Artswords News December 2016

Dear Writers and Readers

Here we are, into the last month of 2016: December.

Hope you are warm and well.

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 6th December 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.

Artswords Reading Group meets at Lower Shaw Farm at 7.30pm Tuesday 13th December to discuss Jamilia by Chingiz Aitmatov.   A love story . . . . - New members welcome!
And for this last session of the year, participants are asked to bring along suggestions of books for next year!
Further details about the reading group from

For other reading groups across Swindon, run by Swindon Libraries, see 
Poetry Swindon is taking a little break just now but will be bursting with ideas and action in the New Year! See

Also taking a break this month is Artswords Writers' Cafe & Kitchen, a meeting place for new writers, experienced writers and anyone interested in writing. But it will happen again on Thursday 26th January at Lower Shaw Farm. Starting at 7pm and finishing at 10pm, it is a reflective and, whisper it, slightly rebellious and adventurous 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 19th January, 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. 

And if you like seasonal stories, songs, mulled wine, and mince pies, and helping to raise money for the homeless at Christmas,check out Carols by Candlelight at Lower Shaw Farm this Saturday 10th December at 6pm. See

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 January 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.
Seasons greetings and happy reading and writing!

Matt Holland & Annie Vickers