So many good things on the horizons ( the near horizon and the far ) for Bath Writers & Artists that I am gathering them into this summer/early autumn post to make sure you don’t miss anything. Get your diaries out if you are one of us still running your life in that old-fashioned labour-intensive way. Please note how many links there are in this Post and, as you read, please click and explore them all. This web of activity is a wonderful sign how busy and creative so many Bath Writers & Artists are. And this is only a small selection, as you will know if you follow other members’ blogs.
For those of us on Facebook, ALI BACON has now created a special BATH WRITERS & ARTISTS group page which she has very kindly offered to run on our behalf. Please get signed up, and comment/like when you find the time. And promote to your Facebook friends. There might be someone very special out there we could welcome to the group.
Soonest is CONOR WHELAN’S SUMMER SOLSTICE CELEBRATION in Kelston Barn.
Next up …..
…our own Elwin Room meetup on SATURDAY 29 JUNE. All subscribers are welcome to join the afternoon session, as are all subscribers’ friends. For those of us reading on the day, or indeed on any day or any night, AMA BOLTON has very kindly sent us this excellent advice by Roy Marshall. It’s a really practical, useful and thought-provoking piece. As I’ve just been given a one hour slot in the coming Appledore Festival of Books, I shall be devouring every word. (Yes, that IS a plug. I’m so excited, very properly, and also very properly so alarmed! )
Many of us now are more than half way through ANN CULLIS’ brilliant challenge to contribute to a communal Observers’ Almanac for the month of June. We have to make our last entries on the 30th, and then have a week to prune down to ten preferred moments from our month. Bath Writers & Artists has spread its geographical wings for this project, with two separate groups meeting in Bath ahead of Ann’s deadline, to share and perhaps help choose the highlights from each others’ work. MARGARET HEATH is very kindly hosting one of these sessions. I am hosting the other. Altogether, nine of us will be able to enjoy these convivial editings ahead of discovering the compilation ANN CULLIS will bring to the meetup in July. ( Link here.) I hope that these spin-off small meetings will soon become a regular feature of our group.
As you can see from the link above, SUE SIMS will be speaking at the Bridport Literary and Scientific Institute on Saturday 13th July. Her talk, Healing Words – Writing Through Cancer, will be a free event with donations shared between Cancer Research and the Bridport LSI. Over the years, we have been privileged in the Bath Writers & Artists group to share Sue and Mark’s journeys and to hear some of the wonderful poems in Splitting Sunlight, which Sue launched with us earlier this year.
Next up, on 20th July will be our own meetup, when we will be performing ANN CULLIS’ version of our Observers’ Almanac in the morning, and revisiting Kathy Jetñil-Kijiner and Aka Niviâna’s remarkable video poem Rise in the afternoon. PETER REASON introduced us to Rise in The Place of the Arts in a Time of Catastrophe meetup in March. Between now and then, subscribers are invited to re-view and re-read Rise at home and to write their own responses as though their lines could be interwoven with that text. The idea is to immerse and lose yourself in the poem, your voice becoming part of a chorus joining into that remarkable dialogue. We will be creating a performance of our contributions during the afternoon. All the links you need here.
October seems a long way away, but time to mention that there are only TWO places remaining on the Day of Good Poetry based on the workshop papers given in June by VERONA BASS, ANN PRESTON, SUE SIMS, and JUNE WENTLAND. If you would like to join these four writers and MARILYN FRANCIS, MARGARET HEATH, ANDREW LAWRENCE, MIRANDA PENDER and me in the Murch Room on the Day of Good Poetry, please let me know as soon as possible.