Friends & Associates

These Writers and Artists have generously contributed to our meetups although they are not at the moment Subscribers to the group.  We are delighted that they have wanted to share our afternoons.  The highlighted names have links to content on Pages elsewhere on this blog. Please explore!


Contributed slides and appreciation by Ewan Robertson for presentation of his landscape paintings on 28th July with particular reference to the painting which provided the cover for The Listening Walk.


MARGARET HEATH introduced and read three poems by George Mackay Brown in the Pass on a Poet session on 19th May. Read from That Night at Troy by George Mackay Brown on 28th July and also introduced one of the afternoon sets. Contributed to Post about meetup 28th July.


William Heath is a general enthusiast and entrepreneur. Since moving to Bath he helped found The Bell Inn Co-op which took over and runs the iconic Walcot Street music venue and the Big Bath City Bid which has seen the Twerton-based club come under community control. He’s working with the Friends of Fairfield House to secure the future of H.I.M Heile Selassie’s legacy to the city and with Bath Quakers to secure the future of the Friends’ Meeting House. He purchased Kelston Roundhill in a partnership which has restored the Old Barn, which is now used for schools trips, awaydays, events and concerts for the “Kelston Records” indie label.


Introduced The Listening Walk anthology on 28th July and read Cavafy’s poem, Ithaka.
Contributed to Post about 28th July.


Rosie Jackson lives in Frome and teaches writing workshops. Her poetry is widely published in journals such as Acumen, Ambit, Frogmore Papers, Poetry Salzburg,

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Rosie Jackson

Scintilla, Tears in the Fence, The Interpreter’s House, set for GCSE, used for a sculpture in the grounds of a Dorchester hospital and she has collaborated with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. Her poetry pamphlet What the Ground Holds (Poetry Salzburg, 2014) was followed by her first collection The Light Box (Cultured Llama, 2016). She won 1st prize in the Stanley Spencer Poetry Competition 2017, 3rd prize in the Hippocrates Open 2017, joint first prize in the Bath Poetry Competition 2015, Second Prize in Battered Moons 2015. Her books of prose include Fantasy: The Literature of Subversion; Frieda Lawrence; The Eye of the Buddha (fiction); Mothers Who Leave and a memoir The Glass Mother (Unthank Books, 2016). She is a member of Knucklebone Poets and Subversif Poets 

FRANCES-ANNE KING contributed one of the readings from Michael Symmons Roberts’ Drysalter to the meetup in the Duncan Room on 19th May 2018.

ANDREW LAWRENCE performed Patrick Kavanagh’s song ‘Raglan Road’ with Phil Shepperd at the inaugural meeting on 24th March. Read opening poem on 28th July and lines from Ted Hughes’ translation of the Odyssey, in collaboration with Ama Bolton, who read the same passage in classical Greek.


Matt Prosser is an accomplished amateur photographer living in Keynsham where he has enviable views of Kelston Roundhill. This iconic landmark is an obvious draw for local photographers and Matt’s photos soon caught the attention of the owner of the ‘Tump’. When the Old Barn at Kelston was renovated Matt was invited to take architectural photographs of the building and surrounding landscape for promotion of the barn as a communal space for hire. This successful project led to a more formal association as a photographer for Kelston Records, where highly gifted and original musicians who are moved by themes of community, place, landscape and the environment record live gigs in the Old Barn. This association with ‘true’ artistic talent has inspired Matt to continually develop his craft and his collaboration with the Bath Artists and Writers Group is an opportunity to continue in this quest. The photographs on show will include some new images commissioned specifically for this event as well as past photos of the Old Barn, the Roundhill, its flora and fauna, and the people and events that bring it alive. To find out more about Matt’s photography visit his website at

PETE SMITH read at Bradford Homeric Afternoon on 14th July.

JAMES THOMAS The Beaufort Bookshop, Larkhall

James Thomas runs an excellent bookshop/events space in Larkhall and is happy to host interesting spoken word events created by Bath Writers & Artists Group, including book launches. He hosted a ‘ticket only’ mixed media  evening in April showcasing JUDE WISDOM’S illustrations for SUE BOYLE’S The Letters from Mexico with guitar accompaniment specially composed by MIRANDA PENDER.

CONOR WHELAN read at the Bradford Homeric Afternoon on 14th July and on 28th July, when he presented Flecker’s The Old Ships with Roger Whelan and lines from Edward Sackville-West’s The Rescue. Contributed to Post about 28th July.

ROGER WHELAN introduced and read three poems by Kei Miller in the Pass on a Poet session on 19th May.  Read at the Bradford Homeric Afternoon on 14th July and on 28th July, when he read The Old Ships with Conor Whelan.  Also presented Ewan Robertson’s appreciation of Malcolm Ashman’s work.

JUDE WISDOM has agreed to be interviewed/ Q&A with slides on her drawings and paintings on Journey themes for meetup in November.