Artswords News November 2016

Dear Writers and Readers

Leaves are falling, temperatures too, and clocks have gone back. Easy to remember: it’s November. And we know what follows . . .

But for now, here’s a reminder of what Artswords and friends offer this month.

Mum's the Word, a friendly, informal group for mothers interested in writing, meets on Tuesday 1st November 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 started, if you want it to. For further information, please contact Monica.

The Artswords Reading Group meets at 7.30pm Tuesday 15th November to discuss The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers. How one disadvantaged yet kind and sensitive person can help others, by listening . . .  A small-town story of love, loneliness, and the need for understanding. Further details about the group from 

For other reading groups across Swindon, run by Swindon Libraries, see here.

Events from Poetry Swindon that take place in November at the Richard Jefferies Museum, Marlborough Road, Swindon. SN3 6AA Tel 01793 613382 include these:-

Write Poetry starting Monday 7th November 18:00 - 20:00. Join Hilda Sheehan for a poetry writing course for all levels and abilities. Be inspired by poetry and exciting words to create your own work in a supportive group. £5 per session. 

Creative Journaling with Jill Carter on Thursday 24th November 14:00 - 16:30 with Jill Carter, Multi-Media Artist. Enjoy drawing and writing inspired by journeys, both real and imagined. Mindfully reflect, collect and document observations of self in response to people, place and time. Have fun outside/inside, with inks, brushes, dip pens and mixed media, to explore experiential and experimental collective and individual storytelling.

Artswords Writers' Cafe & Kitchen, a meeting place for new writers, experienced writers and anyone interested in writing, takes place on Thursday 24th November at Lower Shaw Farm. Starting at 7pm and finishing at 10pm, it is a reflective and, whisper it, slightly rebellious writers' group! The emphasis is on feeding back on people's writing, rather than focusing on the 'rules'. If you'd like your work to be the subject of helpful comments and discussion, please email said piece to by Thursday 20th November, so that group members can read and reflect in advance of meeting. This should amount to no more than 500 words of prose or more than 40 lines of poetry. Please also bring food to share. 

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If you have any news or events for December and would like us to mention them in the next Artswords newsletter, please let us know by the middle of this month by emailing or calling 01793 771080.

Happy reading and writing!

Matt Holland & Annie Vickers