After a week off, when I forgot to ask anyone to post anything while I was away (and please don’t tell me no-one noticed), we’re back; and gearing up for a very busy few weeks. We’ve mentioned all these events in previous posts, but the final details are now available, so here’s a reminder.
The Art of Collaboration
Our project, carried out with local writers, photographers and artists, culminates in a two-week exhibition in the Teignmouth Arts Action Group building (TAAG) between 3rd and 16th November. There is a small, private reception on the first evening; if you intend to go to that, please make sure you’ve told one of the organisers so we have enough nibbles to go around. But, if not, do try to get down there at some point during the two weeks. The results of our work are amazing and whether you are one of the contributors or not, there will be plenty to catch your eye. And, of course, entry is free.
Finally, if you are on the stewarding list, do make sure you have contact details for Kate or Peter, in case there is a problem and we need to find a replacement at short notice.
Exeter Literary Festival
There’s a great programme of events organised for the three days of the festival, 16th to 18th November. You can find it online here. But as previously mentioned, some of the events feature members of CWC, so here’s the details of those:
The Write Hub
Exeter Writers is offering tea and cake, plus the chance to network with other writers and readers. Join them at The Friends’ Meeting House, Wynards Lane, Magdalen Road, on Friday 16th between 2pm and 5pm. The event is free, but it would help the organisers to know in advance if you are hoping to intend. RSVP: firstname.lastname@example.org.
West Quarter Pop-Up Stories
If you are familiar with the West Quarter of Exeter, you will probably already know about Jelly Charity Shop, Sancho’s Dress, The Hidden Treasure Tea Room, Rivka Jacobs Milliner & Hatmaker, Roots Foundation Barbers, Wool on the Exe or The Lucombe Oak. All these venues will be visited as stories written by local writers (including CWC members Angela Wooldridge and Elizabeth Ducie) will be read/performed either inside or outside, depending on size of the venue and the weather. We will be starting at Jelly at 11am. Do come along and join us. This is a free event with a street collection towards the cost of the festival.
The Business of Writing
As part of a day of free mini-workshops for writers, Elizabeth Ducie will be presenting a taster session on aspects of The Business of Writing. This will be a participative session, touching on setting objectives, planning a writing project, and managing your time. The session runs from 12.30pm to 1.15pm, in the Barnfield Theatre.
Banned Books and Prohibition Cocktails
The festival wrap party takes the form of a quiz; a chance to let your hair down while testing your literary knowledge. There will be readings from a collection of banned books: some obvious and well-known, others less so. Your task is to identify the book, where it was banned, and why. (And you may well recognise some of the faces of the perfomers, if not the clothes they are wearing.) This is a ticketed event; £10 gets you a seat at the event plus a prohibition cocktail or a Speak Easy beer.
Finally, a reminder that tickets are on sale for Peter Whittle’s latest play. Edna’s Emporium will be performed by the Arne House Players at the Ice Factory in Teignmouth between 20th and 24th November. Tickets are selling fast. Get yours today from Peter or from the Ice Factory box office.