This week, there’s news of a whole host of writerly events coming up in the next few weeks, several of which feature members of Chudleigh Writers’ Circle. Whether you are into poetry or prose, there’s bound to be something of interest in this eclectic mix. So get those diaries out…
Jazz Brew presents The Jazz Brew Sessions: Part One. “Poetry and Jazz emerged as an art form during the era of Beat Poetry, but the beat as gone on ever since. Totnes Cinema pairs three of Devon’s most notable poets – CWC member Jackie Juno, Matt Harvey, Sam Richards – with the piano, bass and drums of the Jazz Brew Trio. Improvisation, words, music…” Doors open at 7pm fine fine wines and drinks of all kinds. Live performance starts at 8pm. You can get full details by clicking here.
Local poet and friend of CWC, Chris Waters, has just launched his fourth collection of poetry via Mudlark Press. He will be reading from Dancing Satyr in Totnes Bookshop on Friday 4th October, which is also National Poetry Day. The event starts at 7pm and Chris would love us to go along and support him.
Torbay Festival of Poetry
The last ever Torbay Festival of Poetry will be taking place at the Livermead Cliff Hotel between Friday 18th and Sunday 20th October. CWC member Brenda Hutchings is one of the organisers, and has had the honour of judging this year’s Danny Pyle Memorial Competition. With eighteen events featuring twenty poets there’s a full weekend planned, including readings, workshops, and a presentation on the life and work of John Betjeman. The subject for the Festival Challenge will be announced at the Friday evening event. Visitors to the Festival enjoy the convivial atmosphere of the Hotel, with its stunning views of the sea and Torquay. Torbay is famous for sunshine … it now also has a reputation for fine poetry. You can get all the details by clicking here.
Novel Nights is coming to Exeter next month. Currently running successfully in Bristol and Bath, the Arts Council funded events are aimed at providing inspiration and expert advice to writers. Each event couples an author or publishing talk with showcasing of three upcoming local writers. On Monday 21st October at 7pm in Exeter Phoenix, Ben Smith, author of Doggerland, will talk about finding story through landscape. And applications for one of the showcase spots are still open, until 5th October. Get all the details by clicking here.
Exeter Literary Festival
Tickets are now on sale for the second Exeter Literary Festival, which runs between Thursday 7th and Sunday 10th November in a variety of venues across the city. Three CWC members are appearing at the festival: Angela Wooldridge, Margaret Barnes and Elizabeth Ducie. They would love your support. But also, check out the rest of the programme, as there are some fascinating sessions planned over the four days. Check out all the details by clicking here.