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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  • In the gallery from today until October 22nd. 'Coastline' from multi-disciplinary artist Laura Joliffe. Inspired by the Dorset Coast from the chalk stacks of Studland to Kimmeridge and beyond. #ceramics #watercolours #chalkstacks #oldharryrocks #searipples http://ow.ly/xuk050wGrnX

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  • Last two days to see this exhibition from two close friends, Vonnie Fletcher and Felicity Sanders, 'Inspired Friendship'. Closes tomorrow at 4pm. #friendswhopainttogether #coastallandscapes #dramaticmountains #painting #landscapepainting #visitshaftesbury http://ow.ly/8us050wzkU8

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  • Open all weekend and until 8 October - Vonnie Fletcher and Felicity Sanders with 'Inspired Friendship'. #watercolourpainting #oilpainting #springandsummer #nearandfar #visitshaftesbury #thehighpointofdorset http://ow.ly/tvo450wzkI8

    shaftesburyarts: "Open all weekend and until 8 October - Vonnie Fletcher and Felicity Sanders with 'Inspired Friendship'. #watercolourpainting #oilpainting #springandsummer #nearandfar #visitshaftesbury #thehighpointofdorset http://ow.ly/tvo450wzkI8"
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  • In the gallery this week - 'Inspired Friendship'. Vonnie Fletcher and Felicity Sanders exhibiting the results of their weekly painting sessions together. #dorsetlandscapes #aplinelandscapes #italianatefacade #friendswhopainttogether #visitshaftesbury http://ow.ly/uP7I50wzkcM

    shaftesburyarts: "In the gallery this week - 'Inspired Friendship'. Vonnie Fletcher and Felicity Sanders exhibiting the results of their weekly painting sessions together. #dorsetlandscapes #aplinelandscapes #italianatefacade #friendswhopainttogether #visitshaftesbury http://ow.ly/uP7I50wzkcM"
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  • Gallery open all weekend and to Tuesday 1 October, mixed group show from family and friends of photographer Simon Baddely. #photography #textiles #paintings #dorsetartists #visitshaftesbury #thehighpointofdorset http://ow.ly/qOPg50wqvCt

    shaftesburyarts: "Gallery open all weekend and to Tuesday 1 October, mixed group show from family and friends of photographer Simon Baddely. #photography #textiles #paintings #dorsetartists #visitshaftesbury #thehighpointofdorset http://ow.ly/qOPg50wqvCt"
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    shaftesburyarts: "In the gallery this week, Simon Baddely has been joined by Helen Baddely, Trish Venn and Sharon Bielby to produce a lively, varied group show of photography, painting and embroidery. #trees #monochrome #colour #lightandcolour #impressionist #abstract http://ow.ly/7wIo50wqvgV"
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  • Last two days to see Vivienne Rudd's solo exhibition. Closes tomorrow at 4pm. Mixed media drawings, paintings, collage and assemblage. A show to make you smile. #familytree #gooseberrybush #paperpeople #plasticbirdsnest #signofthetimes #shaftesburyartist http://ow.ly/eQra50weSmx

    shaftesburyarts: "Last two days to see Vivienne Rudd's solo exhibition. Closes tomorrow at 4pm. Mixed media drawings, paintings, collage and  assemblage. A show to make you smile. #familytree #gooseberrybush #paperpeople #plasticbirdsnest #signofthetimes #shaftesburyartist http://ow.ly/eQra50weSmx"
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    shaftesburyarts: "Open all weekend including Sunday and to 24 September, landscapes and still life from Vivienne Rudd. #collage #mixedmedia #watercolour #drawing #painting #assemblage #shaftesburyartists #localartist #visitshaftesbury #thehighpointofshaftesbury http://ow.ly/NDxR50weQJr"
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