Thursday 31 October
Awen Publications 10th Anniversary Event
To celebrate the 10th anniversary of Awen Publications, founded in Bath by Kevan Manwaring, a special showcase extravaganza, with Awen authors and new Chrysalis voices. Cafe open. Book & CD stall.
7pm doors, 7.30pm start, £3 entry
Black Book Cafe, Silver Rooms, Nelson St, Stroud
Sunday 6 October
IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF EDWARD THOMAS
On the 100th Anniversary of the first meeting between poets Edward Thomas and Robert Frost we follow in the footsteps of one of their famous 'walks-talking' bardic rambles, up May Hill where Thomas wrote 'Words'. Lifts to be arranged from Hawkwood College, where we'll return for a delicious lunch. Led by local writer and keen walker Kevan Manwaring.
Sunday 3 November
IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF IVOR GURNEY
A week before Remembrance Sunday we remember the First World War Poet, Ivor Gurney, whose very identity and sanity was intrinsically-entwined with the landscape of Gloucestershire. We'll visit his favourite haunt Crickley Hill, and read his work as we go, perhaps finding inspiration for our own writing along the way. Lifts to be arranged from Hawkwood College, where we'll return for a delicious lunch. Led by local writer and keen walker Kevan Manwaring.
Sunday 20 April
IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF JOHN DRINKWATER
On this walk we follow in the footsteps of Dymock Poet, John Drinkwater, who memorably wrote of 'Cotswold Love' in April ('When April comes to Amberley/With skies of April blue/And Cotswold girls are briding/With slyly tilted shoe.). We walk from Far Oakridge, home of an artists colony, through beautiful villages along the Golden Valley – writing and reciting as we go. Lifts to be arranged from Hawkwood College, where we'll return for a delicious lunch. Led by local writer and keen walker Kevan Manwaring.
Sunday 22 June
IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF LAURIE LEE
In celebration of Laurie Lee's centenary year, walk in the footsteps of the great Gloucestershire writer through his beloved Slad Valley – finding inspiration en route for your own writing. We'll visit the newly opened Laurie Lee Wood, and key locations featured in Cider with Rosie. After paying our respects at his grave, a drink in his local, The Woolpack, (be it Rosie cider or a cup of coffee) will slake your thirst before returning to Hawkwood College for lunch. Led by local writer and keen walker Kevan Manwaring.
Each walk is led by writer and keen walker, Kevan Manwaring. Meet Hawkwood carpark 9.30am, depart 9.45am (lifts to be shared). Lunch 1pm. Finish by 2pm (approx). Walking boots and waterproofs advised. Good mobility and a reasonable level of fitness required (some steep, muddy parts). Bring pen, notebook, water, flask and snacks as required.
Cost: £25 (incl. lunch). Booking essential. Contact Box Office. Tel: 01453 759034
Kevan Manwaring Tel: 01453 763703
Painswick Old Road
Stroud GL6 7QW
or telephone: 01453 759034
ONGOING FREE EVENTS
BATH STORYTELLING CIRCLE
upstairs at the Raven, Bath. 7.45 for 8.15 p.m. Entry free. Contact: David 01225 482170
1st Wed of the month
STROUD WRITERS CAFE
Bar 23, Nelson St, Stroud upstairs 7-9pm Speakeasy for local writers, discussion, sharing of news, views and latest pieces Licensed bar. Tapas. Balcony.
Last Friday of the month
Black Book Cafe Silver Rooms Nelson St Stroud 7-9pm Stories, songs and poetry welcome (10 mins or less) Performed not read. Arrive early to put name on list. Bring own refreshments/nibbles
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NB Events may be subject to change. Please check with venue before attending.