

* crap joke courtesy of Eric Idle, if I remember correctly, c.1972

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…

 

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!

 

Mar 052016
 

 

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Well, another fortnight has positively whizzed by and another meetup beckons. Not entirely sure what’s on the menu this time round, but there will almost certainly be a few readings at the head of the evening (5-10 mins max, please readers!) with feedback. More news on that and some ideas for a more in-depth feedback group on the night!

Wednesday, of course, sees another Word Up happening at the Forum. Some of us will be going for the double (two nights out in a row – heaven forfend!), both as “Slammers” (It’s not a genre, you know, it’s a movement…) and as clappers-but-not-whoopers in the audience. A bit of a Ladies Night this time round with headliners Sophia Walker and Sea Sharp, but none the worse for that I’ll warrant.

I’ve heard on the grapevine that there may be other exciting news from Carolyn Gray, but as she’s keeping mum until Tuesday I can offer nothing more than this tantalising teaser. It’ll probably be extremely interesting, though. Probably.

Finally, a quick reminder that the NEXT meet on March 22nd will be a (slightly) more formal affair, with a presentation from Glyn Harper on Planning & Structuring a Novel to kick off the action.

WORD UP MARCH 2016Well that – save any surprises I’ve not been told about – is about it for this week, but once all of the above meat has been taken care of we will be regrouping for the tasty dessert that is general chit-chat on all things literary and non-literary, stopping off at all points between.

If you’re a writery type living in or around Tunbridge Wells please feel free to join us. You’ll find us in the bar from around 8:00 and in the Library room from about 8:15 onward. Just click on the meetup date on the event calendar for full directions to St John’s Yard.

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 »

Nov 292015
 

santa advent calendarPinch, punch, first of the month, no returns!

In all fairness it would be perfectly reasonable for you to respond with a Pinch and a kick for being so quick, because I am writing this a full two days earlier than said 1st of month, but given that the meetup itself falls on that date and we’re also launching our annual Christmas Countdown I trust you will forgive my whatever-the-opposite-of-tardiness-is-ness.

Yes. Anyhow. We will be meeting at the usual place (St John’s Yard) at the usual time (8:00) for what will be, Christmas do aside, our final meetup of 2015. We would love it if you (yes you!) were to join us, particularly if you intend coming to the do on the 15th but have yet to pay your deposit or make your choices from the menu. I (David) will be there with spreadsheet in hand chasing any Johnny-Come-Lately buggers up for both, so be warned. 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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