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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Open all weekend, including Sunday, 10am – 4pm – ‘Studio 90’ – Sue Cuff, Sue Vezey, Lindsey Keir, Deidre Greenwood, Mark Muspratt-Williams with an eclectic range of approaches to landscape, and natural form. #printmaking #painting #drawing #shaftesbury http://ow.ly/4NJH50xfZMl

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Continuing this week in the gallery and to 19th November, The New Dorset Art Group. Sue Bennett, Sue Fawthrop, Claire Thomas, Eleanor Norman, Clare Shepherd, Catherine Pitchford, Orsola Adlem , Janet Parker Laird, Vanessa Stanfield #dorsetartists http://ow.ly/7tMa50x8u8X

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  • Open all weekend, including Sunday, 10am - 4pm - 'Studio 90' - Sue Cuff, Sue Vezey, Lindsey Keir, Deidre Greenwood, Mark Muspratt-Williams with an eclectic range of approaches to landscape, and natural form. #printmaking #painting #drawing #shaftesbury http://ow.ly/ATmg50xfZMk

    shaftesburyarts: "Open all weekend, including Sunday, 10am - 4pm - 'Studio 90' - Sue Cuff, Sue Vezey, Lindsey Keir, Deidre Greenwood, Mark Muspratt-Williams with an eclectic range of approaches to landscape, and natural form. #printmaking #painting #drawing #shaftesbury http://ow.ly/ATmg50xfZMk"
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  • In the gallery this week until 26 November, 'Studio 90' a group show of paintings, printmaking and drawings. #still life #naturalform #patternmaking #localartists #shaftesburyarts #visitshaftesbury #shaftesbury http://ow.ly/5Wca50xfZjz

    shaftesburyarts: "In the gallery this week until 26 November, 'Studio 90' a group show of paintings, printmaking and drawings.  #still life #naturalform #patternmaking #localartists #shaftesburyarts #visitshaftesbury #shaftesbury http://ow.ly/5Wca50xfZjz"
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  • Last chance to see this eclectic group exhibition. The New Dorset Group show closes at 4pm tomorrow. #dorsetartists #expressiveart #abstractart #decorativearts #womenartists #visitshaftesbury #thehighpointofdorset http://ow.ly/Yd5W50x8uzU

    shaftesburyarts: "Last chance to see this eclectic group exhibition. The New Dorset Group show closes at 4pm tomorrow. #dorsetartists #expressiveart #abstractart #decorativearts #womenartists #visitshaftesbury #thehighpointofdorset http://ow.ly/Yd5W50x8uzU"
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  • The New Dorset Art Group's exhibition continues until Tuesday 19th November. Closed Sunday. Nine women artists creating different responses to the landscape and natural form. #dorsetartists #painting #textiles #ceramics #printmaking http://ow.ly/1B9c50x8uoe

    shaftesburyarts: "The New Dorset Art Group's exhibition continues until Tuesday 19th November. Closed Sunday.  Nine women artists creating different responses to the landscape and natural form. #dorsetartists #painting #textiles #ceramics #printmaking http://ow.ly/1B9c50x8uoe"
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  • Continuing this week in the gallery and to 19th November, The New Dorset Art Group. Sue Bennett, Sue Fawthrop, Claire Thomas, Eleanor Norman, Clare Shepherd, Catherine Pitchford, Orsola Adlem , Janet Parker Laird, Vanessa Stanfield #dorsetartists http://ow.ly/SIWb50x8u8Y

    shaftesburyarts: "Continuing this week in the gallery and to 19th November, The New Dorset Art Group. Sue Bennett, Sue Fawthrop, Claire Thomas, Eleanor Norman, Clare Shepherd, Catherine Pitchford, Orsola Adlem , Janet Parker Laird, Vanessa Stanfield #dorsetartists  http://ow.ly/SIWb50x8u8Y"
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  • Make sure you check out this group exhibition over the weekend (closed Sunday) and into next week. The New Dorset Art Group is of serious artists, each with their own distinct style but with a common desire to create in whichever medium they prefer. http://ow.ly/rc4k50x3yaO

    shaftesburyarts: "Make sure you check out this group exhibition over the weekend (closed Sunday) and into next week. The New Dorset Art Group is  of serious artists, each with their own distinct style but with a  common desire to create in whichever medium they prefer.  http://ow.ly/rc4k50x3yaO"
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  • From today in the gallery until 19th November - The New Dorset Art Group return with a mixed exhibition of painting, ceramics, textiles, printmaking and drawings. #abstract #decorative #floral#floral #landscape #dorsetartists #womenartists#visitshaftesbury http://www.shaftesburyartscentre.org.uk/events/new-dorset-art-group/

    shaftesburyarts: "From today in the gallery until 19th November - The New Dorset Art Group return with a mixed exhibition of painting, ceramics, textiles, printmaking and drawings. #abstract #decorative #floral#floral #landscape #dorsetartists #womenartists#visitshaftesbury http://www.shaftesburyartscentre.org.uk/events/new-dorset-art-group/"
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  • Last two days for 'Land Marks' from Zara McQueen. Closes tomorrow at 4pm. #wintrylandscapes #abstract #expressive #collage #oilpainting #mixedmedia #contemporaryart The Shaftesbury Group #shaftesburyartist #visitshaftesbury #dorsetartist http://ow.ly/8IMg50wSbOg

    shaftesburyarts: "Last two days for 'Land Marks' from Zara McQueen. Closes tomorrow at 4pm. #wintrylandscapes #abstract #expressive #collage #oilpainting #mixedmedia #contemporaryart The Shaftesbury Group #shaftesburyartist #visitshaftesbury #dorsetartist http://ow.ly/8IMg50wSbOg"
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  • Final weekend for this stunning exhibition from Zara McQueen. Open 10am - 4pm including Sunday, finishes Tuesday 5th November. Don't miss it! #shaftesburylandscapes #gardenshapes #honesty #autumnfields #visitshaftesbury #localart #shaftesburyartist http://ow.ly/IlIs50wSb3l

    shaftesburyarts: "Final weekend for this stunning exhibition from Zara McQueen. Open 10am - 4pm including Sunday, finishes Tuesday 5th November. Don't miss it! #shaftesburylandscapes #gardenshapes #honesty #autumnfields #visitshaftesbury #localart #shaftesburyartist http://ow.ly/IlIs50wSb3l"
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  • Continuing this week and until 5th November, 'Land Marks' from Zara McQueen. #neighbours #jenneywren #shaftesburycommunity #springlandscape #oilpainting, #collage #mixedmedia #dorsetartist #visitshaftesbury #theshaftesburygroup http://ow.ly/ecCY50wSaav

    shaftesburyarts: "Continuing this week and until 5th November, 'Land Marks' from Zara McQueen. #neighbours #jenneywren #shaftesburycommunity #springlandscape #oilpainting, #collage #mixedmedia #dorsetartist #visitshaftesbury #theshaftesburygroup http://ow.ly/ecCY50wSaav"
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