Artswords News July 2017

Summer’s in full swing and here’s a reminder of what Artswords and friends offer you this month.

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 4thJuly from 7:30pm to 9:30pm at the Central Community Centre, Emlyn Sq Swindon SN1 5BP. Entry £2.00.

Mum's the Word, a friendly, informal group for mothers interested in writing, meets on Tuesday 4th July 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 Helen at or Monica at

Park Writes is a free writing group held at Park Library open to all and with a focus on expressing your own stories and life experiences. If you already enjoying writing, have a story you would like to tell or would just like to give it a go, local poet Tony Hillier will be holding expertly guided sessions on creative writing in any form. Everyone is invited to come and explore the benefits of writing in a relaxed and supportive setting where sharing is welcome but not compulsory.  

Sign up at the Library or just turn up on the day! Park Writers’ sessions start 1.30pm Wednesday 5th of July at Park Library, Cavendish Square. Further information from

Poetry Swindon present a regular poetry night 'Poetry in the Sitting Room' of the Richard Jefferies Museum hosted by Hilda Sheehan and Sam Loveless on Monday 10th July. Bring a favourite poem, or a poem or two you have written to share with a friendly audience. 
Tea and Coffee for sale in the tea-room. 6pm to 9pm. Tickets £3.

The Artswords Reading Group meets at Lower Shaw Farm at 7.30pm Tuesday 11th July to discuss  The Quiet American by Graham Greene. A naive, young, idealistic American is sent to promote democracy in Vietnam and things don’t quite work out; or do they?
New members welcome! Further details about the reading group from 

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

On 16th July Poetry Swindon and the Richard Jefferies Museum welcome poet Chrissy Williams & invite everyone to an Open Mic in the garden of the museum. There will also be Green-Man Life-drawing too.  Bring a poem you have written or favourite to share with a friendly audience.

Artswords Writers' Cafe & Kitchen, a meeting place for new writers, experienced writers and anyone interested in writing, takes place on Thursday 27th July 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 other people's writing. 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 August 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, writing, and other summer activities!

Matt Holland & Annie Vickers