Artswords News January 2017

Dear Writers and Readers

Happy New Year!

Let’s hope it’s a good one, for health, peace, projects, friendships, good writing, and good reading!

Here’s news of what Artswords and friends offer this month.

Mum's the Word, a friendly, informal group for mothers interested in writing, meets on Tuesday 3rd January 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.

POETRY IN THE SITTING ROOM with Hilda Sheehan and Sam Loveless 6pm – 9pm Monday 16th January at the Richard Jefferies Museum. Bring a favourite poem or two. £3. Booking essential here.
 The Artswords Reading Group meets at Lower Shaw Farm at 7.30pm Tuesday 17th January to discuss Outrun by Amy Liptrot. Childhood happiness, wild nature, adolescent addictions, cosmopolitan lifestyles, relationships, the call of the wild, it’s all here, in this prize-winning memoir. New members welcome! Further details about the reading group from 

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

GREENE FERNE WRITERS 10am 20th January A weekly, group-led writers' group for all levels. Bring one poem or a short piece of prose for group feed-back and support. £2 per session or buy a semester pass for £30. Cafe available for refreshments and cakes. Book here.

Artswords Writers' Cafe & Kitchen, a meeting place for new writers, experienced writers and anyone interested in writing, takes place on Thursday 26th January at Lower Shaw Farm. Starting at 7pm and finishing at 10pm, it is a reflective and adventurous writers' meeting place. The emphasis is on connecting with one another and experiencing and offering feedback on people's writing. 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, if you can, bring a little something to nibble or to drink, and to share.
 WRITE POETRY – 6pm 30th January. A monthly session, for all levels of experience, with Hilda Sheehan. £30 for all 6 sessions. Concessions available. Booking essential here
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If you have any news or events for February 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.

New Year’s greetings and happy reading and writing!

Matt Holland & Annie Vickers