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WHAT WE DO: On the fourth Thursday of each month (except August and December) Poetrywivenhoe presents established poets and local readers; together with the popular ‘Out of the Hat’ Open Mic session,

You don’t need club membership, just pay at the door.
Venue: Royal British Legion, The Quay, Wivenhoe.
Time: 7.30 for 8.00pm

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*  The opening launch of Without Walls is scheduled for Thursday 27 September (RBL, 7.30 for 8.00pm), when our guest reader is the hugely respected Michael Bartholomew-Biggs.

Without Walls is the important anthology of new poetry in aid of Colchester’s homeless compiled by Alice Goss; many poems have been generously contributed by members of Poetrywivenhoe.  We are having a “soft launch” at RBL on 27 September (which is also the opening event of the Essex Poetry Festival), and the “big launch” will be at Colchester Arts Centre on Sunday 14 October – more about that in due course.  
We still need to raise more funds, and would be eternally grateful for further help in getting the book published in time.
All donations go to funding the advertising, marketing and print costs of the book. Any remaining money and all book proceeds will go to various homeless organisations in Colchester including: Emmaus, St. Peter’s Guest House Project, Colchester Rough Sleepers Group (bus conversion project), Night Shelter and the Food Bank.

For direct donations use this Lloyds Bank account:
Sort Code: 30-98-90
Account Number: 16449668
IBAN: GB45LOYD30989016449668

Thank you.

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Petra McQueen writes:

Creative Writing and Art – Writing Shadows Day
Saturday 23rd June 2018
with Juliet Lockhart …

Enter the world of shadows. During this one day workshop we will explore the possibilities that shadow puppets can bring to a story. We begin by looking at shadow puppets as characters. We will then work on a piece of writing, a short story or a reworking of a traditional tale. In the afternoon we will make shadow puppets that bring the writing to life. By the end of the day you will have made at least one puppet to take away and have the beginnings of a story.
This exciting new course will take place at the Nottage Institute, in Wivenhoe. Starting at 10am and finishing at 4pm, this day long course includes a tasty vegetarian lunch, as well as coffee and biscuits in the break.

The course costs £80.00
Places are limited to twelve. To book your place: contact@thewriterscompany.co.uk or ring Petra: 07913255442


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UPDATED 30 May 2018

Poetrywivenhoe: here’s our current CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Thur 28 June: Mosaic with ‘Stone’s Throw’ Ekphrasis presentation, and Jacquie Boyd: at RBL Wivenhoe 7.30 for 8.00pm

Thur 26 July Desert Island Poems (details soon …)

Thur 27 Sept Michael Bartholomew-Biggs and our soft launch of Without Walls – (opening event of Essex Poetry Festival)

Sat 13 Oct Poetry Workshop at The Nottage Institute with Derek Adams: Cinematic Techniques (details later) ….

Thur 25 Oct TBA

Thur 29 Nov Susan Richardson

Thur 13 Dec Helen Burke

Thur 24 Jan 2019 Luke Wright (ticketed event)


Congratulations to Pam Job who has been placed second in the prestigious Magma Poetry Competition 2017/2018. Well done Pam!

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