Artswords News June 2016

Dear Writers and Readers

It’s June, the growing season, a good season for reading and writing too.. 

Mum’s the Word, a friendly, informal group for mothers interested in writing, meets on Tuesday 7th June at 7.30pm at Lower Shaw Farm. Don’t worry if you haven’t had a chance to write anything, yet. The group will help you get going, if you want it to. For further information, please contact Monica at 

Men in Slacks, a gravity-defying show with slick stunts and trouser tricks, takes place at 7pm on Saturday 18th June at Lower Shaw Farm. Tickets on the door. Further info from

Poetry Swindon’s workshop with Sabotage Reviews' founder and ‘hard-core’ reviewer Claire Trévien takes place on Sunday 19th June from 4 to 6pm at The Richard Jefferies Museum, SN3 6AA. Claire will be providing an insight into the reviewing process, teaching what to look for when reviewing works and how to convey this to an audience. Claire will also be the guest reader at Poetry Swindon’s Open Mic at 8pm. Further details, including ticketing options, available here

The Artswords Reading Group meets at 7.30pm Tuesday 21st June at Lower Shaw Farm to discuss Italian Shoes by Henning Mankell. A 21st-century novel about a solitary surgeon on a Swedish island, which, amazingly, deals with ageing and relationships. Further details about the group from 

Artswords Writers' Café & Kitchen, a meeting place for new writers, experienced writers, and anyone interested in writing, takes place on Thursday 30th June at Lower Shaw Farm. We have decided to start slightly later at 7pm, finishing at 10pm. Please bring food to share. You may simply read your work, prose or poetry, for up to 5 minutes; or, if you have a story, to tell, not read, and ideally a story from your life, please bring it along and tell it. 

If you’d like your work to be the subject of helpful comments and discussion, and this is the ‘Kitchen’ part of the Café, please email said piece to by Thursday 23rd June, so that group members can read and reflect in advance of meeting. This should amount to no more than 500 words of prose or 40 lines of poetry. For further information, contact or call 01793 771080 

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If you have any news or events for July and you would like us to mention them in the next Artswords Newsletter, please let us know by the middle of this month. 

Happy reading and writing! 
Matt Holland & Annie Vickers