Artswords assistant Hilda Sheehan, pictured, says, if you enjoy reading and writing, Swindon is a great place to live.
Over the last six years, Swindon Artswords, the borough council’s Literature Development Project, has started and supported many new, exciting and successful writing and reading projects in the town. The result: a thriving community of readers and writers.
Since November 2006 the Writers’ Café at Lower Shaw Farm has become the place to gather, share, discuss and gain support for your writing. This free to join group meets on the last Thursday of each month from 6pm. All are welcome, just turn up. http://swindonwriterscafe.blogspot.com/
BlueGate Poets provides adventurous and exciting new poetry projects, publications, and events in the town. It has also taken Swindon poets up and down the M4 corridor, spreading the news that we are serious about words, poetry, and good writing in this town. www.bluegatepoets.com
Swindon Open Mic Poetry evenings, held on the second Thursday of the month are an opportunity for local poets and musicians to present and perform their work, and for anyone to listen and enjoy. They are also an occasion for Swindon to welcome guest poets from further afield, known names from the national world of poetry. http://swindonpoetryopenmic.blogspot.com/
Also monthly, Artswords runs a thriving reading group where members choose books to read and discuss. It’s a great way to discover new books, new friends, and new ideas. http://swindonreadinggroups.blogspot.com/p/swindon-artswords-reading-group.html
For mothers who want to write but find that childcare may have stopped them, there is the fortnightly Mum’s the Word writing group, which offers a gentle and informative step into the world of writing, and friendship too. See http://mumsthewordswindon.blogspot.com/
There are many new and exciting events planned and supported by Artswords in 2012, so please get involved, and join us. For regular updates, look out for our monthly column in The Link.