So much has happened for the wonderful Bath Writers & Artists since our January post. And so many good things are going to happen soon. I’ll write up the archive first. But please scroll down to the end of the post to see some of the events we already have in prospect – and mail in your requests to be included in the first ‘shout’ when it goes out. For any of you following this blog, who would like to join the group, we still have room this year for a few more members. Use the contact form if you want to get in touch.
Saturday 26 January 2019
Terrific final workshop in the morning, with brilliant pieces of writing brought in by SARA-JANE ARBURY, VERONA BASS, SUE CHADD, CLAIRE COLEMAN, MARILYN FRANCIS, LOUISE GREEN, MIRANDA PENDER, GRAEME RYAN, JUNE WENTLAND, SHIRLEY WRIGHT, and EILEEN CAMERON.
New member PETER REASON joined us for the afternoon to introduce the work he plans to do with us on The Place of the Arts in a Time of Catastrophe. This produced a wonderfully lively discussion across the Elwin Room and set the mood and theme for the dedicated meetup which is going to take place at the end of March.
We also had time to hear open mic readings from three of our 2018 subscribers who will be moving on – SUE CHADD, LINDA SAUNDERS and SHIRLEY WRIGHT – and from four of our new 2019 subscribers – EILEEN CAMERON, PENNY GARDINER, PETER REASON and FLORY WISDOM, whose own ‘showcase’ reading has been scheduled for the end of March.
There was a bitter-sweetness about saying goodbye to such good and longstanding friends, all of whom have contributed so much to our meetups over so many years and all of whom have such excellent reasons for being unable to sign up for another full year’s programme of events in Bath.
Saturday 23 February 2019
This was the day for our third ‘Homeric Afternoon’ which this time had parted company completely for a while from its original brief to read right through The Odyssey. It had also very sadly lost its foothold in the beautiful Bradford-on-Avon garden where it started out, and had instead to snuggle itself rather tightly into the Southfield living room. ( A move much appreciated by the resident Maine Coon cat. )
Reading right through The Four Quartets was our ambition for the afternoon. We achieved this, along with lively discussion and digression quartet by quartet, but at the expense of leaving quite enough time for the delicious food which had been laid out so lovingly in the kitchen waiting for us to break. A few of the group had to dash away hungry – something we think we may remedy at our next meeting by scheduling a ‘Homeric Late Breakfast’ instead of a ‘Homeric Afternoon.’
Many thanks for their contributions culinary, thespian and intellectual to VERONA BASS,
CLAIRE COLEMAN, ANN PRESTON, CONOR WHELAN and SHIRLEY WRIGHT. ( Also for their indulgence of the Maine Coon cat. ) It has been suggested that we might read The Ancient Mariner at our next meeting, to continue the redemptive journey theme. If we choose this, I have suggested we might introduce a new dimension by exploring Gustave Doré’s breath-taking illustrations, many of which are now available to view online.
Incidentally……The ‘Homeric Afternoons’ are open to everyone who subscribes to the Bath Writers & Artists group – depending only on how many an offered private venue can accommodate. Please get in touch if the prospect interests you
The 2019 programme is already richer and more varied than ever as you can see by browsing the calendar details on the header menu on the blog. The meetup on 23rd March will be one of the most exciting we have shared, with contributions during the day from fifteen talented subscribers, some already well-established members of the group, others new. A huge thank you to everyone involved in creating this wonderful programme: ALI BACON, VERONA BASS, AMA BOLTON, EILEEN CAMERON, CLAIRE COLEMAN, ANN CULLIS, PENNY GARDINER, LOUISE GREEN, MARGARET HEATH, MIRANDA PENDER, ANN PRESTON, PETER REASON, SUE SIMS, CONOR WHELAN and FLORY WISDOM. Please look at the programme Page to learn more.
advance notices …..
FOUR EVENTS IN PROSPECT FOR 2019/early 2020
PETER REASON will be giving a workshop on Nature Writing later in the year.
CONOR WHELAN will be giving a workshop early in 2020 under the working title ‘Begin afresh, afresh, afresh’, borrowed from Philip Larkin’s poem The Trees. This workshop on the theme of renewal will be Conor’s final appearance as the Bard of Bath.
MARILYN FRANCIS & SUE BOYLE are co-organising a meetup Day on the theme of Childhood on Saturday 21st September and will be messaging out for submissions very soon.
SUE BOYLE will be offering a whole day workshop on Memory, Imagination & Dream sometime later in the year.