All the details seem to be in place now for the second meetup of the Bath Writers & Artists Group. We will be in the Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution in Queen Square all day on Saturday 19th May. The morning workshop subscribers have a gruelling few hours probing rather deeply into poetic form. Afternoon guests have a wonderful range of readings and book launches, combined ( we hope ) with a delicious brought-in tea. Sue Sims also plans to tell us about her month at Hawthornden.
The new ‘Pass on a Poet’ feature has already proved extremely popular with friends and subscribers and now has a Page of its own on this blog. Thanks to Ama Bolton, Harry Thurston, Conor Whelan, Claire Dyer and Margaret Heath, the May meetup will showcase the work of Elizabeth Bishop, Kei Miller,
WS Merwin, George Mackay Brown and Helen Dunmore, with a very special appreciation by Frances-Anne King and Shirley Wright of Forward Collection prizewinner Michael Symmons Roberts who will be guest reading for Bath Festival at the Holburne Museum later in the day.
Do look at the excellent new entries on the blog ( and some not so new, but not flagged up before in one of these posts) .
VERONA BASS has updated us on her progress towards a second pamphlet. CLAIRE COLEMAN has written very eloquently about her ongoing work with the Memory Café Project. Since we have CLAIRE DYER‘S book launch at the end of the afternoon, it is fascinating to revisit her entries on the Project 2017 blog. SARAH GREGORY has updated her Page and included a wonderful image from her recent visit to Myanmar. MICHAEL LOVEDAY‘S update introduces us to his recently published flash-fiction novella, Three Men on the Edge, which he will be launching with Bath Writers & Artists in October this year. Those of us who were bowled over by MIRANDA PENDER‘S
performance at the Letters from Mexico Larkhall launch in March will love her Page entry which introduces the songs on her new CD Lifting the Lid. And, shamed by all these, I am at last about to update my own Page, which always seems to come second, third or ninth to other things.
That leaves more than a few subscribers whose Pages are a little more dormant than the rest of us would like!
I have been encouraging members of the afternoon audience who contribute to events to join our Friends & Associates Page. Rosie Jackson has already sent me a biography for this ,which I will be posting up very soon, and I will be very pleased to hear from other people who want to identify themselves as active supporters of our group.
And here, to end, is a picture from our Almanac which says that it’s May again in Kipling Avenue……