Artswords News April 2017

Artswords News APRIL 2017

Dear Writers and Readers

No fooling! Here is news of what Artswords and others who like Literature-related activities in Swindon offer in this month, when daffs give way to dandelions, and box offices are busy taking bookings for tickets for the Swindon Festival of Literature!

Wonderwords, an open-mic-like evening of wordsmithery, welcoming anyone who wants to enjoy or tell a story, recite a poem, sing a song, tell something funny or serious, meaningful or mischievous, or simply sit, smile, and enjoy what others offer. Wonderwords promotes the traditional art of speaking or singing from memory and takes place on Tuesday 4th April from 7:30pm to 9:30pm in the Activities Room in the Health Hydro, Milton Road, Swindon. Entry £2.00.

Mum's the Word, a friendly, informal group for mothers interested in writing, meets on Tuesday 4th April 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 Lower Shaw Farm at 7.30pm Tuesday 18th April to discuss Transit by Rachel Cusk.   Faye’s life is tricky, troubled, but terrific; and Cusk pulls no punches, misses no tricks, and has a sharp eye for life, now.
New members welcome! Further details about the reading group from

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

For an evening of crime and intrigue… join others at Swindon Central Librray for a very special event on Thursday 20th April to mark World Book Night. For full details see here

Artswords Writing Group at Richard Jefferies Museum Sessions run from 10.30 until 12.00 on Tuesday mornings. The group is tailored to the needs and interests of members, and a typical session has writing prompts and activities, extracts from contemporary writing to discuss, and an opportunity to have your own work given constructive critique. Sessions are relaxed and friendly, but purposeful!
For more info or to book a place, email Jill Sharp at:

The Richard Jefferies Museum supports writers, poets, diggers and dreamers in many ways. You can find out more here.

Artswords Writers' Cafe & Kitchen, a meeting place for new writers, experienced writers and anyone interested in writing, takes place on Thursday 27th April 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 20th April, 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.

If you have any news or events for May 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 spring reading,writing, talking, and listening!

Matt Holland & Annie Vickers