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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  • Influences from around the world can be seen in the art at Welcome 20, the first exhibition in the gallery of 2020. Open all weekend including Sunday 10am-4pm. @dorsetartweeks #shaftesbury #india #russia #artinshaftesbury #globalart #dorsetartists http://ow.ly/Y5rD50xY7rW

    shaftesburyarts: "Influences from around the world can be seen in the art at Welcome 20, the first exhibition in the gallery of 2020. Open all weekend including Sunday 10am-4pm. @dorsetartweeks #shaftesbury #india #russia #artinshaftesbury #globalart #dorsetartists http://ow.ly/Y5rD50xY7rW"
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  • Soft greens and natural form expressed in different styles and mediums. Welcome 20 showcases the range of art that will be shown in the gallery this year. Open every day to 1st Feb 10am-4pm. #naturalform #landscape #ceramics #raku #collage #watercolours http://ow.ly/iVFe50xY6A1

    shaftesburyarts: "Soft greens and natural form expressed in different styles and mediums. Welcome 20 showcases the range of art that will be shown in the gallery this year. Open every day to 1st Feb 10am-4pm. #naturalform #landscape #ceramics #raku #collage #watercolours http://ow.ly/iVFe50xY6A1"
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  • Painting the blues - paintings from four different artists who will be taking part in exhibitions over the coming year. Welcome 20 continues to 1st Feb. #landscape #seascape #abstract #painting #mixedmedia #tastershow #welcome20 #dorsetartweeks http://ow.ly/EmSD50xY5Lx

    shaftesburyarts: "Painting the blues - paintings from four different artists who will be taking part in exhibitions over the coming year. Welcome 20 continues to 1st Feb. #landscape #seascape #abstract #painting #mixedmedia #tastershow #welcome20 #dorsetartweeks http://ow.ly/EmSD50xY5Lx"
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  • Welcome 20 now in the gallery until 1st February, every day 10am-4pm inc Sundays. A taste of what will be in the gallery over the coming year. @dorsetartweeks @DorsetLife #happyheffalumps #softautumn #brightceramics #aftermatisse #exhibitions2020 http://ow.ly/1kJZ50xY5q7

    shaftesburyarts: "Welcome 20 now in the gallery until 1st February, every day 10am-4pm inc Sundays. A taste of what will be in the gallery over the coming year. @dorsetartweeks @DorsetLife #happyheffalumps #softautumn #brightceramics #aftermatisse #exhibitions2020 http://ow.ly/1kJZ50xY5q7"
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  • Looking for a gallery to exhibit your art? Come along on 11th January 10am-12pm to find out more about renting this lovely space from the coordinator of the gallery. #artinshaftesbury #shaftesburyarts #dorsetartweeks #dorsetartists #visitshaftesbury http://ow.ly/ZflO50xL1r7

    shaftesburyarts: "Looking for a gallery to exhibit your art? Come along on 11th January 10am-12pm to find out more about renting this lovely space from the coordinator of the gallery.  #artinshaftesbury #shaftesburyarts #dorsetartweeks #dorsetartists #visitshaftesbury  http://ow.ly/ZflO50xL1r7"
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  • The last few days for Eeles Family Pottery which closes on Saturday 4th January. Then the Gallery close for its annual facelift until 17th when Welcome20 opens to show case all the artists for 2020. #happynewyear #artinshaftesbury #craftsinshaftesbury http://ow.ly/qIVN50xyzXH

    shaftesburyarts: "The last few days for Eeles Family Pottery which closes on Saturday 4th January. Then the Gallery close for its annual facelift until 17th when Welcome20 opens to show case all the artists for 2020. #happynewyear #artinshaftesbury #craftsinshaftesbury http://ow.ly/qIVN50xyzXH"
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  • We hope you had a fabulous Christmas/midwinter celebration. When you are walking off all that indulgence go into the gallery to see Eeles Family Pottery and paintings. Exhibition continues to January #floraldecoration #porcelain #rainbowraku #shaftesbury http://ow.ly/Qlpm50xyzvN

    shaftesburyarts: "We hope you had a fabulous Christmas/midwinter celebration. When you are walking off all that indulgence go into the gallery to see Eeles Family Pottery and paintings. Exhibition continues to January #floraldecoration #porcelain #rainbowraku #shaftesbury http://ow.ly/Qlpm50xyzvN"
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  • Great last minute Christmas gifts from the Eeles Family Pottery with their distinctive rainbow raku pots, also stoneware and porcelain. Closed Christmas Day but open again on Boxing Day to 4th January. #lastminutegifts #potsforinteriors #visitshaftesbury http://ow.ly/V4mL50xyu6P

    shaftesburyarts: "Great last minute Christmas gifts from the Eeles Family Pottery with their distinctive rainbow raku pots, also stoneware and porcelain. Closed Christmas Day but open again on Boxing Day to 4th January. #lastminutegifts #potsforinteriors #visitshaftesbury http://ow.ly/V4mL50xyu6P"
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  • Looking for Christmas gifts? The Eeles Family Pottery and a painter, Alan Eeles have decorative ceramics and paintings for many tastes. The gallery is open all weekend including Sunday from 11am. #stoneware #porcelain #oilpaintings #giveartforchristmas http://ow.ly/BcRz50xytB6

    shaftesburyarts: "Looking for Christmas gifts? The Eeles Family Pottery and a painter, Alan Eeles have decorative ceramics and paintings for many tastes. The gallery is open all weekend including Sunday from 11am.  #stoneware #porcelain #oilpaintings #giveartforchristmas http://ow.ly/BcRz50xytB6"
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