Reading and Creative Writing Groups

Reading Group

Led by Viv Rudd, the group meets once a month on the third Thursday in the Proctor Room, from 7.30-9.00pm.

Contact Viv Rudd 01747 851619; reading@shaftesburyartscentre.org.uk

 Poetry Group

Formed in 2010 by published poet Pam Kelly, the group meets in the Proctor Room once a month on the fourth Thursday at 7.30pm. There is no charge but participants must be members of the arts centre.

Two books of poetry from the group "Portrait of Shaftesbury" and  "Through the Year in Shaftesbury" are available to purchase from the Box Office.

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Golden Wedding

by Pam Kelly

Occasionally with great embarrassment
He pressed his sexual needs upon her.
Sorry he had to bother her, he said
And she accepted this like all the rest,
The price she had to pay, with fortitude.
They never did it nude and long since any passion.
Always in bed and, heavy with clothes and guilt,
They made love in a fashion
And quickly turned away, pretending sleep
Both feeling deep relief that it was over
Until the next time.

Books by Pam Kelly, all published by Brimstone Press, are: On the Edge (2006), Fiesta (2007), Other People (2007), Papering Over the Cracks (2008), Caught in the Crossfire (2008), Paziols: Living in the Land of the Cathars (2009, illustrated), Closer to the Edge, Lost and Found (2018)

Contact Pam Kelly 01747 852744; poetry@shaftesburyartscentre.org.uk; pamkellycircles@yahoo.co.uk

Writing Group

An informal group of local writers sharing writing prompts, ideas, techniques etc

The ad hoc group formed in 2008 following a short story-writing competition organised by the Centre and judged by author Fay Weldon (pictured right) who now lives in Shaftesbury. The competition resulted in the publication of ‘A Box of Chocolates’, a book of 50 short stories contributed by some 30 local authors, including several centre members.

The group and its members now hold regular get-togethers in the Proctor Room to share and discuss writing, and to exchange information regarding writing courses, publishing etc.

The meetings are held on the first and third Tuesdays of the month from 7pm - 9pm.

Contact:  Elizabeth or Richard:
elizabeth406@btinternet.com, richeff@talktalk.net
or writing@shaftesburyartscentre.org.uk

Copies of ‘A Box of Chocolates’, with a foreword by Fay Weldon, are for sale at the centre box office at £5. All proceeds go towards the centre.

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@TiggyWalker @FionaDart and Rosie King.

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  • Four more of the 12 - 18 category for INSIDE/OUTSIDE from Mia, Sadie, Lilyrose and Lareina. Such a variety of ideas and techniques. @ShaftesburyArts #sculpture #drawing #painting #talentedteens http://ow.ly/y5Bo50zRpw1

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It is that time of the week again! Head over to our facebook page and website to have a listen to our Weekly Poem! 
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  • Dorset Art Weeks should be up and running now, with 'Two by Two' showing in the gallery as part of this major Art Event. Here's another taste of what Sandy, Jane, Janet and Sallyrose had planned to exhibit. @dorsetartweeks #mixedmedia #ceramics #painting ow.ly/ENTU50zRkJ6

    shaftesburyarts: "Dorset Art Weeks should be up and running now, with 'Two by Two' showing in the gallery as part of this major Art Event. Here's another taste of what Sandy, Jane, Janet and Sallyrose had planned to exhibit. @dorsetartweeks #mixedmedia #ceramics #painting ow.ly/ENTU50zRkJ6"
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    shaftesburyarts: "What song are you singing as part of our Singing Fiesta? We can't wait to hear it! 
Head over to our website to find out more about how to get involved and where to send your recorded song! 
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  • More submissions from the 12-18 category for INSIDE/OUTSIDE online ary competition. Here are paintings from Amelia, Charlotte B, Charlotte G and Charlotte Gr. So many Charlottes with different ideas! @shaftesburytown @ShaftesburyArts #talentedteens http://ow.ly/JSf350zPywh

    shaftesburyarts: "More submissions from the 12-18 category for INSIDE/OUTSIDE online ary competition.  Here are paintings from Amelia, Charlotte B, Charlotte G and Charlotte Gr. So many Charlottes with different ideas! @shaftesburytown @ShaftesburyArts #talentedteens http://ow.ly/JSf350zPywh"
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  • Here is our winner of our 16+ category for our Short Story Competition - Lizzie Wright with 'A Life Full of Many Acts of Kindness' Head over to http://ow.ly/bFou50zO7hW to have a listen to her winning entry! Thank you to everyone who entered and the fantastic judges!

    shaftesburyarts: "Here is our winner of our 16+ category for our Short Story Competition - 
Lizzie Wright with 'A Life Full of Many Acts of Kindness'

Head over to http://ow.ly/bFou50zO7hW to have a listen to her winning entry! 
Thank you to everyone who entered and the fantastic judges!"
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